This is new. I’ve decided I’m going to start out on (what seems like) the impossible quest of learning, developing, publishing & marketing my first BB app.
First: I don’t know a THING about developing apps- java, CSS, SDK, flash etc. It’s all foreign to me. 100% newbie here.
Second: As I learn, I’ll post. I want this to be a step-by-step guide for those of us (like myself) who don’t have a clue where to begin.
Third: I’m not sure yet whether I’ll develop a PlayBook tablet app, or a mobile app (I haven’t even gotten that far yet). Whatever I do, I will cover basics: building a theme-based app, an app for your blog/site, and then a more complicated app involving GPS locators, maps, directories etc.
Let’s start building apps! o.O
Is this RIM’s solution to their app-less PlayBook problem? First we heard that RIM was looking at making the PlayBook compatible with Android’s more than 130,000 apps in an effort to boost PlayBook sales & create a bunch of hype pre-launch. Now RIM is offering free PlayBooks (through mid-March) for app developers who create a “quality” PB app. Once you submit it, if RIM likes it, bam! Free PlayBook for you.
It’s that easy. Or is it?
Well this news is by no means official, but those are the whisperings in the tech world. Google’s Android, a mobile phone operating system, offers a software development kit for app developers specifically to be run on Android-based phones (says my super knowledgable source, Wikipedia). Why Android? Well, I was alluding to this earlier, but RIM’s library of apps is pretty, well, pathetic in comparison to the rest of the smartphone world. In fact, Android has 130,000 apps available to RIM’s 20,000. Access to Android apps would “make the RIM platform attractive to consumers as it lacks the strength of the rivals from an apps perspective.”
Listen. If RIM does this, I’ll buy a damn PlayBook.. otherwise, I’m going to wait a year or so. What’s the point of having a shiny new toy if you can’t even play with it?
In-App Payments: great news for developers and Blackberry, but so/so news for users?
About a week ago Research in Motion (RIM) debuted BB App world 2.1 with in-app feature support.
What are in-app payments? It’s a payment function that developers had been pushing for as it allows them to offer an app for free, but! once you download the app, there are several opportunities for upgrades and premium features that cost money.
If you answer yes to the following questions, immediately download:
1. Do you like popping bubble wrap?
2. Do you like popping bubble wrap so much that you’re pretty sure it’d be necessary to do it on the metro/train/at work/clinic?
3. You love popping bubble wrap SO much you’d PAY .99 cents just to pop that bubble.
4. But at the same time, you’re eco-friendly, and you shop at Whole Foods because it makes you feel a little better. I mean, you are just trying to do your part.
WELL. Get ready to do all the
free .99 cent bubble wrapping ever:
So I’m in the process of moving, sleeping on the floor.. you know the whole deal, trying to find an order-pizza app (no dice) & randomly came across 5 Minute Clinical Consult (5MCC). An app for $80 bucks? I was intrigued.
The BB App World App (tongue twister) states that 5MCC has been the #1 selling handheld version since 1994.
Wait what? a) I’m going to assume “5 Minute Clinical Consult” is the only 5 minute clinical consult, so naturally I’d assume it’d be the #1 seller in its field. but b) handheld and 1994 doesn’t even compute in my brain.
Handheld pieces of paper? This was the mid-1990s. This is the kind of cellphone we’re talking about here: