This weekend on November 26-28 in Toronto, Ontario, BlackBerry developers from Brazil and Toronto will join forces for a BlackBerry Hack-A-Thon (organized by Jason Silva who manages the Toronto developer group, and Fernando Neves, who manages the Brazil group) in order to create mobile applications that help patients cope with cancer. All developers and designers are welcome – experienced BlackBerry experts and newbies alike! It is a BYOC – Bring Your Own Computer – event.
Find all the relevant details on the event site – including schedule for the kickoff mixer and coding times:http://bbhackathon.eventbrite.com/
There will be some BlackBerry development experts from Research In Motion® (RIM) on hand to answer questions and offer advice. We’re thrilled to support this great event.
Happy coding Blackberry app developers !
Nov 23, 2010 News
With so many people changing devices and jumping from BlackBerry to Android to iPhone to BlackBerry, it’s getting harder to keep up with family and friends. SMS is the old standard, but some choose not to pay the fees or be limited in the number of messages they can send. Pinch hopes to ease the pain with their cross-platform messenger that is very similar to Kik messenger (which was recently pulled from BlackBerry App World). Pinch runs across Android and Apple devices for the moment, with a BlackBerry app coming in the near future. Features of Pinch include:
- Makes it easy to stay connected and interact with your contacts, without having to switch between applications. With Pinch you can send messages and animated emoticons, explore cities through games and competitions, and find people with an interactive pin-map powered by Google.
- You can add friends directly from your phone contacts, Facebook, or Twitter and group them by category. Your friends, colleagues, and family can each be kept in their own easy- to-access group.
- Never spend money on SMS again. Pinch uses your existing data plan to find and interact with friends from all around the world, without using your phone’s SMS function.
- Pinch’s unique leaderboard adds games and friendly competition for users. Every time you use Pinch to send messages and check locations, accumulate points to win prizes, such as the iPad and other fun giveaways.
Pinch incorporates not only messaging, but some foursquare-esque features to earn points as well as a few other location based/map features. You can also share images and attachments (unlike Kik) which puts Pinch a step ahead. Check out the video above then head to pinchapp.com for more.
The BlackBerry Partners Fund has announced the winners in this year’s BlackBerry Partners Fund Developer Challenge and they are:
North American Winner: Poynt
Latin America Winner: Vlingo Plus – Voice App
Europe / Middle East / Africa Winner: UbiNav EU
Asia Pacific Winner: Love Indonesia
Around 400 apps were evaluated for the challenge and the above apps were selected based on quality, user experience and how effectively they incorporated “Super App” characteristics. Winners each receive a Regional Winner prize package valued at more than $85,000, including an Elite membership in the BlackBerry Alliance Program, an App Promo package, BlackBerrys, prominent placement on BlackBerry App World for three weeks, and more. Hit the jump for the full press release.
TORONTO - November 18, 2010 - After rigorously testing almost 400 applications for BlackBerry smartphones, Poynt, Vlingo Plus – Voice App, UbiNav EU and Love Indonesia were named the Regional Winners in their respective regions in the third annual BlackBerry Partners Fund “Super Apps” Developer Challenge.
Winners in this year’s Developer Challenge each receive a Regional Winner Prize package valued at more than $85,000, including an Elite membership in the BlackBerry Alliance Program, an App Promo package, BlackBerry smartphones, prominent placement on BlackBerry App World™ for three weeks, and much more.
Participants in this year’s BlackBerry Partners Fund Developer Challenge competed for a total prize package valued at over US$1.5 million. Prizes were made possible with the help of members of the BlackBerry Developer Services community – including 151 Ventures, App-Promo, DeviceAnywhere, Medialocate, Mob4Hire, and Perfecto Mobile – who provided numerous services to participants.
Full contest details – including links to applications that were named Regional Selections, Regional Semi-Finalists, Regional Finalists and Regional Winners – are available at http://www.blackberrypartnersfund.com/2010challenge.
