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Preview of WordPress for BlackBerry 10

By Simon Sage on 9 Jan 2013 02:29 pm EST
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BlackBerry's biggest presence on the show floor at CES 2013 was an army of 8800s being used by exhibitors to scan badge barcodes, but the fight for developers was palpable at smaller shows in Vegas happening around the same time. One of those clustered conventions was the New Media Expo, where BlackBerry was running folks through the App Generator and showing off the WordPress app for BlackBerry 10 for the first time.

Even casual bloggers will be familiar with WordPress, and will appreciate being able to attach pictures, set tags and categories, and draft up posts for their blog right from their BB10 device. I've spent a fair amount of time in WordPress, and I can tell you that a mobile app is invaluable for those that just have to keep posting, no matter where they are. 

We'll see WordPress on BlackBerry 10 at launch at the end of the month. Any fellow bloggers out there? What's your favorite platform? How has WordPress done developing for BlackBerry so far?

50 comments

Wolf35Nine

:) I'm waiting for someone to complain about the "Dev Alpha B" branding. Please don't buy these things on ebay. You're just asking to get scammed.

sbndrf

Is this really a native application? Buttons and the radio button list looked like in the Android player on my PlayBook rather than any Qt based stuff I've ever seen.

mscrivo

definitely looks like an Android app. He even alludes to it at the end when he said it basically took no effort at all. App's take a lot of effort build :)

nelsonpml

I was wondering about the same thing. That looks like an Android ported app...

big bb

He said that it utilizes cascades, but that is a android app.

You can see when he swipes down it bring up the nav bar at the bottom of the screen which is an android player feature, also the popups have the android black title bar.

sbndrf

Thanks for the answers. I thought he was demoing a native app because of the "use of Cascades", however, the look as well as his comment about the "no effort" made me wonder.

So this seems to be the state of integration of the Android player. For the future (Jan 30) I hope that at least those ugly Android UI components are replaced by native looking ones.

TheStoof

You can hear Kevin..."THAT"S WHAT IT WAS DOING."

walt63

I don't blog but I manage a baking blog for my wife on the WP (WordPress) platform.

I really like the BlackBerry application on my 9930. I hope and its killer on the Z10.

I'm not sure if TypePad has been talked about with BB10 but that would be nice to have them onboard as well.

rupam95

WHY an android app??? WHY? Are BB10 Apps too difficult to create? Does RIM even have faith on their own devices?

big bb

Native apps are not too hard to create, you just need to know C++, but Cascades makes developing a UI very simple.

also RIM did not make this app, it was made by Wordpress

Jaralle

I'm a consumer not a developer, but isn't the whole point of allowing Android apps to be ported over so that developers don't have to create a native, i.e. 3rd, version of their app? I would have thought that the goal for RIM here was to quickly and easily increase the availability of apps to BlackBerry consumers (as the media and "analysts" have trained the people to believe that is an issue).

RubberChicken76

Complain, complain, complain, complain, complain, complain, complain, complain, complain, complain, complain, complain, complain, complain, complain, complain, complain, complain, complain, complain, complain, complain, complain, complain, complain, complain ...

Android apps can often be ported in a matter of hours, whereas a native app (on any platform) often requires more time to create.

RIM basically allows three ways to get Apps on BlackBerry 10

- Native Apps (Cascades) that are specifically written for BlackBerry 10 devices

- Repackaged Android Apps that enable developers to bring their Android app over with minimal effort or risk to 'test the waters'

- WebWorks apps - which enable web applications to be quickly brought to the phone

People used to complain that it was hard to brings Apps to the BlackBerry. Now they've made it easy, and you complain.

People used to complain that there were "no apps on BlackBerry". RIM removed more barriers to entry, and you complain.

Oh well

rupam95

If Android Player is so good and easy to package, why have any native 3rd party apps? Just port all the apps from Google Play.No matter what, you will always know that the Android Player is taking the full potential of BB10 OS away. BB10 will never be the Blackberry OS with a grain of Android OS still inside.

