Instagram still not "officially" available on BlackBerry 10; here's our first car winner and we're giving away a second!

By Kevin Michaluk on 24 May 2013 09:33 am EDT

Apps, Apps, Apps! Going into BlackBerry Live last week, one of the things I think everybody in the CrackBerry community was hoping to see was the announcement of more BIG name apps coming onto the BlackBerry 10 platform. 

Leading up to the show and with the launch of OS 10.1, we now have Skype on BB10. For me, that's the most important of the big three apps -- Skype, Instagram, Netflix -- that the CrackBerry community has been clamoring about for months.

Netflix we've been talking about a lot here on the site this week. Following comments by their CEO that he hasn't yet used a BB10 device and he didn't think BB users were very entertainment focused, the community has been up in arms, going so far as to cancel their Netflix accounts in protest.

As for Instagram? While a new "unofficial" bar file conveniently leaked onto the internet during BlackBerry Live last week, on the keynote stage no update was given about Instagram. If the plan here is to initially bring over a version from Android that requires the Jellybean Android runtime update on BB10, this makes sense - that's still a little ways off. Either way though, the waiting for Instagram sucks. I'm glad the .bar file is out there and available for BB10 owners who really want to get their Instagram on, but I really, really, really want to see this app gap close and for Instagram to get onboard officially, and sooner than later!

The First Winner of a FREE "Car"

Back in February I posted that if Instagram wasn't here by April 1st, I'd give somebody a free car. Specifically, a radio controlled car. And more specifically, I'd make it fitting by picking out one with a 10 in the name. Enter the Team Associated RC10T4.2 or (SC10 if the winner prefers) radio controlled truck. Growing up I was huge into RC racing and original RC10T was my vehicle of choice. It's a fitting and awesome prize. And hell, I'm going to be envious of the winner on this one.

I should have announced the winner on this sooner (honestly, I kind of forgot about it being in NYC and all the #TM13 stuff happening and nobody reminded me!), but today we'll announce the winner of that first contest.

And the winner is....


Congrats! We'll be following up soon with the details of collecting your prize!

Another "Car" to be Won - Just leave a comment to this post!

While the waiting for "official" Instagram continues, we're going to give the community another chance to win another Team Associated "10" vehicle here. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment to this post. The deadline? Well, I'd say until Instagram gets here.... but in case that's going to take a long time still I don't want to drag out the waiting forever. Plus, you'll want to be racing your truck outside in the summer. So let's pick the winner on this one on the last day of June. We'll announce the winner the first week of July. Don't let me forget this time! Best of Luck

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Instagram still not "officially" available on BlackBerry 10; here's our first car winner and we're giving away a second!



Haha :) Love the car.
If Instagram does come to BlackBerry 10, it needs to be native. There's too much interaction involved with this app for it to be a choppy port.

I am not a huge Instagram user but the latest version that was ported is good enough.
I just hope an official one lands in BlackBerry World so they know how popular it is on BB10 to warrant spending time to create a native version.

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That's not exactly true because it only works if the other person has a mobile device -- meaning that BlackBerry should develop and release BBM for the desktop experience too!

If BlackBerry Link is any indication of the software development skills of Team BlackBerry there is no point developing BBM for the desktop; maybe a web browser HTML 5 client would be easier.

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I have to disagree. Yes, it will be great to have BBM go cross platform but it will do nothing to assist in making free or cheap international calls to PC's or landlines.
Skype is not just about mobile to mobile chats and/or video calls. I occasionally use it to make cheap international phone calls at prices that no mobile carrier can currently compete against.

>>>Once BBM goes cross-platform and we can video chat with anyone, skype will be of no importance. :-)

Only after they make a desktop client and introduce calls to phones. For me, that's the main purpose I use Skype for.

Um, ok, sorry, but why exactly are we talking about skype's desktop client? I thought we were talking about the skype app for BB?? I never said skype as a company will be of no importance, I'm talking about skype as an app on your BB. I thought we were on a site about BB smartphones???

Edit: oh, unless you guys are talking about using skype to talk between your phone and someone on a desktop? I don't use skype so didn't know that is a feature if it is. In that case, then hopefully BBM will come out with a desktop version as well... It's only logical if that's the case.

Yes it will... For all of us who use Skype while on-the-go, to keep in touch with our business partners around the globe. They don't all rely on a mobile device - they are desktop users, - and some even use special Skype phones... Group meetings is a big thing... not solved by BBM voice...

so BBM or not - we need to keep Skype for now...

Good point however until BBM comes to desktop computers as well, Skype will still have a bit of significance even if it BBM goes cross platform on mobile.

Man, I had the original RC10 back in the day. Would love to win this as the old RC10 stopped running a long time ago.

As for Instagram, meh. :)

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I've been using the side loaded instagram but it still has some bugs. I'm a grown up kid, I'd love an rc truck

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Side load instagram is working u don't mind if it's official or not

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I would much rather have the RC car/truck than Instagram. Instagram is garbage. A working Netflix? THAT I would take.

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I need a new car. Oh wait....this is smaller than my last car... ;-)

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I would rather have an official Instagram app but the .bar is working out just fine. Thanks for holding true to your promise Kevin, hope I win the second one!

