PlayBook App Wish List: What apps do you most want to see on the BlackBerry PlayBook?

By Adam Zeis on 26 Apr 2011 10:48 am EDT
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Crusiing through the CrackBerry forums the last few days I've found a lot of great discussions. There are loads of posts about the BlackBerry PlayBook and it seems like everyone has plenty to say. One of the good threads I came across was the PlayBook App Wish List. I was thinking on the same topic and it was good to see that many other users have a fairly large list of apps they would love to see come to the PlayBook.

Personally I would like some "big name" apps to show up soon. I have a hard time living without a good Twitter app as well as things like Evernote and Pandora. We've compiled a list of the most requested apps here and tossed them in the poll above. So if you're a PlayBook owner - what apps do you most want to see? Cast your vote in the poll above for the top 3 apps you'd like to see on the PlayBook. If the app (or apps) you want to see isn't listed, leave a comment below and let us know what you're looking for!

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77 comments

leonlovett

How about Nook? I don't like Kobo.

mscooley

Blackberry Protect
Blackberry Travel
SocialScope
DropBox
BerryWeather
Snaptu
VLC Remote Control App
Boxee Remote Control App
Foursquare
Facebook
Twitter for BB
FileScout
Google Voice
Skype

Ok, I'm done.

07thking

You hit some major ones, there are boxee remote apps in app world though.

Kevin Michaluk

Hmm... Well all the native BlackBerry apps are gimmes.. so talking 3rd party I'd say:
Kindle, Angry Birds, Skype, AIM, DropBox, Facebook, Twitter

Mojoski

I second that! I would pay for UberSocial in a heartbeat..

Would love to see BeeJive IM as well!!

SharpieFiend

ANGRY BIRDS!

My boss wants a Playbook, but won't buy it because there isn't Fruit Ninja available. The silly guy bought an iPad just for Fruit Ninja...

So to conclude, the Playbook needs more AAA games.

feldmen01

I was playing plants vs. zombies on my playbook via flash website over the weekend. Worked pretty well.

SharpieFiend

A lot of flash games don't work because they won't accept input from the PB's keyboard, AND you need an internet connection to use them. Native apps very important.

RIM should be approaching major game developers and offering them cash to develop their hit titles for the PB. Most of them are written in Java to begin with so they shouldn't be hard to port.

Marc_Paradise

"RIM should be approaching major game developers and offering them cash to develop their hit titles for the PB. Most of them are written in Java to begin with so they shouldn't be hard to port."

There's no Java SDK for PlayBook at this time - for the next few months our options are Flash/AIR, and HTML5. Native SDK coming later, and at some unknown point in the future, a Java SDK (an OS6 compatibility VM doesn't count as it's not letting you develop apps specifically for the PB - plus I really want to see them go with a modern Java standard...)

mavricxx

You call those AAA games? So what are REAL full scale games like Call of Duty? That's what RIM needs to stand out from the rest- some REAL TOP TIER GAMES like Call of Duty, GTA, MLB 2011 etc... Stop making childish games and make some real one and watch how RIM will blow up, that's how the PSP took over the Gameboy.

rlhammon

I just can't pick up any tablet until it works with what I want it to work for.

Flawless web browsing (means working Flash)
Integrated mail (if screen is big enough to use web interface, that's fine)
Pandora
Netflix
Facebook
LinkedIn
GPS Navigation (say bye bye Garmin, TomTom, Navigon, etc.)
Useful apps (Android might be the solution here):
Banking
Finance / Budget tracking (Mint.com for instance)
Automotive uses (Torque on Android is an example)

Ebscer

Didn't Amazon announce a Kindle app withing five minutes of the PlayBook being announced? Apparently they aren't really working on it all that hard...

Marc_Paradise

Yeah, I've been wondering about that. It was a big press release shortly after the PB was announced... and not a word since then. Very disappointing.

Kiddo2050

Any rumors on any of the big ones coming? For example Kindle said it was going to produce an app for the PB on the day it was announced. Also, Amazon, kobo is just fine so get your app out or no more books purchased by me.

Marc_Paradise

Annoyingly, I've too many amazon books purchased to discard all of them -- unless Kobo is able to read them and I didn't know it?

Sigh. I knew better than to go with any one vendor before some standardization occurred... went against my instinct and now - sure enough - screwed/stuck.