SDTRMG

That has everything to do with the developers not rim/blackberry. They can't force people to develope for bb10 they can only make it easier. And that app looks fine to me, I don't care if its ported or native, as long as it works properly and receives all the updates. As long as there updated I'm happy. Think about it, if rim happens to reach 500,000 apps in the next year or so, they would really have more like 800,000 considering android apps can easily be ported over. iOS/wp apps would be easy to port over as well if they didn't recode there apps.

Darlaten

While I don't care that WordPress specifically is an Android port, I certainly do care if there no way to determine an app is an Android port within the new App World.

I want to go out of my way to support developers who do things native so hopefully it's crystal clear as to what the app actually is before purchasing.

BBThemes

i can see where your coming from, but there are gonna be issues.

what if its HTML5 (webworks) and not native? or what if its air and not cascades? thats your main issues you make if you try to segregate by SDK.

personally i think a mainstream app like this being android player is a dumb idea, but in the same breath, maybe they want to use it to showcase the ability of the android player, and thats the real problem the android player causes, is you end up being like the parent of several kids when you have a favourite but you know you can never act like it.

z_scorpio_z

RIM does have faith in their tools and have put their money where their mouth is, by providing financial guarantee to developers that produce higher quality apps.

The built for blackberry (BFB) program is good for consumers as well as they get more higher quality apps (and they will be designated as such in the Blackberry World so you will know before buying).

https://developer.blackberry.com/builtforblackberry/

For this program, they specifically leave out Android developed/ported apps, as well as app generator apps etc. They also require certain features/options from these apps (BBM connected etc). Hopefully we see some nice 3rd party Built for Blackberry (BFB) apps.

SDTRMG

Like bb.. Said, it would become a problem for them to do that, though I do agree and would like to support native apps over ports as well. I do feel blackberry is either just showing off this app or Wordpress is testing the bb10 platform from launch to see how many users download the app and if its worth the time creating a native version. I do wonder if they can use some of the code from other apps considering some of the code may be compatible.

Supa_Fly1

^ Darlaten!!!

You've hit an accord my good friend! THAT is the key! RIM needs to isolate ported apps - even Android ported pps via the SDK emulation against 'Built For BlackBerry' which I think is the main point of the Developer program for submittance by January 21st.

I'm ready to order my BB10 device and pay full retain for it as I'm not eligible for HUP (damn iPhone 5). I'm willing to purchase a high-end BB10 device again before summers end as well but it has to have premium quality materials ... I want to use that device for a full 12mths and feel like I'm picking up a brand spanking new smartphone EACH and EVERY time I hold it! BB10 on the screen will do that alone for me.

Application developers ... for native SDK/HTML5 using Cascades I'll fully support you with my hard-earned spinach!! I emplore the crackberry nation as well to do the same; no more stealing applications ... many developers have gone out on a LIMB quit their current jobs as the man featured just 3mths ago here on crackberry.com and he had a new-born on the way!!

I always give credit where its due and have openly supported Themists on this site by paying upwards of $10/20 donation for themes that I found useful when easily many just take as free and for granted. It's time we ALL man-up and put our $$ where our mouth is!!

PS: Just got word providers have inside training beginning this week on BB10! Sales reps will be knowledgeable by end of next week.

big bb

You can't compare the amount of time for creating and porting. what you need to compare is how long it take to create a native app for Android and native app for BB10.

I develop for both, I can create an app faster for BB10 with a better UI then Android

Shadberry Bold

+1 people are never satisfied and are quick to forget. RIM is basically spoon feeding developers and it's somehow still a problem.

Rootbrian

WORDPRESS made the app. Don't blame rim for something they DIDN'T make or have control over.

z_scorpio_z

RIM does have faith in their tools and have put their money where their mouth is, by providing financial guarantee to developers that produce higher quality apps.

The built for blackberry (BFB) program is good for consumers as well as they get more higher quality apps (and they will be designated as such in the Blackberry World so you will know before buying).

https://developer.blackberry.com/builtforblackberry/

For this program, they specifically leave out Android developed/ported apps, as well as app generator apps etc. They also require certain features/options from these apps (BBM connected etc). Hopefully we see some nice 3rd party Built for Blackberry (BFB) apps.

