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CircleMe, a social platform that allows users to collect and discover the things they’re passionate about, recently grew to more than 1 million “passions” in their database and more than 25000 new posts a month. Given this growth, CircleMe realized it was time to expand their reach and develop for the BlackBerry community.
CircleMe CEO Giuseppe D’Antonio told me that while they encountered complexities in developing CircleMe for Android, porting the app from Android to BlackBerry has been anything but complicated.
After two months of developing CircleMe for Android, it took just four days of development work and a couple days of testing to port it to BlackBerry 10. Provided below are a few tips learned along the way:
The Discover (Plants) section required some special attention since the app uses a map service to show where our “plants” are located. After some trials, they decided to implement OpensStreetMaps and replace Google Maps.
Users are given the opportunity to share content via various social channels. However, since Google+ is not yet available for BlackBerry, they decided to remove this feature to avoid user confusion.
The overlay design for CircleMe’s tutorial needed some tweaks to make sure the overlays were positioned perfectly on the Z10-Z30 devices.
After taking these issues into consideration, the APK conversion and publishing process was seamless, allowing users to see the app on BlackBerry World within 24 hours.
Porting Android apps to BlackBerry can expose your app to new audiences, and the BlackBerry Developer Relations team is here to help make the process as easy as possible. Leave us your questions in the comments below!
In this post I wanted to go over how easy it is to package your existing Sencha Touch applications using PhoneGap and bring it to the BlackBerry 10 platform. Since the release of Sencha Touch 2.3 and Phone Gap 2.9, creating your cross platform applications (including BlackBerry 10, iOS and Android) has never been easier. Here is the quick review of the process.
1. Install the BlackBerry SDK ( WebWorks or Native)
You can either use the WebWorks SDK or the Native SDK with PhoneGap 2.9 in order to build your apps for the BlackBerry 10 platform. For more info about your SDK the choicees, refer to the PhoneGap documentation.
2. Register for code signing keys
For a step-by-step guide on how to register and install code signing keys, visit our HTML5 WebWorks page.
3. Install the BlackBerry 10 Simulator (optional)
If you don’t have a BlackBerry 10 device, you can still test your application on a BlackBerry 10 Simulator, which closely resembles a real BlackBerry 10 device. Here is the step-by-step guide to test your application on a BlackBerry 10 simulator.
You are only few minutes away from deploying your Sencha/PhoneGap application on to a BlackBerry 10 platform; the remaining steps are outlined below.
4. You need to add a target, which can be a BlackBerry 10 device or simulator.
5. Now you can build the project. A project can be built in debug or release mode. For more information, refer to the PhoneGap documentation.
<path to project>/cordova/build
6. Finally, you can deploy the project to a target.
<path to project>/cordova/run <target>
Now, your application should be running on the BlackBerry 10 device or the simulator. For a great example of one of many apps that we have in the BlackBerry World that leverages Sencha Touch and Phone Gap, check out PC Plus.
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 the BlackBerry World!
We know our Built for BlackBerry program will help your app make money – and we backed this statement up with our 10k Developer Commitment Program. Launched last winter, participants who earn $1,000 USD on their app over the 12 months will receive the difference between their earnings and $10,000 USD for that app. The period to have your app Built for BlackBerry approved in order to qualify for the 10k payout closed March 4, 2014, so we wanted to take the opportunity to thank all the developers that submitted an app. and congratulate all those developers whose apps have qualified for the payout!
More information on payout will be sent to those that qualified within the next four weeks.