Research in Motion has announced the latest version of its app store, the BlackBerry App World 2.0.
The BlackBerry App World 2.0 update offers user carrier billing and credit card charging. Previously, users could buy apps only via PayPal.
RIM has also improved navigation via the new release in a bid to gain some parity with the discoverability option in the Apple App Store. It will also allow developers to create QR barcode links for application titles.
The BlackBerry App World has not been very attractive to developers. The App World has just 6,500 applications, while Android and App Store has around 50,000 and 225,000 applications respectively.
It is the first time that RIM has released a major update for its app store since it was launched in April 2009 in the US. Previously, it received only some small aesthetic improvements and maintenance updates.
The company hasn’t announced any launch date for the new version, but it is expected to available this summer.