Viigo Project Tango 2nd Public Beta Now Available

Viigo Beta
By Kevin Michaluk on 7 Aug 2008 12:40 pm EDT
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The good folks at Viigo opened up the second public beta of Viigo's Project Tango today. In case you're a newcomer to the BlackBerry world and that first sentence sounds a bit "greek" to you, you can learn about Viigo here and the first Public Beta here.

What's new in the second beta? Two new services have been added: US Elections and Beijing 2008. Minor improvements have also been made to existing services, including Entertainment, Weather and Stocks. Sorry guys and gals... no podcasts yet (speaking of podcasts - apologies for the delays in getting a new CB podcast up. We're going to get one recorded soon!).

More details and screen caps after the jump. And if you want to give the second beta a try, just point your berry's browser to getviigo.com/beta

Viigo Project Tango Second Public Beta Improvements

from Viigo...

Elections 2008

Viigo Beta

Viigo now sports one-stop coverage of the U.S. Presidential Election Campaign with polls, commentary and breaking news all wrapped into one service. You can follow which candidate is leading the campaign trail to the White House from a blend of news, blogs, and poll results from a variety of sources (CNN, BBC, NBC, FOX, Associated Press, Yahoo!, and more). We will be adding lots to this service over the next few weeks including coverage of senate and house races.

Beijing 2008

With the Beijing 2008 service you can get comprehensive, day-by-day, sport-by-sport coverage of the games. Follow the latest news and results on your favorite sports, receive a summary of today's medal results, review a list of all upcoming events by day, and stay on top of the up-to-the-minute medal count, country by country. From the most popular events such as swimming, soccer, gymnastics and basketball to the more unique events showcased in Beijing such as steeple-chase and slalom kayaking, no matter what sport you want to follow or what country you root for, Viigo will deliver you the information you want, regardless of time zone. The images below obviously contain test data!

Weather

Viigo Beta

We have augmented the Viigo weather service to now include extended forecasts, satellite and radar images and highs and lows for the day.

Sports
Viigo's improved sports service gives you up-to-the-minute sport scores, standings, and schedules for your favorite teams.

  • PGA/LPGA: Real-time leaderboard updates for tournaments currently underway
  • NASCAR: Race results, Sponsor and Driver Standings
  • INDY CAR: Race results, Sponsor and Driver Standings
  • FORMULA 1: Race Results, Constructor and Driver Standings
  • MLB: Live scores, Standings
  • CFL: Live scores, Ticket Sales, Standings & News
  • NFL: Live scores, Standings (available when the season starts)
  • Premier League: Live scores, Standings (available when the season starts)
  • NHL: Live scores, Standings (available when the season starts)
  • NBA: Live scores, Standings (available when the season starts)

Entertainment
You can still download and buy the latest Blackberry mobile games from bPlay, but you can also now keep track of your favorite Hollywood goings on.

Soon, we'll be providing access to movie showtimes, reviews, etc. By the way, you can now also add or remove any of the entertainment feeds.

Markets
With the stocks service, you can keep track of the performance of the markets, and get insights from a series of specially selected market feeds. Soon, you'll even be able to track the performance of your own portfolio.

Under the covers, the second beta has a number of important memory improvements, but we've really only scratched the surface here, and have a lot more in store for the later in the month at public launch in September

Topics: BlackBerry Apps

21 comments

Anonymous

Great app, but I wish they would fix the incorrect date issue in the weather service.

pipera

I Uninstalled it....did they fix the horrible memory problem???

enstorck

Does anyone know if they fixed the horrible battery drain issue in the first public beta? It was killing my battery way to fast so I had to uninstall it. I wish I still had it on my berry but I do not want to have to buy an extended battery just to use it.

Mark Ruddock

You are totally correct about the silly weather date issue (day and date were sometimes one day off) and it should now be fixed.

As for battery and memory, this beta release is a lot better on both accounts.
We have about 10,000 people now running the beta every day, and reports of both of those issues have dropped materially. We're not done yet however, as we have aggressive targets regarding both memory and battery efficiency for the full release in September. People often tell us that Viigo is the most commonly used app on their BlackBerry after eMail, and we take that responsibility pretty seriously.

