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Best Apps for 2017

With 2017 already a few weeks underway let’s look at some of the top apps on BlackBerry World you will want to use this year!


With the start of a new year, stay connected with your friends and family through instant chats, voice calls, picture sharing, voice notes and more only on BBM! With features like timed and retractable messages, multi-person chats, and personalized BBM channels, customize your own messaging experience on the most secure messaging app.

opera-mini-web-browserOpera Mini web browser:

Stay up to speed with Opera Mini’s unique compression technology which saves data and lets you browse up to 90% faster! With Opera Mini, you get a better connection even when you’re off the map. With special features such as private browsing, night mode, and optimized resolution for the best-looking web browser, you’ll never miss out on the latest news, sports and entertainment on Opera Mini.

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Take a break with this addicting time passer! With an all new available update and special promotion, Asphalt 8: Airborne provides players with action packed racing and a wide selection of high performance cars to choose from. From stunning multiplayer gameplay to music that will rev your soul, you won’t want to miss out!

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No Instagram? No problem. iGrann delivers a flawless Instagram experience on your BlackBerry® 10 device. Post, share and relive this year’s special moments with others across the world. See what your family and friends are up to with the notifications hub and the unique gesture and navigation features of BlackBerry® 10 smartphones.

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This year capture your memories with ThirdEye, one of the best reviewed real time cameras and photo editors on BlackBerry. ThirdEye lets you take funny pictures in real time and provide tools to sketch on and stamp emoticons as overlays on your photos. With a wide selection of filters and customizable features, personalize any photo the way you like and share it with friends and family.

Here are another 5 apps worth checking out:

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BlackBerry Protect

Candy Camp Story

FastTube- Ultimate YouTube player for BlackBerry 10

Secret SMS and MMS

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What’s New for Android and iOS Developers in BlackBerry UEM 12.6


With the recent release of BlackBerry Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) version 12.6 (formerly BES), developers have even more tools at their disposal now to write secure, connected and controlled applications for enterprise. This release aims at unifying the various BlackBerry software solutions that have been acquired or engineered under a single, amalgamated, all-encompassing platform.

With that, we have BlackBerry Unified Endpoint Management.

To coincide with the launch of UEM 12.6, we’ve even relaunched our BlackBerry enterprise developer website to highlight the opportunities developers have to interact and leverage the BlackBerry Development Platform.

The BlackBerry Dynamics SDK (formerly Good Dynamics) remains the foremost means for mobile app developers to secure communications/data, and deploy at scale to enterprise end-users via BlackBerry UEM. Rather than spending valuable time learning how to secure, deploy and manages these apps at a low-level, the Dynamics SDK allows developers to focus on building their commercial/business apps, by allowing the SDK framework to do the heavy lifting instead.

panther-icon-blackberry-lock-overlayThere is one interesting note for Android and iOS developers who have been using the Dynamics SDK and posting their apps to the BlackBerry MarketPlace for Enterprise Software; there are now updated overlay files/actionscripts to reflect the new BlackBerry lock overlay for your app’s icon. Existing apps in the market won’t need to be updated to reflect the new icon overlay (yet), however new submissions will require the updated iconography. Fortunately, the process is the same, and an updated video and template files are provided to make this as simple as possible.

Android developers, and particularly administrators, will be happy to learn that a Google domain is no longer required for Android for Work deployments in BlackBerry UEM 12.6. Troubleshooting remote application issues has also been greatly simplified, with the ability to retrieve Android device logs over BlackBerry UEM, by sending a Get device logs command.

When it comes to iOS, developers targeting iOS 9.3.2+ now have the ability to have their apps whitelisted (or blacklisted) within a compliance profile. As well, the capability to have their apps configured for their end-users according to the AppConfig schema is now being supported. BlackBerry UEM supports default and custom variables. Default variables represent standard account attributes (for example, username) and other predefined attributes (for example, server address used for device activation). Custom variables can be  created for other additional attributes.

To learn more about BlackBerry Unified Endpoint Management 12.6, complete documentation for administrators and developers can be referenced at

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The Top Developer Blog Posts from 2016


Happy New Year and welcome to 2017!

In 2016 we yet again saw many acquisitions and changes at BlackBerry as we continued our shift. With our focus becoming quite clear, we have great expectations for 2017. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we would like to reflect on some of our top blog posts from 2016.

