A look at the redesigned BlackBerry App World UI coming with PlayBook OS 2.0

BlackBerry App World
By Bla1ze on 7 Feb 2012 01:09 am EST
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On a recent post over at the BlackBerry Developers Blog, RIM kinda slipped up and posted an image of a BlackBerry PlayBook sporting a new UI for BlackBerry App World. A few people in the forums caught it, along with the fact that it was dated "February 16th, 2012". We'll let you all speculate on what the date may mean - if anything at all - but while you're speculating, be sure to let us know what you think of the new BlackBerry App World UI shown above. Like it better? Hate it? Let us know in the comments. Personally, I like the layout even if it does look Androidish.

55 comments

Rob Robertson

I'll like it if they can filter out the useless book and cartoon 'apps'.

captainbdsc

no kidding!!!! those are so annoying!!!! they aren't apps by my definition... the are just download-able media... does anyone even buy them?

zeldras

Totally agree, those junks make me sad everytime I searching for something

bndptgr

Some shit floats, some shits sinks ;)

XPEH

+1. RIM, are you listening? Nobody, and I mean nobody likes those stupid books aside from people creating them. They look pathetic and irritating. If you want to keep them, at least don't put them up on the 'newest' tab or give us an option to exclude them. Having them there cheapens the Playbook for me and speaks to the desperation of attracting developers.

diegonei

We know who's responsible: Digi-Media-Apps. I don't mind their content just their approach, pack it up in a store front like Kobo and there you have it!

linuxdaemon

seriously...I want to block all "digi-media-apps" and "handster" The two of them are completely swamping the lists with basically 4 apps (Book, puzzle, language, cartoon) over and over again with different titles.

BB_Bmore

Very nice me and the Mrs are making some coffee we are staying all night hoping to see some stuff like this. :)If the ui means I can filter out GPS for each town in Africa along with crappy ebooks and old a$$ cartoons that cost a dollar,then I welcome it even if it does look Androidish. But with all the Android apps being jammed into appworld lately I guess a hybrid was bound to emerge eventually. :P

Maxey05

I think it looks nice. Now they just need to put some cool apps to make it look even better..

blackcaneaddict

I agree. I'd hope to a sneak peek at some android apps, but no. Still just featured apps from the current App World. Ah, February XX cant get here soon enough.

HaTaX

Bum deal, still looks like it's an AIR app. I would think that this would be a good place to showcase a cascades UI, most new owners spend a good amount of time in app world shortly after purchase...

bighap

Look wasn't too bad to begin with, it was the performance that was lacking.

greatwiseone

New UI is nice, but it has to be less laggy. The problem with App World right now is that it's hard to search and it's slow and clunky. Looks like it's still AIR...hopefully we'll see a Cascades version soon!

auditman

Looks better than what we have now. Hopefully functionality has also been fixed.

narci

H hope they fix the digital media problem spamming appworld with selling free books, jigsaw puzzles etc.

zzzdamian

Looks great but I wonder what the date means.

cfx_will

i like it. better than the old app world

BryantCarpio

Love it! New improvements are always welcome.

CDM76

I like the CURRENT lay out ... but will reserve judgement until I've tried the new version on Feb 17, 2012 ;) It *IS* possible that it could be better than current version ...

axllebeer

Looks good to me but add this to the list of 2.0 teases. I understand it's gotta be flawless but it's starting to get painful lol!
Boldly sent from my 9930

Darlaten

I like the new design; however, as other people have said, the design isn't the problem with the current version - the problem is it's slow as heck; the way to search for apps is limited; the top 25 limit of new apps needs to be increased; and overall performance needs to be enhanced. I swear, at times, after clicking the download button, it takes up to 5 minutes before the download starts. Too slow. Hopefully this will be addresed when the new roll-out appears.

Jeovex

can't wait for all the OS2 updates to not only the operating system but also for many of the apps, appworld now being one of them. RIM is looking better and better each day, i just hope theh keep rhe momentum after the OS release and don't just fade away in the status quo like they did for a while

BBPandy

not sure what speed issues people are talking about. I have never had an issue with it's speed. My issue is being able to search. I think they should improve it, so it's easier to find apps you want.

filters ect.

AfroLoGeek

The UI looks pretty,but it could be nice also if i can set some filters and just keep them as settings,then i can filter out some "apps" as said by RobRobertson and captainbdsc.

LuayS

Improve search, improved categories, unlimited new apps, speed between transitions

Thunderbuck

I care less about technology and layout and considerably more about overall organization.

