A quick look at gifting applications in BlackBerry App World 3.1

Requesting gifts in BlackBerry App World
By Joseph Holder on 5 Dec 2011 05:29 pm EST

The holiday gift-giving time is upon us. Whether you're preparing for Christmas, Hanukkah, or simply someone's birthday, finding that perfect gift can sometimes be difficult. Applications for your BlackBerry Smartphone should be an excellent choice, and we've always included apps in our CrackBerry Holiday Gift Guides. The trouble is, there's really no good way to get or send an application as a gift.

Hitting the BlackBerry Beta Zone today, BlackBerry App World 3.1 now offers that much-requested feature. Gifting and begging for applications from your BlackBerry Messenger contacts is but a few clicks away.

You'll first need to make sure you have the latest version of BlackBerry Messenger. App World is a BBM-connected application, and begging and gifting applications are done through the messaging application. Versions of BBM before just won't cut it. If you're not sure if you need to upgrade, just try begging for an application. App World will prompt you to install and connect the latest version of BBM if you need it. Both the person requesting an application and the person you hope will be paying for it need to have App World 3.1 installed and connected to BBM first.

"Pretty Please!" Begging for apps

Gift button is next to the price.

Requesting that someone else pay for your application is simple. In App World 3.1, it's called Begging. I like that terminology; it really makes you think about actually asking for an application (and being nice when you do so).

Find an application you'd like to receive. Next to the price of the application, you'll see a gift button. Click/tap that button to start the begging process. You can also select Beg from the menu. From the list, select one of your BBM contacts who might be kind enough to buy an app for you. You'll get the chance to include a personal plea for your app; then click/tap "Send Gift Request" to send the missive on its way.

Requesting an application with a personal message 

Giving Applications

Approve or decline a request. 

Approving a gift request is as easy as clicking/tapping the View Gift Request button in the BBM message. Our CrackBerry Team had a little trouble with this feature, but as this is a beta release, some troubles are to be expected. Clicking View Gift Request will launch App World and give you the option of accepting or declining the request. I decided to be nice and give Adam that app he asked for.

Approving the request works just like purchasing an app for yourself. You will most probably be asked to enter your BlackBerry ID information and then asked to approve the purchase amount. Your gift purchase will be charged to your account just like any other app purchase.

A few moments later, the person requesting the application will get a BBM message saying you've approved the gift. Clicking the Open button will take them to where they can download the application free of charge (for them).

And Adam gets a free flashlight app! 

No Direct Gifting

As of this writing, it doesn't appear that you can outright give a person an application without them asking for it first. A person can only beg/request an application if it is available to run on his/her device. If you just gave someone an app, there is the risk that it might not be compatible with the device, the operating system, or their country. App World 3.1 is still in beta, and that feature may be added at a later time.

It will be interesting to see how well gift giving will be received (seriously, no pun intended) in App World 3.1. I, for one, am a little squeamish about asking people to buy me things. Still, if someone asked me what applications I'd like for my BlackBerry Smartphone, I wouldn't hesitate to fill up their BBM with a few gift ideas. 

Reader comments

A quick look at gifting applications in BlackBerry App World 3.1


Can't wait for it out of beta.

UPDATE 1/4/2012 - I purchased BHive Tasks as a gift for my friend. The app seemed to have a hiccup right after I clicked Accept button. I have to switch application to my Home screen and switch back to App World and it allowed me to clicked the Accept button again (*weird*). I entered my BlackBerry ID and selected to be billed by carrier (*Tmobile*) and completed the purchase. Appworld sent me a email receipt of the purchase; however, my friend still hasn't receipt a BBM message to download the app. We are stumped. I replied Appworld email for help but I'm not sure if it's the right address to use. Anybody has any idea of what's going on? Thanks.

According to the beta support people, BBM 6.1, Twitter beta and App world 3.1 are not 7.1 compatible just now. (even though i have had the 1st 2 running for 2 weeks) lol

I requested a beta code but they havent got back to me so guessing they wont supply one unless you can download the app :(

LMAO - I love the gift giving part. I feel sorry for those people with tons of contacts, they're probably going to get annoyed at the "begging" feature.

I just downloaded it, but dont know if the other people have to have 3.1 too for me to give them a gift or try the begging feature.

At least things are progressing. I feel that I am more likely to buy an app for someone else than for myself. On that side, I think RIM was smart.

There should be a way to enable or disable it. So only those who like it will use this feature.

They really need to add the feature which lets me just give a gift; I mean, begging is just, well, begging. I want to just give a gift out of the goodness of my heart =D Especially in the upcoming holiday season!

if anyone is having trouble getting this to work because of the BlackBerry Identity bug, there is a quick fix: go to options and delete the current BBID, restart, run the new version of BBAW, run BBID update, restart... This fixed the problem for me

This seems pretty cool, wish you could select an email account too instead of just using BBM, I don't have many friends with Berries so I won't be utilizing this much if at all. Wish they'd do cards like itunes now THAT would be nice.

This is App World. BlackBerry only.

If you are referring to the PlayBook, this is not released for it yet and I bet once it is, it'll have that email to BBID feature.

Begging, really? Anyone running these phones has a decent plan costing them a bundle, they can spring for their own app. My daughter just comes over and starts laying on the charm, I cave and buy her the app. Everyone else is on their own.

I guess the request component is important to ensure that the recipient gets an app configured compatible for their device.

Nice start. Looks to work just fine on the 9810 today. Next to get direct giving would be a good step. My family are not Beta members but giving them apps would be a very nice thing.