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App World Spotted on BlackBerry PlayBook Featuring Skype App

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While at CES I was asking about what App World would look like on the BlackBerry PlayBook. RIM has changed much of the BlackBerry experience including things that have been around for ages like the BlackBerry menu button. I was curious what kind of makeover they would be giving for App World since currently it will be the only way to install apps on the PlayBook. Adam over at CrackBerry managed to snap a quick shot of what looks like App World on the PlayBook. Even more interesting is that version of App World features Skype for the PlayBook so it looks like it will no longer be a Verizon exclusive on the PlayBook.

What do you think? Personally I am not that crazy about RIM creating a monopoly of only allowing apps for the PlayBook through App World. I hope that changes before launch or some developer comes up with a way to sideload apps. Otherwise RIM is going down the Apple road with a curated app store. I know they have to offer sideloaded apps since internal corporate apps cannot be offered on App World.

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  1. I never liked AppWorld for my BB’s but if they improve it, i won’t care if there aren’t other means of getting software (ie mobihand).

  2. App World only would suck.
    I think too much is being made of the appearance of that Skye logo. At this point of development it is meaningless. IMHO.

  3. I think the idea of only buying apps from app world makes sense. Just like apple store. I don’t understand what the big deal??? You like and app, buy it. Who cares why you buy…

    Apple has obviously been successful with it’s idea. I have both BB9700 and iphone4 (although my BB has been in the shadows).

    I think mobihand sucks. God Bless them. Lol

  4. I thought mobihand will find a way.. hmm..

  5. It will be sad if apps can only be sourced thru app world what about those who are in countries outside the reach of app world, this injustice must stop. So it is only USA, Canada, UK and others on App world can use the Playbook or whatever they call it !

  6. anyone that hasnt sign up for blackberry beta zone should do so. appworld 2.1 is a decent step. When they release the playbook, theyll be able to get real feedback from us and make the improvements needed.

  7. Hate to want it App World to be like Apple’s App Store but there are so many good things about Apple’s App Store and so many bad things about BB’s App World.

  8. Skype would be awesome from the playbook. i like the swipe from the tabs

  9. I admit i never cared about video calling before (thought the iphone facetime commercials were beyond lame), but it could be a neat addition

  10. I have never used skype or seen it in action. But I read that the chip on the PlayBook can do 4-way 720p video conferencing. (Or maybe it is the next processor up in the line.) Can skype do more than 2-way conferencing?

  11. Love to have it on my torch, in Middle East..

  12. I wouldn’t install skype on my BP, to give the bastards over at skype a lessen.

    Why now? Why BP and not other BB phones? Made iskoot close down. Only for verizon.

    So stupid.

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