Miscellaneous Thoughts »
It’s been a while since I have been on the blog but I am slowly coming back to try to post when I can and become more involved with that. I figured I would kick things off with some apps I like on my Z30, specifically from Android. Ever since the early leaks of BlackBerry OS 10.2.1, many of us have been enjoying the improved Android application capability. This goes well beyond the ability to sideload through a PC, but directly on the device instead. Downloading applications became much easier through third party mobile application stores such as Amazon and 1Mobile Store or even Aptoid. How about Snap which offered a full third party solution for Google Play? That’s probably my most frequently used marketplace when it comes to downloading Android apps. So now that we have Jellybean runtime, and awesome ease of access of applications, here’s a quick roundup of my favorite Android applications on my BlackBerry Z30.
General News »
Just as we were teased of Skype launching for BlackBerry 10 in the past, Flipboard has taken the same approach here as well. Their promotion is displayed in BlackBerry World letting folks know that their application is coming officially to select 10.2 devices. With that said, we hope it is indeed a native application that is on its way. Currently many users have sideloaded Android builds of Flipboard on their BlackBerry 10 devices, included myself. It is a very smooth app to use for an Android sideload, but native is always a good way to go. Any way, keep on the lookout for the official Flipboard application coming soon to BlackBerry World.
Application Updates, Free Applications »
Facebook for BlackBerry 10 has gone through various updates, but this one is definitely the best one yet, bringing features we used to have that were of course gone upon the launch of the new platform. Yes, Facebook Chat is the big feature we all missed and it’s back at last. Check out below for what’s new for Facebook for BlackBerry 10:
Device Images & Info, Leaked Content »
It was rumored that another Porsche Design device would surface for BlackBerry 10. We previously saw the back cover which was suggested to be Porsche, but there was no confirmation until today. Here we see some nice photos posted by Tinhte, showing off the device at all angles. We notice that it has the same LS-1 battery as the Z10, and probably holds up to the same specs as well. Remember, the original Porsche Design BlackBerry was based on the 9900 hardware, so this one joins the Z10. Although i would love to see Porsche go at it for a Q10 equivalent device – maybe down the road? Any way, hit the jump below for more pictures of the very attractive Porsche Design BlackBerry 10 device.
Miscellaneous Thoughts, Premium Games »
Usually we don’t rant on a regular basis, but every now and then we notice coolness and like to share with everyone else. One huge complaint on the BlackBerry Q10 is gaming – says who? The aspect ratios just don’t seem to fit very well like the BlackBerry Z10, which of course limits what kind of games can be launched. After making the switch (maybe temporary depending how this goes) to the BlackBerry Q10 earlier, I noticed that Gameloft had released a version of The Amazing Spiderman for it as well. We had previously let you know when it was made available for BlackBerry 10 a couple months back, but it was never visited on the Q before. Obviously I had to try it out – especially since I made the purchase on the Z already!
Application Updates, Premium Games »
Free Applications »
We’ve seen the official Zara shopping application launch on BlackBerry 10 officially in the past. Now we see the official H&M application launch as well. A few funny things about this application though. The screenshots from BlackBerry World (as seen below) come from iOS, and this application is not even ported. Furthermore, it looks like all the application is really, is just the mobile website launching. Not really impressed here, and H&M could have done better on this one to be honest. Either way, it is an easy way to access H&M and share items with your friends via BBM, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and even Google+. The application is free and can be found in BlackBerry World.
Premium Games »
Great news Z10 owners! The hit game Cut the Rope has made its way to the BlackBerry Z10 at last as it appears to be a featured game in BlackBerry World when loading the app store up. The game is a classic – just as addictive as Angry Birds and has been around for quite a while. We saw it initially launch last year for the BlackBerry PlayBook, and has finally made its way mobile to BlackBerry 10, but only the Z10 of course due to screen resolutions obviously. The other great news is that if you purchased this bad boy on the PlayBook already, you can just simply download it on your Z10 without needing to repurchase it. Some games/apps require a separate purchase even if you already own it on the PlayBook (Plants vs Zombies is a great example). Hit the link below to grab your copy today for only $1.99.
Miscellaneous Thoughts, Videos »
As we attended BlackBerry Jam 2013 this past week, we had the opportunity to attend the keynote live. The introduction of the keynote was rather entertaining and comical as it included a funny 6 minute clip with BlackBerry “judges” including Alec Saunders, Christopher Smith and Marty Mallick. It takes you through developers approaching the judges pitching “good ideas” for applications. You’ll have to watch it for yourselves and get a good laugh out of it! Another great marketing piece for BlackBerry developers. Hit the jump for the full video.
Device Images & Info »
Earlier this morning, BlackBerry CEO officially announced the BlackBerry Q5 – or as we knew it in the leaks as the R-series or R10. This one’s supposed to be a more base model BlackBerry device, similar to the legacy BlackBerry Curve. Also, it’s coming in four awesome colors: black, white, red and pink! We went hands on with it today and took a bunch of awesome pictures! Hit the jump for the full gallery.