CrackBerry's CB10 app updated to v1.6.2 - Download now!

By Bla1ze on 19 Aug 2014 09:52 am EDT
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As some of you have started to notice and as I mentioned on my From the Editor's desk, we've now pushed out a new release for the CB10 app and this time around, it's loaded up with bug fixes, enhancements and improvements across the board. Seriously! The change log for this one is quite long but the good news is, we have it laid out for you. Here's what you can expect from this release.

Improvements:

  • Added Video tab: Shows youtube videos in CrackBerry channel
  • Reorganized and tidied up Settings. Now separated into different tabs.
  • Improved cache clearing by running asynchronously (in separate thread)
  • Ability to clear the data cache and image data
  • Performance: tweaks with color object creation
  • Performance: optimize all png files
  • Performance: Replaced png splash images with .jpgs. Smaller file sizes.
  • Added Developer tab that list "Weekend Coder" and developer related articles
  • Added setting to move tabs from action bar to tab overflow
  • Added about and credits to settings
  • Added ability to send feedback direct from the app
  • Updated how the version number is displayed
  • Added youtube play button over youtube thumbnail images
  • Improve page navigation in forum thread view
  • Added ability to view youtube videos directly from the app.
  • Forums: Added post numbers. Added post per thread configurable setting
  • Forward and back buttons for in-app browser
  • Added preliminary Passport support

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed featured forums links opening in browser bug
  • Added fix for Rotating view in article
  • Disable application action menu in settings
  • Disable hamburger menu in settings
  • Fix "pull to refresh" and "pull up to show more". Works more consistently now.
  • Fix links with attributes. Works around NDK bug
  • Updated article style for better image scaling
  • Strip out imgs from comments section of blogs, which caused app to crash
  • Fixed article clipping for Z30 in dark theme

The update isn't going to cover every single issue folks were having with the app but we already have a list of other things we're working on to correct for the next release as well. Everything listed here was either impacting the performance of the app, stopping us from improving the app further or otherwise absolutely had to be fixed before anything else, so it was taken care of first. There's more updates coming.

And with that all covered, I'd like to take to thank our very own Tom Kaminski for taking over as maintainer of the CB10 app and working with developers to get the app updated and as it stands, he's still looking for others to help out as well. Last but not least, I'd like to thank members who contributed to the 1.6.x release.

  • Sam Verschueren (Curahee)
  • Nikolajs Leonovs (ksantor)
  • Toby Clench (Tobster619)

The v1.6.2 update is live in BlackBerry World right now, so be sure to get it downloaded and give it a go, go through the settings and look at the options available as some of the stuff we see asked about often is actually there and of course, let us know how it's working out for you in the comments or in our CrackBerry Apps forum.

Download CB10 now from BlackBerry World!

Reader comments

CrackBerry's CB10 app updated to v1.6.2 - Download now!

241 Comments

Anyone found a way to read notifications and private messages or still not in the app?

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

Can't open the comments section on the TELUS / Passport post, it hangs, the whole app freezes on my Q10, just Bla1ze's avatar face staring at me...

Glad I didn't update my Z10, this is what I'm posting from right now...

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

What does the app have that the mobile site doesn't? I just use that.

The last time I used the CB app, my phone got ridiculously hot.

Comments are laggy as hell... :/

With Great Swiping Comes Great Responsibility - CB10 on Z10, Bell, ON, Canada

I was starting to wonder if the cb10 app was abandon ware, like so many others in app world.... thanks for the update!

Posted via CB10

Haha... abandonware...

Abandoned in the proverbial basement...
Thanks for the update.

(but sorry, Kevin, where are YOU? :-) )

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

Great work Cb thanks for the update

Posted via the awesome power of BlackBerry 10 on one of my lovely devices probably my brand new Z30 or my great Q10 or my beautiful Z10

Funny that I should read this first on other blogs
than creakberry's ?

