Owners of BlackBerry devices interested in trying out the latest applications built for their handsets can do so through the BlackBerry Beta Zone, a portal where a great deal of yet unreleased applications are being pushed for testing purposes.The portal has been launched a few years back, but Research In Motion has made it available only for users in specific countries, something that is already changing.
The Canadian mobile phone maker has announced this week the availability of the beta portal to users in 43 new countries, so that more of them get the chance to test applications available in a beta stage.
As CrackBerry notes, there are over 320,000 users in the BlackBerry Beta Zone community at the moment, and their number should grow significantly with the release of the portal in additional markets.
They get the chance to test new flavors of applications such as Facebook, Twitter, and BlackBerry Messenger before they become available for the entire BlackBerry community, so that bugs that are still affecting the experience with these apps are resolved.
Of course, no all users could do this, but enthusiasts would certainly be interested in being able to learn more on new applications before they are made official, and the expanded availability of BlackBerry Beta Zone will offer more of them with the chance to do so.
The list of new countries where the portal is now available includes: American Samoa, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Fiji, Georgia, Ghana, Guam, Guernsey, Guyana, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Mongolia and Montserrat.
Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Martin, Samoa, Scotland, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, United States, Virgin Islands, Zambia and Zimbabwe are also on that list.
Those who would like to join RIM’s BlackBerry Beta Zone should head over to this page on the online portal.