CrackBerry 10 App updated to v1.3!

Brings performance enhancements, bug fixes and support for landscape use! Download it here.

CrackBerry 10 App - Landscape!
By Kevin Michaluk on 11 Mar 2013 12:08 pm EDT
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Following the re-launch of our CrackBerry website, the CB10 app was updated to v1.2 which brought with it a number of new features, including the ability to comment on articles. 

Version 1.3 is a minor maintenance release, which addresses some bugs that popped up in the last update. The performance of v1.3 is buttery smooth once again, so you'll want to download the update from BlackBerry World asap. You'll also notice we've updated our BlackBerry World listing to include an overview of the permissions required by the app and how we use them.

As for new features in this version, support for landscape orientation is now present. I love using the app in portrait orientation, but this was a feature many of you requested so we put it in there! 

CB10 v1.3 Change Log

New Features and Improvements:

  • Landscape support
  • Improved performance, especially when scrolling
  • Improved in-app browser

Bug Fixes:

  • We spelled Participated right :)
  • Settings button disabled if already in Settings
  • Added/modified a couple of user messages to be more accurate

App Permissions Explained:

  • BlackBerry Messenger - We use this permission so you can invite BBM contacts to dowload the app
  • Internet - We use this permission to enable connectivity with our serves.
  • Notifications - We use this permission to alert you when new content is available.
  • Shared files - We use this permission to save forum attachment downloads to your shared Downloads folder.

Future Roadmap: 

  • Active Links in Articles: Articles linked in other articles will open in app instead of in browser view.
  • Private Messages
  • Sliding Featured Stories Block
  • Article Image Galleries
  • Push Notifications
  • Fix Character issues in Forums
  • Passport Profile Pages
  • Wallpaper Gallery
  • Podcast Player

If you're rocking a BlackBerry Z10 and haven't downloaded our CB10 app yet from BlackBerry World, do yourself a favor and grab it right now.

Download CB10 from BlackBerry World
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93 comments

gonzo uk

Is this the big news nooooo.

Posted via CB10

bizzyqu

no he said he was working on this blog and the "news" blog last night

canderson85

not showing yet on mine :(

Posted via CB10

Dzyen

Same, I don't see any updates :(

redk

It is incredible how fast you guys are responding to feedback and updating the CB app, my hat goes off to you guys for the incredibly work you put in and out everyday. I can't wait to finally use the app when I get my Z10.

Schoshaii

Great work guys! Love the app.

Posted via CB10

blakobecwa

lol prolly not the big news.

revtech

Well, now that we got that out of the way . . . your loyal subjects are still waiting ;)

Rider Prider

Wonderful changes. Keep up the great work.... Progress... a Beautiful thing.

CDM76

Blown?!?

Posted via CB10

Kevin Michaluk

No, this isn't the big news guys. But this is still good news and if you have the CB10 app you should download it!

kojita

Like I said below:
So support for landscape mode = mind blowing news indication that BB10 is coming soon on PlayBook???..or not
:D

sonbuster

This is huge news to me, thanks Kev, keep up the great work!

ta2hallm

Too funny, never noticed the incorrect spelling of participated. Should have been using the Z10 keyboard :-)

Really enjoy the CB10 app.

Posted via CB10

StormieTwo

oh man, your killin' everybody. how 'bout a hint?

peterallcdn

Please don't forget to add adjustable font sizes for headings list, articles, forum posts etc.... Please? :-)

Posted via CB10

Marcus Adolfsson

We follow the the OS font size - so If you bump up the font size under phone Settings the font is adjusted throughout the app.

peterallcdn

Thanks for replying. Most things in the OS are read briefly and don't stress out the eyes therefore I don't want to blow-up the whole OS... but reading a large CrackBerry article or forum post after forum post for 30min-hour is different. Like the browser's Reader Mode, I would personally still appreciate the ability to control article font size. Or, since you follow the OS's set font size, maybe a font size setting based on percentage of the OS font size? Thanks for the great app either way.

seankly

No update here in UK. Still 1.2 .0.1?! Hopefully this will fix the '?' shown where the videos should be...

Yandar

Im in the Uk and got the update several hours ago. Have you manually checked for an update?

miketko

Good job

Posted via CB10 with my Zed 10

kojita

So support for landscape mode = mind blowing news indication that BB10 is coming soon on PlayBook???..or not
:D

sauron4

It's not showing in BlackBerry World for me :(

Posted via CB10

Zedi Master

No Notification?

