BlackBerry App World now Available in Iraq

Research In Motion (RIM) announced that the BlackBerry App World storefront is now available for customers in Iraq, offering them easy access to a broad range of mobile applications that are purpose-built for BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets.

Customers can personalize their BlackBerry device, find the hottest games and entertainment, and get apps that help them stay connected with the people who matter most to them.

“We are thrilled to launch BlackBerry App World for our customers in Iraq,” said Sandeep Saihgal, Managing Director for the Middle East at RIM.

“They can now enjoy great content for their BlackBerry smartphones and PlayBook tablets with a comprehensive catalog of applications that can enrich their mobile experience for work and play,” he added.

Some key features of BlackBerry App World include:

•Front Page Carousel – BlackBerry App World showcases several applications on its front page carousel, making it easy for customers to browse through a select number of featured applications. These applications vary from time to time, helping customers discover new applications.

•Reviews – In addition to seeing screenshots and reading a description of an application before they download it, customers can easily access and read reviews posted by other customer, which are then reflected in star ratings.

•Share – Customers can recommend applications to other people through email, PIN, SMS message, Facebook, Twitter or BlackBerry Messenger (BBM).

•Wishlist: Customers can easily mark an app for future download or purchase with Wishlist. They can build their wish list as they browse through the catalog and add the items that interest them most.

•Update Notifications: Customers are notified of updates to applications they’ve downloaded on BlackBerry App World.

Some free apps on BlackBerry App World include:

•Call To Pray – by Asgatech, is an app that displays Muslim prayer times and reminders. It also calculates Qibla (direction of Mecca) based on the customer’s current location using GPS.

•Arabic Radio ListenArabic.com – one of the biggest Arabic social portals, giving BlackBerry customers the pleasure of listening to music, television, and readings of the Qu’ran.

•Arabic Food – by Asgatech, is a step by step Arabic food recipe app, providing ingredients, cooking rules and healthy eating tips, all supported by tantalizing photos.

•Qordoba Reader – start reading free and affordable Arabic eBooks in ePub format. All purchases sync with the a customer’s online bookshelf at Qordoba.com and on their BlackBerry smartphone.

BlackBerry App World is available for all BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry OS 4.2 or higher, as well as BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. Customers can download BlackBerry App World directly to their smartphone or tablet by visiting blackberry.com/appworld or mobile.blackberry.com, over both Wi-Fi and mobile phone networks.

BlackBerry App World is available in more than 170 markets and territories around the world. Customers require an active BlackBerry data plan with Internet access to access BlackBerry App World. Data charges may apply for customers that have limited data plans.

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