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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Reader comments

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



Cool car!! Anyways I'm having fun with the sideloads for now!! Don't care about Netflix or instagram anymore

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I love all the contests on CrackBerry, even if I'm not the winner. Glad to see that the community is so engaged.

BBX - I Said It!

Dont use instagram but for every other BlackBerry addict it should be available seems like certain apps just don't care about the BlackBerry community as they are not made for us

This would be a huge help to blackberry to get the app, so many people want it...hope it comes soon

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I'm a big instagram user would love a instagram App on my z10 & yes would like to see BBM go across all platforms....

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Instagram can go jump in the proverbial lake for all I care about their "service." However I am a gear head and geek kid at heart, so I will happily win a RC Car with big CrackBerry logos all over it at Kevin's expense.

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Man If anyone is going to love this car it would be me! I have been playing with R/C cars since I was 4 and to this day I still have a collection of them. None of them are as large as this one though, they are all 1/43 scale and under

Sure home your random tool finds me. Of course I really hope you don't have to give another car away either!

Cannot wait to get a Q10 next month..then I can eventually get the official version of Instagram for BB 10 when it is released.

It'd be a surprise to win after all that time, most likely forgetting about the contest entirely! Here's my entry

Instagram has to come to bb10 and I would love to win that radio controlled car for my son who has ADHD, and that would keep his mind occupied in a food way.

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Congratulations to bbicons!
A weasel and a welcher Kevin is not (just a wee bit ADHD ;) )


I wish BlackBerry would make a public comment as to what they are doing to speed up this problem

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I always thought I needed Instagram. Then I side loaded it, used it for a while, now never use it. I think I wanted it because we couldn't have it. Does that make sense? Same as Netflix. I had it on my Iphone but never used it.

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Just news some logo decals and BBRY decals and it's an official pace car. Me would like one pls.

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How hard is it to make a Native Instagram port? I guess all the developers here could do it within 48 hours.

Stupid devs at instagram... must have given absurd man day estimates to their managers...

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kind of weak, actually,,, when you said you'd give away a car, i bet you weren't thinkin' RC car,,, man up,,, next time you won't be so careless w/ your promises i bet...

I wish kev didnt had to give us something because the lack of respect to our beloved platform, i want to see all those cocky companies, crying for blackberry to let them develop once we own the mobile phone market again, and as blackberry and its whole army of followers tend to be, we will be the bigger man and kindly accpet their begs or we can be mobile phone dictators and buy their apps and let them die.....

I don't use Instagram, either, but it would be nice to have a native app for it on BB10. Go BlackBerry!

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I have never used Instagram and never will but hope it comes to BlackBerry so others can have it. I just want to win the car, lol.

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While I know I'd get more use out of the car than I would Instagram, would be nice to have the app. But count me in to win a car to play with while I wait.

I've got a bike, you can ride it if you like.
It's got a basket, all that rings
And things to make it look good.
I'd give it to you if I could but I borrowed it.

Now I'd like a car!!

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I guess instagram must be popular. I have no desire to use it though, I have enough social media accounts :p. Plus I can add filters with a number of apps, just don't see the point of it.

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I know a three year old that I could make very happy with such a car ^^ great contest!

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I had a Team Associated RC10 when I was younger as well. I fondly remember working odd jobs and saving every dime I could muster to buy that car. Had a blast with it, until my mom sold it in a rummage sale for like 15 bucks lol.

Great contest idea, and thanks CrackBerry!

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I could really use Netflix during long road trips to pass the time. Another really good pass time will be an RC.

This is nice, hope we will have instagram soon enough. The side loaded one didn't work so well, and it didn't work under mobile network, sometimes work under wifi only.

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I am using the ported Instagram and netflix can't wait for an official release.


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I'll take the RC10T I had one as a kid and it was Awesome... better than any cheap tyco rc car!!!! Team Associated FTMFW!!!!!!

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Instagram will soon become redundant after BBM goes cross platform....who will want to use it after they download BBM and try it?

I find the Skype version released on BB10 slow and buggy. Am I the only one??
I'm happy blackberry is taking the fight to to them. BBM video is going to take over on all plarforms.

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I have a friend who's husband is huge into RC racing. He's started to get me hooked on it too....this would give me something to use :)

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The leaked Instagram works quite well, but you do have to play around a bit to make the comments come through properly. If Instagram comes to BB10, it better be native. These android ports work a lot better, but still not as well as the native apps. Too slow. Anyhoo, I would love to win a car. Can I get it custom wrapped with CB graphics , though?

Yes, yes! Instagram me!!! The BAR is OK, but a proper port or NATIVE would rock. (oh yeah, an RC car would be cool too)

My brother was just got back home when I opened cb app. When I read this, he showed me a remote control car he just bought XD it's scary that what I read on CB become reality lol.

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I am not waiting for any of the apps, but emphasize with those that are. I hope to see them before the car is won.
Of course the car will be good racing a round my back yard

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I agree with many of the previous posters. I'd find much more use with the RC car over Instagram. I hope I can win this contest!

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Well - as there's now a cool app for the Tesla which sort of makes it radio controlled and as long as you're giving away radio controlled cars - Yes please.

Thank goodness you put a deadline on the contest that isn't waiting for Instagram. Though, seems we'll get Instagram before Netflix (which I use sideloaded).

Now, all I need is an app for the X10 to control the car I hope to win.

Good luck to all!

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Having netflix would be cool but I could care less about instagram. Its a pretty useless app. Why people use it is beyond me. After adding their cheap looking filters to your photo, it usually ends up making the photo look worse and often times grainy. Is that really what people consider cool? Sounds like people are bored and easily amused. Instagram gives people false hope that the world wants to see their pointless, amateur "photography". the cold hard realiy is that nobody cares. Your photos look better WITHOUT using the same filter the rest of the world uses.

Netflix would be awesome to have on BB. But I need to be honest, I honestly don"t care about Instagram. I used it for a bit, even amassed some followers but then I started to realize how monotonous and pointless it is. Take a picture. Ruin it by adding some crappy filters. Show to world. Wow. Super Fun. The problem with Instagram is that it gives hope to all the amateur "photographers" of the world which in turn leads to an influx of mediocre pictures, most of them off- center, all of them pointless. I assure you, I do not wish to see a picture of your dinner. And no, food is NOT art. Instagram is just a massive waste of time. Hopefully it is a dying fad.

I do not know what some people are smoking. Expecting a real car over a prediction of the arrival of an impending app. Kevin is not in the position of Oprah at least not yet. Not like he is the app developer himself. I doubt even the Instagram developer would have made such a promise. I know it's tough to live in the real world, still the two world should not cross.

Skype, Instagram and Netflix the most important apps?! Wahaha no!

Skype is indeed important but Netflix is not very usefull imho. The most important app is Whatsapp