BlackBerry App World Now Offers Software Update Notifications
A new feature in Research In Motion's (RIM) mobile software store, BlackBerry App World, notifies users in a variety of ways whenever new updates to applications downloaded via App World become available.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
Last week, Research In Motion released an update to its BlackBerry App World mobile software store, v1.1. With the new App World release, RIM announced a variety of details about the app store’s new features and enhancements. But one valuable tidbit seems to have been overlooked: BlackBerry App World v1.1 sends users notifications via BlackBerry message, App World itself and a home screen icon whenever updated version of applications obtained through App World become available.
RIM’s own blog, Inside BlackBerry, posted on the App World update last week, highlighting the new ability to archive applications to users’ memory cards, but neither it, nor any of the other blogs I read on the subject, mentioned the new app update notifications.
BlackBerry App World v220.127.116.11 distributes app update notifications in four ways: messages in your BlackBerry Messages app (screen shot 1); a home screen notification icon (screen shot 2); an asterisk over users’ BlackBerry App World icon; and an asterisk within App World’s MyWorld section over the specific app for which an update is available (screen shot 3).
Honestly, this is the best reason yet I’ve seen to considering downloading applications via BlackBerry App World instead of grabbing them directly from the source, as it helps ensure that you’re always running the latest software version–or at least aware that updates exist.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.