Making the case for video previews in BBW

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First off I want to say there’s a lot to love about BlackBerry World (BBW), however there are some key areas that could be given a little love. One of those is the video preview, from the the perspective of a consumer and a developer, they’re a must and this post’s aim is to show why. For one, videos would save a lot of the consumers time, as with just a few seconds they would be able to visually judge whether or not this was the app they wanted, because even if it is a free app, similarly judge this, a Continue reading Making the case for video previews in BBW

Zombie Crossing – game review

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Time for another silly game review. Whether it is my review that is silly or the game is, will be determmined by the reader. Back in the 1980’s arcades (that place in the mall that you would go to in order to play games) had several games that had a simple premis, but would draw you in for hours just to do a very basic task. One of these games was Frogger. All you had to do was get the frog to hop across the road, grass and river to the other side. Occasionally you would guide the frog to Continue reading Zombie Crossing – game review

Short URLs for fun and marketing

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During a discussion in the BBM Group “Baby Steps: BB Dev”, we were talking about apps sales and how to get more downloads. It was mentioned that in a recent developer survey, it was found that the more time a developer spent on marketing, as a percentage of development, the number of app downloads increased. A basic business principle, spend money on marketing to increase sales. After sharing this tidbit with the group, the discussion turned to tracking app reviews from different sources to see which ones are the most useful for increasing downloads. I had already started working on Continue reading Short URLs for fun and marketing

A graphical difference in releases

Meetup for BB Releases

 I did the 4.2.4 release for Meetup for BlackBerry 10, I didn’t receive the notification email that there was an update to the app.  I think I even waited a day or so before doing the update myself, which was available when I went to myApps in BlackBerry App World.  This wasn’t the first time that I did a release and the notification didn’t go through to the phone.  In the last release, I got the review approval from BlackBerry and then the update notice within 12 hours.  The approval came after 10 pm and by the next morning I Continue reading A graphical difference in releases

Meetup for BlackBerry 10 releases – 1.2.3 thru 4.2.5

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This is my second update this month for Meetup for BlackBerry 10.  At the beginning of the month (May 4th), I relased 4.2.4 which were some quick fixes to solve an issue with the latest version of BB10 and the HTML content. Apparently, at some point after 10.2 release, the Dark Theme and HTML content in a Rich Text editor start publishing white text on white background.  This made reading Event and Group descriptions useless.  The only fix was to remove the Dark Theme.  Also, I hadn’t completely revamped my application look based on the change to my logo in Continue reading Meetup for BlackBerry 10 releases – 1.2.3 thru 4.2.5

BlackBerry shifts towards Android

The day before the quarterly financial results were announced, BlackBerry announced that they would be pre-loading Amazon Store on their BlackBerry 10 devices when the OS version 10.3 is released in the fall.  Amazon Store is a branch of Android apps and by providing the store automatically, BlackBerry has made available a large amount (200,000+) of apps for their customers. While this is not the same as having Google Play loaded on the phones, it is probably as close as BlackBerry wants to be to offering an Android phone that is not an Android phone. For Native developers of BlackBerry 10, Continue reading BlackBerry shifts towards Android