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Hands-on with BlackBerry App World 3.0

RIM released their latest App World 3.0 software store for BlackBerry smartphones. As you can see in these screenshots, the UI has gotten a major refresh with additional functions. You can also see there are a number of applications in App World and BlackBerry devices really don't lack many key apps.
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By Matthew Miller, Contributor on
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RIM released their latest App World 3.0 software store for BlackBerry smartphones. As you can see in these screenshots, the UI has gotten a major refresh with additional functions. You can also see there are a number of applications in App World and BlackBerry devices really don't lack many key apps.

Check out my full ZDNet Smartphones & Cell Phones blog post with a video of the new App World and a list of apps I have loaded on my Bold 9930.

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BBM 6 provides APIs for developers to integrate BBM functionality into their apps and in App World 3.0 there is a category where you can quickly view the apps that are BBM connected.

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There are featured categories on the top of the App World 3.0 interface that you can quickly browse through.

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Featured apps and games also appear above the categories and other sections in App World 3.0.

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There are icons for the categories in both apps and games in App World 3.0.

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You can filter apps by free, trial, paid and 3+ star levels in App World 3.0.

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You can also sort apps BlackBerry App World 3.0. Sort options include popular, app name, price, rating, and newest.

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In addition to viewing apps by categories you can swipe left and right to view Top Free, Top Paid, New Arrivals, and Top Rated apps.

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There are both Games and Apps categories in BB App World 3.0.

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You can view up to 25 Top Rated apps in BB App World 3.0.

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The apps you have installed are viewable in the My World section of App World 3.0.

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There are filter options in the My World section that include Installed, Uninstalled, Upgrades, and Subscriptions. If you have apps with updates available a red asterik will appear at the top of My World and under the application.

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There are a couple of sort options in My World, including App Name and File Size.

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There are several options for sharing, reviewing, and providing feedback on apps when you select a specific application or game.

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You can share the app with others in several different ways.

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There are plenty of screenshots available to view in App World 3.0.

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You can manage your payment options in BlackBerry App World 3.0.

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BlackBerry App World 3.0 gallery 1

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BlackBerry App World 3.0 gallery 2

 

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