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Updated: RIM Deletes Mention of Removing App World From PlayBook OS 2.0 Developer Beta

Update: RIM let us know that their note in their blog post this morning that said App World not being included in this version of the PlayBook OS 2.0 developer build “was a typo that has since been removed.”  Hopefully that means RIM is not even considering it anymore. Now I can finally download the update and check for myself.

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That was quick! We told you earlier today that RIM posted up a new version of the PlayBook OS 2.0 Beta with a huge disclaimer. It specifically said that they had removed App World from the development beta. Now just a few hours later that text has been removed from RIM’s announcement and updaters are reporting that they are getting App World. Specifically RIM’s old blog post said (from Google Cache):

Please note that this build is strictly designed for developers and is NOT a build designed for consumer use, since some apps built for BlackBerry PlayBook OS v.1.0.7 may not work correctly. As such, we have removed the BlackBerry App World™ storefront from this developer build (you can still “side load” your applications for testing). If you’ve downloaded and installed this build by accident, or if you’d like to return your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to its previous state, check out our guide to downgrading on the Inside BlackBerry Help Blog.

While the updated announcement now reads:

Please note that this build is strictly designed for developers and is NOT a build designed for consumer use, since some apps built for BlackBerry PlayBook OS v.1.0.7 may not work correctly. If you’ve downloaded and installed this build by accident, or if you’d like to return your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to its previous state, check out our guide to downgrading on the Inside BlackBerry Help Blog.

Notice the retraction? Hopefully that means that RIM has realized how big of a colossal screw up it would be to remove App World from development builds. If anything they could simply not allow users of Dev Builds to leave reviews on apps in App World. What do you think?

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  1. It’s also possible they didn’t include it, but forgot/didn’t realize that if you just update from an earlier version that includes App World, it will not actually be *deleted*.

    Those of us who installed this as an update from the earlier beta did not actually lose App World when we did so. Possibly if you do a security wipe after the update, however, you’ll find that App World is now missing… no idea.

  2. lol… ok… can someone clarify… I have the original beta… if I update.. do I retain app world?

  3. It worked fine for me. I did the upgrade to the beta on my 1.0.7 build, then this upgrade as soon as it was available. App World launched just fine.

  4. Just bought a new playbook (2 now) but I don’t feel like using 2.0 yet..

  5. RIM let us know that their note in their blog post this morning that said App World not being included in this version of the PlayBook OS 2.0 developer build “was a typo that has since been removed.” Hopefully that means RIM is not even considering it anymore. Now I can finally download the update and check for myself. :)

  6. The only thing I can say is because of the first beta OS 2 I got to reinstall OS 1.7 freshly afterwards and it made a difference. No, I think I’ll pass till the real deal or when they get really close.
    Also, not having native bbm is a big deal because you can’t use the tablet alone and no cross platform multiplayer games…
    They’ll fix that in the future I’m sure…

  7. So can someone confirm if app world is included in this build?

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