Even if you don’t have one of the BlackBerry models on Sprint in the middle of their latest OS update, RIM still has some goodies for its other users today. We first heard about some of the changes coming to App World 3.1 when RIM gave developers the heads-up that they would have to start submitting ratings along with their apps near the end of last month. Then, in early December, RIM put together a beta release of the store and provided it to Beta Zone members for testing. Their work done, it’s finally time for things to go live, with App World 3.1 now becoming available to all.
Obviously, RIM’s rating system is a big component of this release, giving parents advice as to how appropriate apps may be for their children, as well as enabling them to enforce their decisions with the inclusion of content controls. Apps rated above the level you specify will no longer appear in the App Store.
WiFi downloads from the store are now enabled, so you’ll be able to complete downloads without the presence of any cellular signal at all. As we’ve noted earlier, it’s crazy it’s taken so long to implement something so simple, but at least we can say it’s here now.
The last major part of App World 3.1 is the ability to create gift requests. Once you find an app you like, you can send one of your buddies a message asking if he or she would like to buy the app on your behalf. That might be nice for big BlackBerry fans around their birthdays, but wouldn’t it be better to implement a “wish list” of sorts, rather than send individual requests directly to specific contacts? Let us know what you think after updating.