Don't worry - Flipboard is still coming to BlackBerry 10 "soon"

By Adam Zeis on 4 Sep 2013 03:15 pm EDT
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After a bit of a debacle with Flipboard coming and going from BlackBerry World, it looks like things might just end on a high note after all. Flipboard Community Manager Jon Virtes has stated on Twitter today that Flipboard "will be coming to select 10.2 OS Blackberry phones soon".

Just how soon we're not quite sure, but we expect it's not too soon since 10.2 isn't yet available for public consumption. 

Regardless it's a good sign and pretty solid proof that Flipboard will be finding its way to BlackBerry 10 after all - we'll just have to wait it out a bit. 

116 comments

Sirhill

Cool.

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birdman_38

CrackBerry should make some very cool "Coming Soon" t-shirts and market them on the website.

Sirhill

To bad blackberry didn't say it this time

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3_M4N

I'd buy one!

Posted while peeking and flowing on my incredible BBQ10!

One_Cam

To much "soon" not enough meow

r0v3rT3N

Since when can cats type?

Posted from my Red Zed

spiculated

They can easily swipe up on the BlackBerry 10 keyboard

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avatsaev

you know what i'll do ->soon<- switch to another platform if they continue feeding us with theirs "soons"

airwolf04

+1 it look like BlackBerry is dead

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sk8er_tor

Good news! It's still available for download in BlackBerry World now (note: I'm on a 10.2 leak).

Graheem

Not for me (on 10.2 ... too). But I have the sideload so no biggie.

djraz_official

No it's not lol and I'm not running a leak.

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djraz_official

Disregard my comment lol

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Sirhill

Where did you find it cause I do not see it

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sk8er_tor

Click this link on your Z10 and you'll be taken to it in BlackBerry World: http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/34960888/

DetritalGeo

Right on

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kidkamel

That's great! Would like to see a native app too! But beggars can't be choosers

00stryder

"Select" BlackBerry 10.2 devices sounds like the Q10 and/ot Q5 might get left out...

Posted via CB10 on my white Z10 & lovin' it!

Poirots Progeny

I hope that's not the case but I'm getting a feeling that the Q's 10 and 5 may be left out due to the screen shape...

I really hope not!

Posted via CB10 on my BlackBerry Q10

eldricho

Looks like it sadly

They should implement keyboard shortcuts to flip pages!
Although that would conflict with the name and what it's popular for.

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jbaker8

The side loaded version looks awful on the Q so I I hope it's the Z10. Seems more likely since it's closer to the the Z30s screen size.

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the_igg

Plot twist... It comes to the OS7 phones instead..

gregerator

Precisely.. which means Z10 and Z30....

JBML007

Awesommmme

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tommo7788

Maybe I will buy another phone 'soon'

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Byronjx

Soon.... The BlackBerry motto.

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ballsjr

Yes! I love Flipboard! I have it sideloaded

Posted via my white Z10. LG banter- blackberry bold 9900- Z10

Christopher Hunter

Woot!!! Love Flipboad, currently using Android slide loaded and it works perfectly. Will be great to get a dedicate BlackBerry App :)

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Simon Sage

Yeah, honestly, the Android sideload has been one of the smoothest-running ports I've tried since the Z10 first came out. 

Kings

I just downloaded it from BlackBerry World

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Chanlion

Sounds good!
Even the direct Android port works flawlessly. Wish I had discovered Flipboard earlier, I just started using it on Android a month ago.

As for the "select smartphones," there's a possibility that they don't want to support Q because of the screen shape. All the Flipboard GUIs work best in a portrait style 16:9 is screen.

Crackberrykills

Just got an email from those nice fellows. And, as Bla1ze pointed out in the forums, the one in BlackBerry World is not connected with Flipboard. Well, more or less. It was said to be unofficial and not supported. Could it be a test run? Perhaps. But, at any rate, I cannot wait for the official version to arrive. Those Flipboard guys are really nice, by the by. Oh, I already said that. Okay. That is all.

wdbpilot

I use the Android port and it's flawless. Nice app!

Post via my AT&T Z10.

spiculated

Agreed, works almost flawless on 10.2

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Flatman

So now starts the nagging for 10.2 to be released
And for the carriers to push it out. Love my BlackBerry.

A Z10 Post on CB10

hewmath

The story of blackberry, we will have to wait..

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shabbs

No doubt for the Z10 and Z30 only.

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Whyareallthegoodnamestaken

I doubt it'd be much use on the Q's anyway.

