We just go an email about a new 3rd party BlackBerry application store called the BerryStore that we believe will give the BlackBerry Application Center some real competition.
The big plus for the BerryStore over the BlackBerry App Center is that it is not supported by the carriers. It simply is an application that you install on your BlackBerry from which you can install and review third party BlackBerry applications.
The issue that I see for the BlackBerry Application Center is that carriers simply won’t support many of the BlackBerry applications out because a bad experience from said applications will reflect on the carrier. My guess is that the certification process for getting into the App Center will be much more stringent than getting listed on the BerryStore.
All you have to do to get into the BerryStore is create an specially formated xml file called a BerryStore Appcast that points to your OTA BlackBerry download.
The BerryStore is still in beta and only supports free BlackBerry applications as of right now, however, the ability to charge for BlackBerry applications is something that the BerryStore is working on.
Have you checked out the new application for the BB Pearl and Curve at http://www.next2friends.com. It is Mobile Social Networking with a twist – you can live stream from your BB Pearl or Curve. I use a Curve 8320 with v4.5 on my handset and I was really impressed with this app. You can also blog, send messages, create instant polls linked to photos or images and you can upload photo’s directly to your web page. There really is a lot to this stuff and it is so far ahead of Facebook adn the others. Definitely worth checking out!!
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