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BlackBerry Developer Meet-up September (Built For BlackBerry Revitilized)

  • Saturday, 14th September 2013 at 3:30pm - 8:30pm
    Location: ihub Bishop Magua Building George Padmore Lane Nairobi, Nairobi KE

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    • 12 people attended

Built For BlackBerry and Certification

  • Saturday, 3rd August 2013 (all day)
    Location: Ihub 4th Floor Bishop Magua Centre

    Now that everyone is looking forward to build application which qualifies for built for BB We…

    • 45 people attended

TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL

  • Saturday, 4th May 2013 at 10am - 5:30pm
    Location: IHub Nairobi

    It was amazing to get great ideas hit the floor as we get new developers started as well as…

    • 22 people attended

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First Amazon Appstore Webcast Recap & New Dates Added for APAC

The first of three webcasts on the benefits of the Amazon Developer Program was primed with useful tips, and was an ideal intro to all things Amazon for BlackBerry app developers.

New Dates for APAC

To be sure our Asia-Pacific developer community can access this helpful content live and interact with our experts, we’re running the first two webcasts again at a special time. If you’re in the APAC region, register now. The first session, “Introduction to the Amazon Developer Program (APAC)”, airs September 8, 2014 10:00:00 PM EDT.

Recap: Introducing BlackBerry Developers to the Amazon Appstore

Read a recap of the first webcast below or listen to the recording.

The presentation started with a quick intro by Lou Gazzola, Senior Marketing Manager on the BlackBerry Ecosystem Solutions Team. Lou welcomed BlackBerry developers, let them know that Amazon represents a great opportunity to find new audiences and opportunities, and drove home the point that Amazon is really dedicated to their success. Both companies are excited that BlackBerry 10.3 will have the Amazon Appstore preloaded so BlackBerry customers can access their favorite apps and games right from the Amazon Appstore.

Lou then turned it over to Mike F. Hines, Amazon Developer Evangelist, who presented the rest of the session.

Mike started with the basics on the Amazon Appstore. While fundamentally, it’s the place to buy and sell Amazon apps, it does a whole lot more.

It’s a more optimized app store, he said. For developers, it’s a place to reach new customers and new markets, engage them for more sessions and longer sessions, and earn more money in different ways.

Amazon Recap 1_updated

The Amazon Appstore wants to help increase your reach. It’s present in over 200 countries and territories, and is the only app store available on millions of Kindle Fire devices.

And it’s big: today they’ve got over 250,000 apps worldwide.

But that volume doesn’t slow things down. Amazon will have an actual human review your app and get back to you fast with any required updates/changes: their turnaround time is about 2 hours for existing developers and 24 hours for new ones. Pretty amazing.

Amazon is legendary when it comes to helping users discover new products they might like, and their Appstore is no different. Its recommendation engine surfaces apps that might pique your interest.

Once you buy an app, it’s available on all your devices – tablets, phones, and Fire TV – increasing daily and weekly session minutes.

Amazon has developed a unique ‘coins’ system allowing developers to reward their customers. Users can buy them in bulk for a discount – great for savings, incentives, and deep engagement. But as an app developer, qualify for the Developer Select Program and you can give away coins so users have more incentive to buy your app or make in-app purchases afterwards.

Amazon Recap 2

Gain access to the Appstore Developer Select Program when you submit an outstanding app with solid coding – you’ll get 500,000 free ad impressions in the Amazon ad network, higher visibility for your app in the Appstore and more.

Amazon Recap 3

The Developer Select Program also delivers a free app of the day, to entice more check-ins and get more eyes on your product.

Amazon Recap 4

Mike talked about the Game Circle API including good reasons for including leader boards and achievement scales (easy to add), and also mentioned the Whispersync API, which enables functionality across devices so you can always pick up right where you left off (starting over again is the worst!).

He also mentioned a cool device messaging API that allows for low-cost re-engagement of disengaged users. You can remind them of why they were into your app in the first place, or let them know about special events to get them back in action.

One of the most valuable APIs available makes it easy to carry out A/B testing. Because long-term users are more likely to buy more, A/B testing allows you to test several scenarios or variables with real customers while your app is in market. That way, you can fine-tune your app based on real insight instead of guessing. Nice.

In-app purchasing is huge. The Amazon App Store supports consumables, entitlements, and selling physical items. It keeps track of everything, giving you easy options to sell content and materials associated with your brand.

You can even take an existing APK to the App Store – 75% of apps just work, and in some cases it’s simply a matter of switching one or two APIs. Plus, a lot of the metadata can simply be reused.

Amazon Recap 5

Is it easy to get started? Put it this way: Mike Hines shares his contact information and invites developers to connect with him if they’re having any trouble. So far no one has needed his help. Plus, there are tons of sample apps, sample code, Javadocs, documentation and video to help you out. It’s really as easy as registering as a developer, dragging your APK into a box and finding out if there are any issues – either way, you’re on the fast road to the Amazon Appstore.

That said, to get the full story, you need to hear Mike walk through the details.

The next edition of our three-part series focuses on How to get your apps into the Amazon Appstore

Dial in on Thursday, August 28th at 2pm. See you then. And if you miss it, look for a link to the archive right here on the Developer Blog.


4 days ago
BlackBerry 10 Theme just got better with Sencha Touch 2.4!

Editor’s note: below is a post by Naveenan Murugesu
Sencha feature

With the release of Sencha Touch 2.3, we were excited to see the significant BlackBerry 10 theme enhancements which enabled you to create visually compelling applications with the BlackBerry 10 native look and feel.