KRol

can't you remove the drm and convert it with calibre?
you paid for it anyway... you do what you want with tha file

hairydennis

Here is what I want:

- BlackBerry Wallet, Protect and Travel
- BBM!!! With video chat (BBM on other platforms with video chat would be even better!)
- I want Podcast app to integrate with my phone app. Why are you making me subscribe to everything twice, when I have a BBID to track this stuff?
- BlackBerry News
- Twitter
- Facebook
- Native email, calendar and contacts apps
- SKYPE!!!
- Google Chat
- Evernote
- Netflix!!!
- Rdio
- Synplicity

velkcro

Apart from the well known blackberry apps mainly BB news feed and the main social network apps I want.

Skype
Fruit ninja
Angry birds rio
Well put it this way I want aall the top selling apps in the app store on the playbook.

Darlaten

This is simple - I want every app that is possible and out there made available for my Playbook. I dont like the discrimination in the marketplace whereby companies only choose to release an app for the ipad. And I expect that all the first party apps from Blackberry will be available at launch. Oh wait, that didnt happen did it. Still love my playbook - but seriously RIM, you guys need to work on getting your own native apps available as soon as possible. It's just a poor showing that you havent done so yet.

blackcaneaddict

I voted for kindle and netflix. Might make me to start reading and watching movies in my tab.

RescueCop

What do I want? All the above! :-)

What do I want most of all? USB host mode support (OS update) and a file manager.

stevejb

In reality, only skype and kindle are so important for me from the list above.

However I want the PB (WiFi only as not interested in aditional dataplans) to be an extension of my BB therefore;

Speakerphone / video call ability via bridge (probably not an app just standard function)
BB Travel via bridge or sync to BB
BB Protect
GPS navigation app either native or via BB bridge

Notetaking app with handwriting recognition (use with stylus) that can sync with BB
Mind Mapping app
Project Planning app
Social feeds type app

Surely not asking for too much for this to be available by it's UK launch?

Mojoski

Just wanted you to know that there is a mind mapping app in App World already. It is called "Comapping Beta".. It has some issues, but it is a beta. Try it out!

Erievon

Keep Social Feeds, give me SocialScope!

Alsaad

How about Everything?

The_Adventist

I am a big Slacker Radio fan/user.

Slacker on the PlayBook, now that's what I would like to see.

Of course I didn't bother repeating all the above apps that I would gladly use too.

pyank

Slacker is alraedy there and I'm using it now!

Mojoski

Slacker comes out of the box on the PB, just like on the Torch.

Would love to see it let you cache channels to the PB storage. It only supports streaming at the moment..

ifarlow

Tell the truth... you don't really have a PlayBook, do you? Otherwise, how on earth did you not notice that Slacker is already installed?

Next you'll be asking RIM to develop a browser for the PlayBook, or perhaps allow custom wallpapers...

san4berry

citrix reciever ASAP, should of been out at launch

JPEPIN

Skype for sure, and perhaps a photobooth app thatd be pretty cool.

pastorbrad

Ones that actually work.
A working podcast app that allows entry of items other than the preloaded catalog.
ESV Bible.
Some version of Berryweather

Pootermobile

What happened to all the cool apps TAT had showed off? The crazy cool picture app and the scrapbook one. Where are they?!?!

SSaywell

We (IceyApps) are making a Twitter and Facebook App

123berryaddicted

Agree with the blogger who mentioned the lack of TAT apps. What's up????? Also.... My dire need.
- - - silverlight support in browser - - - - !!!

rulasiu

Blackberry user for about 3 years and not planning to change, also looking forward to get the playbook, but this kind of post saddens me, after all these years we still have to beg developers to produce apps for us.

Altarocks

Would love a note-taking app with handrwiting recognition.

GeekCAD

Skype for sure.
BBM as well.
BlackBerry Protect
App to password protect certain apps and folders.

Oh one more thing.
I dont have access to WIFI at work, so I would like to be able to download apps from BB App World on my computer browser to the playbook using a USB cable, like I can with my BOLD.

ianbordas

BBM ASAP!
Skype (with video chat of course)
Google VOICE App
MSN Messenger
Angry Birds
GPS Turn by Turn App (e.g.Garmin)
Google Maps

Also,
Would like to be able to organize my browser favorites by creating folders or by categories etc.
& a native FILE EXPLORER/MANAGER!!!

