updated 12:45 pm EST, Tue January 20, 2009
RIM App Center in March
BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has set out timing related to its forthcoming Application Center, reports say. Speaking at a music business conference in Cannes, co-CEO Jim Balsillie has announced that the company is currently accepting app submissions from developers, and will officially open the App Center in March as planned. It is unclear if submissions actually began in December, as first scheduled.
Balsillie has also hinted at a strong music focus for the App Center, pointing to the current success of the MySpace BlackBerry app, and the impending release of the Shazam music recognition app within the next few weeks. The focus is likely intended to challenge Apple's iTunes App Store, which has a strong emphasis on music, games and other entertainment software. BlackBerries have traditionally been seen as strictly work-oriented phones, and currently lack a central distribution scheme for apps.