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BlackBerry World is the on-device storefront through which users can download apps, music, and video content. Previously, the portal was known as BlackBerry App World, but was renamed after the separate marketplaces created on the PlayBook were folded together for BlackBerry 10. Newsstand remains a separate marketplace for magazines on BlackBerry 10.
BlackBerry World allows users to pay for their content through credit card, PayPal, or directly through their wireless service provider (when supported). Apps, TV shows, movies, and music can be downloaded directly from the device by conducting searches or browsing through the categorized catalog. A web portal to the store also allows users to remotely install content onto their device. The BlackBerry World is a unified marketplace, selection varies between BlackBerry OS 7 devices, BlackBerry 10 devices, and BlackBerry PlayBook.
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At BlackBerry Live 2013, CEO Thorsten Heins announced that BlackBerry World was hosting 120,000 apps. Highlighted in the slides were new and upcoming titles like Modern Combat 4, Moog, Soundhound, and iHeartRadio, as well as some existing ones like Bloomberg and Blaq.
The high-demand apps are...
Aug 11, 2014
BlackBerry India offering 50% off on selected apps in BlackBerry World
For those of you who live in India and are looking to pick some great apps, BlackBerry World is the place the go. Right now, select apps in BlackBerry World have been dropped up to 50% off as part of the Independence Day celebrations. Camera+, InstaVenue, iGrann Pro, Fitness Tracker, Package Tracker Pro and more are among the apps available. You should be able to hit the link below and be taken right to all of the selected apps. The deals run from today up until August 25th. Let us know which ones you grabbed in the comments.
Jul 31, 2014
All those 'App for' apps in BlackBerry World have 48 hours to change their name
You've all seen them. Those apps that appear in BlackBerry World that are all named 'App For' whatever, be it App For Instagram, App for Candy Crush Saga and countless other things. Well, it seems BlackBerry is finally taking a bit of a stand against them now and has begun sending out notifications letting those who submitted such apps they have 48 hours to change the name of the app or it will be removed from BlackBerry World.
Jul 02, 2014
7Digital still working with BlackBerry on an alternative solution for music purchases
When BlackBerry announced they'd be shutting down the music, movie and TV show portion of BlackBerry World come July 21st, it left many folks wondering where they would turn to for those services. At the time, BlackBerry advised through the Amazon partnership and BlackBerry World third-party apps, consumers would now have even more options to choose from but it also appears the 'contract' with 7Digital for music isn't entirely finished.
Jun 23, 2014
What are the top three apps you install after purchasing a new device?
The landscape for BlackBerry has changed a bit when it comes to apps available on the platform. Although it was never really hugely advertised, most CrackBerry readers are fully aware BlackBerry 10 can run a lot of Android apps out of the box with BlackBerry 10.2.1 and Snap, Amazon and others.
With native apps available and Android apps available I'm curious if anyone's app installation habits have changed and with it being brought up in the forums by antoscimento, now is a good time to ask. Do you now immediately load Instagram because you can? Do you go straight to native BlackBerry apps?
Let us know what your top three apps are that you immediately install when you get a new device or wipe your current one. It'll be interesting to see what ranks higher for some folks and what's lower on the priority list with all the changes. Drop some comments below or hit the CrackBerry Forums and let us know!
Jun 18, 2014
BlackBerry shutting down music and video stores on July 21st
In addition to the big announcement today that the Amazon App Store will be coming to BlackBerry 10 later this year, BlackBerry also dropped word that they'll be shutting down their music and video stores on July 21st. Any media that you've already purchased (including music, movies and TV shows) will continue to be available, you just won't be able to purchase new content.
Among the suggested solutions we outlined of things BlackBerry could do for BlackBerry app developers to make more money, there is unanimous agreement that BlackBerry selling more phones would help the most. Expanding on this point, I received an email this morning from a major BlackBerry app developer with an idea on how this could be done:
Jan 27, 2014
BlackBerry World updated to v22.214.171.124 in the BlackBerry Beta Zone
*UPDATE* - Got the change log - “Searching from the storefront, apps or games home screens will now return a search result group that contains just built for BlackBerry applications. The client also includes multiple bug fixes to improve performance!”
Dec 04, 2013
CrackBerry Asks: Do you buy movies from BlackBerry World?
