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    DevCon: RIM to Launch BlackBerry Application Store & Application Center



    BlackBerry Developer Conference - Research In Motion today announced two major distribution initiatives for BlackBerry smartphone applications at the BlackBerry Developer Conference. A new online application storefront and a new on-device application center will help application developers and carriers reach millions of BlackBerry smartphone users worldwide and will provide consumers with greater choice, enhanced application discovery and an easy method for managing installation, upgrades, and purchases.

    RIM plans to launch the application storefront in March 2009 and BlackBerry application developers can begin submitting their applications and content for inclusion in the storefront in December 2008. The storefront will allow developers to set their own prices for applications and developers will retain 80 percent of the revenue generated from their applications. RIM is working with PayPal, a leading global online payment service, to provide consumers with a convenient and trusted way to pay for applications within the new application storefront, right from their BlackBerry smartphone. Organizations that have deployed BlackBerry Enterprise Server or BlackBerry Professional Software will retain control of what applications can be downloaded to BlackBerry smartphones within their corporate deployments.

    RIM is also working with its carrier partners to provide carrier-customized, on-device application centers to help foster after-market application downloads. The BlackBerry application center will allow each carrier to offer a convenient catalog right on the device where a customer can discover and download applications. RIM has already worked with carriers successfully to provide this type of on-device distribution system for individual software applications, such as the popular Facebook for BlackBerry Smartphones application. The new BlackBerry application center will allow a carrier to build on that success with a broader catalog and provide customers with a convenient and easy method to purchase and download applications.

    "The BlackBerry platform enjoys strong roots in the enterprise market and we continue to invest for growth and success with our enterprise channel partners, but the introduction of more consumer-friendly features in BlackBerry smartphones has clearly helped generate a groundswell of interest with new developers that has already resulted in the introduction of thousands of consumer and lifestyle oriented applications for BlackBerry smartphones," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. "The new BlackBerry application storefront and BlackBerry application centers will further support the growing BlackBerry ecosystem and help bridge consumers with developers and carriers as more and more innovative and interesting applications arrive."

    RIM is already working with carrier partners on plans to roll out the BlackBerry application center on future BlackBerry smartphones. For more information on the BlackBerry application storefront, interested developers should visit www.blackberry.com/storefrontinfo and sign up to receive periodic updates.

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    Yes!! A app store for us blackberry users. It launches the same month as my bday

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    Hopefully this will not mean the end of free apps???
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    Quote Originally Posted by thbassman View Post
    Hopefully this will not mean the end of free apps???

    it most likely will be
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjs87 View Post
    it most likely will be

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    sounds cool

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    It will be cool to have access to that. I don't think it will mean the end of all free apps. There will still be apps that get supported by ads like viigo. And I don't mind paying for an app if it's something useful to me. But it MUST have a free trial. There are way too many sites that sell games and other apps and have no free trial. If I can't try it first, I almost never buy.

    So please RIM, encourage/REQUIRE the developers who's items will be in your app store to offer free trials for all non-free applications from games and themes to utilities..........all of it! Please
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    sweet i hope this will be supported by the Bold by then i'll prolly have a new blackberry anyways :P but i dont think it will be the end to free applications what so ever we'll just have more options mainly more options in applications that will cost us money but thats okay

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    It doesn't mean the end of free apps. Apple has had this since the beginning, and iphone users have a huge variety of free apps to choose from.

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    I have this listed in my applications on my Bold... but no icon found at all... even in the hidden items... Wondering when this will be active??

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