RIM to Open Its Own Application Store
BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has announced that it will join a field already crowded by Apple and Google, in launching its own application store. The Application Storefront and Application Center, set to debut in the spring of 2009, will allow users to easily download applications to their devices, much in the manner of Apple's App Store.
Meanwhile, application developers may begin submitting application proposals beginning in September. The new initiative was announced at the company's BlackBerry Developer Conference in California.
"The BlackBerry platform enjoys strong roots in the enterprise market and we continue to invest for growth and success with our enterprise channel partners," RIM's president and co-CEO, Mike Lazaridis, said as part of the announcement. "The new BlackBerry application storefront and BlackBerry application centers will further support the growing BlackBerry ecosystem and help bridge consumers with developers and carriers as more and more innovative and interesting applications arrive."