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BlackBerry App World 3.0 hits handsets

Research In Motion has started rolling out the third version of BlackBerry App World, which brings numerous changes to the application portal including a redesigned home screen, new icons and easier app management.As well as redesigned home screens and revamped icons, the BlackBerry smartphone maker has also tweaked other aspects of App World to make it easier to find and manage apps and subscriptions.
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Research In Motion has started rolling out the third version of BlackBerry App World, which brings numerous changes to the application portal including a redesigned home screen, new icons and easier app management.

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As well as redesigned home screens and revamped icons, the BlackBerry smartphone maker has also tweaked other aspects of App World to make it easier to find and manage apps and subscriptions.

For example, the portal is now split into channels — separating apps, games and themes into their own sections — and new search options, including a search bar on the homepage, search across channels and the ability to filter apps by price, rating, name, release date, best match or most popular.

The company also introduced a more transparent app details system that displays user reviews, star ratings and screen shots before downloading an app.

BlackBerry App World 3.0 also introduces a feature called MyWorld that allows people to keep track of which apps they have installed or uninstalled, as well as subscription content and services. It will also notify users when an update is available for the apps.

Rounding off the list of notable changes is a new social sharing feature which allows a user to directly share an app from the store using BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), Facebook, Twitter, email and SMS.

The new-look store is available for BlackBerry OS 5.0 devices and higher and BlackBerry owners "will see on-device upgrade notifications appear in the coming days", the company said. However, it can also be manually downloaded directly from the BlackBerry App World download page.

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