BlackBerry Users Can Now Buy Apps From Their Desktop
RIM today announced the launch of the BlackBerry App World Web site. The BlackBerry App World lets users browse the BlackBerry catalogue and purchase apps directly from a desktop Web browser. Apps are then synchronized to the user's BlackBerry device. Nokia offers a similar service with its Ovi Store. Apple offers PC purchases through its iTunes software, but not through a Web site, and Google's Android platform lets you browse apps online, but purchases must be made through a handset in the current version of Android.
PayPal to Kill Off Its Windows Phone and BlackBerry Apps
PayPal today said it will sunset its Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Amazon Fire Phone apps on June 30. After that date, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Fire Phone users will not be able to login to or use the Paypal mobile app.
BlackBerry Expands Hub+ to More Android Phones
BlackBerry today made its BlackBerry Hub+ suite of enterprise applications available to a wider range of devices. At the same time, it added five more apps to the suite.
Progressive Web Apps Will Soon Sink Deeper Into Android
Google plans to improve Progressive Web Apps in the next beta version of Chrome, a change that will give the apps far more functionality than they currently enjoy. Google has been experimenting with Progressive Web Apps since 2015.
BlackBerry Makes Improvements to Priv's Camera and Keyboard
BlackBerry today made software updates available to the Priv smartphone. The revised apps mostly fixes bugs, but also improves how well the camera and keyboard perform.
Apple Tweaks App Rules to Curb Games Streamed from PCs
Apple has made adjustments to the guidelines in the App Store in order to control purchases made in or through streamed apps. The altered language says apps distributed through the App Store cannot contain their own app store or let users “browse, select, or purchase software not already owned or licensed by the user.” Apple takes a 15% to 30% cut of apps and subscriptions purchased via the App Store.