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Since its inception in 2009, the BlackBerry App World has provided an ever-changing virtual marketplace for app developers and consumers. If you've been thinking about developing apps for the popular BlackBerry platform but were unsure of how the submission process works, this tutorial will give you an overview of the steps you need to take to submit your completed app to the BlackBerry App World.

  1. How to Submit Your App to BlackBerry App World
  2. BlackBerry App World Submission Checklist
By: wubayou
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May 20, 2011

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There's a checklist of the items/information that is necessary when submitting an app to the BlackBerry App World.  You'll obviously need to pick out an appropriate and attractive name for the app.  It should involve some keywords related to the app and convey its function and the service it provides.  You will need to fit it into a category too.  If you are unsure of where it fits, take a look at some competing apps for a better idea.  A description of the app is necessary to tell consumers what it does and how it can help them. 

You will need to supply a 480 x 480 icon of the app that is in the PNG format.  Screenshots that capture the essence of the app are also necessary.  Try to pick shots that show its main functions and involve a lot of color and lighting.  Obviously, the cod files will be included in your submission package as well.

More formal information that must be supplied concerns the license type, supported OS versions, the various BlackBerry devices that the app will run on, as well as the networks, both selected and restricted.  You also need to submit the version of your app.

As for pricing, you can create a free app or a paid app.  A free version will help your app fall into the hands of more users, but it's not a bad idea to monetize your work either.  Don't charge too much for your app, as it will deter buyers.  You also don't want to charge too little, especially if it is original or provides much value and everyday usability.  There are different pricing tiers, such as $2.99 to $19.99, $19.99 to $99.99, $99.99 to $599.99, and so on.  You can research competing apps to get a good idea on what to charge for your own.  When pricing, make a definitive choice, as you will not be able to change the tier once the app is approved.

After you have reviewed your submission package and sent it in, RIM will test the app to ensure that it passes certain technical standards.  If approved, you will receive confirmation and have the ability to finally make your app available for public consumption.

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