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
PS. I like how RIM quotes Crackberry twice, as though they’re some kind of legitimate authority on all things Blackberry. I get that they’re a huge BB blog/forum/review/site, but “crack” “berry” really? Their name insinuates bb users with cocaine. Um, I’ll pass.
Moving on. RIM is waiving its normally $200 vendor certification fee for app developers. Apparently just a couple months ago it would cost a user $200 + a long wait of a few weeks to find out whether or not they had been approved as an app developer. Now it’s free and turn around time for hearing back from RIM is a few days’ time. (I found this out from pouring through pages of developer forums on blackberry.com). Under this deal you can submit up to 10 apps before you have to reapply. Risk-free.
I wonder what other freebies RIM will offer in the coming weeks…
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?
Now here’s a simple photo upload app. Above is a screenshot I grabbed from my BB. Photobucket is a standard BB app, and you should be able to find it in your “downloads” folder, but that’s just a shortcut which will take you to the mobile site where you can upload the actual app.
The particularly great thing about this app (that I like anyway) is the automatic upload everytime you take a pic on your BB. Snap a photo, it instantly uploads on photobucket – you don’t even have to think about it (although make sure your privacy settings are adjusted accordingly; “public” is the default setting).
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.
So recently Juniper Research released a long-ass (& really expensive) study that said, in a nutshell, by 2015 the number of apps downloaded will be in the 25B range (source).
World-wide about 30M apps are downloaded per day, with BB accounting for about 2M of those apps. I’m no math genius, but basically it’ll take BB about 3 years to hit the 1B mark. Why is iphone leaving BB in the dust?