No fooling: BlackBerry World will host free apps only starting on April 1st

No fooling: BlackBerry World will host free apps only starting on April 1st
If you still use a BlackBerry that runs on the BlackBerry 10 operating system, you might want to circle April 1st on your calendar. Starting on that day, only free apps will be hosted on BlackBerry World. The company has sent out an email to developers explaining that BlackBerry World is making this transition and will disable all "purchasing mechanisms" starting on April Fool's Day. In the email, BlackBerry tells developers to go to the Vendor Portal to change their paid apps to free apps. Any paid apps still on the site by March 31st will be removed.

Can you believe that the BlackBerry Passport will be four years old this September? The Passport and the BlackBerry Classic were the last two flagship models released by the company that run on BlackBerry 10. The very last BlackBerry model to hit the market powered by the QNX developed operating system was the BlackBerry Leap. BlackBerry started using the open source Android OS to run its handsets beginning with the BlackBerry Priv in November 2015. Since then, all new 'Berrys have Android inside.

In the email sent to developers and vendors, BlackBerry highlighted a few key points including the following:

  • For Vendors with only free content, there is no action required for the above-described changes. We will continue to host and distribute your free content as we do today.
  • You can change your paid content to 'free' and re-list the application at any time.
  • If you choose to remain on BlackBerry World, you will be able to continue monetizing your application(s), however, the payment mechanism will need to live within your application itself. This means any support for payments, refunds, etc. will be supported by you. There will be no required revenue split for Vendors who choose to monetize application(s) on their own.
  • Refunds for paid content in BlackBerry World will be supported until April 30, 2018.
  • Customers will still be able to access content they paid for prior to the above-noted changes.

BlackBerry World will shut its doors for good on December 31st 2019, which means that if you are still clinging to that old 'Berry, you might want to upgrade your hardware to one of the newer BlackBerry handsets. Those of you who need a physical keyboard can pick up the BlackBerry KEYone, while the all-touch BlackBerry Motion is available for users who prefer typing on glass.


source: CrackBerry

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9 Comments

1. Venom

Posts: 3824; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I didn't think there were any pain apps left on the BlackBerry app store. I guess this is just another sign that BB10 is dying or about to die. Just like the author said, the Passport is 4 years old now and there hasn't been a BB10 followup since then. The Passport was the last flagship BlackBerry device spec wise. I don't think there's any flagship available at the moment since the Priv has been discontinued iirc.

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I just bought an app for my Passport last week. Timing is everything I guess.

3. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

You are probably the last person to support that developer, Kudos to you.

4. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Tried to bought a new apps on January, couldn't save my card info nor purchase via PayPal, keep on showing tons os error codes. I guess the fate is unavoidable.

5. Paximos

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

I did like my Storm except the Sure Click, it felt like the screen was about to pop out. If BB could incorporate/port some of the OS features to Android, it would be nice.

7. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

Time wasted on making bb10 apps could be use to build ios/android apps.

8. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

I enjoyed BB10 and think Android and Apple should/could adopt some things from it. It was light years ahead of Android in swiping motions.

9. shihte

Posts: 61; Member since: Sep 02, 2013

Blackberry finished even with androids soon chen killed bb no one wants bb phones any more

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