BlackBerry to review rejected apps

BlackBerry to review rejected apps

BlackBerry has announced plans to review the applications that were rejected from its Built by BlackBerry certification programme.

The initiative has been a key focus for the firm in recent months and ran alongside the launch of the new BlackBerry 10 (BB10) operating system (OS) and the Z10 and Q10 handset launches. It was designed to increase the number and quality of apps for the platform.

However, there was a great deal of confusion around the qualification process for the scheme, which led to a number of tools being rejected.

Now, head of developer relations Alex Saunders has been investigating the complaints and issues personally.

"We have seen feedback that many well-built, well-designed apps are not qualifying for our Built for BlackBerry program – specifically we are looking at the apps that have been rejected for being 'single function' apps," he noted in an official blog post.

"I've personally gone through the forum posts on this topic. I've looked at many of the apps, and I've seen that some of the apps that have been rejected have greater utility than the reviewer initially thought. So, based on the feedback from you, our developers, we're making some changes on how we address these apps in Built for BlackBerry review."

This change to the process and a review of apps that were rejected could further boost the tools that available to early adopters of the new handsets and OS.

Alterations to the process will also see an appeals process instituted, which will enable developers to respond to rejections with a message that will be sent to senior reviewers at the Canadian firm, which recently rebranded from Research In Motion to BlackBerry.

BB10, which launched on January 30th, boasts more than 70,000 applications in the BlackBerry World app store, thanks to the Port-A-Thon programme, which received more than 34,000 app submissions across two weekend-long events.

To further help developers, Saunders said that BlackBerry will be publishing case studies of app development and reviewing processes to further assist developers.