Update – Hours after this post went up, a couple well known BlackBerry developers reached out to us and let us know there was a issue (See CB Forum post here) where Moog Music would delete documents in the BlackBerry Z10 device storage. This issue was resolved quickly thanks to the developer, BlackBerry and the magic of the CB Forums. The new version v188.8.131.52 cab be purchased/updated in BlackBerry World here. Likewise at the end of this post.
Animoog for BlackBerry 10 was featured during the BlackBerry Jam keynote at BlackBerry Live in Orlando, FL. Popular with many major musicians, the Animoog app enables users to create and sculpt music using a variety of sounds, timbres and effects—all in the palm of their hands.
New Berryfication BBM Channel – Now Open!
Tuesday morning at BlackBerry Live, BlackBerry announced a great new feature for BBM called BBM Channels. It’s much like a collection of mini-mobile blogs within BlackBerry Messenger. The new feature is an extension of BBM and is compatible with devices running OS 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 7.1, BlackBerry 10 & BlackBerry 10.1. Get the full scoop on BBM Channels here. You can download BBM Channels to your BlackBerry at www.blackberry.com/beta
Once you’re all set up with BBM Channels, should you prefer to give the new beta a spin you can then join our Berryfication BBM Channel here: C00045DA1 or simply scan the barcode in the image below.
We will be bringing lots of great news, giveaways, product news and much more via our BBM Channel starting tonight. If you follow either Berryfication @berryfication or myself at @rezn you know that I tend to share links to products before anyone else. There’s a couple reasons why I do this one is because developers let us know about new products, many we test via sandbox, as well I still have a couple tricks up my sleeve. So we can’t stress the importance of joining our channel to get in the know right away. I will be limiting my personal Twitter account to information after we’ve shared it on the BBM Channel. That way we can keep it a treat for our fans and avoid being uncredited on other sources.
So what are you waiting for? Join up! And enjoy!
BlackBerry New-App Wednesday – May 15th, 2013
BlackBerry let us know that the New-App Wednesday is officially out! With lots of great new products in multiple categories. A big standout for many users familiar with EA were excited to see Dead Space for BlackBerry 10. Priced at just $2.99 and maybe more fun the second time around. Dead Space is currently available for BlackBerry Z10.
Some of the other highlights that we’ve had time with include the game Little 3 Kingdoms, as well as the apps Bonfire Reader and Art Camera Native. I went through the Wednesday release and downloaded quite a few others. Check out the full scoop below.
BlackBerry Live is currently underway in Orlando, bringing together BlackBerry enthusiasts, business leaders, IT decision makers, developers and partners from around the world. Whether you’re at the show or have been streaming from home, we wanted to share the latest in BlackBerry 10 apps. Don’t miss out on this week’s latest BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 apps in BlackBerry World:
BlackBerry Z10 Apps:
Navigation & Travel:
BlackBerry Q10 Apps:
News & Information:
- · News24 (24.COM ONLINE STUDIO)
Photo & Utilities:
Lifestyle & Entertainment
- · CineTrailer (DDM Srl)
- · E! Online (E! Entertainment Television Inc.)
- · Cineplex (Cineplex Entertainment)
Navigation & Travel:
- · Sports Tracker for Q10 (Sports Tracker)
*Also available on BlackBerry Q10
BlackBerry Dev Picks of the Week:
Here are the top 5 ‘must-haves’ apps according to our developers here at BlackBerry:
- 1. Little 3 Kingdoms “Safe to say I am addicted to this game”
- 2. Who Am I: Hidden Object Adventure “My kids really enjoy this, neat clues and also has 3D graphics”
- 3. iChangi for BlackBerry 10 “Love this! Perfect for travelling”
- 4. Bonfire Reader “A must have for lovers of eBooks”
- 5. Art Camera Native “The filters on this are stunning”
Latest App News: Keep an eye out for BNL Mobile Banking, Wikitude, H&M and Endomondo apps which will be available on the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 in the upcoming weeks. Also coming soon to the BlackBerry Q10: BBVA, LFP, Zara, and CNBC Alarm Clock apps!
Finalists for the Best Built for BlackBerry App Awards will be this week at BlackBerry Live!
For a look at all BlackBerry 10 apps, head to BlackBerry World.
For the latest BlackBerry news, press releases and headlines follow @BlackBerryNews on Twitter.
