Blog Post

BlackBerry App World Open for Business

Stay on Top of Enterprise Technology Trends

Get updates impacting your industry from our GigaOm Research Community
Join the Community!


The latest in the increasingly long line of App Stores opened today, this one for BlackBerry owners. The BlackBerry App World (BAW) is RIM’s (s rimm) answer to the Apple (s aapl) App Store and the Android Market from Google (s goog).

BAW has about 200 apps already in inventory, and the app is a solid storefront for accessing the goodness. Apps are broken into categories and the entire interface is easy to use and pretty slick. I installed it on my BlackBerry Storm, and the experience is fully touch optimized and takes advantage of the big screen.

The BAW can be downloaded directly from RIM and installed OTA on the BlackBerry. The entire process takes just a minute and will have you downloading both free and paid apps as quick as catch can. Om Malik has already reviewed the BAW, and his take on the effort by RIM is “good enough”.

3 Responses to “BlackBerry App World Open for Business”

  1. Like the Apps Store for Apple, the assumption here is that users are willing on giving over credit card info over the net and/or set up a PayPal account to get the Store to function.

    And that’s not an option (or desirable) for many.

    For whatever reason, Apple’s prepaid iTunes Card doesn’t work with their Apps Store, while RIM has nothing like the card at all. Missed opportunities, guys….

  2. I tried this on my BB Curve and it would not even download, telling my my BB does not meet the system requirements, BUT it actually does! I am running 4.3.

    Searching around the net and it seems this is failing on lots of carriers! NOT a great start. Maybe RIM should get their copy machine fixed!