I want to thank those folks who have taken the time to use Viigo's built in suggestions service to report their feature requests/suggestions (and bugs) ... all your input is reviewed by the product team, and many of your ideas are now in the queue for upcoming releases ... oh, and yes, NFL is coming :-)

And finally, I'd like to put out a call for mobile developers (who don't work for our partner RIM) and who are looking to code in a fun, challenging and fast paced environment, to contact jobs@viigo.com. We're growing faster than we can fill the positions.

Mark Ruddock
CEO
Viigo

monkeejones

I can't get the dl to work. It just takes me to a page describing Viigo features.

Grant K

Have you tried moving your pointer over the download button in grey?

JDL99

Check to see if your browser is emulating Internet Explorer, we may be assuming that you are on your desktop. If it is set to IE please change it to BlackBerry temporarily, download Viigo, and then set it back.

We'll look into making this better.

JD
Viigo

monkeejones

Do you mean the direct download button? It only links me to a similar page with no grey button.

Magnus_Z

Where is the killer feature of project Tango? Podcasts! As a Blackberry podcasts listener the offer are currently extremely poor. Hopefully in beta 3?

JDL99

It's close and we're working feverishly on it but we didn't think was quite ready to see the light of day. Stay tuned for the next beta.

Thanks for your feedback.

JD

Anonymous

When I go to load an account or update I keep getting the message "the account has been sent to another account". What is that nonsense all about.. it happened on the first beta as well. Their tech guys had no clue. Once again, it was time to uninstall. Come on guys... get it right.. even the Beta should work to some degree!!

branbenji

I Love the Viigo it is program that I will not go with out. I think the issues that are there are small and will hopefully improve in time. I feel kinda dumb sometimes cause I have to read all the stuff to understand how to work it. After the first day of work it seems that the program will be only better with time. How can we get updates on the new BETA when it is available. When it comes to sports do not forget Hockey. The Red Wings Rule.

Guy from SU

I'm unable to change my password, wont go past the "loading" screen when trying to do this.

Also it seems to be making my berry very laggy. I'm going to do one more battery pull before remove this beta version.

deceive

The date is still a day off in my weather section. FYI
running on a pearl 8100 with 4.5.0.55

otherwise, great product. Looking forward to the final.
Thanks again

artisticme

My weather is still off by a day as well. (8830, OS 4.2.2).

But aside from that, I love the new content added with this beta release. Cheers.

UPDATE: My weather is now showing the correct dates. :-)

timnicholson

I've submitted all this in even more detail to the folks at Viigo, but wanted to post here and see if people agree. I've been using Freerange and its full-screen mode is great. I get that Viigo is free and probably will display ads in the header, but the footer could probably be dropped and when viewing an article, the article title doesn't need to be duplicated and I'd put the author and date at the very end.

Also, the non-standard navigation shortcuts are killing me. I really, really, really want to see Viigo use the same shortcuts as the built-in BB email / web browser. Maybe they make sense on a full QWERTY, but on a Pearl 2/8 should move up/down a line, 3/9 should page up/down, etc.

I do really like how great the home screen looks with the colors and icons and I love how it takes the raw RSS data for weather, stocks, etc. and spruces it up. Keep up the great work guys.

pcassano

Where do I find the link to download? Do I need to delete the original beta first?

Kevin Michaluk

getviigo.com/beta on your berry

doktrgroove

I keep getting an error related to JAR size when I try to install the new version. I've already remooved the old beta. Hope they fix it soon.

Paul S

You guys have simply done an AMAZING job of re-working your GUI and layout.
Some people will just NEVER understand that a Beta Project is exactly what it says : a small release to the private/public to get the kinks worked out and to gather likes and dislikes both to improve upon so that the FINAL RELEASE is something we ALL can be proud of and use on a daily basis.
Viigo is in one word : ASTOUNDING !!!
not only is it my favorite app, but also my "go to" for ALL info involving MY interests, wheteher they be the latest BB news or the new war in Georgia.
I applaud you guys for the outstanding job you are doing in providing us users a fine, enjoyable and extremely useful application.
And for those who like to bitch: Viigo has included in their app a bitch section, so bitch away!
I. on the other hand, am Greatly enjoying this new version of my Favorite BB app!

wallyp

I have a curve 8330 with 4.3 OS but the download link says it doesn't recognize my OS and wants me to choose 4.0, 4.2 or Bold? Help, please.