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!
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!
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!
Yesterday I saw an article about visual comparsion of iOS 8 beta and Android L from redmondpie
I started to think, why not add BB10 into the comparison?
After several hours hard working, I took screenshots on my BlackBerry 10.2.1.2977 OS and BlackBerry 10.3.0.700 OS...
Actually many good features on BlackBerry 10 also be implemented to iOS / Android.
But until now, I still think BlackBerry Hub is the best notification center :D
And the Instant Preview on BlackBerry 10 provide me the best way to reply messages :)
All the images below are arranged via the order :
iOS 8 beta / Android L / BlackBerry 10.2.1 / BlackBerry 10.3.0
Thanks for redmonpie's images and ... Here we go!
1. Lock Screen
2. Home Screen
If you want to see more comparison, just leave a comment below :)
Just got the new BlackBerry Passport from BlackBerry Elite Program!
Let's see how beautiful it is!
My Fedex package :D
The front of BlackBerry Passport Box
BlackBerry Passport unboxing 1
BlackBerry Passport unboxing 2
BlackBerry Passport unboxing 3
BlackBerry Passport unboxing 4
BlackBerry Passport unboxing 5
BlackBerry Passport unboxing 6
Amazing!! It will be my best productive tool!