With all of the great promos BlackBerry is having leading up to the holidays, many users are grabbing some awesome movies at steep discounts. A slew of titles were knocked down on Black Friday and BlackBerry is continuing their promotion with the $.99 Winter Sale. There are some great movies available on the cheap, making it easy for users to add some titles to their media library.
Oct 02, 2013
BlackBerry World updated to v126.96.36.199 - Improved app update notifications
If you've been having some general weirdness happening with BlackBerry World wherein you've not been receiving app update notifications in a timely manner or having the splat stuck, you might want to go ahead and open up BlackBerry World. There's currently a new update pushing out that brings the app into v188.8.131.52 and is noted to address these issues you may or may not have been seeing. Do note however, if you're running a leaked OS then the chances are good that will see no such update available for your device. Most recent leaked versions should already have come with this release upon install.
Sep 17, 2013
BlackBerry offering Canadians $25 worth of premium apps in BlackBerry World
Although I was a bit hesitant to post this because I can't see it for myself, it would appear as though BlackBerry is offering those in Canada a deal on some great apps in BlackBerry World as part of a promotion.
If you head into BlackBerry World, swipe down from the top and tap on redeem and then enter in the code 'FALLAPPS', you'll be given a $25 credit on BlackBerry World to use on some select apps.
The promotion is noted to be ongoing until October 31st and again, only appears to be available to those in Canada. You can hit the forums for more details or drop a comment below if you give it a go and it works for you.
Sep 16, 2013
BlackBerry World updated to v184.108.40.206
If you didn't already update your BlackBerry World with the latest OS leak that arrived over the weekend, you can now do grab the latest official release simply by opening your already installed BlackBerry World and checking for updates. You should get a prompt to update to v220.127.116.11 that includes several bug fixes and performance enhancements as outlined in the change log provided by BlackBerry.
Scroll through expanded screenshots
Update notifications now open a list of all applications with available updates
Performance enhancements for queuing multiple downloads
Defect fixes and other minor improvements
If you're not seeing it as of yet, give it some time as it may still be filtering through or you can try clearing your BlackBerry World cache. Also keep in mind that there is the slight possibility that you need to be running an older leak already to see the update, in which case it's only a matter of time before it starts to roll out to everyone but you'll still have to wait it out.
Aug 26, 2013
Heads Up: BlackBerry World planned maintenance for 12-3am ET, Aug. 27
Just a heads up for all you app downloaders out there, BlackBerry has taken to Twitter to let it be known that BlackBerry World will have limited access on August 27th through the hours of 12-3am ET for planned maintenance and upgrades. The last time BlackBerry World was down, Twitter and the CrackBerry Forums filled up with users letting it be known the offerings were inaccessible so hopefully, with some notice that won't happen again. Spread the word, and let it be known!
Aug 12, 2013
BlackBerry World 18.104.22.168 now available in the Beta Zone for BBOS
If you've not yet moved to a BlackBerry 10 device, there's still plenty of love to be found in the BlackBerry Beta Zone. A new release of BlackBerry World has now arrived and is available for download. This release sees BlackBerry World jump into v22.214.171.124 and carries a fairly short change long:
BlackBerry World 4.4 includes several bug fixes designed to improve the overall performance and stability of the application.
That about sums it up. If you're looking to give it a go, you can head on into the BlackBerry Beta Zone and grab the download right now. Let us and others know in the comments how it's all working out for you, should you decide to test it out.
According to a forums post, emails are being sent out for a new program in the BlackBerry Beta Zone for coupon codes. The email states that testers are needed to "help validate promotional codes for music". The users will each receive 5 promo codes which can be used to redeem free tracks from Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey or Robin Thicke.
Jul 17, 2013
BlackBerry World updated to v126.96.36.199 for BlackBerry 10
If you're NOT already running a leaked OS with a higher build of BlackBerry World running on it, then chances are you'll soon be seeing a BlackBerry World update hit your device if you haven't already. The update brings some specific layout changes to the app and also keeps track of your recently viewed apps.
Additionally, you'll also notice the updates / installed / available sections has been improved along with reviews, which are now listed by date and version number of the application installed. You can check for updates in BlackBerry World and it should appear for you, if it's not appearing just hang tight - it'll be along.
Jul 16, 2013
New BlackBerry World changes to improve visibility and discoverability of Built for BlackBerry apps
If you've been looking though BlackBerry World lately then you no doubt noticed there is a little bit of revamping going on. Things are being moved around, getting better organized and according to a recent email sent out to developers, there will also be an increased amount of focus placed on Built for BlackBerry apps.
