MyDigipack is a Free App That Synchronizes Photos Across Any Devices

MyDigipack is a Free App That Synchronizes Photos Across Any Devices

Jul 1, 2014

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If you have a Blackberry phone with some important photos you don’t want to throw away (unlike the Blackberry), then MyDigipack is a cloud-sharing service for you. It can synchronize photos across Android, iOS, Windows, and yes, even Blackberry devices. It supports lots of sizes and file formats, so your photos will be saved, whatever their source is. The app can be downloaded from here: MyDigipack on Google Play.

BBM for Android Review

BBM for Android Review

Oct 24, 2013

Yes, BlackBerry (formerly RIM) has had better days. The iconic technology company made devices that signified corporate success and helped shape the smartphone market. It’s current troubles are well known, and the company and its devices have arguably lost some of their previous luster.

One piece of the BlackBerry ecosystem that has always been well regarded is BlackBerry Messenger, its eponymous messaging system. Its always-on nature, perceived reliability and PIN-based connection service is almost universally respected, even by non-BlackBerry device users. So, when BlackBerry announced that it would be opening up the hitherto proprietary messenger to iOS and Android users, ears perked up.

One less-than-optimal launch attempt and a successful follow-up try later, we have it: BBM on Android.bbm1

The app itself has stylings similar to BBM on BB10, with black, blue and white making up most of the color presentation. The menu button is part of the bottom dock, and it, along with the status bar, bookend buttons for Chats, Contacts and Groups. Space feels well-used; no cramped over-used space is present, and the white background mostly complements the chatting “surface.”

The sign-up process included a queue, but folks that already had the prerequisite BBIDs got in relatively early. The sign-in generates the well-known PIN, and soon after, I was up and running. By default, the app puts a persistent notification in the notification pane, which I did not like, but it can be toggled off in Settings. It’s friendly with barcodes with regards to joining groups and adding contacts and there are several other ways to effect connections, including via NFC.

The good things are still there: read and delivered confirmations, instant transmissions and group chat functionality. I especially like the last feature; in my mind, no modern day chat client is good without it.

The always-on nature is somewhat of a double-edged sword for me because as far as I can tell, there is no way to mute individual chats; it’s all or nothing. For people in group chats, this can be irritating, because depending on how chatty the people are, there will be a LOT of notifications. Signing out isn’t intuitive either.

When compared to the big boys, like Google Hangouts, it’s clear that the videochat functionality is missed, particularly since it already exists on BB10 as BBM Voice and Video. I also disliked the fact that only one device can be signed into at a time; if you have multiple devices, or chat on desktop, BBM is currently lacking a bit.

But BlackBerry says improvements are to come; when measured as a traditional messenger, BBM is not shabby at all, and may end up being the crown jewel of a new BBRY. If initial downloads are an indicator, it may do very well in the cross-platform space.

BADLAND Coming To an Android and Blackberry Device Near You!

BADLAND Coming To an Android and Blackberry Device Near You!

Aug 29, 2013

BADLAND, a flying adventure puzzle game, with gorgeous landscapes and strange creatures, awarded with about 10% of all awards in the universe, is scheduled for release on Android and Blackberry platforms in the nearest future. Meanwhile, here’s a trailer and several screenshots of the upcoming goodness:

The Hills Are Greener: Is BlackBerry Rotten Fruit?

The Hills Are Greener: Is BlackBerry Rotten Fruit?

Feb 4, 2013

iOS and Android are the clear frontrunners in the mobile horse race, but BlackBerry, once king of the mountain if we’re mixing up metaphonrs, has made a big push back to relevancy. RIM has re-christened themselves as BlackBerry (a company named after fruit, how stupid), and officially released their first two BlackBerry OS 10 devices, the flagship Z10 and the smaller, QWERTY-boasting Q10, in hopes that they will launch BlackBerry into a new world of relevance.

So, here’s the problem: why? Why should people care about the new BlackBerry 10 phones?

It starts with the Z10. General consensus seems to be that it’s a “nice” phone, but as Ars Technica points out in their review, it’s got state-of-the-art hardware from early 2012 in it (on par to the Galaxy S III, which is likely soon out the door) and just a general lack of interesting new features. Add in that it’s selling for $199 on a two-year deal (when Windows Phones are debuting at $99 or lower) and it’s a hard sell. If anything, BlackBerry should be pushing hardware keyboards, like the Q10, a bit more: it’s got a standout feature that could appeal not only to the QWERTY-loving base, but maybe also an extended audience looking to return to BlackBerry as tacticle keyboards continue their steep decline. In short, it stands out, and could give people an actual, tangible reason to go BlackBerry. Its bezel gestures are a good start, but not enough.

