BlackBerry App World Gets Long Awaited Update

March 18, 2010, By Alex Ion

BlackBerry App World by Research In Motion Limited (RIM) has been recently updated from version 1.1.0.24 to version 1.1.0.33. The free upgrade offered on BlackBerry’s website and through App World itself is 1000.5 KB in size, 319.5 KB larger than the last version.

It has been suggested by some websites that if your technically savvy, you may also want to consider updating your firmware to fully take advantage of the latest changes and fixes.

Although this is not an upgrade you will have to pay for, the benefits are valuable. While updates are mostly to the backend, long awaited bug fixes have been implemented as well.

This BlackBerry App World update doesn’t attempt to make major changes or add any exciting new features, so you may not notice anything different right away. Instead the goal of this update is to do a little housekeeping and improve the App World’s overall efficiency and performance.

RIM didn’t release an official changelog, so all there is to look at is user reviews, and so far user reviews about the update are favorable. BlackBerry App World users have reported improvement in speed and performance in the new version as well as other positive changes.

User reports have also noted that all downloaded apps now show up in My World and that the install times for updates of some apps have improved. Smoothness and speed of navigation between most screens is also said, to have improved.

Although, most user reviews indicate that the update is a success, not all user reviews have been as positive. BlackBerry users are quick to point out that not all App World bugs have been fixed and that BlackBerry App World still has to compete with Crackberry’s unofficial BlackBerry application store.

Despite Crackberry’s application store being unattractive, buggy and anything but user friendly, it still boasts a massive catalog of apps
available in every country.

Expanding the BlackBerry App World catalog and opening up the availability of apps is something that should definitely be considered by RIM, but I feel the argument here is more about quantity VS quality and less about the update to App World itself.

While the BlackBerry App World may not be as popular as the Android Market or the Apple App Store, it still has a large audience looking to make the most out of their BlackBerry device.

So far, by all available user accounts, this long awaited BlackBerry App World update seems to deliver practical improvements that help you do, just that.

This is a guest post by Desi Mikkel. She’s a freelance writer, musician, photographer & coder. Follow Desi on Twitter and check out her website, too.

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