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Driftdreams

I have it running on my Q10 and it works just fine. Although there's a significant lack in real estate, FlipBoard works just as well on the Q10 as it does on the Z10.

shabbs

Lack of real estate to show the articles/pictures etc... in true Flipboard style is probably an issue for the Flipboard team. They would most likely want to preserve the experience on a full screen device. Sideloading will be the way for the devices they don't release it on.

pepidick

Flipping out!!!! :D

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Rub3n5

Android port or native? That is the real question...

Elite1

I think Android port, initially at least, is the safe bet for now.
Then we can all be pleasantly surprised if it's a native surprise.

I've never used it: could it mesh well with Cascades anyway?

This is how you CB10, son!

Driftdreams

I"m pretty sure you already know the answer. (Port)

Rub3n5

Honestly, I am fedup of the ports. They run like crap for the most part. The Android experience is supposed to be super smooth in 10.2, but I'm so annoyed with my current experience for Android apps / games that I'll probably stay away from them.

It really sucks because the native apps are absolutely awesome. They really gotta figure out a way to get more big name native apps on BB10.

Plazmic Flame

I personally don't have a BB10 device but this was my thoughts exactly. Ports can't be a good thing and BlackBerry should really be doing something to get devs from using it as an option, it only hurts the platform.

I swear, the Android runtime on BB10 will be it's Achilles heel....

Rub3n5

Thing is, they were caught between a rock and a hard place - they need the apps there but they also allowed for developers to be lazy and give us a $h!tty experience. There is no incentive for them to put the effort into a well built, fluid, native app when they can easily port a crappy Android experience.

Thunderbuck

The reason this got "released" for 10.2 is because 10.2 is where we get the updated Android runtime. That means newer versions of Android apps will be able to be converted, and they'll all run better.

If you haven't actually seen how well ports run on the 4.2.2 runtime, then you don't know what you're talking about.

Rub3n5

Actually I think we do. It's not going to change the fact that you have to swipe down from the top only to have the stupid Android bar appear on the bottom to go back, the look and feel of the apps will be like that of Android. It tells the user this is not a native BB experience with it's look and feel. There is no way a ported Android app even on 4.2 can match that of a natively built Cascades app.

drkpitt

In 10.2 the back button is now a permanent part of the bottom of the screen embedded with a mostly blank menu bar. At first I thought this was a terrible idea because it takes valuable screen real estate on the Z10 (particularly on the Q10), but shortly realized how convenient it is and that it actually makes the experience seem more seamless since the back button is identical to the back button in native BB apps, just shorter and makes it much easier to navigate Android apps without the odd bar of old with the thumb tack and other weird icons on it. Granted, native BB apps will trounce the experience of Android with extra capabilities like active frames, toast reply capabilities, enhanced sharing, collapsible cascading windows, and hub integration, but these days the bulk of big apps are taking on a cross platform UI layout where the menus are built into the screen real estate areas and bypass OS specific menu items outside of the main display area like Waze, Flipboard, Google Maps, Pandora, Yahoo Weather, Flickr, etc.

At this point 10.2 Android apps run so well I'm fine with having a ported Android JellyBean app to address the main app gap in the short term. This should reduce the hesitation people have in moving to BlackBerry because they can get Instagram, Netflix, Google Maps, etc. with buttery smooth speeds. After we get the user base up, we can then help lobby for native apps which would be superior to other platforms. Right now BlackBerry doesn't have the leverage with such a small and slow growing user base.

Rub3n5

Okay, I guess I'll have to hold off judgment until I have 10.2 is released and on my device. With that said, how are we going to run some of the apps you mentioned? They will more than likely not be in BB World, so are users going to have to sideload them still? I'm fine with the process - but 90% of the user base isn't going to be technical enough to do so.

mnc76

+1

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drcrane

I'm sick of the "port" talk. Android apps are natively supported by BB10 - no different than Cascades or webworks.

the Android based FlipBoard is running great for me.

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trsbbs

"Select" 10.2 phones??

Posted via a Verizon Z10. 10.2.0.1443

beamolite

I was able to download it today from BlackBerry World. Z10STL100-3/10.2.0.1443

You can pry my BlackBerry from my cold, dead hands.

Puz_zled

I've thought your sign out tag line so many times, as I drift through the sea if self fulfilling negativity out in Tech news land. I thinks to myself, "Screw you all! You can pry my BlackBerry from my cold dead hand.", with the thumb poised in the swipe position.

From my sweet BB10 Neutrino powered Z10 :D

Puz_zled

But you used it first, so kudos to you sir!

From my sweet BB10 Neutrino powered Z10 :D

darkehawke

Select? So z30 only

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Driftdreams

Give the size of the Z30 and it compatibility to the GS3/GS4's, I'd say you're absolutely right. They want to port this thing over with as little tweaking as possible. The Z30 screen is perfect for that and wouldn't require optimization.

