BlackBerry hosting 'Introduction to the Amazon Developer Program' webinars for developers

By Bla1ze on 19 Aug 2014 12:31 pm EDT
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Whether you're a BlackBerry developer looking to make use of the Amazon Appstore when BlackBerry OS 10.3 arrives or someone who is just interested in learning about what the Amazon Developer Program offers, BlackBerry is hosting a 'Introduction to the Amazon Developer Program' series of webcasts starting on August 26, 2014 2:00:00 PM ADT. In total, there's three webinars that will be of interest.

Introduction to the Amazon Developer Program

August 26, 2014 2:00:00 PM ADT - Join us for our first webcast where we'll provide an overview of the Amazon developer program and answer all your questions on how you can access BlackBerry customers and more. Here's what we'll cover:

  • Amazon Ecosystem Overview
  • Amazon Appstore Basics
  • Amazon Mobile SDK Overview
  • Amazon Devices Overview
  • Amazon Devices Compatibility
  • Developer Support

How to get your apps into the Amazon Appstore

August 28, 2014 3:00:00 PM ADT - This webcast will deliver practical advice, including "gotchas" and "how-tos" for Android, HTML5 and AIR developers. We'll have experts on hand with Android, HTML5 and AIR expertise to help you get your app into the Amazon Appstore. Here's what we'll cover:

  • Testing your .apk for the Amazon Appstore
  • Getting your app into the Amazon Appstore
  • Coding for different devices, tablet, smartphone, TV
  • How to take your BlackBerry HTML5 app to Amazon
  • How to take your BlackBerry AIR app to Amazon
  • How to take your BlackBerry Android App to Amazon

Amazon Developer Expert Q&A

September 4, 2014 3:00:00 PM ADT - Did you have any challenges bringing your BlackBerry app to Amazon? We want to help you get them resolved and your app into the store. Attend this webcast to have all of your questions about the Amazon Appstore and Amazon Developer Program answered by the experts.

Developers and those otherwise interested in learning more can sign up for any of the dates via the registration page BlackBerry has set up. We'll also send out some Twitter reminders for everyone when the events are close to kicking off as well.

Register for the BlackBerry Developer Events

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BlackBerry hosting 'Introduction to the Amazon Developer Program' webinars for developers

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It's pretty much hit or miss, but they bought me with the free app of the day offering of Docs to Go not too long ago. It has access to Google Drive, unlike the OS10 native Docs to Go app.

Frosty white Q10/10.2.1.3247

Oh I didn't know that, I downloaded it then deleted it. Never know if I would need it in the future. I will re-download.

Posted via CB10

Yes and so sad that all the native devs unless now developing for enterprise ( whatever that means) will now be left behind...

Classifieds Canada and GeoYeo B4B Apps all the way!!!

I actually kind of want BlackBerry to move all of the android ported apps to the Amazon Appstore and keep that on a separate storefront so I can block it and only unblock it when I really need something.

Posted from my BlackBerry Q10 on AT&T

Especially now that Ammazon is about to come under scrutiny for bullying their suppliers for profits just like Microsoft 'used to' do.

Posted via CB10

The amazon apps for BlackBerry need to be native first like snap. Fix the music app, give us instant video and the app store native.

Posted via CB10

What's the problem if Amazon app is an Android app but runs well on BB10? Forget native apps. We are not going to get anytime soon.

Posted via CB10

The dates are interesting, they line up with the release of the Passport and OS10.3

Z30 on 10.2.1 in Kitchener (Canada)

Well that's late actually. Me thinks launch in September Passport in Oct. which kind of sucks. I hope I'm wrong

Posted via CB10

If this somehow results in a wider range of Android apps that are built/optimized with BB10 devices in mind... then we can't really complain.

Posted via CB10

No complaints here.
Talk no action to close the app gap is a far worse option

Posted via CB10 app & my killer BlackBerry Z30

I totally agree! I would love to have some of the Android app optimized for BB10.
The reason I currently hate the Android apps is because they are slow and don't work like native apps.

Posted via CB10

Exactly, if they actually worked, fully, I could care less if they were native or not. They need to allow full usage of the camera (boa doesn't focus to take a check pic), gps, and NOTIFICATIONS (eBay app needs this for sure).

