This has been a long time coming but it looks like Mobihand, the company that also ran the BerryReview Store, is shutting down their third party app store business. The sad truth is that for awhile now Mobihand has not been paying partners or developers but we kept them around for the users who bought apps through there in the past and for giveaways with coupon codes. Sadly even that use has died down with RIM focusing on BlackBerry App World along with BlackBerry 10 and PlayBook apps only being available in App World.
Now Mobihand has posted the following announcement on their website:
What a fabulous ride we had!
From San Francisco to Indonesia, from Brazil to Moscow, for eight years we served millions of worldwide customers with their app needs and delivered hundreds of millions of downloads.
We enjoyed the rise of many different platforms. BlackBerry and then Android were the biggest. And we suffered through the fall of others. Goodbye Palm and maybe BlackBerry?
Remember when we downloaded apps onto a PC and then sideloaded them through a cable to our phones? Today, our apps are discovered, downloaded and updated with very little effort right onto our devices (phones and tablets that we could not have imagined when we started). We are proud to have pioneered many of the innovations that all mobile users enjoy today.
We lived through all of these changes, including the entry of some very large companies into the app industry. These companies changed the industry with their massive resources and easy access to existing customers (which some of them vigorously protect by closing their app systems).
Domination of mobile app distribution by a relatively small number of large companies has made participation increasingly difficult for independent app distributors. While it was very hard to reach this decision, we have concluded that we have to discontinue our current services. We can only hope that the assets we built over the years will find a new purpose.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you over all these years.
The MobiHand Team
P.S. Customer accounts will be accessible for a few more days. Customers will be able to re-download purchased apps or get their activation codes, but no upgrades, new codes, or swaps will be available.
That means if you have purchased any apps on Mobihand or the BerryReview app store in the past we highly recommend you download them and backup the serial codes. I would also recommend keeping a some record of purchase since some kind hearted devs may take that into consideration in the future. Definitely let us know how it goes. It is sad to see Mobihand go but the writing has been on the wall for awhile now.