BlackBerry Users Get an App Store

RIM hopes it'll draw more customers
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Apr 1, 2009 5:28 PM CDT
A show attendee tries out the new BlackBerry App World on a BlackBerry device at the Research in Motion booth at the International CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – RIM's latest effort to quench their Blackberry users' iPhone envy is an application store, the Wall Street Journal reports. The company expects about 1,000 applications to be posted at the new App World this week—still a trickle compared to Apple's 15,000. Those now available include apps for social networking, such as Facebook, and the music service Shazam. The announcement comes a day before the Canadian company releases its quarterly earnings, which are expected to fall at the low end of forecasts.