Wikitude Places beta now available in BlackBerry World

By Bla1ze on 14 May 2013 12:52 pm EDT

If you look through the CrackBerry forums there is no shortage of folks that have been asking for Wikitude for BlackBerry 10. Wikitude was kind enough to let us know they were working on an app a while ago and with BlackBerry Live kicking off they've announced the availability of Wikitude Places beta for BlackBerry 10. Offering up a new UI, using Wikitude will allow you to discover things around you in a new way:

  • Sights - Visiting a new area and need to know what's around to check out? Wikitude will help you find all the best tourist attractions around.
  • Restaurants - Need to find a place to eat? Just open Wikitude and let it do the work for you. You'll be able to view what's nearby and share spots you find.
  • Hotels - If you're traveling and in need of a Hotel, finding one is easy with Wikitude. You'll be able to find all local hotels around and learn more about them.

The app is available for both the BlackBerry Q10 and BlackBerry Z10 and can be picked up from BlackBerry World right now. In addition, the Wikitude SDK is also available for download and supports both the BlackBerry Z10 and the BlackBerry Q10. Keep in mid it is a beta and as noted in the description, if you have any feedback for the app, you can reach out to via their feedback email.

Learn more / Download Wikitude Places beta

Press Release

Wikitude Places beta for BB10 launched at BlackBerry Live in Orlando

As BlackBerry goes “live” with its biggest annual event in Florida tomorrow, so does “Wikitude Places beta” for BlackBerry 10. Wikitude Places beta is the first preliminary release of the next generation of Wikitude on BlackBerry’s new BB10 platform. For the very first time, this beta version shows Wikitude’s whole new UI concept and the focus on location based services such as sights, restaurants and hotels in your vicinity. Contrary to Wikitude on older platforms, this new beta release for BB10 does not yet include the full augmented reality content portfolio and the integration of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) functionalities.

“We have been working very hard to be able to launch this beta version for BlackBerry Live in Orlando and are happy to show our new UI concept on BB10 first. The Wikitude team is spinning the wheels to constantly add new features to satisfy our BlackBerry community’s expectations, especially the addition of the very popular BBM augmented reality service. So stay tuned, an app update is coming very soon”, says Martin Herdina, Wikitude’s CEO.

A few months ago Wikitude already launched the Wikitude AR SDK for BlackBerry 10, serving the BlackBerry developer community wishing to build their own augmented reality apps for the new BlackBerry 10 platform. The launch of Wikitude Places beta in BlackBerry World serves as yet another milestone to the commitment of supporting BlackBerry’s next generation operating system.

About Wikitude®

Wikitude GmbH is the creator of the world’s first mobile augmented reality (AR) platform available for smartphones, tablets and mobile eyewear devices. Wikitude has been voted “Best Augmented Reality Browser” for the past four years and “Best AR Developer Platform or Tool” in both 2011 and 2012. Its proprietary AR technology is available as an SDK for third party app development. The company is leading the international AR technology standardization by chairing the ARML 2.0 working group in the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). Wikitude® is a registered trademark of Wikitude GmbH, more information here:

Reader comments

Wikitude Places beta now available in BlackBerry World


I am amazed by all the good news coming in today Blackberry is back and stronger than ever it seems!!! Blackberry user since '09

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Who cares. I swear my fellow BlackBerry users are dinosaurs. First foursquare, now wikitude?

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The reviews will be sad but I think its awesome that the developers are letting us see this app as its being built. I'm very excited

Man that is cool that they made this for BB10. I was wondering what happened to wikitude, it was pretty good for my bold 9930... now we get to experience it on our BB10!!

Just opens camera. Shows 3 icons click on one and gives distances, no direction or map.

I'm stood in pizza hut and it says I'm 300 ft from it.

Is this is? Seems a poor app for whatever it's for.

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You know what a beta is right? It's a pre-release version of software that is used by early adopters to test the app, find bugs, etc...

Based on input from the beta testing, the company will either release an improved beta (that fixes issues discovered during the beta test) and continue the testing process or, if everything seems to be working correctly (based on reports from beta testers and their own testing), they will release a "Gold" version.

The gold version is the "real" release.

This is the beta version, not the gold release (as stated in the article).

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This is great news. The main reason I didn't use it in my bb7 was that it burnt through system resources and slowed my phone down to a crawl. Also, it used a good chunk of my app storage.

Looking forward to use it on a modern powerful blackberry like my z10. :)

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Yeah I know it's a beta - what's it supposed to do? It's gotta work though. All other beta software pretty much does with a bunch of bugs and we are a wider test group. This isn't worth testing in this state imo.

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This beta is pure garbage!! We waited a year for this!!???? I really hope the finished product offers at least at a minimal of what it did on BBOS.

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Two good news here!

1) Wikitude is working on the bb10 platform

2) they have released an SDK for any developer to benefit from the Wikitude technology!

The beta version in the app world is quite limited ; can't wait to see the SDK used in a great consumer app (having exactly the same as on the 9900 would not bother me).