Update App World

on December 10th, 2010

Within the last days there were some articles and posts around the BlackBerry scene about the caching mechanism of the BlackBerry App World on the devices. The problem is that the App World on the BlackBerry devices does cache the content downloaded from the server to long. This affects everything from the featured apps to the categories and as a result the users are not notified fast enough about an update for an installed application. When we publish an update for timr it may take up to a week until the users get notified by the App World that the update is available. This makes live for developers really hard as they will receive bug reports the whole week for something they may have fixed already. There is a way to clear the cache of the App World on the device: For smartphones that use the SureType® input method or are equipped with a QWERTY keyboard:
  1. Launch the BlackBerry App World application.
  2. While pressing and holding the ALT key, type RST.
For smartphones in the BlackBerry® Storm™ Series, follow these steps:
  1. Launch the BlackBerry App World application.
  2. Ensure the smartphone is being held in the landscape position.
  3. Activate the onscreen keyboard.
  4. Press and hold the “!?123″ button until it locks.
  5. Type the following characters in sequence: 34(
I hope RIM will fix this issue soon. If the caching is really needed (which I think is not) then at least it should not be that long! Here is the official knowledge base article about this issue.
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