Are you an awesome BlackBerry 10 developer and want to make the CB10 app better? If yes, read this! [Updated]

CB10 App
By Kevin Michaluk on 1 May 2014 09:22 am EDT
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As I promised in the CrackBerry Forums a few weeks back, today I'm happy to announce we're inviting more BlackBerry 10 app developers to participate in the upkeep and development of our award-winning CB10 app.

With finite resources and a BIG to-do list on the apps front across all of our Mobile Nations properties, some of you have noted that CB10 hasn't been getting updated and progressing as fast as you'd like. After seeing a few developers express their wantingness to pitch in, we are making it happen! If you're a qualified BlackBerry 10 app developer (by qualified, I mean you've published BB10 apps before and know what you're doing) and are interested, keep reading for more details on how to get involved!

The Basic Process

We've setup a private repository for the CB10 app on GitHub (for a variety of reasons, we're not just open sourcing the code). Developers that apply and get accepted as contributors will be given access to the repository. We'll be building out a development roadmap on a CB10 GitHub wiki page, but for now we've added a few bugs and small feature requests under the Issues tab to get things rolling. Developers will be able to fork the repository and work on their changes locally and when complete, submit a pull request to have them reviewed be our lead in-house app developer, Neil Sainsbury. Devs will also be able to submit their own ideas onto the roadmap, and can also assign themselves to different issues or features so we don't have multiple devs working on the same thing.

How To Apply

For access to the CB10 repository, interested developers can send an email to apps @ mobilenations.com (please use subject title CB10 App Developer on your email). Be sure to include your GitHub username and email address, and also send a link to your apps in BlackBerry World and a short paragraph on your app development experience and background.

What You'll Get

In addition to my personal thanks and gratitude, we're also going to send lots of love and praise here on CrackBerry to developers who participate in the project. When we release updates that feature the work of volunteer developers, we'll make note of the contributors in those posts and what they did, and to be blunt - we'll pimp the heck out of their other apps here on CrackBerry which always goes a long way. :)

That's it!! Cheers to an updated and improved CB10 app!

May 2nd Update - We've already had a few developers reach out which is great to see! Scrolling through the comments this morning, I just wanted to address a few of the things I've been reading: - The notion to get developers from the community participating on a volunteer basis was suggested by developers who just wanted to help pitch in - this isn't CrackBerry looking for a hand out. As there is more than one developer wanting to help out, we needed a method for working with multiple devs handling the code where we can still ensure the overall quality of what's being submitted to BlackBerry World, which is why we're taking the GitHub private repository method. - I never said in the post that we're not also willing to compensate developers for their time and contributions. With a community project like this, we're looking for developers who are passionate about the project (making the CB10 app better!) and not just about making money first. That's how great communities work - look at all the awesome moderators and ambassadors we have on the team who volunteer lots of time to help make CrackBerry a better place. Most of the people who "work" for Mobile Nations today (even Adam and Bla1ze, Dan Rubino, Rene Ritchie, Phil Nickinson and many, many more) started out as volunteers on the site first. Heck, Windows Phone Central's awesome app was also made by a volunteer developer. Then when we see awesome passionate people in the community doing great things, we promote from there. I know at least some of the devs who have read this post and applied recognize the potential of getting involved.

Reader comments

Are you an awesome BlackBerry 10 developer and want to make the CB10 app better? If yes, read this! [Updated]

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Good read huh? Um, since this wasn't an informative article at all... nevermind. Lol.

Anyway, I hope one of the things on the "to-do" list is giving access to private messages and other notifications in the app... :-)

Posted without the aid of AutoCorrect with my physical keyboard via CB10

Ha! I thought the same thing about his post

Posted with a Verizon Z30 running 10.2.1.2228 and CB10. [URL="bbmc:C0004F9BB"] My channel with zero subscribers [/URL]

Unless that's just your way of saying first, lol. :-P

Posted without the aid of AutoCorrect with my physical keyboard via CB10

Can you guys get the active frame to completely fill the available active frame space? There's a white bar at the bottom.

Posted via the Z30 on CB10

I don't see myself having free cycles. But shared it out with some impressive developers.

If I do jump in it will just be to add hyperlink support

Posted via CB from my LE

Well at least have the decency to pay the devs for their work, you can't put a "thanks" into your pocket or feed yourself with it.
If CB is out of money you could offer free devices.

Wow, people like you probably don't make decent monies because it's all game, no fun.

When you keep getting emails saying "Hey, I'll do it for free!", why would you go out and say "Ok, we will take you all up on the offer and pay you"?

Besides, I'm positive CB will pay something out to them. In addition to give them a lifetime supply of traffic to their own apps if you have one of course.

Posted via CB10

Why not in return give a BlackBerry 10 device? Many BlackBerry 10 developer out there that doesn't have a BlackBerry 10 device that can be used for testing.

A dev device will do.

