I got the new BlackBerry Passport the day after it released.
I really love it! With extremely great keyboard and wide screen, plus a long battery life...
Just can't go back to my Z30 anymore :P
Here are some nice photos I took this weekend.. Let's see how nice the Passport can be!
I love to code in Cascades, QML and C++ provide me many kinds of abilities to build my app!
Yesterday one of my friend told me he felt frustrated in developing Cascades.
He just want to make a simple app: A button, click and show a dialog! in C++
After creating the QML components, he always got build error in C++...
This is really a simple project, but I think many developers may encounter this problem as well.
Basially I'd like to do all the things in QML since it is very easy to handle all the signals there...
I provided a sample on Github, you can try it if you are interesting about the topic.
In the sample you can learn how to make it happen in pure C++, hybrid with C++ & QML, and also the simplest way... pure QML
Be careful! Don't forget to include necessary headers and remember to add LIBS += -lbbsystem in your .pro file!
Hope this can you developers to understand how it works!
I write many android apps and want to bring them into BlackBerry World, how can I do it?
Basically I don't like to use the integrated tools in eclipse... so I decide to use commandline tool!
1. Download BlackBerry Tools for Android Development 2.0.4
The blackberry-apkpackager is located at BlackBerry_Tools_for_Android_Development-2.0.4/bin
2. Using blackberry-apkpackager to repackage APK fils to BAR files.
Orginal : The folder with APK files
Repacked : The fold with converted bar files.
imactekiiMac:~ imac$ blackberry-apkpackager Orginal -t Repacked
3. Using batchbar-signer to sign BAR fils..
imactekiiMac:~ imac$ batchbar-signer Repacked author.p12 passwd passwd
Very useful tools, enjoy!!
BlackBerry announced a partnership with Amazon AppStore last month.
User who developed Android Apps and now upload to Amazon AppStore!
Let's follow the steps bellow to uplaod your apps to Amazon AppStore!
I like to Start from Testing Service, to make sure that my app doesn't have any problem on Amazon AppStore
After testing, you can simply submit your apps to Amazon Store
Fill In General Information
General Information Finished
Fill In Available Pricing
Available Pricing Finished
Fill In Description
Fill In Images & Multimedia
Images & Multimedia Finished
Fill In Content Rating _1
Fill In Content Rating _2
Content Rating Finished
Fill In BinaryFiles _1
Fill In BinaryFiles _2
BinaryFiles Finished _1
BinaryFiles Finished _2
App Submission Finished
Now you can wait for the approval and let others know your app links on Amazon AppStore!!
As a developer, I think many other developers may think how to teach users to use my application
We provide screenshots of the apps when we upload to any app markets, some devs will also record a video to tell users who to operate.
The most common way is to put a "Guide Page" inside the app, not just "Tips", but a continuous information to let user understand the major features.
There are three kinds of implementations here.
1. Use a scrollview with a super large image
You can simply scroll from left to right, put a button at the last page to close this Guide Page.
The image may be too large, and hard to change / modify parts.
2. Use a scrollview with several images
You can simply scroll from left to right, put a button at the last page to close this Guide Page, can change parts easier than first method.
Still hard to change / modify parts.
3. Use a scrollview with custom containers
Custom containers are much more flexible
I don't know, haha!
Here are the sample from Github
For Cascades 10.1 /10.2 SDK
For Cascades 10.3 SDK
In AppGuidePageDesignUnit project, I rewrite the project with design unit to support even Q30 (Passport), not just pixel related.
If you also want to learn use design unit, you can also check this project :D
If you have any problem, just send me a mail!
Hope you will enjoy the sample!
I used the old BlackBerry Vendor Portal for almost 2.5 years ago...
Few weeks ago, i joined the beta test of the New BlackBerry Vendor Portal, it is really awesome!!
Let's check what's new in the portal!
1. Welcome Page
2. Login Page
3. Show your products! Really Nice, now you can simply check your downloads per day :DDD
4. Search function here is also very cool! Easy for developers to find what they want
5. Please the release button to update your apps!
6. Click on "New Release" and all you need is to drag the bar file to the area
7. Select support devices and min OS. Easier here, in the old vendor portal, the selection will be changed in some wired condition .. haha
8. After you upload the bar, it will automatically to fetch the version (For Android apps may have some problems on it , such as 22.214.171.124 if your app is 5.0 on versionCode..), input the description about the new update!
9. Submit For Review! The update procedure is faster than before
10. You can check the status of your release version (Under Review / Draft)
*11. Also, check the download reports are much more easier and with better visualization
12. Check all your change requests (like request tickets before??)
13. Check your testers ... Oops , I don't even remember I have so many testers :P
14. The new Vendor Portal allows developers to create promotions here also!
Just a brief introduction of the new BlackBerry Vendor Portal.
