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In an announcement to developers, RIM has said that they will be upgrading the this week in preparation for the release of App World update 2.1. The update will allow for digital good and in-app purchasing.

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Full details below:

Dear App World Vendor,

We are happy to announce that we are starting to launch the first phase of BlackBerry App World version 2.1.

Over the weekend and today we are upgrading our backend systems as well as the BlackBerry App World Vendor portal. During this time the reporting system will be down. It will be back online tomorrow.

Once the Server is launched you will be able to:

  • Upload digital goods for BlackBerry Payment Service (in-app purchases)
  • Register and manage digital goods in the BlackBerry App World Vendor Portal

Please note that this is simply the BlackBerry App World Vendor Portal. End-users will not be able to download digital goods through BlackBerry Payment Service until the BlackBerry App World 2.1 client is launched in the future. We will announce more information regarding the client launch in the future.

Thank you for building for BlackBerry,

BlackBerry App World Team