- V-Play Game Engine Brings More Crossplatform Gaming to BlackBerry 10
- Awesome & Free Origami Browser for the PlayBook Updated to v1.0.2
- Augmented Reality ARKick Comes to BlackBerry 10 First
- BlackBerry Adding Real Time Location Sharing in BBM Using Glympse? MyCars Page in BlackBerry World?
- Cellcrypt Voice Encryption for Phone Calls Available for BlackBerry 10
- BlackBerry US Market Share Still Topping Windows Phone
- WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 Updated to 2.11.1 With Voice Improvements & More
Posted: 15 Aug 2013 02:43 PM PDT
BlackBerry just got another cross platform gaming engine to come on board for BlackBerry 10. The Vienna-based V-Play GmbH announced that their latest v1.4 version of their V-Play game engine is now available for BlackBerry 10. That means all of the games built on the engine can also easily be brought over. Like other engines this one lets you publish for BlackBerry for an ongoing license fee. This one is $189 per quarter ($63 per month) or with the annual license for $599 per year ($49 per month). The free version allows you to deploy the application to your local BlackBerry device so you can test before you buy.
Best of all for devs with published games for iOS, Android, Symbian, MeeGo or one of the desktop platforms. is that no modifications of the source code are required as almost all components are already fully supported on BlackBerry. The only missing ones are Video, Facebook, Flurry and Store, which will be added upon your requests.
Posted: 15 Aug 2013 02:16 PM PDT
The hardworking developers behind the awesome and free Origami browser for the BlackBerry PlayBook keep on chugging along. So far they have schooled BlackBerry on how to make a proper browser for the PlayBook with a Google Chrome like interface. Now they are working on refinements with this update to v1.0.2 adding more gestures, tab themes, mailto links, and other bug fixes. If you have a PlayBook download Origami Browser now!
Posted: 15 Aug 2013 01:22 PM PDT
Augmented Reality just got a nice "kick" on BlackBerry 10 thanks to ARKick. They have brought their augmented reality app to the platform first with iOS and Android clients coming later. The app uses Refocus Labs SideKick engine to add contextual detail to your location. This takes into account your location along with weather, temperature, orientation, time, and social networks. Using that it shows you the best places around you built on a hybrid Cascades/HTML5 app.
Posted by Ronen Halevy for ©BerryReview | Augmented Reality ARKick Comes to BlackBerry 10 First
Posted: 15 Aug 2013 01:00 PM PDT
You may not have heard of it before but Glympse is a really cool service which is available cross platform including legacy BlackBerry devices. It allows you to share your location with others in real time for a specified period of time. Ofutur let us know that while digging through the latest OS builds and apps they found assets and code for sharing your location in BBM using Glympse. This is highlighted further with notifications including "Location Acquired", "Syncing with Glympse servers…" and "Send Glympse" along with the "S" Shortcut used to send a Glympse to a BBM user. This is the icon:
On top of that it seems like BlackBerry is adding a new MyCars page in BlackBerry World just like the current music or My World tabs. No word on what would be included in such a tab but my guess is QNX enabled cars? You can delve into it further in these two forum threads.
Posted: 15 Aug 2013 09:49 AM PDT
Cellcrypt has launched their popular voice encryption software for enterprises on BlackBerry 10 this week. This update gives BlackBerry 10 users the ability to encrypt voice calling and messaging on their phones. The app is free in BlackBerry World but requires a subscription to their Cellcrypt service. Press release below:
Posted: 15 Aug 2013 08:36 AM PDT
A few readers have pointed out the latest ComScore data to come out on market share for smartphone OEMs. The latest data shows BlackBerry having only 4.4% of the smartphone platform pie vs having 5.2% 3 months ago. On the other hand the next competitor down is Microsoft which sits at 3.1% market share compared to 3.0% market share 3 months ago. Both of those are not idea situations but it just goes to show that this is still a race for 3rd place. Right now Windows Phone is struggling to become relevant though people seem to think it might have a chance of success over BlackBerry 10 due to Microsoft's deep pockets. It seems like even Microsoft's deep pockets can only move the needle 0.1% with Nokia launching flagship new Windows Mobile phones…
Here is to hoping BlackBerry has a way to turn back this downward market share trend soon!
Posted: 15 Aug 2013 08:16 AM PDT
WhatsApp has updated their BlackBerry 10 client today. The new update introduces fixes and improvements for voice messages. They also let you set auto-download options for media and emoji input for profile, status, and group subjects. They have also improved push notifications. Check out the update in BlackBerry World here.
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