A Thank You to all the app developers out there who support BlackBerry 10 natively!

By Kevin Michaluk on 10 Apr 2014 12:17 pm EDT
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When it comes to apps on BlackBerry 10, I want them all to be there available for download in BlackBerry World.

Preferably, I want those apps to be built native for BlackBerry 10, and better yet, Built for BlackBerry approved. In other words, the best apps are best-built with BlackBerry's BB10 SDK and are designed and optimized for the BlackBerry 10 user interface and experience. If that can't happen for whatever reason — lack of time, lack of resources, lack of caring — then I'm happy when a ported version of an Android app is available to fill that void. Even though it's not native, I'd rather have an app that works OK over not having one at all.

I personally speak to a lot of BlackBerry developers, and from conversations I've had over the past few months know that when it comes to making wads of cash from BB10 apps, that well, it isn't happening to the extent most would like or need to see. Despite that, a lot of app developers have continued to show tremendous support for the BlackBerry 10 platform. It's not always about money, but also about passion.

Rick from Ajani InfoTech wrote a note to me a few days ago that I think puts it into perspective well:

Hey Kevin, Got some awesome news for you. I know that you are the number 1 BlackBerry fan boy but I guess you can give me the title of number 2. A few months back, we started supporting the BlackBerry 10 via native. Today we have more than 150 apps and over 99 Built for BlackBerry apps. Although BlackBerry is not a potential platform to earn revenue when compared to iOS, we have stuck with BlackBerry and have tried to support it as much as possible. We could have used the same technology and developed for iOS, but frankly I didn't want to go there.

I always mind myself of your CrackBerry Christmas carol... :)

Many devs have told me their best days for app downloads occur on the days when they get blogged on CrackBerry (the impact we make here is apparently quite a bit greater than being featured in BlackBerry World). So on that note, be sure to check out all of Ajani InfoTech's apps on BlackBerry World. I appreciate their support of BB10!

And more than just them, I appreciate ALL app developers who are putting their time into building native for BlackBerry 10. I hope the apps keep coming in, and you can count on CrackBerry to make sure we give you great (free) coverage when your new awesome apps get approved into BlackBerry World. And the best of the best will make it into our CrackBerry Editors Choice App Gallery, which we're going to be doing a big update on shortly.

As a final note, in regards to our very own native CB10 app, if you're a BlackBerry developer stay tuned. We have an announcement coming up soon where we're going to open it up so you can actually help contribute to the CB10 app to fix bugs and keep adding features (and we'll shower you with praise when you do).

Topics: BlackBerry Apps

123 comments

Insync

Ditto!

Posted via CB10

all3n7

That's a Great news!!

" Initiated from my QNX10 "

Gearheadaddy

Yes, a big thanks for all your hard work...BlackBerry 10 is a great os and it's nice to have native apps.

Trusted Member Genius

FOR RIM

IT'S REALLY GREAT OF YOU KEVIN TO WRITE THIS POST

SalMan50

That final about CB10 app deserves heavy notice too, it's definitely about time we flush out the bugs and make it better overall

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Kevin Michaluk

Yup, coming soon. We'll be putting it up on GitHub along with the roadmap of things we'd like to see happen. Then we'll turn it lose to BB10 devs. When changes get submitted and we upload newer builds to BBWorld, we'll shower the devs working on it with tons of praise for them (and spread the word of all their other apps too). It's a community site, so think it's time we get the community involved!

mnc76

This will also be educational to see code for a production/"real world" BB10 app that so many are familiar with.

What are you thinking of making the source code license?

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Nharzhool

haha you misused "lose" in the reverse of the way it is usually messed up - you obviously meant "loose". Good to hear about the CB10 app. Hope to see a native one soon...with push notifications.

Thanks, Kevin

BadGoliath42

Always there for the 'lose' ends. ;) (did that on purpose, obviously)

Posted via CB10 on my Z30

Nharzhool

Hehehe

Mmm...CB10! Just the tip though...

wincyUt

:) Are you an English major? This just a forum with people from all sorts of background with different strengths and skills. Don't take the grammatical skills here too seriously. Cheers.