What I like here is that they've split off the different categories, each with "New", "Most Popular", "Recently Updated", so that I can browse productivity or games without having to sift through a flood of e-books.

And if it looks "Androidish", I'd say it also looks pretty "Metro-y". These apps are all going to be swipey, tiley affairs from the looks of things.

Siiid

as long as they do something about those horrible digi media apps that keeps spamming our app world landing page.

carriv

Hey guys, this is out of the subject but where can I purchase a blackberry 9900 for AT&T besides the AT&T store? Also, I was wondering why best buy doesn't carry them anymore...? I had to give my wife my iPhone 4s because it just wasn't doing it for me. I miss my speedy email and BBM!

Flyerssignguy

COSTCO!!!!!! I paid $50......case, screen protector and car charger included!

ekafara

The people at Costco are awesome. They got me so much free stuff added onto my plan and got me a free car charger and a cheap case.

julianrt

releasing SKYPE with 2.0 would be the greatest thing that could happen... *dreaming*

mrmartis

ahahah i have been dreaming of that day since forever, don't worry the new bb10 has skype on it, just not sure if they will put it on playbook before the launch.

- RIM

canito338

i would rather have tango than skype.... but back to the subject of the new UI of bb app world, looks to mee to the new look to the android market. if RIM one of these days decide to support the full android market that would be the day apple would be concern... the best security and email of blackberry and a great android market all together would make join masses of android costumer looking to have blackberry security and android apps.... in my opinion that would just help rim. i dont know what they need to do in order to support full android but if they do they will suceed.. i will be the first one buying that phone!!! GO GO RIM!!!!

koool1

I hope that date is right. I am ready!!

johnizomi

17th of Feb is "THE RESSURECTION". I feel dying,,,,waiting for so long. Hope they prepone OS2. UI looks nice. I have a router so wifi is not an issue. I think there is no community as enthusiast as what BB have. We are following the baby grows. It's interesting of course but need patient. Look how HP kill their own baby...they don't give it a chance to grow. Then the father Rubinstein decide to bail out. Go ahead RIM,,,,,let's rock and roll this!

bankersbanter

Looks like Madden is still on sale, means I can wait till 2.0 to buy it. Excellent

cletis

Can't tell if trolling or... Are you really inserting future pricing/availability of an app based on a marketing mockup image?

whobussyu

Looks good to me. I'm more interested in responsiveness, & UX improvements though.

kunamvahees

1. App world search function is a Joke. At least let me search with in a category.
2. I want them to give me to options to click on a App developer and see their other apps, as we do online.
3. Need ability to push apps to Playbook from desktop, at least buy it from desktop and then it shows up in your apps, to download.

derrickps3

it also need more apps.....i hope 2.0 changes all that

zensen

I wish they'd redesign it on the smartphone because app world 3.0 is slow, buggy and ugly.

glennster28

A bookmarking feature, ala HP Catalog, would be nice in App World, so I can save potential purchases for later.

El Platanero

I don't really see the exitement in this pic. Am I missing something? I think usability changes are going to be more important. RIM is known for not advising about every single change they made so I look forward to some surprises.

digitalhomeboy

I'm really hoping that there will be a Kindle app on the PlayBook! The Kobo app is awful and their customer service is horrid aside the fact that they charge 2 taxes on ebooks when physical books are taxed only one (in Canada). Amazon, you made one for the iPad, what about the PlayBook?

elitehamster

FINALLY! I got my 32GB playbook back in december and have to say the marketplace isn't that great. A lot of games that I enjoy the most were kinda hard to find, one of them being reckless racing/getaway. Now I just hope they add more filters like sorting by cost and rating.

martinjdub

ive had a pb since day 1 and ive seen app world grow, especialy the last few months. i like the new 2.0 and cant wait for the prod version!

buffandsweet33

can't wait for os 2.0 i feel like a virgin on prom night...anxious

mpatchez

It would be awesome if I could use App World over my BB Bridge instead of only over Wifi

rafaelrgsmex

well, if it comes with skype I won't mind the digi-media stuff hehehe

Se habla QNX

iwho? sorry dude I got a real tablet not a toy

grissomtech

The UI is nice, the orig. UI is nice. A filtering process is definitely needed, but for now the filtering process would be an ugly truth, without all those "filler" apps. One or two apps would only come up when searching...and the horrible uglier truth is there will probably be no apps that come up.