Posted via CB10

This is a great idea. Trade X amount of dev hours for one of Kev's BB10 devices that's collecting dust anyway. Offer up some real incentive.

Hey, can we have the white background for Z30, I don't think it's there now. I personally don't like the black background. Wish to see CB10 app in white background.

Posted via CB10

+1

I hate all "dark themes". They all look like crappy homemade websites from 2005.

Posted via CB10

There were serious concerns about the security of Snap2Chat and what NemOry did with user data.
I'd be interested to know if those issues have been fixed.

How about making all the articles readable on the app. Just try and read the net neutrality article on a Z10. Small black font on a black back ground , really ?

Posted via CB10

I was just wondering, what happened with the BlackBerry browser and wanted to post in a forum about it... thanks for confirming that it is a CB10 issue.

I am in for beta testing :)

What would really be great is if you asked some developers to make a native CB app for the PlayBook! Three years and PlayBook owners still have to use an Android ported app?!? WTH?

Yes... but why spend the time to retool an app to work on the PlayBook?

Sure Kevin's "personal thanks and gratitude, we're also going to send lots of love and praise here on CrackBerry to developers who participate in the project." is great....

A BB10 App does have "potential" for growth.... PlayBook usage is dropping pretty quickly I imagine. Wonder what their Web Stats for CrackBerry shows PlayBook usages as....

Unless the app makes you money I don't see why you don't open-source it. Unless you license it out to others then what makes money is the content.

Open source would also get other content providers on-board with bb10 support.

It's ok, Mr crackberry is coming to do my job for nothing tomorrow while I sit on my arse doing fack all :)

Posted via CB10

Do you think CrackBerry doesn't receive any financial benefits from the app, if only through "hits and clicks." Do you think they don't list it as an asset? Maybe a potential Dev will see the free advertising as being worth while, but it also has the effect of making CrackBerry look like they're in need of a free handout.

A Zed cranked up to 30!!! :D

Good exposure. How many musicians, artists, etc have heard that.

What I don't get is that Crackberry is by far the most used part of mobile nations. Thus, the CB app should be number 1 on the priority list.

Unless it's open source, developers should absolutely be paid for their work.

Posted via CB10

I paid for the snapchat thing and the instagram , even tho i will never use them, just for support.
if these guys then go off and make a crackberry app for thanks , hmmmmmm.....

Posted via the Android CrackBerry App!

This is pretty crazy. Why can't crackberry just update the app themselves? I feel like it's a cheap escape for crackberry

T-Mobile Z10STL100-3/10.2.1.2228 

When I read:

#1 Blackberry Fan web site can't pay developers to build its app on the bb10 platform.

To me it comes across as:

We don't pay because we don't have enough faith in the platform that in the long run we will be making money off this platform.

Pretty sad!

I'm not quite at the level to be a developer, yet. I do however think you guys are awesome asking for help. I will be happy to beta test for you and report back as I am a heavy user of the CB10 app on my STL100-4 on Verizon In the USA...PM me if you'd like me to help. Glad to be of service to these forums...

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Yeah no crap.. 'Thanks', praises or glory?? Really?? Cheap asses.. should atleast PAY something.. wtf... or barter.. stupid..

Q10 on T-Mobile

Lots of comments way off the mark on this post so I wrote a quick update for the post. Hope this clarifies.

May 2nd Update - We've already had a few developers reach out which is great to see! Scrolling through the comments this morning, I just wanted to address a few of the things I've been reading: - The notion to get developers from the community participating on a volunteer basis was suggested by developers who just wanted to help pitch in - this isn't CrackBerry looking for a hand out. As there is more than one developer wanting to help out, we needed a method for working with multiple devs handling the code where we can still ensure the overall quality of what's being submitted to BlackBerry World, which is why we're taking the GitHub private repository method. - I never said in the post that we're not also willing to compensate developers for their time and contributions. With a community project like this, we're looking for developers who are passionate about the project (making the CB10 app better!) and not just about making money first. That's how great communities work - look at all the awesome moderators and ambassadors we have on the team who volunteer lots of time to help make CrackBerry a better place. Most of the people who "work" for Mobile Nations today (even Adam and Bla1ze, Dan Rubino, Rene Ritchie, Phil Nickinson and many, many more) started out as volunteers on the site first. Heck, Windows Phone Central's awesome app was also made by a volunteer developer. Then when we see awesome passionate people in the community doing great things, we promote from there. I know at least some of the devs who have read this post and applied recognize the potential of getting involved.

That's a good update to the original post. I reconsider my original post being too negative now. Thanks for the clarification.

Hope a good update gets kicked out soon for the app.

T-Mobile Z10STL100-3/10.2.1.2228 

Hoping for the text area to be black with white text, so it doesn't take a toll on my q10. Maybe even a dark theme for crackberry forums? Since I cannot seem to change that within them from my q10, the theme chooser doesn't exist on the mobile Site.