Plazmic Flame

No, I'm pretty sure it will be Z10 & Z30 because of the screen size which is perfect for an app like this.

On a square screen like the Q5 & Q10, it probably wouldn't look that good.

danielrivers

I caught it on the store, said Z10 only :( augh!

06nasti

Can't wait

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jordandrews90

Good to hear! I love my sideloaded version.

Driftdreams

Yeaaaah.... Remember when "Instagram" was also coming "soon"?... Riiiiiiight!

eldricho

This is a legit tweet from a Flipboard employee himself

Instagram rumour was spread by a random user who said he was a BlackBerry employee in the forums and never made the front page

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mnc76

There WAS a hoax that Instagram was coming in a month or so, BUT Instagram the company HAS officially said it will come to BB10 but have never said exactly when.

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SkypilotOfHope

It isn't? :p

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tw820

I'm still using the one I downloaded this morning,no problems!

marksthespot60

So that means the z10s on 10.2. Cool, that's going to be me.... in about three months once T-Mobile gets it out.

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markus_13

I think we will see many apps coming once 10.2 hits.. Viber and now Flipboard committed

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kye2000

Yeah but this is official from the flipboard community manager

BBJoe2011

Flipboard will look good on the Z30. I'm afraid I'll be trading up from the Q10 for it.

chan_the_killer

Awesome!!

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the_igg

Select will probably mean full touchscreen devices only... Times like this I'm glad I have the Z10

mohd37

When is 10.2OS release date?

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Antikythera Mechanism

That's great news among all the over exaggerated negative press.

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BCITMike

So.. just submit apk2bar converts for popular apps, then tweet thanks to them. :)

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LeroyP09

Got bit as a sideload and downloaded it today once it hit and both of them worked and work fine. No issues at all.

Zed 10 - 10.2.0.1047. In your face VZW

Monica Buruato

Hopefully a lot of big name apps will come with 10.2. If you build it, they will come....eventually. ;)

dtarin

Good! I've been bugging them frequently. I think they got tired of hearing from me.

Will still continue bugging them until it's out! :)

Using side loaded version right now. Works good enough though still a little jittery at times.

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trinibai

Anyone notice it said SELECT 10.2 devices

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HigherThanMars

What's flipboard?

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mnc76

What does he mean by "select"?

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BB10QNX

Re: "will be coming to select 10.2 OS Blackberry phones soon"

Do we get to "select" ;-)?

fred1266

Still have on my phone should I uninstall

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JamesIV

What is flipboard?

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koool1

Hopefully we get a 10.2 announcement soon!!

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Taigatrommel

"Selected 10.2 phones" isn't a good sign. Maybe it'll only be for the full-touch devices Z10 and Z30.

Posted via the awesome Blackberry Q10

farskija

We haven't heard that word for a while...how soon is soon?

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techanic

Just side load it, it works perfectly on 10.2.

Posted via CB10 on my kickass media-consuming Z10

westex74

"coming soon". I know just where to file this. LOL.

Douken

This is what I tell people, wait for 10.2 to see apps come in. B is for Believe

Marketing is everything

TitoAlas

Been using the android port for months! It works perfectly!

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Supply.Chain

This is actually pretty great! Coming from an official source... If anything, this proves that developers still believe there is a market in BlackBerry 10. and as a user, I could not agree more! Go BlackBerry! For all of you complaining, maybe you should remember that this is a first Gen OS launched less than 9 months ago. Getting this much app support is nothing short of amazing! So stop beating BlackBerry!

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xamdam

Lmao like instagram and so many other major apps.

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MartinVelaJr

It's so damn frustrating and depressing. every worthwhile app is 'coming soon '. I am getting tired of waiting!

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Winston Loh

this will add on to the available apps and grow the numbers...good.

Jimmy Gun

That's Great News

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simtha17

I downloaded the app from Appworld and is working like a charm on Z10 with 10.2

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Mmickel Abraham

It will be nice to have Flip bord.

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diann23

About time

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tandonkaran

It's still available for download in the app world.. at least for 10.2 users..

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Fnen90

Yes, everything is coming to BlackBerry soon since March!

bhrgvr

I see it in app world... wonder what's going on?

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Karabo26

"Stay tuned for the launch of Flipboard on Blackberry." That's enough for me, I'm really going to enjoy 10.2......

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BLACKbone88

Awesome

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ShadowRaine

Yeah the sideload looks crappy on the Q10, but at least it works. Doesn't even load on the Playbook

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