Rumor: BlackBerry App World 3.1 Coming Soon with “App Gifting” Feature

App World of Possibilities

I have always been pushing RIM to drive App World improvements at a faster pace. Right now they have been on a 6-9 month release cycle even for small features and that needs to be sped up. Bla1ze over @CrackBerry got word that an update to App World bringing v3.1 is coming soon and being tested internally at RIM. It supposedly allows you to gift apps (aka purchase them for others) through App World. It also supposedly offers full Wi-Fi support to work even without a cellular connection.

These are nice features but there are Major Features that I feel App World needs to implement yesterday:

  • Speed things up! – Its ridiculous that it takes 1-7 days for an app or update to fully roll out. The whole website site could use a speed boost.
  • Gift Cards and Coupons – While gifting apps is nice why not just sell gift cards and let developers offer coupon codes to do giveaways?
  • Bigger Screenshots – Seriously the small PlayBook app screenshots are just sad

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