The top social apps for BlackBerry 10

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By James Richardson on 24 Feb 2014 02:12 pm EST
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When it comes to social applications for BlackBerry 10 we've pretty much got access to them all now since OS 10.2.1 allows for the easy installation of Android APK's. Of course, there are a few that will automatically be at the top of the list - such as BBM, Facebook, Twitter, foursquare and LinkedIn - all of which are native to BlackBerry 10. 

Most of us will be more than acquainted with the aforementioned ones so I'm not going to bore you with more information on those. There are however a nice selection of social apps - many of which we have featured in detail here on CrackBerry, but all of which are worth considering a download depending on your needs. 

Let's get social. 

 

Blaq

 

Blaq

When it comes to an alternative to the native Twitter app for BlackBerry 10 you can't really get much better than Blaq. With full Hub integration for notifications, it offers more features than the native version and also gives your Twitter timeline a totally different look and feel. Introduced in the last update was a light theme but the black one looks awesome and will be kinder on your battery. 

With real time Twitter streaming, BBM integration and easy gesture based controls for retweeting/replying etc the whole Blaq experience is quite beautiful. It may cost you a few bucks but it's money well worth spending if you ask me. 

More information/Download Blaq for BlackBerry 10

 

QuickPost

 

The name of the app is very apt with this one. Every wanted to post the same status update to more than one social account? You can with QuickPost and it works a treat. 

Once the app is open you just type in the text you wish to share and select from the five tabs at the top of the screen which services you wish the post to go to. These include: BBM, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and your BBM Channel. You also have the option to attach a file and there are on-screen tabs for # & @ to make life easier for you. 

All in all, a real gem of an social app. 

More information/Download QuickPost for BlackBerry 10

 

Skype

 

If you're not familiar with Skype you must have had your head in the clouds. The BlackBerry 10 version does a great job of allowing you to message and phone friends around the world at no cost. 

The only downside I find with Skype is the notifications are not very loud. The app is an Android port and I suspect this is the reason why. With BlackBerry 10 being over a year old now I doubt we'll see a native BB10 version but to be honest it's not really as urgent now as we have cross platform BBM which allows for the same features and more. For many folk though it will still be a must have app to live on your BlackBerry. 

More information/Download Skype for BlackBerry 10

 

iGrann

 

If you want Instagram on your BlackBerry 10 device you can do so thanks to the easy loading now of Android APK's. However, I choose to use iGrann instead which has been natively built for BlackBerry 10. If offers all the same features as Instagram but just with a BlackBerry feels to it. 

Uploading images is just as simple and in fact I dig the fact that with iGrann you can use the photo editing software that is baked in BlackBerry 10. It doesn't offer as many filter options as Instagram but for ease of use I love it. 

With the tabs at the base of the display you have instant access to your feed, searching, uploading, notifications and your profile - which you can edit if you need to. With notifications getting pushed into the BlackBerry Hub it's as good as you can get if you ask me. 

More information/Download iGrann for BlackBerry 10

 

Whine

 

Like with Instagram, if you want Vine on your BlackBerry you can load up the Android version. Once again though, I prefer a native BlackBerry 10 app - Whine which we took a look at on video a short while back. 

As far as I can tell it does everything that Vine does, but we get a beautiful black and green user interface and it feels a bit more tailored to us BlackBerry 10 folk than the Android version. 

If you don't currently use Vine this is good reason to start. It's free too which always goes down well! 

More information/Download Whine for BlackBerry 10

 

Neatly

 

Last but not least is Neatly which is another Twitter application for BlackBerry 10. Although Neatly doesn't support notifications to the BlackBerry Hub it does offer users a huge amount of customization in terms of what you want to view on Twitter. 

Here's just a few of the tweaks you can make: 

  • Customize your timeline  - Have the similar updates into separate single timelines.
  • Weed out the irrelevant topics and updates aside.   
  • Maximize your social productivity
  • Select the users you are feeling only attached to.
  • Filter out each topic according to list of users.
  • Get important hashtags and sources closer to you.
  • Get more info about any twitter user through extended profile view.  
  • Put spammers aside.
  • Mute the annoying users on your following list.
  • Mute the sources and hashtags that teases you. 

Once again - with a nice Black UI and ease of use you may want to consider looking at Neatly a bit more in depth. 

More information/Download Neatly for BlackBerry 10

 

That's a wrap

There we have it - some nice alternatives to the social apps that most of us first think of. Are you favoring any we've missed off our list? Feel free to let us know your favorites in the comments. 

59 comments

Dan-AddictedtoBB

Blaq is definitely my *first* choice for Twittering!

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TrueKulcha

Because of blaq I had to wipe my phone owing to some annoying notifications which others have also experienced as noted in the Z30 blog

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blackberry008

Where is the post about the big iOS7 security flaw, it's all over the news here in Toronto.

BlackBerry 10 - Built to keep you moving

BerryRipe

I would like to know more!

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Sean CueTen

My school (Drexel University) just released a newsletter saying something about this. It goes: "On Friday, February 21st, Apple revealed that a serious security defect was found in the operating systems for iPhones, iPads, and Macs. The defect allows others to capture and decrypt network traffic transmitted over Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, and Ethernet networks."

I'm sorry, but LOL

peter0328

I got the same Drexel email too!

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blackberry008

It's all over the news on the radio I mean

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AnotherBillJ

I don't use many social apps (other than the stock BlackBerry Facebook app) but Blaq works quite well for my limited use with it.