BlackBerry and Flurry announce Flurry Analytics for BlackBerry 10
BlackBerry’s final press release from Marketwire today let us know that BlackBerry will begin letting developers & partners team up with Flurry and Flurry Analytics for BlackBerry 10 via Flurry Analytics SDK and the Flurry Analytics Dashboard which will enable them to bring users the highest quality applications.
Customers and users are already quite impressed with the BlackBerry 10 platform. Adding Flurry Analytics SDK will only improve what we’ve already come to cherish, keeping the future bright for partners and developers. More great news! Get deeper with the full press release below.
Analytics helps by telling you two very important pieces of information:
Who is using your application?
The Flurry Analytics service will report the following information about the user/user’s device by default:
- Locale set on the device
- Time Zone
- Approximate location
- Device name (ex “BlackBerry Z10”)
- Device OS version
And can also be configured by you to report:
- The version of the app being used
- The user’s geolocation (with permission from the user)
- The user’s gender (if supplied by the user)
- The user’s age (if supplied by the user)
- The user ID (if used by your application)
May 14, 2013
BlackBerry and Flurry announce Flurry Analytics for BlackBerry 10
BlackBerry developers now have access to industry leading analytics tool
ORLANDO, FLORIDA–(Marketwired – May 14, 2013) – BlackBerry Live 2013 – BlackBerry(R) (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB) and Flurry announced today Flurry Analytics for BlackBerry(R) 10 is expected to become available by the end of Q2. Flurry Analytics is a tool developers can easily integrate with their apps to enable access to user data. It provides developers a consolidated dashboard across multiple platforms for convenience and control with a deeper understanding of audience demographics, customer acquisition, user engagement and purchasing patterns. Flurry Analytics will enable BlackBerry 10 app developers to establish performance benchmarks against category and overall market as well as deepen customer insights to improve monetization and retention strategies.
“We’re excited to work with Flurry to provide our partners and developers with the Flurry Analytics SDK and the Flurry Analytics Dashboard, which will help enable them to bring high quality apps that customers can enjoy on the BlackBerry 10 platform,” said Martyn Mallick, VP Global Alliances and Business Development.
“Flurry is proud to support the vibrant BlackBerry 10 developer community as they adopt the new platform,” said Simon Khalaf, Flurry CEO. “Flurry is equally proud to support platform providers so committed to innovation in the mobile app ecosystem.”
Developers can register to download the SDK here: http://www.flurry.com/flurry-analytics.html.
Additional information for developers, including instructions, can be found here: http://devblog.blackberry.com/2013/05/flurry-analytics-blackberry-10/.
New BBM Channels Announced – Available in BlackBerry Beta Zone
Well it’s not exactly BBM updated. But BBM Channels does add new layers of social communications, news, interaction and so much more.
I’ve had a little bit of time to play around with BBM Channels, added most of the featured channels, even accepted a couple private invites. I’m already preparing our own channel. And my excitement lies in the ease of use. From a channel creation process this looks like it will be easier than building even a web application for your blog. Just add a couple images for your channel and away you go!
As for interacting and being involved in other users channels I admit I love this new addition to BBM! They’ve even made it available to the older BBOS devices running 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 7.1 & now BlackBerry 10 and 10.1.
So far as a follower to a BBM Channel you can get direct news the moment the Channel admin posts it. You can add a thumbs up/like as well as leave a polite comment. Hopefully BlackBerry users can keep their trolling attitudes clear of this new environment, as BlackBerry has already made it clear that foul language and/or innuendo will not be tolerated. As long as you can abide by that simple request we think this will be a wonderful new place to get great content and share our own! Get the full scoop below.
BBM goes crossplatform for iOS and Android launching This Summer
In some of the most wild news today, BlackBerry announced that they will finally bring their smoking gun BBM to cross-platform. Yes that’s right iOS and Android users will finally have access to the most intuitive and secure instant messaging client in the world, BBM. An application some users say they have stuck with BlackBerry because of. But the way I look at it, as of now is that it would make iPhone a lot more attractive as a BlackBerry user. Plus I’ll then be able to BBM my Mom on her Android, friends on their iPhones and so on.
We honestly didn’t think BlackBerry would bring BBM cross-platform. But with BlackBerry 10 phones currently in our hands and our thirst constantly being quenched I see no reason that BlackBerry users will go to another platform just for BBM. As you can’t experience everything BlackBerry 10 has to offer with only BBM in your arsenal. Get the full scoop below!