Schmurf

Accepting poor grammar only contributes to more of the same. It's time people learned the differences between there, their, and they're, between your, you're, and yore, between its and it's, and so on. When I read someone's post and it's full of grammatical errors, I automatically knock about 15 IQ points from my perception of them.

wincyUt

It may come to come to you as a surprise that English is not every ones official written or spoken language. Just curious, how many languages can you write or speak fluently? And tell me, how many official languages are there in the whole world?
Think outside of your narrow box. Do you honestly think people worry about your perception of them, especially people on this forum that you hardly know?
Ironically, I don't even know whether your name "Schmurf" is pseudo or actual/real and didn't even know it existed on this forum until now. So tell why I or anyone should be preoccupied with your grammar skills? There are more important things to worry about in this world than "English grammar skills".

Schmurf

In terms of thinking outside of narrow little boxes, perhaps you should think outside of yours. What I was referring to was that we should not accept poor grammar as okay. That leads to the dumbing down of society. If I were writing in a different language (say German) and I got it wrong, I would appreciate being corrected. People who can't communicate well are not highly thought of, regardless of the language they use.

Rather than getting your flame on, perhaps you should step back, relax, and not get your panties in such a knot. I didn't even know your "name" existed here before today either. So far as grammar skills go, yours are good. It's just your attitude that could use some improvement.

Cheers.

dkonigs

Even in its current state, it puts all the other forum/blog/community apps out there to absolute shame.

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Prem WatsApp

Only editing comments is not possible like on the other Mobile Nations apps, but I actually like it that way....

Think before you type, and then respond to yourself to correct (in the worst case).

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Brandon Orr

Will fix active frame bug when it opens up.

Kevin Michaluk

I'm counting on you to do that one! :)

mousii

Nice post Kevin, it was long overdue.

Really, many of us think exactly the way that you said it in the article.

Thank you for voicing our thoughts!

Powered by BB

Tobster619

Thanks for writing this article Kevin! I know that DJ Reyes has just finished her review of my Shopping For eBay BlackBerry 10 application - so thanks to her and the CrackBerry team for reviewing my app and I can't wait to see it live on the site soon :)

Also, as for the CB10 app, how long is it until you plan to open the app to us BlackBerry 10 devs? As I'd really like to help with the development and improvement as soon as possible and I'm sure the other developers that I know would feel the same :D

Thanks again for all of the support that you and CrackBerry give us developers

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DocDRM

***** whiplash *****

Oh,never mind, that came from CrackBerry not BlackBerry. ;)

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Tobster619

Okay, thanks :) I'll keep checking CrackBerry for the latest news.

Also, for the Mobile Nation Newsroom, I amongst others were wondering if there's an age restriction to join the team?

Thanks again :D

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MrGlenn

Great idea! I was hoping you would do something like this as the CrackBerry dev community seems like a good source for help.

Hope they find the time to give us the options we have been waiting for. Of course you will still have last say on what changes go "live", right?

BlackBerry 10 signed.

Clanked

Im so impressed with the bb10 developers...epecially guys like refocus labs and others....such high quality apps.

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DetritalGeo

It's odd when apps are available on BB10 but not featured on promotional material. I am speaking specifically about Stub Hub, they only put available on iOS and android despite being on BB10 from the beginning.

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dkonigs

I think the ABC app was like this too. I hate when they make this override, since it just helps spread the "no apps" misinformation everyone loves to keep talking about.

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brandonwh

Does anyone on the CB team use Snap2Chat? The developer was doing so good than stopped once it wasn't approved. We need approval(from snapchat, I think?) to get it into BlackBerry world and help make this guy some $$ for his work.

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Bla1ze

The dev himself has pretty much moved on to bigger and better things.

Robert F Kennedy

Yup, and no one should begrudge him for doing so either. Months of dedication for an app that won't be approved. Note I did not say it was all for nothing, because Nem0ry has gained a following who will support him in his future apps.

"Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator, and change has its enemies."

dkonigs

One thing I loved about BBOS was that you could have a successful app without BB World. Just post it for direct download/install on your own website. Of course BBOS predates the whole "app store" thing as a platform, so they needed to always support other methods.

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DetritalGeo

Oh, and any word on the songza native app? Did they pull out of that project?

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vanrickman

Cheers to all the developers!

Sent from the phone of the Gods....Z30

andrew2362

I'd help out with the app!

sjsnjc

Yes...kudos to these folks. Thanks to them my Z10 is android free!!!

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darkhawk

Nice post Kevin!
I agree thank you developers!

Korr Valmoria

Thank you for your hardwork!

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PostMortem

Well spoken/written and we'll deserved. Let's talk with our downloads!

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BBZ10wannabe

Hmm. maybe users can put forth some ideas for the development like having a CB 10 App gallery, grouped into various buckets. i.e. Native, ported, or fully functioning APK or grouped across the app type or simply alphabetical our choice. You can also have subgroups like, social, productivity, or games etc.. Once you click on the app, you can choose to read the CB review if one exists. You can even have 2 levels of reviews. A CB 10 star (feel free to replace the boring stars with the CB symbol or the BB symbol) rating entered by CB staff reviewing the app and a CB 5 star rating based on Crackberry user feedback. Finally, you will have the necessary link to load the app via BB App world or even Amazon or Snap if you could make that happen to make it dead easy to download.

For new Apps, Devs featuring on CB could provide us promo codes for a 25%-50% discount etc..to use on BB World to try the apps out and put up our reviews. If the Dev or App itself has a BB channel we could also get the link to the channel from the CB 10 app. The possibilities are endless :)

Jonathank

I would also like to thank them myself

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dosto

Indeed! All my apps are native and most are "Built for BlackBerry ".

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Haytham Hamad

Hats off to all BlackBerry developers out there ...

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itzJustMeh

You're welcome: got one app approved just today :)

miguel89to

This is just my 2 cents. I am glad all these devs are making apps but I hate when the descriptions of the apps have horrible grammar and info is just everywhere. Wish there could be a template that devs fill out and blackberry publishes si that every app has the info in the same areas.

Also with this FREE word in every free app. We see the price. We know is free so why out FREE in the title. Makes the app look cheap in my opinion .

As to everyone. Keep in making apps. I might just give it a try as well.

Posted via CB10 app with my trusty Z10

imcurved

Thanks to all BlackBerry 10 developers.

 CB10 

khehl

smart idea about the CB10 app

- feature I would like the most is getting PMs and sending PMs on CB10

sickyute

Thanks devs!

Posted via CB10 running on Z10STL100-1/10.2.1.2228

Lostonline

I will pay for well built (for BlackBerry10) apps.

I will never pay for Android ports, or the like.

CDN

BadGoliath42

Great news! I can't wait to see what's coming out of this.

Posted via CB10 on my Z30

canuck_67

I always try to use built for BlackBerry apps. When I spend money on an app, it has to be built for BlackBerry or at the very least a native coded application. I do use ports, but I won't spend money on them. Just my opinion.

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ranjanclandad

The native apps are better. Thank you to all the developers who have stick it out. And CB, keep up the reviews; I know that I have purchased some apps which I may net have seen except on here.

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HighFlight88

Two thumbs up for the native developers. The quality I have experienced is exceptional. BlackBerry World is always the first place I go, and recommend, and the built-for-BB apps are the first of the first.

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KermEd

To all, I'm sure I speak for most devs when I say your most definitely welcome.

My last cross platform app sold ~95-to-1 BlackBerry vs Android + Microsoft + iOS combined.

Great platform. Happy to build for it. And got some great goodies coming!

Posted via CB from my LE

NickMcBride

Yes! Thank you we all appreciate it and i for one will continue to support as many bb10 devs i can! :D you guys are awesome please continue and increase the support, slowly things will get better for both of us cause more/better apps will bring more customers to BlackBerry and therefore more profit!!

