Research in Motion is preparing to launch an updated version of the BlackBerry App World, which allows customers to find and download third party apps for their phones. The new service will reportedly have a number of features that sound pretty exciting… for BlackBerry users anyway. To be honest, most of the updates will simply help bring BlackBerry App World 2.0 up to date with competing stores like the iTunes App Store.

That said, here are some of the highlights:

  • Support for carrier billing, which means you can purchase an app and pay for it with your next phone bill instead of paying with PayPal
  • Improved search function
  • More info about your apps in the “My World” section
  • Support for QR barcodes, allowing you to scan a code with your phone and open the link in the App World, much as you can with the Google Android Market

RIM is also reportedly rolling out BlackBerry ID, which will let you crate a single BlackBerry account associated with your information. When you swap out your BlackBerry handset for a new model, this will make it easier to transfer your data.

It’s not yet clear exactly when BlackBerry App World 2.0 will be available.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...

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