Posted via CB10

The Wells Fargo app had trouble with focusing on checks a year ago, but has had no issues ever since. It has something to do with the runtime, but the Android runtime doesn't prevent the camera from operating correctly. I don't know what the issue is, but if the developers cared, it can definitely be fixed.

Posted via CB10

I have a Z10 running 10.3 and a Z30 running 10.2.1. I've done a lot of Android app comparisons between the two phones, and the Z10 running 10.3 runs Android apps much better than the Z30. For some perspective, when both phones were running the same OS, the Z30 ran Android apps faster than the Z10.

I find that the Z10 running 10.3 opens Android apps in at least half the time compared to 10.2.1. It's pretty crazy, but BlackBerry 10.3 runs Android apps so well that most of these apps are as responsive as the native apps.

By the time BlackBerry 10.4 or 10.5 comes, I expect the Android runtime to be indistinguishable from native apps.

Posted via CB10

I completely agree. I look at Windows Phone as an example of what the BlackBerry ecosystem would look like if not for the Android runtime, except that MS has been able to do better than BlackBerry would have done with drawing some big name apps.

Posted via CB10

M$ can flash the cash to attract these apps.

BlackBerry can't, at least not at this stage.

 BlackBerry? I premdict the future's gonna be chenomenal! 

Android used to be awful at HTML5, but it's a little better these days. But, you really feel the performance hit when the HTML5 apps are run through BB10 Android runtime.

If possible, always run HTML5 apps through BlackBerry 10 WebWorks / PhoneGap. I actually don't understand how this announcement helps BlackBerry. All it does is show BlackBerry support for porting the handful of valuable HTML5 exclusives to the BB10 platform to Amazon so Android users on Samsung and other such devices can use them, too. Big win for Amazon, big loss for BB10.

I think this is a sign that Chen is moving to kill devices or moving the device platform to Android. Or, he just doesn't have a clue how to build a platform. (The last is probably the most likely.)

Posted via CB10

I hope they plan on getting rid of the annoying bell notification for android apps. Also since I am running 10.3 I noticed that the apps run Headless which is nice but we don't have a easy way to stop them. I should not have to open Ghost commander to force stop the apps. I seen my Data usage go up because apps are running that I thought closed.
Just my thoughts. BlackBerry forever either way

Posted via CB10

If you can't be bothered to code for BlackBerry... well, take a hike.

No Android app will ever be used on a BlackBerry by me.

Amazon app store will be deleted if possible, or moved to the junk folder with the likes of the phone and camera.

Devs won't code native for BlackBerry...get over it. Android apps run very well, and as such expand the usability of the device.

Posted via CB10

They run "well".

If running hot, chewing up battery, full permissions or will crash is your version of "well"... you can keep it.

For some of the apps, I get your frustration. But seriously, a good deal of them work great. Stop whining and suck it up

Posted via CB10

Maybe at some point BlackBerry can run how to seminars for Android devs to learn the benefits of QT Cascades and HTML 5. How to build enterprise apps.

From my Neutrino Powered Z10

I like the idea of Amazon app store coming to blackberry. Hopefully devs can track if their app was downloaded on a BlackBerry or on a amazon os. That way of the dev sees a huge influx of BlackBerry downloads, they can then commit to a native BlackBerry app and have good reason to invest in building the app.

Posted via CB10

I haven't noticed if my android app can, but I know since I also use snap, when I log into the official Google play in computer it recognizes it's a z30, so I would imagine the amazon store can too

Posted via CB10

FUTURE:
After BlackBerry gets customers in their platform, there is no reason the developers will not want to make native apps for BlackBerry when the Amazon agreement ends.
The reason that they are not making apps for BB10 is the lack of customer base to sell apps to. This was a good move by BlackBerry, especially if they get Prime and Amazon customer service assistance too.

Posted via CB10

I was gonna post that thought, too. Thanks. :-)

Android apps are needed *now* to grow market share, then coding for BB10 will become more attractive *later* and might fetch higher app price due to improved usability, security, etc ...

Maybe even a kind of a convergence, not down to Android's level, but up to BB10's quality ...

 BlackBerry? I premdict the future's gonna be chenomenal! 