Now with the release of Sencha Touch 2.4, we are delighted to announce further enhancements to the BlackBerry 10 theme as well as the support for the BlackBerry Q10 and Q5 devices.

If you are new to Sencha Touch, it is an impressive JavaScript® framework based entirely on HTML5, CSS and JavaScript. It’s designed to bring an incredibly powerful set of components together to create rich mobile applications.

To get started, download the framework and then check out the Sencha Touch Learning Center, which includes code samples, videos, and tutorials. To get an idea of what is possible using the framework, there are a variety of demo applications showcasing the breadth and power of the platform.

What’s new with Sencha Touch 2.4?

To recap, the previous release of Sencha Touch allowed you to create the following BlackBerry 10 components:

Now with Sencha Touch 2.4, you can implement the following BlackBerry 10 components in addition to what’s listed above.

BlackBerry 10 Activity Indicator

You can replace Sencha Touch’s default activity indicator with the BlackBerry 10 Activity Indicator. Here is a sample code snippet:

Sencha 1

BlackBerry 10 Toast

You can replace Sencha Touch’s default alert() function with the BlackBerry 10 style toast () function:

Sencha 2

Support for BlackBerry Q10 & Q5 Devices

Sencha’s BlackBerry 10 theme support has been extended to support the Q10 and Q5 devices as well.

The touch framework is able to determine the screen resolution of the device and re-size itself accordingly. For example, if you take a Z10 application and run it on a Q10 device, the tab menus and action over flow menus become scrollable and the action bar will change its height to accommodate more screen real estate.

Dedicated documentation for BlackBerry 10

Last but not least, we now have Sencha Touch documentation specifically for BlackBerry 10. The documentation includes a getting started guide, code samples, live previews and much more.

BlackBerry 10 Samples

You can find a BlackBerry 10 sample included in the collections of samples provided with the Sencha Touch 2.4 SDK at /examples/blackberry.

There is another Sencha Touch sample application leveraging the BlackBerry 10 theme in our BlackBerry samples repository. There will be more sample applications coming to our repository soon. Stay tuned!

Bringing your Sencha Touch App to BlackBerry 10

If you already have a Sencha Touch application and are looking to bring it over to BlackBerry 10, you’re in for a treat – you can bring your application to BlackBerry 10 in just a few steps.

Here is the complete porting guide and a developer video, which shows you step by step instructions to bring your Sencha Touch application to BlackBerry 10.

Let me know if you have any comments or questions in the comments section below or send me a tweet at @Naveenan5. I will be happy to respond to you and even happier to see your apps in BlackBerry World!


6 days ago
To reach BlackBerry customers and more, go Amazon

NOTE: Dates and Times have been updated below.

BlackBerry Dev Go Amazon

We posted earlier about our Amazon Appstore licensing deal. We’re happy to provide additional assistance to help you to take advantage of this exciting new opportunity.

A three-part webcast series

We have three insightful webcasts designed to help you fully understand the benefits of the Amazon Developer Program, get practical advice from BlackBerry and Amazon experts, and have your questions answered in a live Q&A. Each webcast will be approximately an hour in length. Register today to make sure you have all the information you need to get started.

Register now


Introduction to the Amazon Developer Program – August 26, 2 PM ET

Join us for our first webcast where we’ll provide an overview of the Amazon developer program and answer all your questions on how you can access BlackBerry customers and more. Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Amazon Ecosystem Overview
  • Amazon Appstore Basics
  • Amazon Mobile SDK Overview
  • Amazon Devices Overview
  • Amazon Devices Compatibility
  • Developer Support

How to get your apps into the Amazon Appstore – August 28, 2 PM ET

This webcast will deliver practical advice, including “gotchas” and “how-tos” for Android, HTML5 and AIR developers. We’ll have experts on hand with Android, HTML5 and AIR expertise to help you get your app into the Amazon Appstore. Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Testing your .apk for the Amazon Appstore
  • Getting your app into the Amazon Appstore
  • Coding for different devices, tablet, smartphone, TV
  • How to take your BlackBerry HTML5 app to Amazon
  • How to take your BlackBerry AIR app to Amazon
  • How to take your BlackBerry Android App to Amazon

Amazon Developer Expert Q&A – September 4, 2 PM ET
Did you have any challenges bringing your BlackBerry app to Amazon? We want to help you get them resolved and your app into the store. Attend this webcast to have all of your questions about the Amazon Appstore and Amazon Developer Program answered by the experts. This webcast will be completely focused on Q&A.

Get started now

Both BlackBerry and Amazon are committed to providing support to help developers migrate their BlackBerry apps to the Amazon Appstore this summer. Check out the Amazon Developer website to see all the resources available to you or go straight to the link for your development platform:

> Resources for Android™ developers: https://developer.amazon.com/public/solutions/platforms/android-fireos

> Resources for HTML5 developers: https://developer.amazon.com/public/solutions/platforms/webapps

It’s free to register for the Amazon Developer Program — you pay nothing to create an account, use Amazon APIs or submit apps. Get started now.

Get more in the Amazon Appstore

We’re really excited about all the amazing opportunities that the Amazon Appstore offers BlackBerry developers:

  • 500,000 free mobile ad impressions with Appstore Developer Select
  • Amazon Coins incentives to reward customers and improve conversion
  • The opportunity to participate in Amazon’s Free App of the Day promotion<

So what are you waiting for? Get started today to get in front of BlackBerry customers and more in the Amazon Appstore.


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