Is it really there? I bet it is, but I will have to check manually.

Grrrr

Posted via CB10

HighestStiletto

Great update. I find that this is my most used app. Crackberry addict.

Posted via CB10

Zedi Master

No. Not available yet. Must be because I'm in Canada!

What the???

Posted via CB10

Zach Gilbert

The update should be there in Canada now, but it all depends on what server your BlackBerry access for BlackBerry World. I'm in Toronto and the update has been made available.

kojita

I mean mind blowing is unexpected:
Whatsapp, skype, Instagram etc..are all expected to land on BB10
BB10 is expected to land on PB
Aristo, curve lines is expected to come later this year
that leaves mind blowing to our imagination...lenovo laptop running on QNX and integrated with a BB10 phone

DzarulAzwar

Good job guys. Update to this version. Obvious change will be I'm now able to view this app trough landscape mode :) never notice the mi spelled of participated before

Posted via CB10

Marcus Adolfsson

It takes a few hours for the update to propagate throughout the BlackBerry World servers.

bambinoitaliano

Nope. No update in Toronto for me either.

mkmilan

Nice, So now please fix the PB version... Have noted issues previously ..

peterallcdn

I have no idea how technically feasible it would be, but it would be cool if the CB10 app could sync with Google Reader so that the read/unread status could be synced.

annon91221

No epdate here either....

Posted via CB10

SaltySnack

Keeps getting better

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UMLD

Ahhh mow the spelling nazis can finally sleep.

Kudos on the hard work going into this app. You're a fine example for other app developers.

iririr

Not seeing this update in Vancouver

Spawn12

Went to my world and did an update check but nothing came up until i went into the app itself then i got a notification that an update was available. Btw im in the UK so maybe the people who arent getting it, try it my method.

Lovely update Kevin, was waiting for the landscape option to be baked into the app and now its here, its brilliant.

Thanks guys, keep up the good work.

alecaserez

Any chance of sharing the code of the app in github? I think it would be a very good guide development.

Marcus Adolfsson

No plans to open source the whole app at this point. The samples BlackBerry provides provides in GitHub are very good, I use many of them as references how to write the app.

Scooter68

No update here either only 1.2

Posted via CB10

iLikeWhiteBread

Just updated, ya for landscape :) Lol...

Posted from my Z10

3xberry

Thank you. Some of us minions have upgraded! Thanks for the all of the efforts your group puts in.
Sincerely

From Z to U via CB10

Nigelbrown

Love the app, I use it way more then the site now...the forums in particular

Don't see the update yet thought....

Posted via CB10

defoo

Update just keep rolling in! Is there plan to open source the app :-) ?

Marcus Adolfsson

No plans to open source the whole app at this point, but if I ever get the time I will write some blog post articles on my learnings of coding for BB10.

Graheem

Not showing for, on
Telus, in Victoria. The BB WORLD app really needs fixing too. Often shows the spark never show what the spark is for, even after 'check for updates' & refresh.

Posted via CB10

peterallcdn

Yeah, I see the spark over "My World" all the time and it appears to mean nothing! Wish they'd fix it so I actually know when I have new apps or not.

ari_paku

They also need to fix the notifications. The LED doesn't flash when on Phone Calls Only setting. That's super annoying!

BlackBerry Z10 & BlackBerry PlayBook

houseane

Kevin, thanks for the explanation of what you are doing with the shared files permission. I do have a question about that. Does giving permission to share files allow the developer of the app to see/download personal info like photos and contacts like it can with Android and iOS?

I haven't developed on BB10 yet so don't know the answer to this. I am working on an app that all employees have to sign a NDA due to the nature of what the app will do. We do not want any developer to catch wind of what is being developed due to the revenue and media coverage it will generate when it is complete and released. Because of this, no employee is permitted to use an Android or iOS device for fear of a developer intercepting a message and figuring out what we are doing.

From what you can see, does permission to access shared files give the developer open access to the user's personal information?

Marcus Adolfsson

Here is a list of the various permissions:

http://developer.blackberry.com/cascades/documentation/getting_started/tools/app_permissions.html

Contact permissions is separate from Shared Files (a directory where app can store files) permissions

bassicmama

Awesome! I'm loving the CB app, great job!