BlackBerry launches new BlackBerry Scholars Program designed to inspire more Women
BlackBerry has continued to keep their minds open and shown equality among women and multiple cultures the world over. Their new BlackBerry Scholars Program is designed to help young women engage their talents in multiple areas while offering full. four-year tuition scholarships to those outstanding women who qualify. BlackBerry will also provide mentorship and professional opportunities for those scholars who qualify.
Read all about how BlackBerry does it better below.
May 14, 2013
BlackBerry Scholars Program Established to Engage More Women Across the Globe in Areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Global Creative Director, Alicia Keys, Champions Women’s Education and Empowerment
ORLANDO, FLORIDA and WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – May 14, 2013) – Today, BlackBerry(R) (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB) launched the new BlackBerry Scholars Program, designed to inspire more women to enter and develop careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The program was unveiled by BlackBerry’s Global Creative Director, Alicia Keys, at BlackBerry Live in Orlando, Florida.
The BlackBerry Scholars Program will provide full, four-year tuition scholarships to outstanding women globally who are seeking degrees at accredited colleges and universities in the areas of STEM with a particular interest or aptitude in the area of mobile computing. This scholarship program is the first step in BlackBerry’s long-term commitment and multi-tiered strategy to engage young women at every step of their education from high school to college, and as they rise through the workforce.
While significantly more women enroll and graduate college than men, only 8.6% of women graduate with computer engineering degrees. When they enter the workforce, 25% of US IT jobs are held by women, and 56% of these women eventually leave the field of technology for other careers. As more than 55% of BlackBerry customers are women, BlackBerry aims to champion this generation of female leaders as they strive to achieve their ambitions in this highly-competitive industry.
“Women are underrepresented in fields of science and tech, and we feel strongly that it’s time to support a change,” said BlackBerry Global Creative Director, Alicia Keys. “It’s important to connect the dots for young women in high school and college and show them that careers in science and technology are within their reach. And when women do land these jobs, it’s vital they receive the tools and support they need to advance in their careers. I’m proud BlackBerry is demonstrating leadership in women’s education, both in school and in the workplace, and giving back to its most loyal users in such a profound way.”
In addition to providing full, four-year course tuition, BlackBerry will also offer mentorship and professional opportunities for each of the scholars. The scholars will be selected based on their academic merit and passion for entering the mobile computing industry. A panel of inspirational and accomplished women, led by Alicia Keys, will choose the applicants from the pool of nominations submitted before the deadline of 5pm EDT on June 26, 2013.
For more information about the program, eligibility requirements, and how to apply, please visit www.blackberry.com/scholars.
[Now Available] BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10 Version 10.1
More goodies! This one is for BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10. Which is now BES 10 Version 10.1 and available for download today. Check out the full press release below.
FULL PRESS RELEASE:
May 14, 2013
BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 Version 10.1 Now Available for Download
Multi-platform Enterprise Mobility Management solution adds new “Regulated-level” IT policy controls, simplified implementation with single-server deployment
WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – May 14, 2013) – BlackBerry(R) (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB) today announced BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Service 10 version 10.1, an update to BlackBerry’s multi-platform Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution that provides device and app management for BYOD and corporate-owned BlackBerry(R), iOS(R) and Android(TM) devices. Today’s update brings new “Regulated-level” IT policy controls and settings for government agencies and customers in regulated industries who require an advanced level of security, control and logging of BlackBerry(R) 10 smartphones. It also allows customers to support BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry OS smartphones from a single server.
BlackBerry Introduces a youthful & fun BlackBerry 10 QWERTY Smartphone, the BlackBerry Q5 for selected markets
With so much news today about BlackBerry 10/10.1 it may be easy to overlook some details. But one thing we won’t look over is the new BlackBerry Q5 coming to select markets. They’ve already announced it will come in 4 color options: Black, White, Red & Pink. This will be a lower end BlackBerry 10 smartphone, but by the looks of it they won’t slack on the beautiful graphics. From the looks of this new Q5 it would appear to be very thin as well. Reminds me of the Casio calculator watches that I loved as a kid. What color will you choose?
FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE:
WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – May 14, 2013) – BlackBerry(R) (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB) today introduced the BlackBerry(R) Q5, a new youthful and fun BlackBerry(R) 10 smartphone for selected markets. The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone features a QWERTY keyboard with discrete keys in a stunning youthful design that is confident, fun, and bold. Every feature, every part of the BlackBerry Q5 has been built to provide a fast, effortless experience that flows and moves with you to help you explore, create, and share while on the go.