Snowman888

I'm not a blogger but the key thing I took away from that interview was, 'it was very little work to move to bb10'

CBDrew

This is definitely an android application, I don't know why a major developer like WordPress is not willing to take this app to the next level by developing a native application instead of just porting their android app to BlackBerry 10. The app looks like a native one but although performance is good I think it could be better as a native app, anyhow I really like to see the progress RIM has done in the Android Player, now we see native like controls at the bottom of the app instead of the gray bar with the back button we see on our PlayBooks.

biggerCC

Cascades? At least not the version shown in the video.
If you have a close look at the Action Bar (0:45-0:52), you see the typical "Info" and "Pin Bar" buttons as well as the dialog popping up at 0:46. This app is clearly running in the Android runtime.

While there's nothing wrong with Android apps, I don't get why the RIM guy is highlighting "all types of Cascades capabilities" in that app...

biggerCC

Oh, I was typing too slowly...

Kiddo_24

Simon, I think you meant "an army of 9900s". Most, if not all, 8800s don't have cameras. And those that do, can't scan bar codes =P

MozThaGreat

Damn I miss the 8800s. Those were the original Bolds. The absolute best of the era.

Simon Sage

Unless they have something like this (https://serialio.com/products/scanner/LaserChampBTBB.php), which they did. They were set into case form factors, but definitely 8800/8830s. It was definitely interesting to see them still in action amidst everything else at the show.

Driftdreams

Seems like BB10 allows apps to be easily ported to BB10 platform... That being said, why arent they pushing more apps at launch if this is so simple to do (for them). I want BB to succeed. Follow @BBMarnel

Bold 9900 / 32GB PlayBook

Soon to hold a L-Series BB10

SDTRMG

Because rim/blackberry doesn't make the apps and its up to the developers to bring there app to a platform. Rim can make it easy witch they have but can't force people to delelope. I'm sure once developers start hearing about the sales numbers for blackberry they will get in gear and bring there app to bb10.

Dirks2.0

I don't think all these ports are such a bad idea. many developers might be leery of investing the time and money into making BB10 apps, but after porting they find that they are getting a lot of downloads I am sure many will decide to make native apps for BB. This way it gets apps in the store. I would rather a android port of netflix then no netflix at all.

Bold 9900 & Playbook
Blackberry by Choice

BruvvaPete2

Some of the comments here are somewhat perplexing. Blaming RIM for what a dev ports and how they port it is just silly. Who really gives a crap if it's ported?? It's an app. Deal with it.

Rootbrian

You've got that right. People need to appreciate shit.

kdna

Android = garbage. Get it off of BB10. Its ruining flow.

big bb

Not all UI on android is garbage. Your right about not getting the flow with android app. They put the Android player in to get app, then when the developer sees the potential they could make a native app.

nathanpc

I hope they port the code to Cascades in the future. The time they took to skin their Android app was enough to port the code to Cascades.

xtremesniper

Seems kind of lame for WordPress to not have put even a slight bit of effort into actually making a real app, but whatever. I get that they're demoing the app generator, but is this not necessarily something RIM should be proud of. Big name companies should make real apps.

big bb

That is android not app generator

xtremesniper

I had assumed that but I replied based on this line from the article:

"One of those clustered conventions was the New Media Expo, where BlackBerry was running folks through the App Generator and showing off the WordPress app for BlackBerry 10 for the first time."

I'm sure it's the Android runtime, but when I saw the faux Cascades controls I just went with whatever the article said.

baandoptager

You shouldve asked him to turn down the brightness on the phone. Absolutely horrible video. ;(

BruvvaPete2

+10. It is ridiculous how I could see sfa in this video.

bobo.cz

It´s not BlackBerry 10 app! Its just Android port, the same app you can see on PlayBook at the moment as well...

Im worry about new apps, mainly native apps. Why should developer to write native app if he can just port Android app? And Android apps are horrible!!!