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|Developer(s)||BlackBerry (formerly Research In Motion Limited)|
|Initial release||April 1, 2009|
|Stable release||22.214.171.124 / February 21, 2013|
|Operating system||BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 OS, BlackBerry Tablet OS|
|Size||250,000+ 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, formerly Research In Motion Limited, 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 providers, 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 January 21, 2013, BlackBerry announced that it rebranded the BlackBerry App World to simpler BlackBerry World as part of the upcoming release of the BlackBerry 10 operating system.
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 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.
On December 3, 2010, Research in Motion announced that daily downloads were 2 million apps per day.
On February 2, 2011, BlackBerry App World 2.1 was released. This version introduced in-app purchases of digital goods, allowing for add-ons to be purchased within applications.
On January 21, 2013, BlackBerry rebranded the BlackBerry App World to simpler the BlackBerry World.
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 BlackBerry 10 apps are available to download from BlackBerry World.
|Date||Downloads Per Day||Downloads to date|
|July 30, 2010||1,000,000|
|September 27, 2010||1,500,000|
|February 14, 2011||2,000,000|
|March 22, 2011||3,000,000|
|July 12, 2011||3,000,000||1,000,000,000|
|February 7, 2012||6,000,000||2,000,000,000|
|July 8, 2012||6,000,000+||3,000,000,000|
Pricing and availability
As of September 9, 2010 - BlackBerry App World is available in 113 countries and accepts payment in all 113 using a combination of PayPal, credit card, and carrier billing.
List of countries where BlackBerry App World is available.
Applications are both free and paid from $0.99 to $999.99 USD in the U.S. The registration and app submission fees charged to developers are currently $0.
- BlackBerry Q10
- BlackBerry Z10
- BlackBerry Bold 9900/9000/9700/9780/9650/9790
- 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
The archive function has been removed as of App World 3.0.
In 2010, RIM announced several new developer tools to make it easier for applications developers to create 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 and BBM Social Platform Software Developer Kits.
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