Since the release of BlackBerry 10, one of the features I utilize the most on a day-to-day basis is the Hub. It is the quintessential feature in my book as it allows easy access to all my accounts without having to switch screens or jump through various menus. As we are all aware, this practical feature makes life simpler so that I can be more productive and get things done faster.
Tundra Core Studios, the team behind Shopping for eBay and What To-Do, released another fine application for BlackBerry users (and abusers) to make sure they get the most out of their device. Hub Browser is the result of their efforts. This clean and straightforward application is as the name implies. From within the hub itself, users may view and open web links sent via email, text messages, or any other application.
What this means is that instead of your device launching the BlackBerry 10 browser each and every time you tap on a link, it allows you to view from within the application you are currently using. This means no switching back and forth between applications which saves you time.
Setting up the application is effortless. All you need to do is press and hold on the link you wish to open and select the Open in option from the side context menu and select Hub Browser from the list. Should you wish to set it as default for all future links, just tap on the Set as default app in the upper right hand corner. The developer does note that Hub Browser is not mean to replace the native browser but rather offer a viewing experience to be more productive.
- Forward and backward navigation
- Sharing capabilities in the simplest form (just the title of the page & the URL)
- Refresh the page
- Desktop Mode
- Full screen mode
- Scrolling to the top and bottom of the page
- Ability to add the current URL to the homescreen
- Copy link
- URL bar to access other websites and search Google
- Find on page functionality to find specific terms
- Open the current URL in the stock BlackBerry 10 Browser
As you can see from above, it is a feature-rich application that gives quick access to the internet no matter which application you may be currently running. While simple, it works extremely well for only $0.99.