Cheers. :)

BB Adict

"There we have it - some nice alternatives to the social apps that most of us first think of....."

Is this supposed to be reporting, or blind biased opinion? Interestingly, two of the most mentioned and thought of apps are Facebook and Whatsapp. Whether we like them or not not, that is a different story.

Blackberry always.....

kscribs

I have yet to meet someone who even knows what whatsapp is

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BB Adict

Only 450 million people bro. Facts are facts. Whether you like the platform or not.

Blackberry always.....

kscribs

I don't have an opinion at all about it, I'm just saying what I know about it

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kennyiceberry

Ha ha. No offence mate but you must be over 55!

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TrueKulcha

I think he was joking but on a serious note WhatsApp is not the be all and end all. I have deleted that crap since it got close to BBM being released on cross platform.

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kscribs

In dead serious. Nobody at my school, in my town, or anyone else I know, uses whatsapp.

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Prem WatsApp

Did you get anyone on BBM then?

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

TrueKulcha

All my "important" contacts are now on bbm.

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kscribs

Sort of, everybody just imessages

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kscribs

In high school

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gagrazal

for news CB10, amazing ..

Sayumi Whisp

Blaq is good better then other, but to bad that the gesture controls only work at the main screen. If you open profiles, tweets or other you have to think and use normal controls...

Really confusing.

Wenn du mir sagst, was dort draußen richtig ist, werde ich nicht mehr versuchen dich zu küssen... (Sayumi Whisp) www.sayumi.de

GregV61

I tried several Android twitter apps just to see if there was anything better. Blaq does a much better job of handling the timeline, appearance is better, and if the others have any other features, I did not find any that I wanted.

kscribs

Blaq is awful. Used to be able to put up with its shortcomings (ugly, can't see favorites on a tweet) but his integrated doesn't work at all for me

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kennyiceberry

+10. I never got round to drinking the Kool Aid on Blaq myself. It looks great but acts sub-par.

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jojo beaconsfield

Thanks,you're the spitting image of your father,lol

kennyiceberry

This reminds me, I have been meaning to ask something. Since BB10 Facebook 'needs some work' to put it politely, I'm curious about the Android version.

Anyone using FB for Android on their BlackBerry 10 device and cares to share some opinions on it? Cheers.

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1roguecanuck

Social apps without BBM? Really?

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Stomps01

+1 lol

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FeitaInc

Did you even read what he wrote?

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Stomps01

I missed that the first time....
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There it's all better now....

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5parkey

Ubersocial for Twitter Android app
WHERE is BBM ?

rngeek

Blaq is definitely my favorite Twitter client. The stock Twitter app can be better in a dark theme. The problem with using Android ports is that when sharing something it wants to share to another Android app.

bvinceb

Hey OP why Quick Post and not Polar?

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Detective M Downs

Polarbear doesn't allow you to attach files to share.

setset

BlackBerry is giving Windows Phone a native bbm app but they can't return the favor for skype? That's why people hate you. A company with endlessly deep pockets but cheap as hell.

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FeitaInc

No.. it's because the objective for Skype is to make money for Microsoft, as is the case for BBM for BlackBerry. And then there's such a thing as opportunity cost.

There's not tit for tat.. bah..

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Bacon Munchers

TAT on BBM. Would that be something....

nucks26

Blaq is no better than the native twitter honestly

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TimeLikeInfinity

Loving iGrann, looks really good when the dark theme is selected. Double tapping on screen to like a photo is great. Swiping left to right on the screen to go to previous displayed screen makes live so easy :)

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za_berry

I thought Polar would be worth a mention

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omega supreme

I used to like Ubersocial more than the others and I had to sideload the android version and was working relatively well until this past Jan. Now it doesn't update and gives an error banner at the top of the screen. Not sure what happened. But it was better than the regular twitter for sure.... and I don't get what the deal is with vine or whine since you can upload videos to instagram anyway so what's the point?

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93Aero

Thanks for the post, where can one get that black screen saver.

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conniespivey

I liked the post as well. Also liked the background theme, where can it be obtained?

victor1998

I whant snapchat but cant get it when are you guys going to be able to have it need it very bad plz get thank you

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christoph77

Great post!!

C0038297E Quote of the Day (BBM Channel)

mjgallaway

These are all weak in my opinion

07thking

I have all but whine :)

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Bacon Munchers

Top social Apps for BlackBerry:

BBM, BBMX, Channels... did I miss any?

Nope.

Upcoming top social apps (period):

See above.

chaddeus

I love Skype but still doesn't allow me to control the app security settings. I hate it when my contact list is integrated to my current contact list.

vgorous

How is reddit not in this.

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WhiteBerry

The Skype app is terrible how can they even put it on this list?!

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afe603

Where is my LINE app
Using android App suck, cannot add friend and now after update the BB10 is LINE is all mess up

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claireberry

Love the iGrann..

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DiegoSantana909

I think I will try out Whine

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alips ash

hye , may i know how to get actual size picture on igrann without cropping ? or is there any app for blackberry just like instasize on android , thank you very much

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grimreaper420

I'd like to thank @CrackBerry for this article.
I ended up grabbing Blaq (before this article) tested Neatly, bought Quickpost, not a fan of Whine.
Installed Skype that's a given, everyone uses that app.
Thumbs up for iGrann (Instagram)
Keep up the good work guys:)

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JustinJ444

Interesting thanks! i'll diffidently try some! Do you know if meetey.com is available on blackberry?

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