Application Updates »

[15 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ] by
 
 

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Maybe not so major in the BlackBerry news – unless you’re on Windows Mobile.  Generally iOS and Android versions of BBM seem to be on par and equal for the most part, while Windows Mobile seems to be a few steps behind, probably a late release to support the platform as the root cause.  This version introduces timed message feature, message retraction and lastly BBM Shop for purchasing stickers.

 

The official BlackBerry Blog has several videos available for the full hands-on experience with BBM 2.0 in both message retraction as well as the BBM Shop.

General News »

[13 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ] by
 
 

IMG_20141213_174956As you already read all around and have already picked up the update probably, BBM updated yesterday to version 10.6.5.9.  Like others, I was fond of some of the features while others needed more acquainting to since it was just different.  BBM Stickers presence was definitely key in this last update.

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Miscellaneous Thoughts »

[7 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ] by
 
 

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From the early builds of BlackBerry 10 – as far back as the Z10 launch rather, the first ported application many of us went to was Instagram.  On the Z10 it looked pretty good and a lot of the functions seems to work perfectly fine.  Over time we saw video recording finally work without crashes and even all updates for Android worked ok as BB10 continued to keep a pretty tip top Android Player in the OS. 

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Apps »

[1 Dec 2014 | 4 Comments | ] by
 
 

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It’s definitely not available in the Amazon Appstore or BlackBerry World but it “works.”  In that I mean that there are some things in the game which do not show on the BlackBerry Passport in specific due to the symmetrical resolution (my guess at least).  However, on all other BlackBerry 10 devices I tried this on including the Z10 and Z30, everything comes out just fine.  So what’s missing? Two things – when playing missions which include dance moves to follow (DDR style), the moves are on the lower part of the screen which seems to be cut off on the Passport.  With that said, the radio station changing is the second piece which does not work.  Both of these don’t really bother me honestly but, some of you who are mission intensive may care for it – and again this only matters if you’re on the BlackBerry Passport to begin with.

 

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Application Updates »

[30 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ] by
 
 

IMG_20141130_180225 The title says it all – the official Netflix app is available now in the preloaded Amazon Appstore on BlackBerry 10.3.  For those out of the loop, there have been a number of big name applications which appear to be available in the native Amazon Appstore, but have been filtered out on the preloaded Amazon Appstore on the BlackBerry Passport – including Netflix. The speculated reasoning is that some of those apps have not yet been “optimized” for BlackBerry 10, or so Amazon support says when you contact them.  Hopefully over time we’ll see more of these applications get white listed for BlackBerry users.

Back to the the Netflix app – there’s no word when this started showing up on Amazon, but I had just come across it when checking out today’s free app of the day :)

Miscellaneous Thoughts »

[30 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ] by
 
 

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BlackBerry Passport – been using it since launch back in September.  Maybe you have to, or maybe you’ve picked one up this break with the $200 off sale, or limited edition red (really thought about picking one up, but black will do for now).  As i did with the BlackBerry Z30, some of  my top picks for Android applications this year on the Passport.  Some of which are just better on a screen such as the Passport – and you’ll see why in some of the screenshots below or trying them out for yourself.

 

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General News »

[7 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ] by
 
 

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There has not been much official buzz since BlackBerry CEO John Chen quickly showed off the BlackBerry Passport along with the BlackBerry Classic during the last earnings report.  Today on the official BlackBerry Blog, the large screen on the Passport (1440×1440 resolution) is explained further as to why it’s so important to have it that size, and the productivity that comes along with it.  In the picture you’ll see the device in between both the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S5 just to exemplify how the Passport can show more at a time.  Use cases highlighted include:

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Free Applications »

[25 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ] by
 
 

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As you know, Facebook has launched their Snapchat rival application called Slingshot globally for both Android and iOS. A heads up to those who want to try it on BlackBerry 10 – it works. I downloaded it directly on Snap and it installed just fine without any Google Play service issues like some other apps we’re itching for that won’t work. Like Snapchat, you can share a photo or video to your friends. But there’s a catch – you have to send something back to your friend in order to open the media received by them. It’s an interesting tactic to keep the conversation going as media will keep flowing back and forth.

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General News »

[18 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ] by
 
 

While most of the press releases lately have been around enterprise, mainly big brand clients which have signed up on the latest and greatest BES.  However, today’s release appeals to everyone, mainly the consumer over business user.  BlackBerry has announced its partnership with Amazon to bring the Amazon Appstore officially on OS 10.3.  What does this mean? Of course access to a lot of Android applications you want on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone.  Many of us have already been getting in on these apps through sideloading great applications such as Snap or even sideloading Amazon Appstore as well as other third party Android application stores – a big thanks to OS 10.2’s ability to load APK’s directly on the device.  Read more on BlackBerry’s partnership with Amazon after the jump.

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OS Updates »

[14 Apr 2014 | 5 Comments | ] by
 
 

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To date, I’ve never had an official OS update come to BlackBerry 10 when already on a leaked OS.  To my understanding, you would need to be on an official OS to receive official OS updates.  Today something weird happened on my 10.2.1.1899 build – an update available for 10.2.1.2126 which has been available for some time now showed up available on my Z30 today.  I searched around the forums and really didn’t find any solid on this, so figured I’d reach out and see if anyone else on an older leaked build has received the same update or heard of this before.

Downloading as we speak – 538MB in size!