With the acquisition of Good Technology, we began offering a BlackBerry Dynamics (formerly Good Dynamics) Overview and introduction to the platform by Building Your First Secured App. After many months of collaboration and hard work, we finally Introduced the BlackBerry Development Platform, offering developers the ability to expand their scope, focus on driving business value to enterprise organizations and enhance the end user experience by developing secure, feature-rich mobility solutions.

We also announced new releases of BES12 (now UEM), from versions 12.3 to 12.6, a cloud update and BES12 v12.5: Activating Work Only (COBO) Android for Work on Android 6.x.

There was plenty of excitement in the Android development world when we announced that BlackBerry Integrity Detection is here!

We also listened to our developer community and offered native developers a great way to feature their amazing apps on BlackBerry World with Great Apps on BlackBerry. This program is still ongoing and you can expect to see our next collection of top native applications featured at the end of the month.

Further to this, we created the Developer Hero Program as a way to award our amazing and devoted developer community. After two months and hundreds of eligible submissions we finally announced the well-deserved Developer Hero Program Winners!

With much excitement on the road ahead, we wish you a prosperous New Year!

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The Developer Outreach and Enterprise Solutions Teams at BlackBerry Wish You a Happy Holidays!


Although each year seems to pass by rather quick, it feels as though 2016 has been one of the quickest!  We have great memories of the past year with the BlackBerry Developer Summit, continued developer support through our webcasts, acquisitions, and new software launches, it is time for a much needed break. A break to rest up and refuel for 2017, which we expect to be even more exciting!

To our developers:

Thank-you for helping us through a successful year. We owe you all a great deal of gratitude for your incredible support over the past year.  Thank you for your commitment, apps, updates and advocacy. We highlighted a few of our top developers in recent feature stories, but of course there are many, many more!

festivus_poleIn what has now become an annual tradition, our teams shared in a Festivus potluck, which included the Airing of Grievances, Feats of Strength and the Festivus Pole and of course many delicious foods.

What are your holiday traditions?

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Season’s Greetings, Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noël or whatever you may say to wish others a happy holiday makes no difference. What matters most is family and friends.

From our family at BlackBerry to yours, have a safe and joyous holiday season!

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Introducing the BlackBerry Development Platform: Software is the new BlackBerry


The BlackBerry Development Platform, is an enterprise grade toolset which enables you to build secure, powerful and customized mobility solutions for every use case. The platform augments the world class mobility capabilities of BlackBerry Dynamics for building secure apps, by adding APIs for BlackBerry Unified Endpoint Manager (UEM), BlackBerry Workspaces, BlackBerry Enterprise Identity, BlackBerry 2FA, BBM Enterprise, and BlackBerry Analytics. This collection of tools offers the ability for developers to expand their scope, focus on driving business value to enterprise organizations, and to enhance the end user experience by developing secure, feature-rich mobility solutions.

The BlackBerry Development Platform includes:

BlackBerry Dynamics –  A secure mobility SDK that provides back-end services functionality, Security services, Mobile services, and Platform services that enable the creation of mobile apps for business environments.

Unified Endpoint Manager (UEM)Provides the security, control and visibility that IT needs to manage all endpoints and ownership models, and the flexibility to support evolving business requirements.

BlackBerry WorkspacesSecure enterprise collaboration, file sharing and synchronization across all devices, protecting data with file-level encryption, access controls and rights management.

BlackBerry Enterprise IdentityA simple, mobile-first Single Sign-On solution for cloud services.

BlackBerry 2FASimplified high-security user authentication for critical systems.

BBM EnterpriseBBM Enterprise Services enables developers to embed secure enterprise-grade IP messaging, communications and collaboration functionality into their own applications and services in a simple, reliable, scalable and cost-efficient manner.

BlackBerry AnalyticsBuilt on top of the BlackBerry secure enterprise framework providing actionable insights and visibility into application usage across organizations and their users.

Check out our recently updated website with all of these new product solutions for developers HERE.

Be part of our growing community of businesses customers and partners who have already developed enterprise solutions.  Also, discover secure feature-rich solutions with our full catalogue of ISV partner apps in our marketplace here.

  • Customer and Partners can register here for our Developer Program and receive our next Enterprise Apps Newsletter

For more on the new BlackBerry Development Platform story watch our latest webcast HERE.