Sent from ny outdated Z10

Won't happen anymore once we get push notifications straight to the HUB...

Some can't wait to be, ahem... second ;-)

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

Wow it's noticeably faster and text isn't cut off anymore on my Z30. Score!

CB10 Z30STA100-5/10.3.0.296

I think that is to see if we were actually reading the change log or not, but it caught my attention too. Funny.

BPWiebe on the super smooth Z10.

It provides you choices of hamburgers that you can order. :) It's the icon that looks like three horizontal lines stacked on each other that is used as a menu in many mobile apps/sites. It sort of looks like a hamburger.

Its main purpose it to open a main menu panel as apposed to the overflow button (3 dots) which is supposed to lead to direct actions for the item already open (such as save, open in web etc).

It's the menu in the lower left of the screen that has three lines/bars . . . thought to look a little like a schematic hamburger.

Thanks!

Links now open correctly in the built-in browser...

But they still don't open correctly if you long-press the link and select "open in > browser".

Posted via CB10

...oh, this seems to be an issue specifically with links posted in comments under CB articles.

Posted via CB10

Surprised that tapping on the "Shop" tab still looks like a mobile WAP site from the 90's.
Try to offer a better shopping experience from the app!

Frosty white Q10/10.2.1.3247

Do not use generic or only slightly modified avatars... or you'll get this.

CYO... (create your own...)

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

Take it easy, big guy. I was just kidding around. I don't care that a fellow CrackBerry follower has the same photo I chose to use.

Posted with my T-Mobile USA  Q10 via CB10.

Sure, I wasn't serious either... :-)

Just funny you guys had the same idea, not a prob if you have the same avatar...

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

Thx Bla1ze. You kept your word. I like the new scrolling feel, fast and smooth.

Posted via the amazing Z30

Finished downloading it a few minutes ago and it's a really nice upgrade from the previous version. Images still load a bit slow in the forums section, I'm currently using the android port for now.

Posted via CB10 on my Q10

Well not to be a party pooper but the little asterisk showing new material stays lit on the home screen even when I "mark all as read" repeatedly. Nothing shows in Hub tho

Posted via CB10

Thanks for the update; I haven't updated yet, but when can we expect to be able to see PMs via the app?

Tour 9630 > Bold 9650 > Q10 > Classic or Passport???

Great work guys.
This fixes lag in Settings page opening and closing which could be as much as 15 seconds on my Z10, so thanks for that :)

Link to BlackBerry World is still not linking directly for me, just going to BB browser.

This is is a welcome update and very much appreciated.

Why doesn't the CB10 app automatically refresh its data when you actually open it? While I may or may not want it refreshing in the background (I know there's a setting for that), I should not have to "Pull to refresh" immediately after every time I freshly open the app.

Seems smooth, nice additions, hopefully we see PM notification in the next update

Posted Pantlessly via My Kick @ss Z30!!!

I have the same problem..."pull to refresh" does not work. I can refresh by choosing that option in the overflow menu.

Please fix as this is basic functionality of a heavily used app! :)

Unlocked Z30, OS 10.2.1.3247, AT&T

I was really hoping for forum improvements , ( collapsible comment threads, view comments by user), but this is a welcome addition.

He posted from his sleek Z30.

Looks very good, but....

Is it me, or is there no longer a quick way to jump to participated forums when there's a new post? Seems as though there may be an extra step. Maybe I've missed something here.

Posted via CB10

I just compared old version with new version. The amount of taps/clicks to access the participated forums is 3 on both, just where they are placed is different. What I do love about the participated section is the thin orange line that runs down on the left side clearly pointing out what you've participated in. I used to struggle when using the dark theme trying to figure out which thread had posts updated to it simply by bolding it.

There used to be a "Participated" tab at the bottom right when I opened the app. So, it was only one click away before, not three!

Posted via CB10

Okay just did some testing and it seems you have your default start screen set to "forums" while mine was set to "Home". This way I can see how it was only one click away (on the older version).