Well...it was an amazing day when I was able to get back to BlackBerry. Seems since BlackBerry decided to open themselves up to Android, we all might as well just go get an android phone. Don’t know if android apps embrace the hidden cost levels as efficiently as BlackBerry, but who cares. Most android apps I have tried to run don't work that well. Seems to me like BBM used to be a major selling point for BlackBerry...they turned around and gave it away. Think I'll just pitch the Z10 in a drawer and crank up my Rezound.

ROM 10.9

BBM hasn't been a selling point for BlackBerry with the masses in quite a few years. Making it cross-platform was one of the best decisions by them in recent years.

Via CB10 on Z10 | T-Mo | 10.2.1.2156

Amazon App store does fill in the gap and it's a good thing, but if I wanted to download Android apps I would just buy an Android phone.

I'm not saying that android ports are bad thing, I just want an app that works well on my BlackBerry.

Posted via CB10

No you wouldn't since as a BlackBerry user downloading app isn't the main thing you do with your phone. You have other priorities and apps just go along with them, whether native or Android isn't a major concern.

Amirite?

I wonder what they're doing to target existing Amazon app store developers to get them to optimize their apps for BB10.

What I want to know is, why some Android apps work on BB10 and some don't. Like earlier post said, its pretty hit or miss. What gives?

Android apps that rely on Google Play Services definitely don't work. Those apps shouldn't be in the Amazon app store at all so they don't need to worry about that. It's all the other reasons some apps don't work that BB needs to figure out and fix as part of their Android runtime, OR at the very least publish best practice alternatives for each so that developers can easily increase compatibility (and you better have Amazon on board with them).

To be fair, many Android apps don't work on many Android devices.

Cross-device coding on Android is a real pain. Especially if you use the phone sensors or Bluetooth in your app.

Posted via CB10

I just want to know if Amazon App Store Apps will backup through link like BlackBerry World apps do. Currently, sideloaded apps or downloaded apks don't back up and restore.

Posted via CB10

If Amazon implemented Cascades, I would develop for it. If the Fire ran Cascades apps, then I would consider buying that phone.

The only thing I hate about Android is the buggy, slow apps!

Posted via CB10

Can we force SuperCell to attend the seminar?
I'm sick of carrying around an extra phone to play my latest obsession: Clash of Clans.

Also hoping the next version of the Android run time we get is 4.3 or higher so my Jawbone Up app (downloaded via Snap) will work. Upon opening the application it informed me that it needs 4.3 or higher: I think it has something to do with the Bluetooth LE communication between the Andriod app and the Up24 bracelet.

Posted via CB10

It is better to have Apps where we can actually change/adjust permissions and not have to give FULL permissions & access to our everything.

Q10 on T-Mobile

Yes!

Need permissions to be adjustable to personal security / privacy needs.

 BlackBerry? I premdict the future's gonna be chenomenal! 

As long as native applications start coming in and are also developed for blackberry, it shouldn't be much of an issue. Also, as loong as android applications work good, then there aren't any complaints. Just needs reworking for Q10 and passport (1:1 aspect ratio). The 16:9 ones are good to go.

Posted via CrackBerry 10 (CB10) application using my BlackBerry Q10.

My other problem with this to me is a big one, I am on BES 10. I have balance and all my work apps are Android and they are not allowed on my work side of the phone. Chen old boy you targeting enterprise but don't have many business applications, and you are blocking Android ports to work on my work side. FIX IT Chen!

Posted via CB10

Funny that they are talking AIR developers. Did they not announce that AIR will no longer run with the release of 10.3. I remember being sad to hear that as the only game that I played at that time is written in AIR (and connects to Scoreloop, so double whammy).

Tapped and flicked from my BlackBerry Z30!

And Native goes Bye Bye.. The good thing is that HTML5 is the future of mobile apps, but until that happens we still need Native Blackberry 10 apps. I just got to an intermediate level of Cascades and now I have to learn HTML :|

And there goes native apps! They better fix interoperability with Amazon because all I get is you must have services installed for the good apps!

Posted with a BlackBerry Z10

A novel idea: How about Blackberry trying to convince developers to actually release a Blackberry version of their apps?

I just don't get how so much attention has been given to getting killer new hardware out there, while at the same time they cut all the apps, music, videos...Someone buys a new Blackberry and gets it home, them finds out there's no content available...how (un)cool is that?