Today on BlackBerry’s Developer Blog, BlackBerry has announced a new program to promote natively built BlackBerry 10 apps within BlackBerry World.
The new section arriving February 25th will be titled “Great Apps on BlackBerry”. This will be a list of 20 apps, that shall be featured for two weeks, once per month.
The rules to be featured will be as followed:
- Be built using BlackBerry 10 Native/Cascades or WebWorks™ HTML5
- Have a minimum 3.0 star rating
- Perform all tasks as outlined in the description
- Not be made using a tool/template or simply launch a web page
To nominate apps to be included in this program, email BlackBerry Word Marketing using subject “Great Apps on BlackBerry” providing Vendor Name, Application Name, Applicaton ID or BlackBerry World Link. As noted on the Developer Blog, apps should have up-to-date icons and descriptions.
This leads me to wonder a little more about the end of the Built for BlackBerry program. As a user, I have always wanted and preferred a more curated experience on BlackBerry World. I will spend more time looking at categories such as Staff Picks than I would looking for Built for BlackBerry Apps. Great Apps for BlackBerry is something I see as a welcome addition to BlackBerry Workd. At the same time, I also wonder how many Built for BlackBerry apps were still being maintained by their developers? Do you see new promotions such as “Great Apps on BlackBerry” and categories such as Staff Picks being more or less helpful than “Built for BlackBerry” in your app hunting?