As more developers are updating their apps with Material Design elements, we're starting to see a plethora of beautiful new apps on the Play Store. But which ones are the best? Let us know what you think the best looking apps on Android are and why.
XDA App Now on BlackBerry – Easily Port APKs to BlackBerry 10 [Sponsored]
Over the years, we’ve gotten a stream of requests for the XDA Forum App on alternate platforms, including BlackBerry®. People certainly use a BlackBerry smartphone for work but also for play, and want access to the forums at all times. After taking time to look into the porting process, we realized how incredibly easy it would be. In reality, signing up for our developer account on the BlackBerry® World™ storefront took more time than the actual port!
BlackBerry offers an SDK for building native BlackBerry® 10 apps, but there are also several alternatives for nonnative ports. These include ActionScript for existing apps written in Adobe AIR, and WebWorks™, an HTML 5 SDK. With WebWorks, you can either create an app launcher that loads an external web page in a chromeless (i.e. no navigation, no address bar, etc.) web view or packages the HTML5 resources so that they run directly on a BlackBerry 10 smartphone.
The XDA App for BlackBerry 10 smartphones was built using non-native option #3: the BlackBerry Packager for Android apps. You can use BlackBerry’s tools to run Jelly Bean apps directly on BlackBerry 10 (v10.2 beta), but the online packager (we used the command line version) currently only works with Android 2.3.3 apps. Here’s the entire process.
First, we registered our vendor account, which required emailing some government identification, and created our secure certificates for signing BlackBerry apps. This involved setting up our desktop to sign BlackBerry apps via a Java applet and creating a key pair with password. With Android and BlackBerry SDKs installed, we used the apk2bar program to re-package XDA Premium in the BlackBerry 10 app format (.bar), which only took a few moments, and then signed the app with our certificates. Finally, we submitted the app to BlackBerry World for (speedy) approval.
If you have a BlackBerry 10 smartphone, go get the XDA app now. It’s free and ad-free. Enjoy!
BlackBerry and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of BlackBerry Limited.
Thanks to BlackBerry for sponsoring this post and for sending us a Z10 for testing with the XDA app.
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
While Cyanogen, Inc has been the source of many headlines lately, there seems to be a lot of confusion regarding the differences between Cyanogen, Inc and CyanogenMod developers, as well as Cyanogen OS and the CyanogenMod ROM that so many XDA users love. The entities surrounding each of these are sometimes different and sometimes intertwined. We’ve gotten messages and comments requesting for a clearer distinction between these for future reference, which is why we are writing this feature. Let’s start...
Android Lollipop 5.1.1 has been released. That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of the new Google Cell Service and what we know about it and be sure to check out the article talking about the release of the Sony Xperia Z4. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on...