Following the release of three new BlackBerry 7 OS smartphones, including the BlackBerry Bold 9930, BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860, and the BlackBerry Torch 9180, RIM is getting ready to unleash a new BlackBerry App World 3.0. According to a source of N4BB, the revamped app marketplace is scheduled to launch on August 22. Additionally, the recently rumored BlackBerry music streaming service could be released around the same time.
BlackBerry App World 3.0 is expected to have a completely revamped interface with a home screen that’s been enhanced to make it easier to discover the latest and greatest apps, games, and themes. The home screen will now have rotating banners that display what’s new and exciting and apps downloaded are stored digitally in your own personal storage folder called My World.
If you accidentally delete an app or upgrade to a new BlackBerry smartphone, you can wirelessly re-install the app at no additional cost. Apps can be paid for using PayPal or by credit card. And, you can scan barcodes associated with a BlackBerry app to quickly find it in the App World storefront.
Rumors of RIM nearing completion of its BlackBerry music streaming negotiations surfaced earlier this week. It’s believed that RIM has already signed deals with one of the four major record label companies and is set to secure another two.
All this is good news for RIM, which has seen several setbacks in recent months, the latest being Sprint’s cancellation of plans to carry a 4G WiMAX PlayBook. Now, that HP has raised a white flag over webOS, RIM has at least one less potential competitor to deal with as it scrambles back into the game.