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Wow cool way to get a lucky person addicted to a awesome hobby ,i Race Team Durango 4x4 sct and Mugen mbx6 eco, its so much fun

Sweet ride. I'd love to win the 2nd and reminisce about my RC-youth with my own son. (Tamayia Frog was mine)

The apps take a long time and the popular apps never see it in the black beery world

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I suspect that as time passes and BBM goes cross platform, and BBM Channels picks up traction, it will become a nice alternative to Instagram. Notice I didn't say supersede or replace Instagram? So if BlackBerry is paying attention to the beta surveys, features like comments notification are critical to Channels being adopted for social use. Since summer is the target time line, we early adopters of Channels will be watching for the maturation of the platform features!
~ Forrest C0009B4EC

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I'll be 100% honest, the car would get more use that Netflix does on my Z10. I have the unofficial port loaded and other than show people that it is possible I never fire it up for myself. Which is kinda strange as I use Netflix at home as our primary TV source. Maybe I just prefer to unwind on the couch and watch a 55" screen. Maybe if I commuted on public transit more?

Anyways, the RC car would be a hoot.

Look at Kevin weaseling out of his wager! Com on, Man, you know what you meant by "car". A man is only as good as his word.

Noun. welcher - someone who swindles you by not repaying a debt or wager

@xandermac - *Sigh*  My word is gold. As is my legalize. 

Now let's revisit that promise I made back on October 12th that if Instagram doesn't come to BlackBerry 10 that I would buy somebody a car. I'll be honest. The lawyer in me was pretty careful about the wording of that article. I didn't say when Instagram would come to BlackBerry 10 -- just that it would come -- and I never stipulated what kind of car I would buy. So based on all that, I'm in the clear on that contest. "

Think what you want, but weasel and welcher I am not. :p

Kev, I can get you a Plymouth Neon with 220k miles on it for the price of the RC and you can give it to xandermac and fulfill your "word". Wait, at that point he might say that you really meant a car that has only been test driven. Nevermind :)

You are absolutely right, you are in the clear, you just didn't honor your implied/inferred intent.

"As for my confidence level on this one... let's just say if I'm wrong... how about I'll buy somebody a car. Leave a comment to this post telling the good folks at Instagram how much you're looking forward to a BlackBerry 10 version of thir photo-sharing social service. And if you don't see Instagram for BlackBerry 10 hit, I'll pick the name of one of the lucky commenters and buy them a car."

Perhaps next time you shouldn't make implied promises. However, Letter vs Spirit I suppose. Rules Lawyering.

maybe not a weasel,,, that's a tad harsh,,, just a spinster,,, you know how you meant it,,, we did/do, too,,, you shoulda paid more for the tap dance lessons...

I'm still not sure what all the Instagram fuss is, seeing how I haven't used it yet. But if everyone wants it, then I'm all for it. I'll probably hop on that app when I upgrade to the Q10

I'm 18 and it's official age in my country to get a car licence, all I need is a car now!!
Hope it win that car :D

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I thought when you said "car" it would be a Tesla. An RC one is okay though. Thanks Kevin.

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Either Instagram isn't coming or its going to be native. I don't believe it would take the people at instagram this long to port an app. I really hope it is native, built with cascades.

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You wouldn't think so, but it took them a while to do the Android version. I wonder if has something to do with how the service was architected... I think the lack of functionality on the web site says something, especially since many mobile apps are just native wrappers for web sites/services. Perhaps Instagram has most of its engineers tied up on improving the back end, leaving few people to work on client-side apps.

Make sure the next one can be controlled with a BB10 app. And make sure I win...thanks.

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Time for a Twitter bomb to get Instagram on board! I think there may need to more of them to help the big name app makers realize there are lots of BB10 users out in the world.

I'm use but the official version has to be native and Skype.

I love car's thanks crackberry.

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Would be fun, but I would rather Instagram come to BB10, not for myself personally but for those who consider a show stopper for BlackBerry

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Disappointed that Instagram isn't officially available on BlackBerry yet, but more so disappointed because I didn't win the car!

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Lol I want a rc car!!!!!!! It would be funny if I win the car but haven't won a phone -___-

Z10? Why yes it is.

I never really cared about Instagram, but I miss my RC Cars. The thing is, now that I'm playing with my Z10 and the photo editing. I'd love a one-step Share to Instagram option. While I'd love and RC car, I'd rather not have the opportunity because Instragram got "official" with a release, showing some Blackberry love.

The Netflix bar works pretty decently as well but I wish they were widely available for everyone to get to. This is too bad.

I love RC cars. This will be so bad for my nostalgia. But i still want to win this one.

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You can keep instagram, I want the car! It's only a matter of time until fb ruins instagram anyways, so at least they can't ruin the car.

I'd love to bring out my inner childhood with one of these things. Plus, if Instagram ever does get released, I'll take a pic of it with it!

Man if I had one of those I would rip it up and down my street all day! Neighbours kids would be crazy jealous :)

I don't really care about instagram but would love to get the car! Even when it comes out I am sure Verizon won't get it till a few months later

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I think getting working .BAR files of apps such as Netflix is the most important. If you really want Instagram you have probably sideloaded it by now. The Car looks pretty cool

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I side loaded Instagram and it works awesome. The only feature to not work is the maps feature. Anyway I think a ported app would work perfectly fine.... for now at least.

The sideloaded Instagram wouldn't be bad if comments to posts worked right. I can handle the lag but typing is brutal.

My kids would love the RC vehicle. Maybe that will help pass the time until I'm ready for an upgrade and can actually put a Z10 in my hands.

So, by your statements I understand that Instagram is aiming to release by the end of June and by July I should have an awesome remote control car to play with. Thanks Kevin, and very stealthy post but I read you loud and clear ;-)