RIM has been ramping up their improvements of BlackBerry App World for vendors as they get nearer to BlackBerry 10’s launch. The latest update is to the BlackBerry App World Vendor Portal which has been updated to v4.0. This new version adds something that vendors have been doing unofficially for awhile which is Keywords. These keywords will be used in a future version of BlackBerry App World clients and webstore. The three main updates RIM has highlighted are:
We’ve added a section on the DESCRIPTION tab when editing your application. You can add now add keywords to your app. This list of words is designed to make it easier for consumers to discover your apps. The keywords will be used in a future version of the BlackBerry App World client & webstore.
Automatic “For Sale” posting
Once your application(s) get approved, they will automatically be posted ‘Up for Sale’. You can opt out of this automatic posting during the submission process, but must be done prior to submitting your application(s) for approval.
Lots of changes are happening behind the scenes, but we wanted to ensure you were informed of these three changes that can help you prepare for BlackBerry® 10.
For more information regarding the Vendor Portal 4.0, please visit the BlackBerry App World Vendor Portal Documentation page, and as always you can find plenty of information in our BlackBerry App World Vendor FAQ.