New: CrackBerry On-Device App Store Client *Beta*

CrackBerry On-Device App Store Client
By Kevin Michaluk on 31 Mar 2009 06:51 am
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With RIM set to announce their BlackBerry App World offering any day now, we figured it was about time for us to announce the beta of our new and improved CrackBerry On-Device App Store Client!

Our standard web store at software.crackberry.com makes it easy for you to browse and purchase apps from the convenience of your computer and has been hugely popular - it powers millions of product views and hundreds of thousands of downloads each month. And a few months ago we introduced our mobile-optimized store at crackberryappstore.com, which allows you to browse, buy and download more easily via your BlackBerry's web browser. Built for us and powered by our software partner Mobihand, uur new CrackBerry App Store client is a full-out BlackBerry application that offers an improved on-device experience and some compelling new features, including Deal of the Day (only available via the app store client). Add in the fact we offer free trials on lots of apps, carry thousands of themes, have regular sales and discounts and now offer paid apps for as low as 99 cents and this is a BlackBerry app store you'll want to have on your device and be checking into regularly! 

Get CrackBerry App Store Beta: For more information on the CrackBerry App on-device app store client, click here. To download the app store client, visit http://crackberry.com/appstore from your BlackBerry's web browser.

Beta Feedback: We already have plans to rollout some improved features over the next few weeks, including device-specific versions (ie. Storm-optimized version), support of Paypal (currently pay via credit card within the client; Paypal is currently available in our PC store at software.crackberry.com), and support of coupon codes. In the meantime, we'd love to hear your feedback and suggestions. Be sure to email it in to crackberrysupport@mobihand.com. We'll pick the top 20 emails received over the course of the week and reward those people with $15 of free app money!

Topics: BlackBerry Apps

Kevin Michaluk Kevin Michaluk "Founder, Editor in Chief " 3921 (articles) 3285 (forum posts)
97 comments

Bob61

Gonna download the app now!

afwriter

Wait, this is CrackBerry.com ... right?

When you release a version of software for BlackBerry without a Storm-specific version, you're insulting a growing portion of your community.

Sure, the program works, but not as well as it could, or should.

I expected more, and better from CrackBerry. I hope that your future offerings include better Storm support from the start, instead of being an afterthought.

TwinkieFGR

So, for the initial beta release, they should have released a generic client that worked for ALL blackberrys AND a storm specific client? Doesn't that make you sound kinda selfish?

kis

Make sure you disable the compatibility mode. Before I did so, the app would only fill half the screen and wouldn't react at all

blumeth

How can i disable the compatibility mode? the app is only filling half my screen

Daveman98

I disabled compatibility mode, and it its still the same. Half screen, keyboard won't hide. What now?

nyr2k2

Make sure you actually close the program down fully. Do a Menu > Close (or exit, whatever it says). Then disable compatibility. Then start the app up again.

ShawnPDaddy

Mine did the same thing until I did a battery pull (actually...I used the "quick pull" app as it does the same thing as a battery pull). Now it is working fine. BIGGER BUTTONS WOULD BE NICE ON THE NEXT VERSION.

Tsktsk

Did you download before ranting? I just installed this on my Storm and it works pretty well. It is definitely Storm compatible. That said I can see room to further optimize it by having bigger buttons but not bad for a 1.0 beta effort. And dude, are the screen caps above not shown on a Storm? Obviously they thought about the Storm in building this.

gniko21

Works nicely on my little ol' Pearl. We peasants are happy.

Trilandun

Dido!

They evan use a Storm for the story pic...

I know that beggers can't be choosers, but come on.

rcdeck

To disable compatibility mode, just go to options, advanced options, applications, hit the berry button on the "App Store" and disable compatibility.

Simple :)

rcdeck

To disable compatibility mode, just go to options, advanced options, applications, hit the berry button on the "App Store" and disable compatibility.

Simple :)

friedriceballer

I might be stupid, but on my 8900 when I hit the Berry button, I don't get any option for "disable compatibility" after following your instructions.

Dan McIntosh

Been looking into getting a weather app for a little while now. This contest is just in time!!

natedawgk9

No Gnews is Good Gnews with Gary...Gnu

RicanMedic

For existing users, once you log in, it doesn't allow you to scroll up and down your purchased items list. The curser stays in the lower menu. Not sure if this is a flaw in the program or just a temporary fluke

I'm using verizon 8330 curve with OS 4.5.0.77

jlawler4

Said that it was downloaded successfully, but when I try to run it I get Uncaught exception: java.lang.error. Tried battery pull and permissions all to allow. Anyone else find this? I'm running .109 on a Storm.

BLueSS

Ditto for the curve (4.5 os).

dreadfulwater

I would be honored to win a copy

cyphon

Just downloaded, and getting java.lang.error message everytime I try to run the app. Running .247 on a bold. Definitely would like to get this working!

cdiddy1987

I'm running .241 on my Bold and I'm getting the same thing. I'm getting the 8900 next week so maybe things will be different? (Even though they shouldn't be...)