Marc_Paradise

Why does the file explorer/manager need to be native? As long as the functionality is there, it doesn't matter to me where it comes from.

ianbordas

Rather have native because this has to do with searching your personal files within your own PB, just like i have "FILES" on my Torch. But maybe if its a clean, fast and secure 3rd party app - would consider.

robalanstewart

I am hoping that the Kindle app comes out soon. In the meantime, it would be great if the Playbook would allow me to create short cuts to web sites in the application list that would launch a dedicated instance of the browser for that site. This would enable me to launch a Google Reader browser or a Twitter browser that would function independent of the standard browser. This is similar to the approach the Google has taken on Chrome with application short cuts (IE 9 does this as well). This approach would really support the "you don't need an app because the browser is so good" message from RIM.

DCB#CB

Google Mobile Apps
Barnes & Noble Reader
Side loader for ebooks (Calibre)
native RDP Client
Ascendo DataVault (already use for my Torch)

ianbordas

I 2nd RDP! perfect screen for that!

Zizzzzy

3rd and 4th this. RDP is needed big time

TheStrider

Dropbox
Logmein Ignition
Google Maps

rjkolo

Why do so many want a Facebook App????

I don't get it, it is a full web browser, I would much rather be on Facebook on my PC rather than my phone and the PlayBook is just like my PC's browser. Same functions!! It is great...why take a step back to a limited App that would limit the functions of Facebook??

enzo07i

yahoo messenger, skype, msn capable of video chat.

Why ask for facebook app if you are using the best tablet today?

mooda

im with you two the browser works great for facebook and twitter so whats the point in an app even dropbox is good in the browser so scratch another from that list.

i would like bbm angry birds rdp and vnc client
maybe an app that can make me a sandwich :)

gbsn

Remote desktop and file managers, examples bb apps, RDM+ and filescout

xandermac

FlipBoard. I'd sell my iPad if that was available on the PlayBook.

jbrimmer1234

Im really curious about why you're asking for apps that are basically work arounds to display popular websites on mobile devices that don't support Flash. Why not jsut goto facebook.com and get the full intended version, or twitter or linkedin ... maybe you can create a shortcut to your desktop for that if you need it there ... or at the very least you cna bookmark it in your browser.

forsakenwaste5

all i need is EPUB reader.

i could do everything on browser.

oh and i want GRINDR app. :)

jSkiLLzZz

for petes sake....SLINGBOXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX PLEASEEEEEEE. this is an absolute must. and vlc media player

Drawde

I so want "SLINGPLAYER" on my playbook so I can watch my tv on it instead of my torch!

ELocklin

some sort of pdf creator with the ability to sign a document.

f1teacher

I don't understand why people want a facebook and twitter app when the Playbook has access to the full online versions. I don't want the phone version when I can have the real thing. I wouldn't mind Flycast or Tunein radio. By the way, I wrote this while on my Playbook.

StepSoSteady

Would like:
Tango
ProStudio App
Sporting News
Nutrisystem

mavricxx

I hope whichever Video calling App they add makes use of their HD cams, otherwise, what good is it having HD cams and you can't even use them.

enzo07i

i just received my Playbook today, as in, It brings different level of joy to me. Thans RIM, Thanks Crackberry.

andyfritz

Viigo
All MLB Teams
One note,
better yet, all the BB apps

Gamesdmc3

Netflix is a must have!!!

technomensch

No matter which applications we want, and no matter how badly we tell RIM we want an application, it's still up to the developer to make it for the device.

I created the following thread in the forum to track requests for applications that have already been submitted to developers:

http://ow.ly/4YDdE

Instead of creating multiple threads all over the place, please comment and we can make a difference by showing them, in a large bulk, that we want their application on the playbook.

I have already started threads for:

Graphic.ly (via silvio000)
Hootsuite
LastPass
PogoPlug
SlingPlayer
Tether (via F2)

with more to come. As soon as you start a thread, or find one that already exists and you've commented on it, please, provide the link in that thread so we can track them.

Please, let's work as a community to make a difference.

smcillwraith

rbc and td easyweb
shazam
a video chat skype perhaps
msn messanger
google chat
yahoo messanger

bb protect
bb trips
netflix
native email and contacts and calendar

tinkerman604

Actually, I have two wishlist:

1.) I would like an App for Playbook that can work with RDWeb where the host server is a Windows 2008 R2 running Remote Desktop Services....

2.) SIP clients similar to found on Android phones and tablet...

This would be AWESOME....