BlackBerry Application Storefront accepting submissions

Research In Motion's forthcoming BlackBerry Application Storefront is now accepting developer submissions. According to RIM, the virtual storefront--first announced in October--is now counting down to its spring launch: "The storefront will be an ideal spot for developers to bring their applications--whether they are consumer-focused or targeted to business users," reads the store's homepage. "The market for BlackBerry applications is growing at a phenomenal rate and the application storefront will offer you the exciting opportunity to showcase your applications to millions of BlackBerry smartphone users. It will provide consumers with greater choice, and enhanced application discovery."

In confirming its plans to introduce the App Store-inspired effort last year, RIM promised the BlackBerry Application Storefront will give developers the flexibility to set their own prices and award them 80 percent of revenues generated from sales of their apps. The device maker added it will partner with online payment service PayPal to offer consumers a secure mechanism to purchase apps directly from their BlackBerry devices. RIM also said it is collaborating with its carrier partners to provide operator-customized, on-device application centers to nurture after-market application downloads.

For more on RIM's call for applications:
- visit the BlackBerry Application Storefront homepage

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