Dragonvodka

I have nothing but love for my BB, and with tools like these how can anyone compair. DOWN WITH THE IPHONE! THE STORM IS MOVING IN!

gwm1952

It's a noble effort and hopefully we will see a marked improvement when it comes out of Beta.

sundance5

Hey, Great layout and easier to navigate.

SuperableZeus

I didn't like it...... couldn't hide the keyboard on the storm, Couldn't navigate to anything but one deal of the day. All the buttons are too small to use without zooming in. I also couldn't get 'Categories', 'Top Apps', or 'Search' to work...... needless to say, after several minutes of frustration, I uninstalled it. Maybe when the Ddevice specific applications come out things will be better...

(I have a storm 9530)

nyr2k2

Disabling compatibility mode will remove the keyboard from the screen. Go to Options > Advanced Options > Applications. Then highlight "App store", press the Menu key, then choose "Disable compatibility mode". The app works like a charm when turning off CM.

SuperableZeus

I did disable the compatability mode initially, but it wasn't until I did a battery pull that it actually worked. I guess I'll have to remember to do that first in the future before I panic!!

nyr2k2

No worries. Pretty much any application that wasn't created specifically for the Storm will have that dumbass half-screen OSK when compatibility mode is enabled.

gixxerman1980

It is obviously Storm compatable after seeing screenshots and other comments. Any chance someone could describe how to get it to work for us worms out there? Is it working for anyone running .113?

kram941

Working fine fore me. Had to disable compatibility mode and shutdown program, then it worked fine.

kram941

Working fine fore me. Had to disable compatibility mode and shutdown program, then it worked fine.

jarniella

great app. great design

kkent26

Finally a weather app that looks good too? I'm in, please.

Duvi

And I like it. I found it very easy to purchase. Give it a try guys/gals.

screenname

Just downloaded and it works fine. Buttons are a little small for the touch screen but very nice job for a Beta release. I love the deal of the day, it will keep me checking back on a regular basis. Look forward to the release specific to my 9530. Well done CrackBerry!

hoffy

You need to do a battery pull to get the app to function properly.

Like many of you I thought it was broken and I was ready to delete it. I tried disabling compatability mode (I would still do so) and that didn't fix it, but after a battery pull we're ready to roll.

jlawler4

I have tried every combination of downloading, battery pulls, and disabling compatibility mode, and nothing stops the java.lang error from occurring. I give up because I'm tired of restarting my phone.

blacktalon47

You don't have to do a battery pull. When you back out of the program it runs in the background. while the program is running you just need to press BB Key then Close.

blacktalon47

You don't have to do a battery pull. When you back out of the program it runs in the background. while the program is running you just need to press BB Key then Close.

thehOtbOy

no wonder people speak so badly about storm users . we complain too much ... before even tryin to work out the app a ton of people are complaining . it does not work properly on the storm unless you DISABLE COMPABiLITY MODE !! so what you do is go to options>advanced>highlight app nd click the menu button>select disable compability mode .. now it should work fine .. please give constructive criticism .. negative comments about how crackberry is storm centered do not help the app or the developer . thank you !

btw it works fine . looks better than the wap .. can't wait for paypal nd yes some bigger buttons for the storms touchscreen would be nice but ii'm not complaining =)

gixxerman1980

Finally... some information we can use! Disabled Compatability Mode pulled the battery, and it works like a champ. Portrait and landscape both work on .113. Thanks again!

TheReclinerJockey

This app store is awesome! I love the full functionality of it.
And it looks so pretty on my Bold :)

cyphon

I did a battery pull, a reinstall and still I get that same error. Glad to know it's working on the bold for someone!

thehOtbOy

i did NOT do a battery pull jus disabled compability mode nd the app is working fine for me . i am on .113

jamesrmca1

You have to change the app in options to Disable Compatibility Mode, the keyboard goes into hiding and you pull it when needed. Sure I would rather have it in landscape, but this is the 1st of the beta of this...give it a little time

jesseberg182

For $10 should have live radar

blumeth

the new store is now working fine on my storm. once the compatibility mode is disabled everything is great. for a first beta I am happy

geokaii

I never win anything but i aint gonna stop tryin now!

jmk32#CB

I disabled compatibility on the Storm to make this work, however, I cannot do a Search as the Search button is not clickable, nor does the enter key work.

I know this is beta, but please note this major bug for us Storm users...

jamesrmca1

I have noticed since posting my initial comment about disabling the compatibility mode, the it does show in landscape as well...

YourEntreeSolution

sucks that it doesnt work for the Storm yet

YourEntreeSolution

You are right, a battery pull did the trick. It now works great on the Storm. Sorry for my earlier post.

drose0#CB

This looks pretty cool...wonder how it holds up against Weather Bug.

yenkomuscle

Even with compatibility mode disabled im not liking this for the storm yet...

I am excited to see the storm specific version of this..

Please let this be soon!!!

NoleDawg

I'd love to have that!