I believe this is a very good news for developers and can help us for our future developing!
For developers who want to develop Android Apps / Games on BlackBerry 10..
After Google released the ADT 23, many developers encountered the problem of can't build projects...
This version of ADT also effects on BlackBerry Plug-in for Android Development Tools.
When user try to install the plugin via this link
Missing requirement: BlackBerry Eclipse Plugin for Android Development 126.96.36.199405221110 (net.rim.ajde.feature.feature.group 188.8.131.52405221110) requires 'com.android.ide.eclipse.adt.feature.group 0.0.0' but it could not be found
In version 2.0.4 (or previous 2.0 beta), developers just need to simply start the ADB proxy Manager, setup your device and then run as Android Application to deploy apps into their devices / simulators.
(Images from developer.blackberry.com)
What can we do without install the BlackBerry Plug-in for Android Development Tools??
The answer is easy... Just download the Command-line tools!!
After you download the file, you can see several files inside.
Open the "ADB Proxy Manager" and setup your device, just like what you did in eclipse!
Now you can go back to your development and don't need to worry about no eclipse plugin!!
Thanks for BlackBerry!
BlackBerry provide developers dev devices for testing since 2012
There are Dev Alpha A, Dev Alpha B and Dev Alpha C!
Dev devices not only provide developers a real phone for testing, but also let developers to use the latest SDK!
I'm so appreicated about the continuous support from BlackBerry on the dev devices!
Dev Alpha A can only upgrade to 10.1 beta OS, but Dev Alpha B & C can upgrated to the latest 10.3.0 beta OS!
Let's see how to upgrade your Dev Alpha Devices!
First, download the AutoLoader here, be careful to choose which device you are using!
Second, you need to find a Windows PC.. Currently the autoloader file only have Windows exe file.
And I tried to use VMware / Parallels / Virtual Box but all failed...
Third, connect your dev device to the PC, run the AutoLoader..
If the device be detected, you will see "Resetting Device:"
Don't forget to input the device password if you have it.
When the number shows 100, your upgrade is done!
- Before you use the autoloader, I suggest you install BlackBerry Link first
- To ensure devices be detected, I will turn off network connection of the device and make sure the USB connection is for Windows.
System Settings -> Storage and Access -> USB Connection -> Connect to Windows
Hope you all can easy to upgrade your devices! ^^
For those who want to try the latest 10.3 OS, here is a way to let you use most of the features of 10.3. Please take your own risk for trying this, I am not responsible for the damage of your devices.
Install 10.3.0.700 Dev OS.
Download the extracted bar files from previous leaked 10.3.0.296 OS
Install download bar files!
How To Squash ‘Unresponsive’ or ‘Unable To Terminate’ Errors When Debugging your BB10 App on Device
THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO RESOLVE THESE ERRORS
Open Target Navigator
Window - Show View - Target Navigator
Locate Device Process
Go Under Device Ip - Select Process
Send Signal To Application
Go Under Device Ip - Select Process - Right Click - Click Deliver Signal
Terminal Process/App Manually
Select SIGTERM option - Press OK
After you send the SIGTERM (Signal Terminate) your unresponsive app will disappear from the BB10 device. Success! Now, build (CTRL+B), deploy (CTRL+11) and test again.
2014/07/08, I received a mail from Scoreloop..
Termination of Scoreloop SDK License Agreement (the “Agreement”) & Shutdown of Scoreloop Services.
This is a huge impact for me and many developers...
Scoreloop provides a social leaderboard for Android, iOS and BlackBerry apps.
2011/06/07, RIM Acquires Scoreloop To Make BlackBerry Games More Social.
After that, BlackBerry also integrated Scoreloop SDK to their BlackBerry 10 SDK and provided samples for developers to use it.
I also integrated the scoreloop leaderboard into my "2048 using Scoreloop" on BackBerry 10.
But due to the mail, the total scoreloop service will shutdown on Dec 1,2014...
And also, BlackBerry 10.3.1 SDK will no longer include Scoreloop SDK
What a shock, and I feel very sad for this announcement..
How can we export the score data from Scoreloop?
How can we map the score data with user and move to another leaderboard?
And the last, is there any alternative leaderboard things on BlackBerry 10?
I only found two here... still trying but so far I think they may work.
If you have more, please let me know ^^
Still hope BlackBerry can keep the Scoreloop service..
Let's find another way to keep our leaderboards alive :)