So if you put the default screen set to "forums" on the new version then it is certainly an additional step in comparison to the old version!

Thanks for releasing the updates. It definitely feels faster so far and I like the visual changes so far. I'll have to go back to previous articles to see how the rest of the app performs. Keep up the good work. Hopefully, moving forward, updates won't be so few and far in between, especially when needed.

Posted via CB10

I just reload ed my phone software and when the crackberry was downloaded, I was like was the app like this??
And then realised...no it aint...and suddenly jumped to crackberry to check if there is any announcement...bt couldnt see that too...bt I dint stop myself from exploring the app...new UI is really really really soooopeerrr!!!

Posted via CB10

Kinda a big pet peeve, why when i update certain apps like CB or Arkick , can they not replace the current icon in the proper folder? I'm a huge organization freak and now have to move it then move it to same corner it was in. Yes minor complaint but some apps update properly and some don't? That's my rant :)

Still rockin my PlayBook and a Z30

Problem is, since the BlackBerry World was updated a few weeks ago, it has been crashing since. Not been able to update anything anymore. Can't even undo the BBW update... I know it happens to some people and not all. can't figure why. Anyone able to help?

Am running up to date OS

Posted via CB10

Make it headless and hub-oriented. Ability to delete and/or edit one's own comment. At least if somebody responds or mentions me on CrackBerry I should get a notifier!!

 experience the power of BlackBerry 10 

Thanks for the effort. Try to make it headless. Let's be able to delete or/and edit our own posts too. Even a notifier when someone responds or mentions my name on CrackBerry. Once again thanks for the update.

 experience the power of BlackBerry 10 

Great work! Thanks for taking the time to update the app and for making the CrackBerry experience that much better.

Posted via CB10

Love the improvementa, especially the pull down to move to next page. The pull down now gives you one chance to see that you are switching pages when you think you're just going further down the existing page. Very good!!! I used to have page back constantly.

Posted via CB10

Never mind. Found it on the overflow menu.
But it won't go to last post read. Do I have to mark all read?

Posted on my Q10 or Z10

Nice and smooth, I like the upgrades. Now could you get your hands on a Passport for a full review then ship it to me when you are done? Message me for address details.

Posted via Q10

Could you post the old .bar? It's twice as difficult to use the forums with this update. (not a great Idea to put tab buttons in the action bar....)

I'd say it feels a lot faster for articles - so assuming that's not just the "freshly installed effect", well done!

Though forums and comments haven't sped up...
Next update? :)

Posted via CB10

Love the new app! Awesome work guys. BTW, whatsapp was updated too but I guess we only care about BBM wich is superior :)

Posted via CB10

Guys refreshing (pulling from the top) or going to the next page (dragging from the bottom) is not working after the update, anyone else?

Posted via CB10

The thread navigation is still awkward though. You have to carefully pull down the menu to access the pages menu, do it too quick and you’ll enable to pull-to-refresh instead. Personally, I think it would be better if the pull-to-refresh were to disappear (there is a refresh button after all) and instead the pull down would let you go back to the previous page. The sensitivity of the combined pull-down menu should be sorted out too. In addition, there should be a separate button for last or first page, that would be much easier.

Just some ideas from my own workflow.

Actually I've been playing with it and it's handy once you get it, slow pull down for refresh, quick flick down for pages menu.

A big thank you very very much to the developers and God bless you for the time and effort.

Cheers!

STL100-1 (10.2.1.3247) STC

Great update, well done devs and all involved. However... any chance it can remember where on the page I am when I comment on a comment? It always returns to the top of the page.

CB rocks! :)

Thanks for the updates everyone. Keep up the great work! Looking for more innovation in the UI.

Posted via CB10

I just tried to download it and got this notice in BBW:

"BlackBerry World is currently undergoing maintenance."

Will have to try again later.

