BlackBerry App World 2.0 ushers in some much needed improvements to the store

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BlackBerry Torch 9800 5.jpgThe BlackBerry App World store is getting quite the overhaul, just in time for the launch of the BlackBerry Torch and the 6.0 version of RIM’s operating system.

Simply called BlackBerry App World 2.0, the update will streamline the sometimes clunky offerings that have gone before it.

Most notably, the purchasing system has been given a much needed re-vamp. Users will now be able to tie a dedicated credit card or PayPal account to a handset, accessible by a unique user ID and password, which will let users download paid-for apps far easier than before.

Each user ID will be accessible across multiple RIM devices, allowing users to check any previous download history no matter what handset or (potentially) tablet device they initially bought them on.

QR barcode scanning, as previously seen in Google’s Android Marketplace, will also make an appearance, meaning users will be able to use their BlackBerry’s camera to scan a barcode and be directed straight to the relevant app purchasing page associated with it.

A beta version of BlackBerry App World 2.0 is already up for grabs over at BlackBerry Beta Zone, though for the time being it’s limited only to UK users.

Gerald Lynch