BlackBerry will no longer allow paid software on the BlackBerry World app store. The move will come into play from April 1 onwards. According to BlackBerry, the marketplace will become a “free only storefront”, and it will be disabling all purchasing options from its app store. However, app makers will still be allowed to monetise apps, as long as their payment backends are supported by the developer and built into the app itself.
Essentially, the change will impact developers only, and apps will be removed if they decide to not move from paid to free.
Furthermore, BlackBerry will also be supporting refunds for paid content from April 30, 2018. Customers who have paid for content will still retain access to the same, even after payment options have been removed. Essentially, the change will impact developers only, and apps will be removed if they decide to not move from paid to free.
Effectively, the move seems to be the final step in killing the BB10 operating system. The company had earlier announced that BB10 will support BlackBerry World for at least two more years. The app store is expected to close down from December 31, 2019 onwards.