Posted via CB10 on my  Q10

AdamWeishaupt

Thanks and kudos to all the devs

posted with a sexy Z10

alexkinsella

Great post. I do appreciate that there are Android apps to fill the gaps - but the native experience is just better. Speaking of that - did you know that TacoQuest is a native app on BlackBerry 10? #justsaying http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/27344684

wincyUt

Great plug in. Downloaded the app; my wife will definitely love this app.

alexkinsella

Awesome! Version 2 coming soon!

CDM76

Thanks to the developers!!! :)

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Brian Scheirer

I love coding Cascades for BB10, love typing on my Q10, and love writing tutorials to help other Cascades developers!

In my own little world, I like to think I have made good money off this hobby. Not enough to live off but enough to go on a weekend trip with the wife "for free" every so often. :)

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Kevin Michaluk

Amen Brian. And we love you for all the posts. Keep em coming!

Weekend Coder on CrackBerry

EchoesFX

Your work on custom Cascades layouts was great! Thanks again for making it public :) I used it to make an orange themed Internet radio app that matches my Z10 case :)

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za_berry

Thanks guys, all you fellow BlackBerry developers, we wouldn't have such an awesome phone if it weren't for you.

Let's hope carrier Billing comes to South Africa soon so we can easily buy apps and support the developers out there.

Regards

Zaheer

Posted from my awesome HUB enabled  Z10

NemOry

I love BlackBerry 10. And will always make native apps to support!!! Keep moving.

Posted via BlackBerry 10.3

miguel89to

Question..

So if many people make a CB app, which one will be the one going to BB World?

Posted via CB10 app with my trusty Z10

rickster2611

BlackBerry should be saying this.

They're conspicuously silent on the developer front .

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oddboy

Coding for BlackBerry 10 is fun! I'm a hobbyist, and if I can do it, anyone can!

BRON: a cron-like scheduler for BlackBerry 10. http://apps.oddelement.com

Rootbrian

Native is great! I hope to see more coming soon. :) (always checking blackberry world before anything APK is looked for)

Posted via CrackBerry 10 (CB10) application using my BlackBerry Q10.

chrispmoto

Awesome!!

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masterful

Than you

 Slicing using my 

BlackAsBerry

Thank you all, and keep up the good work!

lchampagnie

I have to say thanks to the Alicia Erlich and the CrackBerry team for posting up the great review of my app TodoMate, and when the code gets published to Github for the CB10 app i'm going to jump in and see if I can add features and or fix bugs. But with so much support i'm sure it will be a battle :D

MisterShark

Hey SuperCell: you listening?

How about some Clash of Clans for BB10!

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bradpromac

Great post, thank you to all the great BlackBerry developers that make our devices more enjoyable!

AmaZ30ed

muddberry

BB10 is a great OS. Thanks to those dev making good quality app.

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KQSoft

I am developer of native apps: TrackMyStuff, CarManager apps.Thanks CrackBerry for the article and thanks users for your support.

Question to CrackBerry:
How do i submit app for review on CrackBerry.

Thanks.

Alicia Erlich

Hi KQSoft! Pleasure to meet you. You can refer to this page to submit for reviews. http://crackberry.com/news-tips. Also your apps have made it into the roundup at these links. http://crackberry.com/blackberry-app-roundup-january-10-2014 http://crackberry.com/blackberry-app-roundup-november-8-2013

KQSoft

Thanks. Appreciate it. Will use the link for future apps.

Thanks again.

tonyblaze

i didn't know "coverage" was free :|

toppatoptobz

Shout out to the BB10 Devs!

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Artak Muradov

Just bought battery booster. I hope that it is useful. Keep bringing us great apps, we will even pay for it.

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wincyUt

Hats off to all BlackBerry App Developers.

miktro

Thank you very much.. keep up the good work.

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ANTIABE

Respect!

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bigjman

With all these awesome independent developers making native apps and talking about how much they love making them, I don't understand why the major app makers don't "get it" like these developers do.

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ksantor

Because BB10 devs are mainly enthusiasts, and big names are marketing and money only.

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Prem WatsApp

Is it gonna be open sourced, under what licence?

