Details Confirmed for BlackBerry App World 2.0

So a few more details have emerged concerning Research In Motion Ltd.’s (RIM) App World 2.0 and some were finally confirmed even though they had been almost taken for granted despite RIM’s refusal to comment. Most notably is that BlackBerry OS 6.0 support is evident. A category carousel (oddly similar to Apple’s App Store) lets you slide back and forth between pages that show what apps are newest, which apps were recently updated, which apps are the top 25 free, and which apps are the top 25 paid.

That interesting QR barcode scanning has been confirmed by RIM, as have all those new payment options. No more PayPal for BlackBerry users, they get to choose carrier billing, and credit cards. However, there has been no official word yet as to which (or if any) carriers will support the carrier billing features. The “BlackBerry ID” feature that lets users have a consistent account even if they change phones or carriers has also been confirmed. This will cut down on the hassle of getting previously purchased applications back onto a new phone. I am not sure why RIM never had this option available in the future, as it seems like a no-brainer to me.

Regardless of whether or not you think a new App World 2.0 is enough to boost RIM’s dismal count of 7,000 available apps, I am sure you can agree that unless RIM gets the upcoming touch screen models nearly perfect, they are going to have much more serious problems than they do now. Even though RIM has stronger security features, and does everything a business user would need in a smart phone, IT departments are going to be skeptical on how much they should invest in the BlackBerry system in the future. The touch screen phones are also essential to start grabbing some of that lucrative consumer market share from the iPhone and the Android OS.

While there is STILL no official word as to when App World 2.0 will roll out, expect the beta to come as soon as next week. Hopefully BlackBerry OS 6.0 will be close behind or even come as soon as the App World 2.0 beta ends. RIM has been keeping us waiting long enough on features that they should have released years ago, but its nice to know that they have realized their mistake. Now hurry up RIM, Apple has played its hand, now its time to see if you were bluffing.

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