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Find Great Holiday Apps on BlackBerry World


Tis the season! Christmas is here, deck the halls and cook your Turkey! For me Christmas means relaxing with family and eating more food than I probably should. But for each individual person Christmas means something different, and something special.

This year I’ve decided to share with you unique Christmas celebrations from around the world. For example, did you know that in Argentina it is tradition to light “globos” (paper decorations similar to Chinese lanterns) on Christmas eve and release them into the sky? The Christmas Eve night sky in Argentina is full of beautifully lit paper decorations.

In the Netherlands the most important day of the holiday season is December 5th because that’s when Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas) delivers  his gifts. In Colombia Christmas celebrations and preparations start on the evening of December 7th, which is known as ‘Día de las Velitas’ or ‘Day of the little Candles’. Houses and streets are decorated with candles, lanterns and thousands of lights. There are also big firework displays and music playing all night.

It seems like no matter where you are in the world this time of year is full of smiles and fun times! Get yourself in that fun loving Christmas mood by checking out some of these amazing Christmas apps and games available on BlackBerry World.

Holiday Karaoke

Let’s hear those sleigh bells ring and carolers singing! This awesome app is a Christmas Karaoke app with all your favourite songs. Watch the highlighted lyrics come up line by line and sing your heart out!


Christmas Ball 10

Get in the holiday spirit with Christmas Ball 10. In this fun and exciting game, you need to clear the board by matching 3 or more sequences of the same Christmas colour! With over 100 levels to play you’ll be bubbling with Christmas joy in no time!


Christmas Race 3D

Race to the Christmas finish line in this wild Christmas game! Simply choose the frog you want to race as and hop your way to the finish line! But be sure to watch out for traffic!!!


Christmas Games Pro (Ad Free)

Christmas Games Pro contains 5 games; Jigsaw puzzle, Shape Puzzle, Connect the Dots, Memory Game and Scratch. If you’re looking to have some fun and get yourself in the Christmas mood all at once, get this app!


Christmas Ringtones

Want to be filled with Christmas cheer and merry jingles every time your phone rings? Download this awesome app and pick a brand new Christmas ringtone!


Download these and other great holiday apps in our Christmas App Collection!

Source: Developer Blackberry

BlackBerry UEM Version 12.6: What’s New for Enterprise Developers


BlackBerry UEM version 12.6 is a service pack (SP) update of the EMM solution formerly known as BES12.

BlackBerry UEM version 12.6 introduces BlackBerry UEM Web Services, which are a collection of REST APIs that you can use to create applications to manage your organization’s environment. The following REST APIs are available.

API name Behavior
Activation passwords User activation password management.
Applications Provides access and management of applications.
Company directories Provides management functions for company directories.
Email templates Email templates are used for sending activation information or compliance violation notification emails.
Groups Provides access and management of groups.
Ping Used to determine if the server is up and available.
Profiles Profiles provide the ability to assign functionality to a user or group.
Users Provides user management functions.
Utilities Provides unauthenticated utility methods.

To read the REST API documentation, check out the documents here.

For a full list of what’s new in BlackBerry UEM 12.6, check out the “Overview and what’s new” section.

Source: Developer Blackberry

Developer Hero Q&A: The Five Minds Behind Five Fingers

Our Developer Hero Program, announced last June, saw hundreds of new applications submitted to the BlackBerry 10 store. From our fantastic development community, we chose four winners. Today, we’re interviewing the last of those four –the five developers at Five Fingers, the Vietnam-based studio responsible for Demon Warrior.

Here’s what they had to say:

How long have you been developing apps on the BlackBerry 10 platform?

We only started working with BlackBerry fairly recently. Back when the Developer Hero Program was announced a few months ago, we decided to participate. Even though we’re new to the platform, we can already see many advantages to it, especially when working on BlackBerry Passport devices.

Are there any features that stand out about our OS?

We’re very excited about the productivity features of your devices, and we especially love the Form Factor of the BlackBerry Passport.

What BlackBerry devices does your team currently use?

We own several Passports and Z10s.

What kind of support have you received from BlackBerry?

The Developer Hero Program was a fantastic way to get started in BlackBerry 10 development. It helped us bring our products to a wide range of BlackBerry users, and showed us some of the great things that could be accomplished on the platform. The BlackBerry Developer Forum and the documentation on BlackBerry’s website were also excellent, and the BlackBerry support team is really amazing.

