RIM Releases BlackBerry World 3.0 Beta
Research In Motion today made a beta version of BlackBerry World 3.0 available to betazone testers. The new version of RIM's application store has been revised heavily, and features an entirely new home screen. Users can perform searches directly from the home screen, as well as access categories of apps faster. RIM moved some of the more popular categories to the home screen, as well. RIM says it also revised the behavior of the carousel that is used to casually browse through new and featured applications, and it will be updated more frequently. Last, RIM said that it has moved important app details so that they require less digging to find, and also added the ability to share apps to Facebook and Twitter. BlackBerry World 3.0 is available for free for registered betazone members. RIM did not indicate when it might be made available to the general public.
HTC Updates Lock Screen and Sense Home Apps
HTC has made updates available to its Lock Screen and Sense Home apps for the One M9 and other handsets. The Lock Screen gains a significant refresh thanks to Lollipop-style notifications, full-screen album artwork during music playback, and more detailed local weather information.
LG Home 4.0 Brings App Drawer to G5
LG has made an alternate home screen experience available to G5 owners that brings back the app drawer. The G5 initially launched with LG's UX 5.0 home screen experience, which removed the app drawer and kept all apps on the home screen panels.
PayPal Reaches BlackBerry 10 Devices
PayPal has made a version of its mobile application available in the BlackBerry World app store for devices running BlackBerry OS 10.x. With this new app, PayPal is available to Android, BlackBerry, Fire OS, iOS, and Windows smartphones.
Samsung, Nokia Field Their Own Android Launchers
Samsung and Nokia have both recently made available launchers for Android devices that serve as alternatives to their normal approach for home screen behavior. Terrain (pictured) comes from a Samsung-sponsored developer and is free to download from the Google Play Store.
BlackBerry Improves Priv's Launcher, Camera, and Keyboard
BlackBerry has updated several apps for the Priv smartphone and added several compelling features along the way. The Priv Launcher now includes separate views of personal and work apps, allows users to remove shortcuts from the home screen via flicking gestures, enables pop-up widgets by default, and improves overlays so users can see more information about apps and other settings.