BlackBerry App World 3.0 released (hands-on review)

BlackBerry App World 3.0 released (hands-on review)

Summary: RIM released the BlackBerry App World 3.0 client with a major UI overhaul and lots of new functions and features.

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Now that I am a daily BlackBerry user I read Crackberry.com even more than I used to and read over there yesterday that BlackBerry App World 3.0 was taken out of beta and launched publicly to the masses. Just go to blackberry.com/appworld from your BlackBerry browser to start the installation process and I think you will be pleased with the new device application store. You can check out several screenshots of the BlackBerry App World 3.0 in my image gallery and in the video below.


Image Gallery: Check out some screenshots from BlackBerry App World 3.0 on a Bold 9930. Image Gallery: App World 3.0 home screen Image Gallery: Sorting games

BlackBerry App World 3.0 has been available for testing the the BlackBerry Beta Zone for a few weeks. It looks much better than before and has improved functionality such as new My World features, new channels, app social sharing, and more. I have always found it a bit difficult to find apps in App World so I am really liking this update that lets me quickly view the top rated, top paid, top free, and more. The categories interface looks much better and this new software store functions like a modern smartphone store should.

Now that BBM 6 is out with improved integration and social experiences, I like that the new App World 3.0 gives you quick access to view BBM Connected applications available for your BlackBerry devices. I don't see a way to view the application count any longer, but as I have said before it isn't the number of apps available that counts as much as the quality and selection of key apps.

I have heard people complaining about the lack of apps on BlackBerry devices compared to other platforms, but I personally am not finding many missing that I need. FYI, these are the apps I have installed on my new Bold 9930:

  • BBM Music
  • YouVersion Bible
  • BlackBerry Traffic
  • Evernote
  • Facebook
  • Flixster
  • Gist
  • Goal Mobile
  • Google Maps
  • Kobo
  • Pageonce
  • Poynt
  • ScoreMobile
  • Skype
  • Slacker Radio
  • SugarSync
  • Texas Hold'em King Live
  • TripIt
  • TuneIn Radio
  • Wikitude

What other apps do you recommend I test out on my Bold 9930? What apps do you find missing on BlackBerry smartphones?

Topics: Mobile OS, Hardware, Mobility, BlackBerry

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  • blackberries are so 1990's... Lol..

    ..RIM is so deluded.. they really do think they can continue to pump out this outdated crap forever..
    doctorSpoc
    • RE: BlackBerry App World 3.0 released (hands-on review)

      I am shocked that an Apple fan(boy) hates Blackberry.

      Seriously a shocker.
      Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: BlackBerry App World 3.0 released (hands-on review)

        +1 :thumbsup:
        magnumx327
  • Apps

    What I find interesting is most Blackberry users are looking to extend the function of their device and many of the Apps you have listed allow that.

    I use many other mobile devices and Apps on those devices seem so siloed. So when I run an App .. thats all I'm doing. It kills your productivity and for Blackberry users that is first and foremost what they want - to get stuff done. I have other means to kill time if needed.

    On my 9930

    - Poynt (one of the best Apps ever)
    - Google Maps
    - Open Table
    - Dropbox
    - Bing (nice improvements)
    - Concur (if your company uses it)
    - Citrix (ditto)
    - BerryWeather
    - FreeTips
    - Bloomberg

    What I miss from when I use an iOS / Android device? I'd like some real media news apps (USA Today, CNBC etc) on Blackberry they basically only provide a launcher to their mobile website. I can use a bookmark for that. I'd really like the Comcast Xfinity App .. it came out for OS5/6 devices so hopefully OS 7 support is coming.
    MobileAdmin
    • RE: BlackBerry App World 3.0 released (hands-on review)

      @MobileAdmin You should get the Thomson Reuters News Pro. I also have Newsweek and MSNBC. Reuters is the better of the three. I also use Weather Plus. All are on Appworld.
      mbennett@...
  • RE: BlackBerry App World 3.0 released (hands-on review)

    The experience is even better on a PlayBook. My 32GB is proving to be quite a workshop. I think the tablet naysayers (anti-tablet that is, not iPad vs. PlayBooks vs. Galaxy etc.) will be eating their words pretty soon. The MyWorld option is terrific but I do need more control of my file management though. The hard-coded folder choices on the PB are simply not enough.
    Explorer at Heart
  • RE: BlackBerry App World 3.0 released (hands-on review)

    Apps I use most are Poynt, Weather Channel, and Dictionary.
    ITOdeed