If you've been using your BlackBerry in the last 24 hours or so, you've probably noticed that red star plastered on the App World icon, signaling it's time for an upgrade. Yes, RIM's version of the app store has hit version 1.1, and the bulk of the update concerns better navigation options -- new categories, top downloads for free and premium apps, and the ability to sort search results by name, release date, rating, price, and developer. Outside of that, we've also got the option to now archive apps on SD card or other memory, but unfortunately there's no option to run those programs without reinstalling to internal memory. The update is available for all countries, including the recently-introduced group of ten. Full details after the break.

This mobile client update includes:

Enhanced discovery
  • View the catalog by free vs. paid top downloads
  • Additional categories and sub-categories
Customers can sort their search results by:
  • Newest
  • Highest Rated
  • Price (lowest/highest)
  • Developer (alphabetical)
  • Application Name (alphabetical)
Archive apps: Customers can now archive their apps to SD Card or on-device storage memory and reinstall when they want to use them.

New customers can go to Mobile.BlackBerry.com or BlackBerry.com/AppWorld to download BlackBerry App World 1.1. Current users will be notified of the new version a red star (splat!) on the BlackBerry App World icon.

Available to download in five languages (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish), BlackBerry App World 1.1 is also now available to customers in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Austria, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal and the Channel Islands, as well as those in the U.S., UK and Canada.

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BlackBerry App World 1.1 unleashed, makes welcome improvements to store navigation