RIM has recently made some changes in the App World categories, which include modifying existing categories and adding new ones to help users navigate easily and find or discover apps faster. These are some of the main category changes and additions:

  • News:  The News category has been expanded to include magazines.  This category is now calledNews and Magazines and includes Blogs as a subcategory.
  • Beta:  The Beta category is discontinued.  The apps located the Beta category have been moved to relevant categories.
  • Reference and eBooks & Education:  The Books and Reference category has been divided in to separate categories so that these are now individual categories respectively.  The Referencecategory includes Education.  This new category is Education & Reference.
  • Shopping:  The Shopping category has been renamed Lifestyle.
  • Maps & Navigation:  The Maps & Navigation category now includes Travel and has been renamedNavigation and Travel.
  • Music Creation (*NEW*):  There is a new subcategory Music Creation available under the Music and Audio category.
  • Children’s Categories (*NEW*):  There are two new children’s focused categories:
    • New Children’s Games category within the Games Channel
    • New Children’s Books subcategory within the Books category

Vendors should log in to their portal to review their existing applications and make any changes where necessary.