Nov 23, 2010 News
MovieTickets.com has released their BlackBerry app and it allows you to purchase tickets, browse movies and showtimes and find theaters. One of the downsides to many of these applications is the inability to select particular seats for movie premiers which can be really frustrating when you arrive at the theater and get stuck with whatever seats are left. It’s for this reason that you often have to go to the theater’s site to purchase your tickets. So while using these apps can be very convenient, it’s always important to double check.
Today, the BlackBerry Partners Fund released the list of Regional Finalists in the Super Apps Developer Challenge. After extensive testing (and a lot of play time!) by our application experts, these apps ascended in their respective categories and regions and have earned special recognition. Here’s the list:
Regional Finalists will each receive total prize packages valued at over $35,000 USD in developer services to help make their applications even more successful – including testing and marketing services, media buys, and more!
Make sure you check back here tomorrow for the announcement of winners! In the meantime, why not check out the handy work of the finalists in your region on BlackBerry App World?
Nov 13, 2010 News
Rdio has added support for the Curve 85XX, Storm and Torch. If you’re not familiar with them, Rdio is a subscription music service that lets you listen to as much music as you want from the web or your phone, even when you’re offline. The service also has a social component that lets you discover music through friends or influencers.
Rdio Unlimited costs $9.99/month, and supports both web and mobile use. Rdio Web costs $4.99/month, and supports web use only. Check out Rdio at http://www.rdio.com/#/apps/mobile .
Over the past couple of months, the BlackBerry developer community has taken a strong interest in some of the sample code being published, and with the demand coming in, they have decided to build some fully functional Web Apps for you guys to take apart, dissect, and use however you’d like – including copying and pasting code into your own web applications. The first in a slew of new sample web apps will be released into the Developer Resource Center over the coming weeks!
The two samples that they have just posted are a RSS reader and Weather application. Both of these apps are 100% Web Apps built entirely using web technologies (HTML, JS, CSS). That’s right, not a single shred of Java code in either of these!
- Sample Code – RSS Reader: http://supportforums.blackberry.com/t5/Web-Development/Sample-Code-RSS-Reader/ta-p/589890
- Sample Code – Weather application: http://supportforums.blackberry.com/t5/Web-Development/Sample-Code-Weather-application/ta-p/589884
The RSS application allows you to set any RSS feed you’d like and pull down the content on the fly. It lets you manage those RSS feeds in an easy-to-use UI, and it stores your feeds for you so they’ll always be ready when you are. This sample app demonstrates the use of a great UI, tight integration with other apps (BlackBerry Browser and Messaging applications), GPS, and integration into the BlackBerry Menu as well as how to go out over the network to retrieve and use content effectively.
The Weather application really demonstrates the blending of a fantastic UI with functionality. I have to say that this one really looks great, and is so easy to use! This sample app also shows off the use of a great UI, File I/O, GPS, and solid integration into the BlackBerry Menu. (Note that both of these apps were designed for use on the 5.0 OS.)
Blackberry app developers and blackberry users can let us know what you think of these two samples, or the types of samples you’d like to see in the future.
As many of you have heard by now, at the Adobe® MAX conference on October 25th, Mike Lazaridis made the blackberry developer community an exciting offer.Blackberry app Developers who have their BlackBerry PlayBook tablet application approved for BlackBerry App World storefront prior to the launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet may be eligible for a free BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Blackberry wants to help the developer community take advantage of this amazing opportunity and is hosting a webcast to help everyone get started, or, for those who have already begun to develop for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, to discover the benefits of the new SDK.
Register for the upcoming webcast “Develop for the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR” to learn how to install and use the new SDK, create an application and test it. Both Research In Motion (RIM) and Adobe experts will be there to take you through the process and answer your questions during our Q&A period.
Date: Thursday, November 4, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST
Application Development Consultant, Research In Motion Limited
Adobe Developer Evangelist, Adobe Systems Incorporated
This is the initial webcast in a five-week series to help you create compelling applications for the new platform. Every week we’ll cover new things and progress to more advanced topics as we move forward. The main goal is to make the Blackberry development process as easy as possible, so you can qualify for the free BlackBerry PlayBook tablet offer.