“BlackBerry is excited to bring a new BlackBerry QWERTY smartphone, the BlackBerry Q5, to our customers in selected markets around world,” said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of BlackBerry. “The BlackBerry Q5 gives you the best of everything with its cutting-edge BlackBerry 10 functionality and a physical QWERTY keyboard. It is for youthful fans that are passionate, confident and bold, and it makes it easy for them to have fun, create, share and stay connected.”
As part of the BlackBerry 10 experience, the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone offers a powerful and unique mobile computing experience that continuously adapts to your needs. Features and apps work seamlessly together, allowing your every move to flow into the next. Highlights of the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone include:
The evolution of the classic BlackBerry Keyboard
The BlackBerry Q5 features a classic BlackBerry Keyboard with discrete keys that has been re-engineered and elegantly designed to help you type fast, accurately and with the least amount of effort. Plus with Instant Action shortcuts you can type to perform tasks faster. The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone gives you the best of both worlds – a classic QWERTY keyboard for optimized communications and a 3.1″ touchscreen for all the rest.
Create the perfect shot with BlackBerry Time Shift mode and Story Maker
Create the picture perfect shot with BlackBerry(R) Time Shift mode, then create and share your story, weaving together your photos, videos and music into a movie with BlackBerry(R) Story Maker.
Share and be seen with BBM Video with Screen Share
Instantly switch your BBM(TM) (BlackBerry(R) Messenger) chat to a BBM Video conversation and catch up face-to-face. You can even share your screen, whether it’s a photo, a page in the browser, an idea, or a view from your camera.
Stay close to what’s important to you with BlackBerry Hub
With BlackBerry(R) Hub, all of your messages and social conversations are only one swipe away. There’s no need to stop what you’re doing. Simply peek into the BlackBerry Hub from anywhere with a swipe to effortlessly flow in and out of your messages and conversations.
BlackBerry World delivers a rich, thriving app and content ecosystem
Discovering and sharing great apps and content is easier than ever with recommendations based on similar purchases, and access to more than 100,000 apps on the BlackBerry(R) World(TM) storefront.
Pricing and Availability
The new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone will be available in selected markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia (including the Asia Pacific region), and Latin America, with expected availability beginning in July.
For more information BlackBerry 10, please visit www.blackberry.com/blackberry10.
BlackBerry 10.1 for the BlackBerry Z10 Smartphone starts rolling out today.
For those of you who haven’t sneaked an early peak at BlackBerry 10.1, BlackBerry let us know that the update was coming. We’re already hearing that many users have already gotten it. CrackBerry has already confirmed that many of the Canadian carriers are already showing 10.1 here. Those carriers include: Bell, TELUS & Rogers so far. A great many users couldn’t wait and went a head and installed leaked versions of this OS which we never recommend doing nor do we condone it. Also those who own the BlackBerry Q10 will also be familiar with the treats found in BlackBerry 10.1. Either way you can bet we’re excited to see and experience the new OS on our Z10′s as soon as possible. Get the full details of 10.1 below!
BlackBerry 10.1 for the BlackBerry Z10 Smartphone – It Keeps Getting Better to Keep You Moving
BlackBerry® 10 is designed to learn and adapt to the way you work. It helps you be faster, more efficient and more effective. It keeps moving with you to help you be more successful. And now there’s an update. With BlackBerry 10.1, it keeps getting better. BlackBerry 10.1 introduces a number of enhancements to make the overall BlackBerry 10 experience even better and updating to BlackBerry 10.1 is free and easy to do from your BlackBerry Z10 over a Wi-Fi network.
Highlights of BlackBerry 10.1
BlackBerry Hub manages all of your conversations
BlackBerry Hub helps you stay organized, in control and on top of all of your conversations, and with BlackBerry 10.1, it just keeps getting better. You can now view emails that are attached to another email, get contact suggestions when you start addressing a message, and send PIN to PIN messages for direct communication between BlackBerry smartphones.
Personalize your Notifications
BlackBerry 10.1 allows you to set up personalized notifications for your contacts and accounts. Customize ringtones, vibrations and the LED light for calls or message from each of your friends, family or colleagues. You can also set up a different notification for different accounts (such as for different email accounts, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
Click to call
You can now click on a phone number in an email or BBM message to call the number or copy and paste it right onto the dialer screen in the phone app.
