Can't say I'm happy about this
If this were the only source talking about the quality of the look and feel of BB10 apps I wouldn't pay much heed to it, but I've seen this mentioned several times so far this week. Here's an example I linked in a review starting at the part where he talks about Blackberry World's apps. Main things I'm unhappy about are a) So many apps aren't developed using the better looking native SDK's, and b) The app world is looking more and more like a repository of Android ports rather than native apps.
NOTE: Forward the Video to 6:20
There's also a not very impressive overview of Blackberry Maps and Navigation on this phone at 5:15.
Carrier controlled updates is the worst smartphone spec of them all
- CrackBerry Addict
02-12-13, 08:26 AM #3
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I agree but .... I see BlackBerry's move into BB10 in developmental phases. For this first phase there was SO much to do, and a critical piece was getting apps at launch from deveopers who had no faith, weren't BB fans and probably thought the company was DOA. BlackBerry did the right thing by spoon feeding and making it such a no-brainer to port over apps that even someone who didn't care would do it. They even sweetened the pot with a promise of profits. Second phase comes as BlackBerry regains traction and can start being pickier and increasing expectations. Plus they know users will put pressure on developers to get their act together and create the native version. Anyway, this is my hope.
- 02-12-13, 08:38 AM #4
Okay, to be honest, the word "Android port" is kind of stupid. What's actually happening is that BB10 has a Java emulator. That's exactly how Android runs most of its own apps, thought the Dalvik Java emulator. Yes, on BB10 it is mostly there as a temporary way to get apps into the store, but I really don't think its that bad. The apps run pretty well. Some lag is not that big of a deal if you consider that the alternative would be not having the app at all. Most people only check if the phone has the app, not how well it runs (for example, people would ask if it has Instagram, Whatsapp, Skype, etc.). Once more people have the phone, the developer's reputation will go down significantly (obviously, if the phone sells well), and they would have to make a native app or risk losing customers.
- 02-12-13, 08:44 AM #5
I don't think it's too much to expect updates and fixes from developers who rushed apps into BBW and now need to polish them. BB Maps is a more serious concern, though. The bar has been set pretty high, and if people can't download Google Maps or something nearly as good from BBW it's going to be a problem. Sideloading isn't an option for the vast majority of users.
- 02-12-13, 09:05 AM #6
- 02-12-13, 09:10 AM #7
- 02-12-13, 09:38 AM #9
BlackBerry didn't even get all their own apps ported to BB10. Where's Protect and Travel? Why does the Bridge suck compared to BBOS? Why aren't the notifications great? I think we should be hold BlackBerry to a higher standard than independent developers, especially when BlackBerry kept pushing B10 availability back on the devs!
- 02-12-13, 09:49 AM #11
Look, in order to build something that will handle future development, you need a strong base. That's exactly what BB did; they built a strong base, and now all their attention can be diverted to adding features (and obviously fixing the few bugs in the OS)...
- 02-12-13, 09:52 AM #12
My opinion is that, with limited resources, BBRY is working feverishly to get Protect and Travel up to speed, but the need to fix OS bugs and add missing features is stretching everybody to the breaking point. I can only imagine what the atmosphere in development at BBRY is like right now.
- 02-12-13, 09:53 AM #14
Especially in the conference room where they are discussing "I though YOU were responsible for Skype"...
Yeah, lots of compromises made as they ran out of time. Q1, 2013 was the date and they couldn't afford another delay.
So they shipped what they had. Never heard of Six Sigma apparently.
In any event, it is a 1.0 release and can be fixed.
- CrackBerry Addict
02-12-13, 04:11 PM #19
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I am positive that BlackBerry did whatever smoked-filled room deal that Microsoft bargained for to get Microsoft to allow Skype to be offered on BlackBerry 10 without it being crippled by shady carrier deals like the current version of Skype on BlackBerry 7.x and lower.
- CrackBerry Addict
02-13-13, 12:01 AM #21
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Samsung Blackjack (hmm)
Samsung Galaxy Tab (the original and "2" both 7-inch)
All these devices had features that tried to innovate on the market, had "potential" in theory and could have been huge successes but were essentially sunk as soon as they launched because they were actually half-baked to the point that of no recovery and made worse by (eventual) utter abandonment by their manufacturers. This is simply not the case for the Z10.
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