|Initial release||July 30, 2010|
|Written in||Java, C++ & Cascades|
|Operating system||BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 OS, BlackBerry Tablet OS|
|Size||260,000+ apps (all OS)|
|Available in||English, French, Italian, German, Spanish , Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai|
BlackBerry World (previously BlackBerry App World) is an application distribution service and application by BlackBerry Ltd for a majority of BlackBerry devices. The service provides BlackBerry users with an environment to browse, download and update third-party applications. The service went live on April 1, 2009. Of the three major app stores of different operating systems, it has the largest revenue per app at $9,166.67 compared to $6,480.00 and $1,200.00 by the Apple App Store and Google Play, respectively. On 21 January 2013, BlackBerry announced that it rebranded the BlackBerry App World to simpler BlackBerry World as part of the release of the BlackBerry 10 operating system. The BlackBerry Priv, the newest BlackBerry phone which runs Android, uses the Google Play Store.
In 2003, RIM launched the Mobile Data Service to enable customers to access Java-based third-party enterprise applications using the secure real-time push-based BlackBerry infrastructure.
Later on October 21, 2008, RIM announced at the BlackBerry Developer Conference that the company would open an application store for their devices. It was also announced that the store was scheduled to be open in March 2009, and would work in conjunction with PayPal's services. On January 19, 2009, RIM began accepting submissions of applications from developers.
On March 4, 2009, RIM officially named the store "BlackBerry App World" (previously called the BlackBerry Application Storefront). It was also confirmed that the service would not initially be available for desktops, and only a web-based catalog would be accessible from non-BlackBerry devices.
On April 1, 2009, at CTIA's trade show, RIM announced that App World had gone live.
On August 19, 2010, BlackBerry App World 2.0 was released. This new version introduced BlackBerry ID - a single sign, account system that can be used on both the BlackBerry client and the BlackBerry App World desktop storefront. In addition to BlackBerry ID, BlackBerry App World 2.0 also introduced direct credit card billing and carrier billing for AT&T Wireless subscribers.
At the beginning of 2011, 16,000 apps were available on BlackBerry App World. A year later, the app store passed 60,000 apps (January 2012) and a month later 70,000 apps (February 2012). At BlackBerry Jam in September 2012, RIM announced that App World had more than 105,000 apps.
In May 2013, at the Blackberry Live Conference, BlackBerry announced that over 120,000 apps for BlackBerry 10 where available to download from BlackBerry World.
Pricing and availability
As of March 2013 - BlackBerry World is available in 170 markets and supports 23 currencies and 33 languages. Over 6 million applications are downloaded daily with an aggregate of over 4 billion downloads to-date and accepts payment in all markets using a combination of PayPal, credit card, and carrier billing.
The store is available for the following BlackBerry devices that are updated to BlackBerry OS version 4.5.0 or higher:
- BlackBerry Leap
- BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983
- BlackBerry Classic
- BlackBerry Passport
- BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9982
- BlackBerry Q5
- BlackBerry Q10
- BlackBerry Z3
- BlackBerry Z10
- BlackBerry Z30
- BlackBerry Bold 9900/9000/9700/9780/9650/9790
- BlackBerry 9720
- BlackBerry PlayBook
- BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981 9981
- BlackBerry Torch 9800/9810 - Preloaded
- BlackBerry Style 9670 - Preloaded
- BlackBerry Storm and BlackBerry Storm2 9500/9520/9530/9550
- BlackBerry Tour 9630
- BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9100/9105
- BlackBerry Pearl 8100/8110/8120/8130
- BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220/8230
- BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300/9330
- BlackBerry Curve 8900
- BlackBerry Curve 8520/8530/9320
- BlackBerry Curve 8300 8300/8310/8320/8330
- BlackBerry 8800
In 2010, RIM announced several new tools to make it easier for applications developers to build, simulate, deploy and monetize feature-rich applications on the BlackBerry platform including the BlackBerry Enterprise Application Development Platform; the next generation BlackBerry Web Application Platform; BlackBerry WebWorks Platform for the BlackBerry PlayBook™ Tablet and BlackBerry smartphones; and BlackBerry Payment Service, BlackBerry Push Service, BlackBerry Advertising Service, Location Service, Maps Services, Analytics Service, Scoreloop, BBM Social Platform Software Developer Kits, et al.
BlackBerry embraced open standards and included a variety of open source libraries out of the box including Lua, OpenAL, cocos2d-x, and Box2D and has an open source repository that can be accessed at github.com/blackberry. This open ecosystem helps developers target multiple platforms through partnerships with Appcelerator, Cordova, dojo, jQuery Mobile, Marmalade, NME, Qt and Sencha Touch.
BlackBerry has changed its whole direction of development tools and is now mainly embracing their C++/Cascades as the "native" road to develop mobile apps for their BlackBerry 10 platform. HTML5 is considered the almost-native second path for development. In April 2014 BlackBerry has announced to stop the support of Adobe Air with the release of BlackBerry 10.3.1 to be released later 2014. From the time of the release of BlackBerry 10.3.1 it will not be possible to upload new Adobe Air-based apps to BlackBerry World.
- Google Play
- App Store (iOS)
- Microsoft Store
- List of digital distribution platforms for mobile devices
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