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RIM Upgrading App World Backend for v2.1 Update

BB-AppWorld-payment-optionsWe have heard some rumblings from developers that RIM is working on upgrading the App World infrastructure for in app payments. Our friend Josep just confirmed this by sending over a copy of the email RIM has send developers:

"We are happy to announce that we are starting to launch the first phase of BlackBerry App World version 2.1.

Over the weekend and today we are upgrading our backend systems as well as the BlackBerry App World Vendor portal. During this time the reporting system will be down. It will be back online tomorrow.

Once the Server is launched you will be able to:

  • Upload digital goods for BlackBerry Payment Service (in-app purchases)
  • Register and manage digital goods in the BlackBerry App World Vendor Portal

Please note that this is simply the BlackBerry App World Vendor Portal. End-users will not be able to download digital goods through BlackBerry Payment Service until the BlackBerry App World 2.1 client is launched in the future. We will announce more information regarding the client launch in the future.

Thank you for building for BlackBerry,

BlackBerry App World Team"

As the email clearly states these in app payment features wont be live until the new App World 2.1 client rolls out but hopefully it is coming soon. This is huge on other platforms and allows developers to offer extra content and charge for it. Or provide a way inside the app to upgrade from a free version or trial to the full version. Hopefully in app payments will be coming shortly after 2.0.

Let us know if you spot any other App World 2.1 developments!

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  1. They should focus less on the app world app and more on the apps. The difference between blackberry apps and iOS apps available are becoming more and more lopsided.

    • I agree with you. But, maybe RIM wants a top-notch App World app so that more and more people will use AW to get apps rather than via OTA, direct links to .jad, or using places like Mobihand et al. Maybe like a “give people a great pathway to apps that has lots of options and customization so they won’t look to anywhere/anyone else to download apps.”

      Afterall, wasn’t AW #1 on some list of most-downloaded or most-popular free app?

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