I have very fond memories of BlackBerry App World launching 1336 days ago (roughly 3years 7months and 23 days ago placing the time frame to April 1, 2009). When I first heard a noise I thought it was a hoax since it was April Fools Day, but that evening (I want to say it was between 8-9pm EST) when I saw it was true I sent out a tweet with this image letting my followers know that it was available for download. At the time App World was rather a small eco system of applications simply because BlackBerry developers were scattered. There were a few locations where they could actually share their applications. It was either through mobihand, getjar, or if they hosted it on their own website. Over the course of time, it grew and grew and even though Android and Apple surpassed it in number of apps offered the quality of applications with BlackBerry stayed strong.
Even over the last BlackBerry World Confernce (Now known as BlackBerry Live) and DevCon (also re-branded to BlackBerry Jam) Alec Saunders and company proved over and over with myth busting facts such as: the BlackBerry market is shrinking, BlackBerry users don’t use apps, and BlackBerry developers can’t make money. With these myth busting facts it was and has been proved that App World (Now BlackBerry World) is a force to be reckoned with.
The re-branding to BlackBerry World should be regarded as a sign to the other platforms, and to the ones who thought RIM was failing, and near it’s end that this is a BlackBerry World. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for BlackBerry World and its already robust catalog of applications for BlackBerry 10.