We've seen them placed in the forefront before but the new additions will bring some welcomed changes. So what will the new Built for BlackBerry placement look like? You can jump below to see some screenshots of what you'll soon be seeing in BlackBerry World when coming across a Built for BlackBerry app along with the notes from BlackBerry about what the changes are exactly.
Jul 11, 2013
BlackBerry World updated with category UI change
BlackBerry World for BB10 has been updated a little bit with a new user interface in the category section. It used to be that apps were show in a straight list with hidden filters and sorting options beyond the top, but now you get a bit of a landing page first, and then expand to the other sections in the old format as necessary. It's very similar to the music app's layout.
It a nice little change, and makes the top apps of any given category much more visible. Are you guys noticing anything new or different in BlackBerry World on BB10? How do you find the UI overall? Does anything else need tweaking?
Since April 1, 2009, BlackBerry World (or BlackBerry App World as it was then) has been dishing up applications to BlackBerry users across the globe. We've seen more than a few incarnations of BlackBerry World over the years, most recently with BlackBerry 10. In the past users were only able to download apps and games through the BlackBerry World store but now, BB World integrates both a video store and music store making for a one-stop shopping experience on BlackBerry.
While BB World certainly does a great job at listing top apps, trending items, top movies and albums - there are still some things that could be improved to make it even better. The content grows bigger and bigger every day, making it harder and harder to find the really great apps. To aid in the search there are a few improvements we'd like to see to help make the BlackBerry World experience the best it can be.
Apr 18, 2013
BlackBerry World storefront having some issues?
As of April 19th, there was a server side fix applied to help with this issue. If you're still experiencing it, please review the BlackBerry Knowledge Base article found here - http://www.blackberry.com/btsc/KB34132
Mar 26, 2013
New TV Content Partners Launch on BlackBerry 10
BlackBerry has announced today that they have added even more partners to the lineup in BlackBerry World. PBS, Univision and Viacom have partnered up and will bring content from Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and more to BlackBerry World. Some great news that will certainly give us a load of great shows to watch on the Z10. The more the merrier!
New TV Content Partners Launch on BlackBerry 10
PBS, Univision and Viacom bring TV favorites to BlackBerry 10
WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 26, 2013) - BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB) today announced the addition of new television content for BlackBerry® 10 customers in the U.S. TV shows from PBS, Univision and Viacom are now a part of the robust video catalogue available for sale on the BlackBerry® World™ storefront, bringing such favorites as COMEDY CENTRAL, MTV, Nickelodeon, PBS's Masterpiece Classic Downton Abbey series and Spanish telenovelas.
Mar 21, 2013
BlackBerry 10 Now Offers More Than 100,000 Applications to Customers
BlackBerry 10 launched just a few weeks ago with over 70,000 apps available in BlackBerry World, and today BlackBerry has announced that they have topped the 100,000 app mark. That means they've added an additional 30,000 apps in just seven weeks - pretty amazing if you ask me.
With multiple port-a-thons and a huge developer base, BlackBerry has done a great job getting BlackBerry World stocked up for BlackBerry 10. There are plenty more big name apps on the way, and with the US release just a few hours away, new apps like OpenTable and Amazon Kindle will be a welcome sight for new users.
Application catalog grows by more than 30,000 apps in seven weeks
More top brands building for BlackBerry 10 as platform launches in the U.S.
WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 21, 2013) - Developers continue to support BlackBerry® 10, bringing more than 30,000 new applications to the platform over the past seven weeks. BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB) today announced that BlackBerry 10 customers now have access to more than 100,000 applications for the BlackBerry® Z10 smartphone on the BlackBerry® World™ storefront.
Today, Amazon Kindle, OpenTable and The Wall Street Journal are available to BlackBerry 10 customers and in the coming weeks CNN, The Daily Show Headlines, eBay, eMusic, Maxim, MLB at Bat, MTV News, Pageonce, PGA, Rdio, Skype, Soundhound and Viber will be available for download or purchase.
As it appears now, the update isn't showing for everyone and in fact, it actually errors out on some devices leading me to believe it's likely still processing through. Either way, if you're a BlackBerry Z10 owner then go ahead and check for updates. In the meantime, we'll be keeping our eye on this for a more widespread roll out and update the post when necessary.
