Toshl brings friendly financial management to BlackBerry 10

Yes, it's an Android port. Here's why it still deserves a spot on your BlackBerry.

Toshl for BlackBerry 10
By Michelle Haag on 9 May 2013 11:41 am EDT

Some of you may be familiar with Toshl as they have an app for legacy BlackBerry devices. You may also know that back in August of 2012, development of the Toshl BlackBerry app was discontinued. Though the app was still available and worked fine, no further updates were planned. There were several reasons behind that decision, all reasonable and really not anything we hadn't heard before from several other companies. Fast forward nine months, and to our surprise, Toshl has released a BlackBerry 10 app into BlackBerry World! I was curious what brought about the decision to resume development for BlackBerry and reached out to Toshl CEO Matic Bitenc for some insight.

The easy porting from Android was a large factor since there's a lot less overhead in supporting another platform this way. We've also had quite a lot of feedback from BlackBerry fans around the world wanting the BlackBerry app and even porting themselves once we provided the Android APK. The Slovenian BlackBerry representative was also helpful in providing a testing device so we could do some testing on our own.

Generally it was pretty smooth sailing, but we do wish BlackBerry would update their emulator middleware to a newer version of Android. That would make it a lot smoother for the end users as well and enable support for the latest and greatest apps.

A potential future native BB10 Toshl app mostly depends on how well BlackBerry 10 is received in the market in general. We're not a large company and we have to choose very carefully where we focus our resources. So no native BB10 app is currently in the works, but we'll see what the future brings.

So yes, for those of you that keep track, this version of Toshl is not native, it's an Android port. I know for some BlackBerry users that's a deal breaker. Some of you may choose to avoid Android ports, even when they work perfectly fine and provide everything a native app would provide. For some companies who have only a couple of developers, an Android port is the best they can offer at this time. Many of them are using the metrics from these early downloads to weigh the interest in their app to help them decide if making a native app is worth the time and money involved. Because of this, the way I see it anyway, not downloading apps you're interested in solely because they are Android ports isn't helping the platform at all.

Everyone needs to manage their finances, and more and more these days it's important to have access to all of your information wherever you are. But let's be honest, budgeting and balancing your income and expenses is not really at the top of anyone's list of favorite activities. When a free app comes along that makes financial management not only easy, but also adds a whimsical element (native or port aside), how could you not want to use it? Download Toshl, give it a try, and let's show these companies that BlackBerry development is indeed worth their time and effort.

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Toshl brings friendly financial management to BlackBerry 10


Great that we're getting Toshl specifically due to BlackBerry10's ability to run ported apps, however I have to go admit, it would be so much nicer to see it native. I hope the market drives this push and we see more native BB10 apps being rolled out.

Look someone tell Kevin to fix this big with my avatar not appearing in this comments section. I don't know why it does that.

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Mine stopped working after the 1st week yet I see it on my profile page.

Posted via CB10 from my Z10 or PlayBook!

+1. I know BlackBerry is working hard but I am getting worried about their delay in deliver important updates.

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This does nothing to tell us what the app does and what its strengths and weaknesses are. . . After reading the title I was more expecting an app review.

Quick rundown from the app description on BB World:

★ Expense tracker
- track expenses and incomes with ease
- incredibly quick & intuitive expense entry
- set up repeating expenses and incomes to organize your bills
- export your expense reports into PDF, Excel, Google Docs and CSV

★ Budget keeper
- easy and versatile budgeting
- track spending and make budgets for specific tags
- compare the rate of your spending with the time of the month
- one-time budget, daily budget, weekly budget, bi-weekly budget, monthly budget, yearly budget
- move remaining funds to the next budget
- learn from your budget history

★ Bill organizer
- reminder for your bills as they become due
- plan family bills for upcoming months and know how much your family can spend
- note when you need to repay your loans

★ Travel companion and currency converter
- works with any currency
- track your spending and budget your travel
- convert foreign currencies
- daily updated exchange rates for top 160 currencies
- enter custom exchange rates

★ Finances on multiple devices
- automatically syncs with multiple devices and
- access your personal finances from anywhere, just log in
- track family finances with other family members in the same account

★ More graphs & backup on
- manage your finances on the big screen
- visualize your finances with infographics
- your data is automatically backed up and saved

★ Keep it safe and private
- use a passcode to lock the app

★ Toshl Pro
The Toshl Finance app is free to use, but there are more features and capabilities available with Toshl Pro that can be purchased.
Toshl Pro - $1.99 monthly subscription
Toshl Pro - $19.99 yearly subscription

You get:
- multiple budgets
- multiple monthly incomes & repeating incomes
- more export options (PDF, Excel, Google Docs & monthly email reports)
- more cool graphs on the web
- search on the web

A bit different from (prev Pageonce) and Mint, but those two do most/all I need, and are free, NOT subscription. Yuck.

Well, they have native QML version I used on N9. And it would definitely work better than Android one but I understand resources limitations. I'm using sideloaded version for a month now.

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I knew I saw mention of QML before BB10 somewhere. I'm VERY curious how easy it is to port or if a simple installation of an Q based N9 app would work on BB10. Hmm time to dig around.

QT wasn't it?

Very good point! The ports are crucial right now to get the platform going to eventually get native apps! Positive feedback loop. Smart strategy.

And also, yes, it would be nice to get a little more info on the app itself while we're at it...

I'm all for supporting the developers willing to port over an app to test the waters. The more downloads the more they'll see the demand. Will also put pressure on BlackBerry to keep updating the Android player.

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I've downloaded it, and using it - it is a great free app, and it runs really well. Smooth, and does what I need!

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I've suffered with BlackBerry thru the hard times. And im still here. So I think it's fair to ask for RIM to push for a Native CitiBank app. It would make my life soo much easier. Until then, this financial app is pretty good. I'll keep supporting....

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I download and use Android apps. It's better than nothing. Sometimes there is very little difference (other times it's huge, like Taptu's social sharing and browser opening). Then I usually review and have a general rule that I won't give 5 stars to a port.

Is there a way to buy the pro version without going to Google play store? I do have a android tablet and can buy it through there but I want it on my Z10 and I'm not sure if doing that will automatically make my Z10 version into Pro? Please advise....

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Coincidentally, I was just looking through Blackberry World yesterday for an app to track my checkbook balance. I gave up. There are gobs of personal banking apps but without looking at each one there is no way to know if it is designed for Blackberry 10. Backpaging after looking at description would take me back to the top of the list even though I had gone through several pages of "load more". Annoying.

I had assumed that any app that listed Blackberry 10 devices was native. Apparently not. Toshi is currently trending in Blackberry World but this article says it is an Android port. How does one determine then if an app is native BB?

But I digress. When the Q ever hits the U.S. I will be looking for an app that will simply track my bank balances. I don't want it to link to my institution. I don't want that kind of sensitive information on my phone. I just want to keep a running balance and enter transactions manually.

Further, I don't want to be required to allow access to my phone by the app, as I read in some reviews was required by some apps but, for privacy concerns, seems completely unnecessary. I also want it to be native BB10. I have no interest in Android apps that might bug up my phone.

It would be nice if Crackberry did a little roundup of personal banking apps for BB10 as they have done for other app categories.

Tags are removed automatically if there are no expenses using it. You can also edit them in the settings. For mass removal or merging tags, you can go on, but if you're just starting out you most likely don't need that.

No offense. In don't want your Android app. BlackBerry should discontinue all spend on marketing competitive platforms. What a dumb idea.

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