BlackBerry App World 2.1 Update Delivers in-app Payments

BlackBerry App World 2.1 has been formally unveiled, delivering the ability for BlackBerry App World users to download applications that offer in-app payments via the BlackBerry Payment Service.

Research In Motion first rolled out its BlackBerry Payment Service and accompanying SDK in January, to a generally favorable response. The move represents RIM’s growing interest in wholly adopting the in-app payment model that is slowly and steadily becoming a mainstay in the smartphone world,

According to the popular BlakBerry maker, the in-app payment service will make it easier for developers to monetize their BlackBerry apps and “find commercial success.”

Vendors will be able to register and manage virtual goods through the BlackBerry App World Vendor Portal,” Research in Motion noted in a press release Thursday morning, “and a reporting feature will be able to track purchases/payments for their goods.”

BlackBerry App World updates commence today, but RIM says not all storefronts will be updated immediately on all BlackBerry handsets.