Feb 20, 2013
How to use BlackBerry World in the desktop browser to download apps, games, and videos to your BlackBerry 10 device
BlackBerry World hosts a wealth of apps, movies, and music, but sometimes it's a lot more handy browsing that content from a desktop computer. The web interface for BlackBerry World is really smooth and clean, plus you can do some pretty in-depth stuff, including remotely installing and removing apps from your device. After installing a browser plug-in, you can dive into My World and see everything that's going on on your various BlackBerry devices.
Right now, if you load up BlackBerry World on your BlackBerry 10 device there is a new section at the top simply called Built For BlackBerry. In there, you'll find all the currently approved apps and games listed and ready for download in varying price ranges.
Needless to say, there is a lot of great stuff listed there and we'll be taking a further look at them all over time but for now let us know in the comments if you've tried any of them out. If so, what are your favorites? Hopefully the BlackBerry World web storefront will be updated shortly as well so a device is not needed to see the full list.
In short, there is a wide array of content available so with that in mind, you're sure to find something to suit your tastes. If you're looking to learn how to purchase music on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone, jump below where we've laid out the full details for you all.
The Twitter for BlackBerry Gold Candidate (version 188.8.131.52) was previously available for download in the BlackBerry Beta Zone but RIM has now moved beyond that and released v184.108.40.206 into BlackBerry App World. Some of the changes and fixes do carry over from the previous version as noted below:
Updated Twitter Bird
New tweet details screen
Sharing Tweets over email...
After having spent some time in the BlackBerry Beta Zone, the latest version of BlackBerry App World is now available for download. Getting pushed into version 220.127.116.11, this release improves upon some of the previous features added in 3.1 overall which are as follows:
Download all app updates with the new "Upgrade All" button
Share your list of installed apps using NFC technology
It looks like all the traveling around for the BlackBerry Jam World Tour may be paying off as RIM has announced that BlackBerry App World has hit the three billion download mark. That's right, 3 billion apps have been downloaded from BlackBerry App World. This number doesn't include any carrier-pushed or third party store apps, so it's pretty impressive overall. It equates to about 2.5 million...
With BlackBerry 10 information starting to leak out in greater capacity, we're seeing bits and pieces of RIM's next generation operating system come to light. As we already know, there is a complete overhaul of the UI happening so it only makes sense that BlackBerry App World would be included with that overhaul. Afterall, App World will be a focus point for when BlackBerry 10 launches. The...
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BlackBerry People get out of bed and do, so we fired things up this morning for CrackBerry Podcast episode 087. Good 'ole Craig Johnston joined us today, so we caught up with him on his thoughts from BlackBerry World especially focusing on Mobile Fusion and BlackBerry Balance. We talk lots on BlackBerry 10 of course, weighing in with our thoughts on all the demo videos and photos we have been...
When you attend a big BlackBerry event such as BlackBerry World 2012, there is normally signage all over the place promoting the next big BlackBerry event. That didn't happen this year though. There was no signage to be found for when BlackBerry World 2013 would be held. Because of that small detail, many folks alluded that maybe RIM didn't have a date because they were uncertain if there...
If you happened to open up BlackBerry App World recently and noticed some changes you're not alone. In fact, RIM has sent out notification to BlackBerry developers letting them know that new category changes for applications are now in effect for BlackBerry App World and to adjust their apps accordingly if needed. The changes are as follows:
News: The News category has been expanded to...
Although they're not the first to have it in the UK, Virgin Mobile have joined the likes of Telefonica and Vodafone having now integrated BlackBerry App World carrier billing.
We've launched carrier billing with Virgin Mobile UK today! BlackBerry App World now offers carrier billing with 42 partners!^AK
As noted, that means RIM now has 42 partners onboard for the service, allowing folks...
If you’re headed to the mall or the grocery store, what’s one of the first things most people do? They look to see what sales are on and when they’re expiring. So why not do the same thing with apps on your mobile devices? RIM has let us know that they currently have a two week sale going on. In partnership with EA and RIM you can now get all the Electronic Arts BlackBerry PlayBook titles for...
Last week we saw RIM update a number of their in-house applications like Twitter, Facebook, and the BlackBerry Travel app. Today, RIM is pushing out an updated version of BlackBerry App World, which brings the version number to 18.104.22.168, a fair jump from the current version of 22.214.171.124.
In what seems to be normal fashion there has been no change log provided, but this version should bring bug...
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