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Carruthers

Great post, and thx to all the developers working hard to make bb10 a better mobile platform for us all. Cant wait to see the new and improved Crackberry app too! Keep up all the great work everyone.

Sent from my Z10. Or was it my Q10? Either way, it was sent from an awesome phone.

Kevmobile

And please also accept my big thank you, developers for BB10. I like to keep my Z30 "pure" and your great work allows me to do that. I don't need to use up space with Snap (although I know that app is also much appreciated) I'd buy more of your apps, but BlackBerry only gave us 16GB of space for everything. And thank you for your attentive updating and especially those of you supporting both the Qs and Zs and headless.

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wagz56

Keep it going love Blackberry!

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tonyblaze

Kevin, thanks to you too!!
I would have left the BB10 platform if it wasn't for CrackBerry... now i have about 8 BFB apps and still making more...

dev. of "Data Usage Counter", "Dayly" and the rest...

Dave Bourque

About time Kevin. I was not pleased on the hypocrisy of not supporting your own CB10 app but whine about the lack of BB10 support at the same time. Keep it real.

Z10STL100-3/10.2.1.2141

ejaazidris

It's true... in a recent survey...ahem...I put down that quite honestly I mostly visit and ultimately buy an app because I read it on CrackBerry

Posted via CB10 on my Z10

Cory Welsh

Thanks. Great job

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Forbes Gray

So delighted to get a Built For BlackBerry stamp for this. http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/43684889
Native the next goal, but amazing what you can achieve in a few hours with the WebWorks SDK with no previous experience.

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Herbie52

I would live to have a Pixlr-o-matic native app. The android app works good with editing pics but I cant take a picture. Please bring this to BlackBerry!

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ezubeBB2013

Thanks to all the developers! i definitely prefer 'built for BlackBerry' apps and rarely download any others.

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jginel

It would be nice if you can get MLH Software to release an OS10 version of Blurts. That was my number one app since I'm usually on my computer. Damn, that app is PRIMO!!!

scorepion

Same here

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richard_s1881

I laugh at this post.

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Killjoyhere

Me too!

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digitladestined

Developers are greatly appreciated...thanks to all!!

Posted using my awesome Z10

BerryRipe

I'm loving all the positive vibe lately! BlackBerry depends on us users to build the company back up and the only way to do that it is to be positive.

 BlackBerry Q10 

JohnnyTwo-Shoes

Yes, Thank you very much!

Posted via CB10 on my Z30!

ksantor

Open source CB10! That's awesome!

Kevin, I think you have to prepare for overwhelming amount of pull requests on GitHub :) Wll gladly contribute myself too!

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Shannon Stauffer

Thank you developers for all your time and work put in!!!! Also looking forward to the CB update!

OS STL100-4/10.2.1.2122 on Verizon Z10

Ovogame

You're welcome Kevin. All my games are native (Ovogame) and I can confirm that being feature on CrackBerry is a big deal, so thanks to CrackBerry too.

Anilu7

Thanks to all BB10 devs! I prefer native apps and am always looking for new ones. Thanks to the reviewers, Alicia and DJ!

Pete The Penguin

This IS a turnaround for Kevin... In my book, better late than never.

But, while "many hands make light work, too many cooks spoil the broth" - this could be brilliant or a disaster.

IMHO, picking the top 5 BB10 coders could have been a better option.

potatoguy

I don't get why some good name app developers will develop for BlackBerry, but the big name app developers like instagram ,Netflix etc won't develop?

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Pete The Penguin

There's no money in it for them plus BlackBerry can't throw money at them either.

Schmurf

Personally, I prefer to use native apps and focus on Built for Blackberry apps in particular. I don't sideload Android apps (I have no need for them) and I try to avoid ported versions of Android apps. Go native I say!

FireChestDotCom

Nice article!

Remember that with BlackBerry 10, "the glass is half full". And there remains so much opportunity for dev's to make a real difference.

TXBBguy

Yes, we love native BB 10 apps. Way better than crappy android apps

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stlscott18

I just downloaded three of your apps! Thanks for the BlackBerry support

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canuckbear

Add me to the list of folks who appreciate their efforts.

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