RIM sent out an email to developers that they are changing up some of the App World Category structures this week. The new changes modify existing categories and open up new categories for users to find content. They added a new Blogs subcategory along with renaming the News category to News and Magazines. They have also discontinued the Beta category and moved the apps to their relevant categories. Here is the list of the key changes:
- News: The News category has been expanded to include magazines. This category is now called News and Magazines and includes Blogs as a subcategory.
- Beta: The Beta category is discontinued. The apps located the Beta category have been moved to relevant categories.
- Reference and eBooks & Education: The Books and Reference category has been divided in to separate categories so that these are now individual categories respectively. The Reference category includes Education. This new category is Education & Reference.
- Shopping: The Shopping category has been renamed Lifestyle.
- Maps & Navigation: The Maps & Navigation category now includes Travel and has been renamedNavigation and Travel.
- Music Creation (*NEW*): There is a new subcategory Music Creation available under the Music and Audio category.
- Children’s Categories (*NEW*): There are two new children’s focused categories:
- New Children’s Games category within the Games Channel
- New Children’s Books subcategory within the Books category
If you are a developer you should make the adjustments to your apps category if it better fits. Otherwise you can see that RIM is gearing up for the launch of BlackBerry 10.