Posted with my Q10, SQN100-2, 10.2.1.3253/3182 Radio

Sweet. Now can you get rid of the notification asterisk that is active even if there are no new posts? It throws off my icon grid and it's an embarrassment to the integrity of what a notification is.

Posted via CB10

This version is no longer letting me refresh the material by pulling down. I am having to go into the overflow menu and hit the refresh button. Not sure if this glitch is limited to me though.

Posted from my new Z30

aha, BBW is working now, and I also just received a Hub Notice for the update!

Posted with my Q10, SQN100-2, 10.2.1.3253/3182 Radio

I can't see any reason why this updated app wouldn't continue to win awards. Congrats Crackberry. A ton of hard work paid off.

"BB POWERED" C001C1D66

Nice one, the new CB app is nice. Love the improvements. #thumbs. But could there be option for smiley in the next release? And also for the BB10 twitter app, we need some smileys for Facebook app as well. @Bla1ze

Posted via CB10

Nice! I'm glad we're able to notice that there's a video in the article rather than double tapping the thumbnail image to play the video! lol

#PoweredByBlackBerry

It rocks!! I did submit additional feedback about the comments area being darker (white on black background), including maybe using a different colour than white for customising too.

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

Crackberry thanks man great job how do I donate money? If you can get back to me is it done through paypal would like to make a donation for this great work.

Posted via CB10

I'm still playing around with the app but so far so good. Thanks for the update guys! Great job

Posted Via CB10 using my new Z30

Defective --- doesn't link (despite notification of new comments) to forums where I have left a comment. It used to point to such forums Before this upgrade.

Posted via CB10

At the bottom of screen, where there are touch buttons for Home-forums-news-more, depressing the forums button( which show a new comment in a thread I am following does NOT do anything---does not take me to the latest postings of the forum that I was monitoring. Sad when you lose a working feature from an update.

Posted via CB10

I came to post that same complaint. You have to click the overflow button on the right to open the extended menu and then you can choose participated.

I don't like that change.

Tapped and flicked from my BlackBerry Z30!

Seems you need to set it to get the Participated icon back.

Settings > Visual Settings > Show Tabs > In Tab Overflow

The app is definitely faster and smoother now. Thanks to everyone who worked on it for providing us with a better experience :)

 

LP&HG

Beautiful touch with the videos, it's like BlackBerry Fearless
I just hope that's a name BlackBerry will take up on one of the new devices.

The reason I say fearless, this is something I believe BlackBerry needs. It is so much help without fear of what our dear BlackBerry is up to on all levels, well nearly but in the future ppls can know what exactly they want.
Am shocked BlackBerry Community Support and BlackBerry Beta Zone hasn't already done this.

Keep the March on the Fronts Moving CB (y)

jtvberry

Sam Verschueren (Curahee)
Nikolajs Leonovs (ksantor)
Toby Clench (Tobster619)

Gents,

I'd like to appreciate your hard work & dedication yet I've not been able to upgrade all day today since BB world has been down and now fails any update with a certificate error!!

 BlackBerry Z30  If it Don't Make Dollars, It don't Make Sense 

After the update, a read article, turns to be unread in the next opening of CB page. Anything missing to me?

Posted via CB10

Still sucks when viewing the bottom of pages in a forum. I can't read the last post on the page before it goes to the next page.

Posted via CB10 on my Verizon Z30

Word reading between the edges is fixed! Good job CB!!! No more letters off the screen...

Crackberry Genius on Verizon STL100-4 10.3.0.296/442

I downloaded it but the buttons on the action bar looked sketch AF so I turned it off in the settings menu. Haha

Posted from my BlackBerry Q10 on AT&T

I hope I can post hug alerts in here.

When inserting special characters the formatting gets all wacky.

For example I know that inserting the copyright logo (c) throws it all out of wacky. The real symbol is hold down the "c"...last one on the right.

Cheers

Posted from my Z30 on CB10