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HOT! BerryReview Software Directory – An Easy Way to Find Free & Commercial Software for Your BlackBerry

BerryReview_Software_directory We are pleased to announce the initial launch of the BerryReview Software Directory! Due to the nature of a blog, articles are organized chronologically. We could mention a great free app one day and, a month later, it is hidden behind more recent news. For example, new BlackBerry users may not know about the very useful and free OnToCalendar application. So we decided to do something to make life easier for you!

After the success of the BerryReview Theme Directory, we are now proud to introduce a dedicated software directory where you can find all of the free or commercial software ever featured on BerryReview from the beginning of 2009 until now (more coming soon). We wanted to create a portal where new and veteran users can easily find, discover, & install BlackBerry applications. It is also intended to be a great place for new users to find applications for their devices.

The directory is still in its initial phase. Currently, each entry in the directory allows for easy access to a screenshot, product link, OTA (Over The Air) & desktop installation links, the price, and a short excerpt. Software is broken down into the following categories:

  • Device Utilities
  • Travel & Maps
  • News & Weather
  • Games & Fun
  • Finance & Banking
  • Music & Media
  • Misc Applications

Check it out at the link below and tell your friends!

Keep in mind that this is the first phase and it has some caveats. Currently, the directory only works from the desktop version of BerryReview. A mobile version will be added soon. We are BlackBerry enthusiasts and not developers so creating our own custom plug-in for WordPress using MySQL/PHP is slow going. :) If you have suggestions or want to help, let us know using our contact form.

Just to give you an idea, here’s what is coming next for the directory: (in no specific order)

  • User ratings – we want to give you an easy way to voice your opinion.
  • Mobile version of the directory – duh!
  • Allow submissions of applications to the directory (use the contact form for now).
  • Ability to filter and sort based on attributes – to help you find free and cheap applications.
  • Popularity: check how popular an application is.
  • Add a directory specific search (right now, the search is sitewide).
  • Add an RSS feed for the directory and specific categories.
  • Add other categories: business solutions, mobile services, etc.
  • More.

As an FYI, tips about how we can improve the directory are eligible for our monthly $50 tips giveaway. Please let us know what you think in the comments!

It is important to note that while RIM does have a Solutions Catalog, that website is for RIM Alliance members only. Developers have to join the alliance to be included, and so many applications mentioned on BerryReview are not listed. Also, RIM’s catalog is extremely cumbersome, flash/javascript heavy, & hard to navigate with multiple clicks required to get to the actual product page. The upcoming BlackBerry Application Storefront might bring some improvements, but that still has a vague ETA of Spring 2009…

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  1. Looks great!

  2. guys, it would be great to narrow down by device. Being that i’m a victim of a storm until the bold comes out on vzw.

  3. Doesnt work from the mobile site btw. The category links are separate from the images and when you pick one nothing comes up.

    • “Currently, the directory only works from the desktop version of BerryReview. A mobile version will be added soon.”

      It says so in the article.

  4. Thanks for posting!

  5. Doesn’t work from the mobile browser? How do you guys think most of us access BerryReview? :)

  6. How to add applications to this store? I’m a software developer. Thanks

  7. @Eric
    Working on the mobile site. We have to rewrite the whole plugin. Right now we have about 70% desktop and 30% mobile so one step at a time :)

    Just submit an application for review using the contact page

  8. This is great stuff, Ronen.
    I did notice that the Travel & Mapping section is a little sparse, specifically, I noticed that the recently plugged GPSed is not even there (nor Life in Pocket, nor Nav4All)

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