Better cursor control
BlackBerry 10.1 offers better cursor control making it easier to accurately place the cursor and select text. Just tap once to bring up the cursor control, grab the blue circle and drag it around to the insertion point that you want. Improved visual feedback lets you know where you’re pointing. You can also tap either side of the circle to move forward or backward one character at a time.
Improved picture capturing
BlackBerry 10.1 adds an HDR (high dynamic range) shooting mode for taking beautiful images in tricky lighting conditions. High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode takes multiple pictures at different exposure levels and layers them automatically to produce a single photo that combines the best of the dark and light areas. It also includes improved red eye and golden eye reduction in the picture editor.
More to discover with BlackBerry 10.1
You’ll find a number of new enhancements across the BlackBerry 10 OS like landscape support for the calendar, easier international dialing and so much more. The first step to discovering these new features on your BlackBerry Z10 smartphone is to update your BlackBerry 10 software.
Updating is easy
Updating to BlackBerry 10.1 is free and easy to do. To update your BlackBerry Z10 smartphone to BlackBerry 10.1 look for the alert in the notifications section of the BlackBerry Hub. You can also check for software updates through the software updates section in the Settings menu or through the BlackBerry Link desktop software. The download will happen in the background and the update will be applied without needing to back up your smartphone. All of your information remains safe. For more information on how to update your BlackBerry Z10 smartphone, visit www.BlackBerry.com/update.
BlackBerry 10.1 comes preloaded on BlackBerry Q10 smartphones, and will be available as an update for BlackBerry Z10 smartphones as a free download. Please check with your local carrier for availability.
For more information on BlackBerry 10, please visit: BlackBerry 10.
Today is a huge day for BlackBerry fans, employees, developers, enthusiasts and more. Day one to BlackBerry Live kicks off today. If you’re not able to be here in person, or would just like to view the entire Keynote from the comfort of your home, you can do so beginning at 9 a.m. ET at www.blackberrylive.com.
In other great news The Keep Moving Experience will also be available for streaming via live stream, and features the talents of Alicia Keys, Alabama Shakes, Miguel, Maria Gadu amd Cefric Gervais. This will be available beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET also at www.blackberrylive.com.
Full Press Release below
May 14, 2013
BlackBerry to Webcast Keynote and Alicia Keys Performance from Orlando
WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – May 14, 2013) – BlackBerry(R) (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB) will webcast news from its annual conference in Orlando today. BlackBerry President & CEO Thorsten Heins will kick off the show with a keynote presentation accessible via live stream beginning at 9 a.m. ET on the BlackBerry Live website: www.blackberrylive.com.
The Keep Moving Experience produced by Alicia Keys, BlackBerry’s new Global Creative Director, will also be streamed live and include performances by Alicia Keys, Alabama Shakes, Miguel, Maria Gadu, and Cedric Gervais. The entertainment from Universal Studios will be accessible via webcast beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET: www.blackberrylive.com.
[Now Available] harmon.ie Office 365 Client Apps for BlackBerry 10
harmon.ie let us know recently that their Office 265 Client Apps were now ready for BlackBerry 10 smartphones today. Including both Q10 & Z10 models. We couldn’t be more excited about these products, so I figure it best that you read everything their is to know about harmon.ie. Get the full skinny below.
Users demand the same productive experience from their applications wherever they are, and on whatever device they are using. With these newest smartphone apps, harmon.ie and BlackBerry are targeting the busy information workers who want to actually “use” their device and not just “bring” it to work. Now, these workers can securely and efficiently access, edit and share documents from the cloud and collaborate in real-time in a social environment.
Key harmon.ie for BlackBerry Benefits:
- Access to SharePoint on the go – Access and navigate SharePoint sites from your mobile device. Anytime, anywhere.
- Improved project management – Get real-time updates as colleagues edit important documents such as proposals and contracts.
- Reach out to the last document contributor with one click. No more need to call or email to check on project progress.
- Significant productivity boost – No need to wait till you are back at the office. Accessing the information you want and share it with colleagues from the road.
- Drive adoption of SharePoint social networks – Users can access their social network by locating colleagues from their SharePoint and local mobile device contact lists.
Key harmon.ie for BlackBerry Features:
- Document sharing, browsing and managing
- Real-time collaboration
- Social features such as searching for people, viewing social profiles and an enhanced view of colleague profiles
- Authentication and security including Windows and Form-based authentication support and passcode lock support.