On February 10, Canadian mobile phone maker BlackBerry announced the availability of its BlackBerry App World storefront for users in Oman.The portal will be rebranded to BlackBerry World on February 14, and will be available for all Omantel and Navras customers in the local market.
By receiving access to the storefront, users will be able to download and install a variety of applications and games for their BlackBerry smartphones.
Those who already own a BlackBerry 7 or older handsets will enjoy over 100,000 apps through the portal, including 2,000 apps in Arabic.
"We are excited to bring BlackBerry World to Oman and provide our customers with access to innovative and exciting content,” Chris Corsi, country director, Oman, Pakistan, UAE at BlackBerry, stated.
“Our developer partners in the Middle East are creating new apps every month for BlackBerry smartphones, and we are committed to working with local developers to create a strong pipeline of locally relevant apps for our customers here.”
Some of the main features that BlackBerry World will provide users with include a Front Page Carousel, so that users could browse through select apps; Reviews, so that users could learn more on apps; Share, for easily enabling others to learn of apps that users have discovered.
Owners of BlackBerry devices will be able to recommend applications to others via email, PIN, SMS message, Facebook, Twitter or BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), while also taking advantage of update notifications.
The portal comes both with paid and free applications. Some of the apps that can be downloaded at no cost through it include Call To Pray – by Asgatech, Arabic Radio ListenArabic.com, Arabic Food – by Asgatech, and Qordoba Reader.
“BlackBerry World is available for BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry OS 4.2 or higher. Customers can download BlackBerry World directly to their smartphone by visiting blackberryworld.com or mobile.blackberry.com, over Wi-Fi or their mobile phone network,” BlackBerry notes.