There is a lesson here for the Android market: you need to stand out. Samsung has succeeded in part by aping what Apple does to varying degrees, and then expanding out on it. The Galaxy Note may be mocked by some, but its success for Samsung is unquestionable, and its massive size and S Pen experience are unmatched by Apple. It’s got the kind of standout experience that makes it an actual alternative. Having slightly better specs isn’t enough – the iPhone 5 may have less RAM than the 2 GB phones getting released now, but it’s still winning plenty of benchmark and performance tests. You have to win on features and functionality. Of course, the fact that NFC has yet to take off is part of the problem as well: it would require varying competitors to get their act together and support it in a unified way, and while ISIS payments are coming, it’s taken way too long to actually execute. But that’s a story for another time.

The point is this: if you want to wrestle with the big dogs, you’ve got to be able to beat the big dogs. You can’t just walk around acting like it, the reason that Apple got into its leadership position (and have no doubt, their massive revenues and profits put them there, more so than any market share numbers) is by finding ways to top everyone else, not by trying to play at everyone else’s level.

RIM Buys Scoreloop

RIM Buys Scoreloop

Jun 8, 2011

When it comes to social gaming services, BlackBerry has been traditionally left out of the picture. These platforms have launched on iOS, on Android, even on Windows Phone 7, leaving out one of the biggest players in the smartphone market, and a burgeoning competitor in the tablet market. Research In Motion (creators and manufacturers of BlackBerry) are hoping to make social gaming a reality on their platform, by buying Scoreloop.

Scoreloop have been traditionally known for their social gaming features on iOS, and especially Android, where a variety of games have used their leaderboards, achievements, and friendship connection features. As well, Scoreloop has offered mechanisms for in-app purchases through Scoreloop Coins, that users can use to wager in challenges against other Scoreloop users. With RIM purchasing Scoreloop, this should promise to bring all of Scoreloop’s features to BlackBerry OS, and could bring it in as an integrated system feature, much like Game Center on iOS. maskable speculates that the goal is to bring Scoreloop in as part of the “[BlackBerry Messenger] social platform,” so BBM users could easily connect in their games with each other, and could easily compete against each other’s high scores, and issue challenges to each other, based on their BBM PINs.

For the record, Scoreloop is claiming that they will continue to support cross-platform play, but that their support for BlackBerry will be “unparalleled.” This could serve as a long-term trojan horse for RIM, if the BlackBerry hardware line ever peters out, RIM could use this as a way to launch on an OS like Android at some point in the future. Of course, it will be interesting to see just how much of a cross-platform presence a RIM-owned Scoreloop will continue to truly have. With RIM paying the bills, there may be more pressure to focus on the BlackBerry side of Scoreloop. Still, an integrated social gaming service has done wonders for iOS, as Game Center is very user-friendly, although there are some concerns on the developer side with the way scores work, and with device support. For example, Game Center’s asynchronous multiplayer support may not be adopted in a widespread way right away, even by developers with games in development, due to its iOS 5 requirement. It will be up to RIM to make sure that they can minimize the integration and fragmentation hassles when Scoreloop launches on their OS.

Between this and the PlayBook’s limited Android support, RIM is really trying to take a bite out of Android. I have reached out for comment to Scoreloop about the future of their service on Android, and will update when word hits. We have reached out to Scoreloop for comment on the future of the service on Android and will update when if/when we hear back.

Source: Mashable

RIM Shows Off Android App Player for BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet

RIM Shows Off Android App Player for BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet

May 10, 2011

Meet the newest Android tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook. Wait, what? That’s right, the BlackBerry PlayBook, BlackBerry’s new tablet has compatibility with Android applications. As seen in the hands-on demo below, several Android applications are shown running on the BlackBerry PlayBook through the Android App Player, showing no kind of performance degradation due to running on the BlackBerry PlayBook.

The idea is to bring more apps to the PlayBook, as Android currently has a much wider selection of apps than BlackBerry does. Now, this isn’t the kind of thing where an end user could take an APK file and run it on the PlayBook directly, they are “BAR” files. Developers will have to redeploy their apps for the PlayBook, but BlackBerry manufacturer RIM claims that they will be adding an extension to the Android SDK, so this could be largely a hassle-free process for developers looking to release their apps on the PlayBook.

There are many advantages to the Android App Player. First, it is presumably a new opportunity for developers to expand the reach of their Android apps. While RIM will be curating the apps that come to the Playbook, it could be presumed that RIM will turn away few developers who are interested in expanding the app selection for their new device. Second, this increases the number of apps available for users on the PlayBook, which makes it more useful, which can only be good for Playbook users and for PlayBook sales. Third, it could spur the development of tablet apps on both the PlayBook and for Android tablets, by having another potentially widespread tablet device to deploy apps on. While the PlayBook only simulates a Gingerbread device and not a Honeycomb tablet yet, this is only because the Honeycomb source is not yet available.

There are two concerns with the PlayBook’s Android App Player. First, how will games fare with the App Player? Will they suffer any performance hits from running on a simulated Android device? Second, is this just the harbinger of the PlayBook and BlackBerry OS’ demise? After all, why develop an app for the PlayBook specifically when a developer could just make an Android app that would also work on the PlayBook through the Android App Player? These two things will be answered in the coming months when the Android App Player is released.