Review: BlackBerry 1-Click Installer (BBOCI)

By Alicia Erlich on 17 Feb 2011 04:52 pm EST
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BBOCI for BlackBerry

I've probably upgraded, downgraded, and reloaded the OS on every device I've ever owned more times than I can keep track of. However I've experienced a few bugs here and there over the years when restoring my third party applications. Sometimes Desktop Manager says there's a required update to the OS even after I just reloaded it, asks to downgrade BlackBerry Messenger, or has various compatibility or application load errors.

When it comes to reloading applications it's always good to have choices. So in addition to AppLoader, BBSAK, and DM, there's another utility program out there that you can add to the list. BlackBerry 1-click installer (or BBOCI) by Bach Khoa University is an easy to use desktop program that allows you to quickly install third party applications to your device without using Desktop Manager or any other program for that matter.


About

BBOCI gives you direct access to install and uninstall third party applications from your backup files with just a click of a mouse. That's it, no other programs needed as it uses its own javaloader. The only thing you need is your device, a USB cable, and the application files you've created by performing a backup with Desktop Manager. Basically, the middleman is being cut out of this equation giving you full control to automatically flash the apps back onto your device.

Locating and creating application installer files

Application files can be obtained in a variety of ways and are stored on your computer.

  • BBSAK - Creates individual application COD files in a directory on your PC.
  • CrackBerry App Store - Download the file from your order email (OTA JAD file), directly from your account on the website (zip file which contains the COD file, if available), or from any other website's OTA site from your PC.
  • Desktop Manager - Performing a third party application backup generates COD files of each of your applications and the ALX (application loader) file that DM uses to load one or all of them.

Setting Up

First things first, you'll need to download, install and activate the program on your computer. Double click on the executable file, register the program and instantly you'll notice that the COD, ALX, and JAD files will change into little BlackBerry icons. Basically, all the file extensions on your PC ending in JAD, COD, and ALX will now open with BBOCI. No need to panic as you'll still be able to open the files in DM, AppLoader or BBSAK and can unregister the program at any time.

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Installing/Removing Applications

The process itself is simple: all you need to do is click on any one of these file types, verify your BB is connected, and choose either to Install to BB or Remove from BB. Within seconds, your program is loaded onto the device without even needing to reboot except when removing applications.

Users have the option of installing each COD module individually, using the ALX file created by Desktop Manager during a backup to restore all, or using the JAD file from an OTA download. This way, we can bypass DM completely and load whichever application we want, whenever we want.

However, I did have trouble loading JAD files onto my device. I tried on two different computers and with two different devices but it appears that JAD's will only uninstall the application, not install it. In addition, users might encounter some problems with applications that require multiple COD files. Unless you know exactly which files to install individually or wrote down the modules names listed in the applications options menu, you will need to use the ALX file to install.


Real world scenario - complete wipe and reinstall

To fully test, I decided to take my Torch 9800 and perform a complete wipe and reinstall using BBSAK as referenced above. Using BBOCI, I was able to restore all my third party applications with DM's ALX file and experienced no errors or complications. Also, I purposely used an older backup file and loaded my missing themes individually by clicking on their corresponding COD files. I must warn you that the device does reboot after restoring each theme but not with apps. I'm impatient and anything that lets me avoid waiting for Desktop Manager to reconnect with my device is definitely a plus.

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Pros

  • Pick and choose which applications to install
  • No data plan required to install applications
  • Easy to use interface
  • Fast installation

Cons

  • Will not load ALX files that are not generated by DM (i.e. Zip file provides COD and ALX file to load in DM)
  • DM will not backup applications added using BBOCI
  • No MAC compatibility

Conclusion

What's great about BBOCI is how easy it is to add just the application you need rather than weeding through multiple backups or experiencing DM errors. I was able to install an app I just backed up the week prior that DM deemed incompatible. Plus, I didn't have to face the dreaded update required screen or downgrade my BBM. While there is room for improvement, it is convenient and, with the exception of JAD files, perfect for when you need an alternative method to load your third party applications.

Rating

BBOCI

BBOCI v.2.0 is available at the CrackBerry App Store for $1.99 for all BlackBerry devices and for PC’s with Windows XP/Vista/7. It is currently on sale for $0.99 until February 28th.

More information/download of BBOCI

21 comments

mikeplus1

Did I miss something, why does v2 cost less than v1?

MousePad

Pretty interesting application, for those times where you wanna do a quickie...

Question: What's the theme loaded on the Torch in the demo movie?

Alicia Erlich

I agree it's pretty good when you need to add something fast. The theme is the HTC Incredible (FireCracker)by Ethemes.

triquetra

Do I need to download to BOTH my bb and my computer? If so do I pay twice?

Alicia Erlich

No its just for your computer.

l.i.n.t

That blackberry looks delicious :3

Sashko

Granted it might be slightly easier to install apps by associating the file extensions on Windows to the app, however I'd rather user BBSAK which has all of this functionality and then some and it's free unless you decide to donate for it. Don't see enough functionality to make it worth paying for such an app, even if it's only a buck.

zerp2310

I've been seeing many apps that developed by Vietnamese developers; and many of them are great. Useful but almost free. When you live in vietnam,there are a big community that support and use blackberry even they hardly have access to the bis network. Go on!

zerp2310

I've been seeing many apps that developed by Vietnamese developers; and many of them are great. Useful but almost free. When you live in vietnam,there are a big community that support and use blackberry even they hardly have access to the bis network. Go on!

CrackedAngel

Sashko, BBSAK is good but to have the ease this app affords? I'll take that over BBSAK any day, and as for the 99Cent sale price? If you can't afford 99Cents, what are you doing owning an expensive BlackBerry? You are funny Sashko. I love apps, even if they were more than 99Cents, if they make my life easier.

Sashko

I love apps that make my life easier too, and I've paid for apps that cost more than that. I have also been disappointed with a few of the ones I've paid for, so I'm extra weary when it comes to purchasing apps, especially if they don't have a trial :-)

BachKhoa University

Do you love the current icon of BBOCI or anyone help me an idea for BBOCI's icon? tks

longmilk

Hi, I'm the developer of BBOCI, can CrackBerry Community gives me some ideas for future development of BBOCI, thanks!

gvlakers

Price went back up to $1.99

And I also don't understand why the original version is $3.99 and what exactly is the difference between the two versions?

BachKhoa University

The new version have been fixed some bugs for JAD and ALX files, now I determine the fixed price is $1.99

BachKhoa University

I'll appreciate all of your ideas!

BachKhoa University

Do you love the current icon of BBOCI or anyone help me an idea for BBOCI's icon? tks

eddymaya

What's about CrackBerry icon??

BachKhoa University

The new version is here:

http://www.mobihand.com/product.asp?id=497240

Using CrackBerry's icon as the main ICON for *.JAD, *.ALX, *.COD
Support install *.ZIP file contains COD files. (Right Click on *.ZIP file to install)
Support install *.COD, *.ALX, *.JAD with left click and right click.

Correct some bugs with *.JAD files
Members who bought the 2.0 version can send me an email with Customer's ID, I'll send free upgrade!