Achronas

I vant Vone!
lol

No, This really does look freaking sweet!

iskub

What a great move to launch this before April 1! Great job guys - love the App Store!

lesmchl1

FINALLY! Something better than weather bug!

sknovr

For some reason it loads with the keyboard blocking half the screen and I can't find a way to close it.

I had the same problem with Where after I upgraded to Version 113. Has anyone else had this problem?

maniack

Any way we can get wifi support for the store?

citi

disable compatibility mode people. Does anyone even read before posting

bomonster

3 weather app's aren't enough. I need more!

es_bih

Having some problems with loading any content. I downloaded the app - by now have done a battery pull, and still when I load up the app none of the content shows. It is blank. I tried it with WiFi as well and same results.

bbrough07

Just installed on my storm. The app looks cool and all. New features are great!

Portenio

And font is way too small...

kav

one suggestion, instead of the more button, put it as when you click the menu there is an options button to click there where you can have your account permantly logged into the app and give an option to require a password when downloading apps. That should make it much more convienent and streamlined.(not that it isn't already) ;)

cheechoz818

The app just doesn't wanna move on my Storm running .113, I guess there needs to be major fixes yet!

jeff_jeff

I have disabled compatibility mode, done a battery pull. re-installed it tried it all again and it still will not work on my storm, I keep getting "Uncuaght exception: java.lang.error. anyone else having this problem?

I am running .113

Samiamgreat

I also am having the java.load error. I also cannot disable compatibility I go to options then advanced then applications I highlight app store hit the bb button and no option to enable and disable comp mode shows up. I am running .75 on my storm

Dr.Sadistic

Although I don't use the storm (curve 8330), I must admit I've fallen in love with this app. I haven't experienced any issue what-so-ever with it, and it has lead to to find some of the best apps I could hope for. Nice work CB! Check out this video I posted on YouTube highlighting some of the features of this app; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLJGbBKlkIE. I just now uploaded it, so it will take a moment to process...

imotionsrt4

meh, no paypal support no care.....

srfoot

Please help me stay out of the rain when I'm all dressed up!

Audizine

i have a sugestion...
how about instead of having pages at the bottom.. why not just scroll sidewides? that would be cool for the storm.. since the buttons are so small...

Sam Sabri

with the blackberry app center around the corner...how is this relevant?

can23

Make sure you disable the compatibility mode

Techark

On my storm the keyboard is up and no way to get it go away, I can only see 3 apps at once and half the buttons do not work.

I tired it several times, and finally gave up and installed it.
Let us know if you get it working.

s1ck james

Best thing since 4G speed!!

zsasz

I downloaded a version right after the announcement and it was .108 and it did NOT work for the storm, with full screen and landscape. I just opened the app and clicked on the bb button and then check for updates and it said i had the latest version. This was BS. I clicked the bb button again and clicked on support then scrolled to the bottom of the browser screen and clicked on the "Click to download app store launcher" and it asked to replace vers 1.00.108 with 1.00.110. i did that, AND THEN disabled compatability mode and did a battery pull. Works great now.

Orio

Funny how the illustration of the BB switching pages is a storm...and it doesn't work very well...keyboard stays on...on my storm. Guess I need to wait for the storm specific version.

Orio

Works on my storm now...thanks !!

kf6kmx

It looks like it might be pretty nice... Wonder if it has many close locations to me... Thats one thing WxBug has, both our local wx station(Hanford) and the Navy base where I work as well (about 20 miles apart, but a world apart as far as wind speed here!)

justmemjs

I'll bite at this, but I know I'll end up paying for it. The last time I won anything was a bet I made that I wouldn't win anything. :)

Alex32

I downloaded the app on my storm and am not getting a full screen. Is the app ready for the storm yet or should i wait to download? Thank you for your time. Email and Pin# on profile.

tfrankson

Works great on my 8900.

metall8cat

This is definitely a welcome upgrade. Crackberry, keep up the great work. You make owning a BlackBerry not only useful, but fun as well

metall8cat

Definitely a welcome update. Crackberry, keep up the great work. You make owning a BlackBerry not only useful, but fun

squidney2k1

Downloaded the app (was ver ..108), and it did not work properly on my Storm (.75), nor my fiance's Storm. There was no option to disable/enable Compatibility Mode, even after a battery pull. Deleted, rebooted, reinstalled (this time it was ver ...110. Interesting?), and still no option; not even after a 2nd battery pull. This is the only app on the Applications list that does not have the option for Compatibility Mode.

Quite a few reports of this popping up. Very buggy release, indeed.

Aria Rajasa

Would love to use it once paypal is activated :D

km2783

you show a pic of the CB app store on a Storm, when you say yourselves that a Storm-optimised version is on it's way (and trying it on the Storm, I uninstalled rather quickly as it sucks balls in compatibility mode). It looks nothing like that on the Storm

km2783

you show a pic of the CB app store on a Storm, when you say yourselves that a Storm-optimised version is on it's way (and trying it on the Storm, I uninstalled rather quickly as it sucks balls in compatibility mode). It looks nothing like that on the Storm