Tell us about Demon Warrior. What inspired you to create it, and what features would you like to highlight?

demon-warrior-featureIt was a collaborative effort. We first conceived of a really dark, threatening character, with an emphasis on animation. We decided we wanted more, though, and created clothing, weapons, jewels, pets, wings, and more. Eventually, it evolved into a very attractive game – we’re very happy with where it’s at right now.

What kind of momentum have you seen with Demon Warrior?

The number of downloads has been amazing, as has the level of appreciation users have shown for our work. We were surprised and pleased with the willingness of users to pay for items in the in-game shop, as well.

What other apps have you developed for BB10? Are there any you’d like to mention, or anything you’ve got in the works right now?

We haven’t released any games yet, but we’re eventually planning to bring all our games to BlackBerry 10. We hope BlackBerry users love them as much as they loved Demon Warrior.

What’s the greatest moment you’ve had with BlackBerry?

When we found out we were one of the winners of the Developer Hero Program.

About Five Fingers: Founded by a team of five Vietnamese developers ranging in age from twenty to twenty-five years old, Five Fingers develops games for a wide range of platforms, including Android, Windows Phone, Tizen, iOS, and – most recently – BlackBerry 10. Connect with Five Fingers on Facebook.

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Meet Our Next Developer Hero – Q&A with Khoa Nguyen, Founder of Big Studio

When we announced our Developer Hero Program in June, we saw a fantastic outpouring of support from our BlackBerry 10 development community. Over the span of a little over a month, we saw hundreds of new applications submitted. From those, we chose four winners – today, we sit down for an interview with another of the developers behind one of the winning apps.

big-studio-khoa-nguyenSoftware engineer Khoa Nguyen has more than a decade of development experience.  He founded Big Studio with his long-time friend, Anh Do. Together, they’ve built a strong team, with a ton of great apps – including Monkey Adventure, a fun action game developer exclusively for BlackBerry 10.

Here’s what Khoa had to say.

How long have you been developing apps on the BlackBerry 10 platform?

I started on the BlackBerry 10 platform around six years ago, when I founded Big Studio.

What attracted you to the platform?

Mostly the security and productivity of BlackBerry’s devices. They have an excellent reputation for reliability, and for keeping both personal and business data safe.

Are there any features that stand out about our OS?

If I had to choose, I’d say the BlackBerry Hub – I find it incredibly impressive. It lets me consolidate everything from emails, text messages, and calls in a single location. That’s incredibly easy and convenient, and makes it much easier to organize my day.

Do you currently use a BlackBerry device?

Yes – a BlackBerry Passport. I have to deal with hundreds of emails a day, and the Passport is perfect for that.

What kind of support have you received from BlackBerry?

A ton. BlackBerry’s developer programs have been very helpful, and I’ve received a number of Alpha Dev devices on which I can test and deploy applications.

How did you first get into app development?

I began reading up on documentation back when Cascades was first unveiled. From there, I wrote a number of applications running on BlackBerry 10 simulators, and then Dev Alpha devices a few months later.

Tell us about Monkey Adventure. What inspired you to create it, and what features would you like to highlight?

monkey-adventureI wanted to build a fun running game with beautiful graphics, funny characters, and challenging gameplay. I also wanted to make sure players never really got bored – that’s why the game has over 120 levels. As for how I chose the main character…I just really love monkeys.

What kind of momentum have you seen with monkey Adventure?

The game reached 100,000 downloads after only two months of release, and all the user feedback I’ve seen so far has been very positive.

What other apps have you developed for BB10? Are there any you’d like to mention, or anything you’ve got in the works right now?

I’ve developed more than fifty applications on Blackberry 10, but I particularly love these ones:

I mainly develop apps in fitness, healthcare, and entertainment. Together, the apps above have reached over three million cumulative downloads. I’m really proud of them.

What’s the greatest moment you’ve had with BlackBerry?

While I’ve had many great moments, I must say my best was receiving my first Alpha Dev device from BlackBerry. It helped me to quickly test and deploy applications in a shorter time than I could manage using a simulator application on desktop.

About Khoa Nguyen, Big Studio Founder:  A husband and father, Khoa was born and raised in Vietnam. He graduated from the Hanoi University of Technology in 2006, and founded Big Studio in 2010, after working several corporate positions. Connect with Khoa on Facebook, LinkedIn or via Email.

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