updated 08:15 am EST, Thu March 5, 2009
BBerry App World Limits
RIM's just-unveiled BlackBerry App World will have significantly harsher restrictions on app prices and transfer rights than the iPhone's App Store, according to the developer FAQ. Where Apple allows apps that cost as little as 99 cents, RIM is setting the minimum price for a given app at $2.99. The reason for the difference isn't specified, though the move may be meant to address concerns raised by developers like Twitterrific creator Craig Hockenberry, who have warned that iPhone developers are often stifled by pressure to sell apps at the 99-cent mark.
However, the move also potentially discourages the development of smaller apps for the portal as well as temporary sales meant to spur sales. App World will still allow free apps but, without the 99-cent price point, may have a more difficult time supporting simple games and utilities from commercial developers.
Additionally, RIM specifically forbids downloading or running apps from a BlackBerry's microSD card slot and instead reserves them for internal memory. The restriction ostensibly prevents piracy but also limits the number and size of apps; the most internal storage on a BlackBerry is the Bold's 1GB of flash memory. It also complicates the ability to transfer apps to multiple phones.
In contrast, the iPhone and iPod touch lack removable storage but also have much larger built-in capacities. Apple also uses iTunes to enable apps on multiple devices without requiring additional direct downloads. [via CrackBerry]