Posted via CB10

Mikey Gardner

Doesn't come up with an update for me :(

Posted on my Z10

DJ Reyes

Update seems to have made its way to the UK now. Just got the notification.

Posted via CB10

RelicAte

Just arrived for me too! Canada, Telus

Posted via CB10

raxamillion

Not showing for me on Vodafone UK if that makes any difference.

Posted via CB10

DJ Reyes

I manually refreshed

Posted via CB10

Paolo Birra

Good to go!

Great update

Greetings from Italy

Posted via CB10

jfunds

Lovely

Posted via CB10

ParmarMania

I've checked about four times in the last two hours. No update for me yet over here in Toronto.

Posted via CB10

miketko

Nothing here either

Posted via CB10 with my Zed 10

Biggfoot

Still waiting....But can't wait

Posted via CB10

ibpluto

Still not seeing it here in Kitchener on rogers

Posted via CB10 from my awesome Z10

R Field

Thanks for updating the app Kevin the best BB10 news/forum app by a long shot.

Young Z

Getting a server error popup when going into "my apps & games".

Getting a network error popup when going to upgrade the CB app.

On Rogers network.

Posted via CB10

R Field

Waiting for the update in BB world. You can drop the big news while I'm waiting :)

gpg1808

It's running fine, thx :-)

Posted via CB10

Bj Mac

Awesome job on this app. Love the landscape support. You guys are the best!!

Posted via CB10

Miki78

I don't have the update on my BlackBerry world. Us there any to do to get it?

Posted via CB10

twistytombobber

Good job with the update. *****
Love the landscape mode.

Posted via CB+BB10

seankly

Still have the last word missing on some of the forum post titles and a '?' when a video should be there in the news sections.

Anybody got any ideas?

I'm on latest OS

Posted via CB10

Marcus Adolfsson

Have not been able to solve the Bold forum title issue, think it is on the Cascades side.

Video still images should be fixed going forward. There is a new way to enter them in the backend and not all writers are using the new procedure yet.

Scooter68

Update is there now...

Posted via CB10

Rider Prider

Just pushed out through Bell-Ontario.

parkinfly

I'm loving the CrackBerry app, probably one of my most frequently used apps on the Z10. I really wish all the major apps could be this delightful to use :P Great job CB!

Eng.KoD

Got it too

Posted via CB10

bambinoitaliano

it's available now in Toronto.

warfroggy

W00t. It's now available with Rogers in Ontario. Landscape mode ftw!

Posted from my Z10 via CB10

jaleelhamid

Can't download it not available for update here

Posted via CB10

stretch2k9

Updated!!!
UK Vodafone

Posted via CB10 for BlackBerry Z10

black hole

Wow! Congrats on the quick response time for the
Incremental improvements! Absolutely love the landscape mode...
This is the best app so far!

Posted via CB10

aha

Landscape view plus buttery smooth experience, I am sold!

nhanken

After updating CB 10, the app is not refreshing with new feeds or updates anymore... was working ok until a few hours ago. anyone is having the same issue?

nhanken

Never mind it's working again. For some reason when I don't sign in, it won't refresh =)

Tornado99

First thing I did was rotate to landscape...worked like a charm...soooomuch more keyboard room!

Posted via CB10

drcrane

In the interest of being mind blowing perhaps CB can open source the app?

It would be great to have more and better examples of cascades code!

Posted via CB10

JRX7KEN

It's s one off the best app on BlackBerry 10 for my most used app good work team crackberry!!!

Posted via CB10

TelusBB

Kevin my only suggestion would be adding the ability to clear delete old read articles/events/reviews etc. Right now there's stuff I've read and which I could of cleared or deleted it because every time he open the app you see it along with the new stuff. BlackBerry news and social feeds have the option to delete read messages on the older os.This was a good thing.The other option is to have the app load only up to a certain amount of content and as you go further back into the past it will download more and more (ex. Twitter). Other than that everything is good. I'm enjoying the landscape mode on the latest version :)

Posted via CB10

TelusBB

Just realized that I swiped up *have* instead of *had * up there when I referred to BlackBerry news and social feeds apps.

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Daveensannie

Question about active frame...if the CBapp is active and someone commented on a post you have subscribed on...is it instantly vissible in the active frame or not ? ( still dont have a Z10 thats why i ask :) )