Manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) has added to the application credentials of its BlackBerry smartphones by opening a new section on its app store called the Test Centre.
The area of its software market contains unfinished applications which are currently in beta testing and which users will be able to download for free.
Since the available apps will be incomplete, users should expect bugs, flaws and even crashes, although a chance to test out apps which could become hits in the future should prove to be exciting enough to offset any qualms they may have.
Sadly, the current list of test applications contains some with very limited functionality, especially for UK-based BlackBerry users. The eBay app, for instance, is listed but inaccessible to UK customers, although the new MySpace application is up for grabs.
Despite the minor limitations, BlackBerry users will be the first to try out applications and RIM has created a unique way in which to allow the public early access to future releases, which should help to improve applications before they become finalised.
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