View webpages directly from the Hub with Card Browser

View webpages directly from the Hub with Card Browser
By DJ Reyes on 21 May 2014 11:24 am EDT

The Hub is one of the biggest and best features of BlackBerry 10. The place where all your messsages go. You don't even need to open a separate for some things. Twitter messages, Facebook messages, BBMs and more can all open within the Hub to make things more efficient. One developer has developed an app will allow you to also view webpages within the Hub. Currently, tapping on a link from the Hub, or anywhere for that matter, will open up the web Browser. But if you want that seamless experience and want to view that link within the Hub then look no further than Card Browser.

Card Browser will download as an app but once you set things up, you don't really need to open it up again in the future. To get all set up, just tap and hold on a link from within the Hub, then tap Open in, from the next screen menu select Card Browser, also check the box against Set as default app beforehand if you want to use Card Browser for this purpose every time in the future. Once that's done, you're set.

Card Browser is not meant to replace the native Browser, it is more of a supplement to your browsing experience.

Card Browser features

  • Navigate forward
  • Navigate backward
  • Refresh the webpage

There are other features available by upgrading to the Pro version of Card Browser. The Pro version gives you the option to use Reader mode, for those you like to use this feature for reading longer articles without the clutter of ads and all the rest

Other Pro features

  • Toggle between Desktop and Mobile Browsing
  • Add Current page to your BlackBerry 10 Homescreen
  • Reader mode
  • Search words/phrases on webpage
  • Open in Browser option

I've been using it a long and is definitely worth a download. Even to just check it out to see if it's for you. If you like it, it's also worth the Pro version.

Card Browser is available for all BlackBerry 10 devices and is free to download. The Pro version costs $1.99.

Learn more / Download Card Browser for BlackBerry 10

Reader comments

View webpages directly from the Hub with Card Browser


I see a trend.

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  )  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new  BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5), son! The holy grail of phones! Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! LOL! #longestsignatureever

It's not strictly headless, it doesn't run when it's not being used, but rather uses invocation and card pooling handled by the OS.

But yes, it is always accessible, and without any potential for battery drain that headless apps have.

My concern is Hub clutter. How many apps will post to the Hub, before it becomes stacked with notices.

BB Proud

You don't see it in the Hub as an item. It just comes into action when you open a link

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Good exposure. I have downloaded the app and will most likely continue to use it as it works quite good without any lag etc.

This is one of those apps that may not make sense to a lot of users until they actually download it.

Even the free version is more than worthwhile, if only because it opens links WAAAAY faster than opening them in the stock browser. VERY nicely done.

This is a brilliant app. Like many others, I'm sure, I went Pro within 5 minutes of trying the app. Nicely done, developers!

Cheers. :)

Posted via CB10

Very good app! Great addition, surprised BlackBerry themselves never did it!

It should be noted that if the browser is locked from parental settings it is still accessible using this. So if you locked the browser for your kids or whatever just be aware of this.

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Yes, but so that you don't have to long press all the time, set Card Browser as default and you can just tap it next time.

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That's something BlackBerry should have thought of. Same problem in Channels. Links to website should open within BBM and not in an external browser.

My personal take: Hub is fragile enough as it is, I don't want anything else complicating matters. And I prefer to control things centrally, ie have my browsing history in one place, my ability to enable/disable/clear cookies in one place, etc.*

I agree that it sounds handy, I just see too many users complaining of problems with Hub as it is. ;)

*(Though since this is probably just using the built-in web viewer thing or whatever it's called in BB10, I'd surmise that it shares cookies/history with the native browser anyway. Not sure how that works.)

It uses a built-in webview and just like using the standard browser, clicking on a link in an email will reveal your location, age, sex, food preferences, income, etc. to the people sending you the email. Would be better if the people making alternative browsers could offer that web card feature to those wanting to save a couple of seconds.

The app is independent of the stock BB10 browser. The only information it can share is information you yourself enter, or information liked to your location (IP address, etc) that any browser will reveal.

As far as other browsers including the feature, IMO (as the developer lol) this is something BlackBerry should have included in the stock OS. But they didn't, hence the need for the app :)

Ah, yes, it's just like an HTML5 app, it's sandboxed and has its own cookies, storage, etc.

You have an opportunity here to build a safe web viewer, blocking all scripts, trackers, ads, etc. and uncloaking URLs via an anonymous proxy for people who don't want t be tracked via newsletters.

Install a script blocker in your desktop browser and you'll be amazed at how many cloud services track what you're doing online.
Crackberry alone uses half a dozen of those...

The Electronic Frontier Foundation will soon launch an interesting tool to help noobs fight this disease, even on mobile via Firefox mobile (works on 10.3)

HTTP Switchboard is awesome, but way too complicated for most people.

This app is actually really useful, I'm not able to buy the pro features though? It's not allowing the purchase

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I didn't get it. I read the article. I read the synopsis of the app in BlackBerry World. I looked at each of the picture previews. I didn't get it.
I downloaded. I opened a link with it and set it as default. Now I get it.
What an app!

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Why would I want to use two browsers? I see only Contras:
- the history won't be searchable;
- my bookmarks won't be accessible and I can't add new ones;

Is this browsing via a new browser at least somewhat quicker?

Opening links sent to you will be much faster. It's not intended for general browsing, but rather for quickly opening links :)

This works like a charm! It took all of about 5 minutes to upgrade to the Pro version! I'm very pleased with it.

Posted via CB10 on my BlackBerry Z30