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BlackBerry App World finally launches in A/NZ

RIM has finally given Aussies the key to its magical BlackBery App World, an online portal for applications developed specifically for BlackBerry handsets.

We don't usually keep count, but it's been eight months and 10 days since the BlackBerry App World went live in the US, and now, finally, it's our turn to play.

BlackBerry App World
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Research in Motion announced today that the App World is finally available to Australian and New Zealand BlackBerry smartphone owners. The App World is a centralised hub for applications developed specifically for the BlackBerry, and its launch adds yet another rival to Apple's successful App Store, after the Google Android Market and Windows Mobile Marketplace both launched earlier in the year.

The BlackBerry App World currently has about 4000 applications available to download, with a mixture of utilities including business, media, mapping and social networking tools. At the time of writing games make up just over 25 per cent of the total applications, proof that BlackBerry phones can be fun too.

To access the BlackBerry App World via BlackBerry handsets, users must make sure they are using a handset running OS version 4.2 or higher and then download the application via the BlackBerry website. If you just want to browse what's available in the store you can check out the catalogue of apps online.