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BlackBerry 10 Pop Quiz – New 10.2.1 questions!



Whether new or experienced, a fun way to learn more about your BlackBerry 10 device is taking the BlackBerry 10 Pop Quiz.

Recently updated with BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1 questions, this free app provides a short multiple-choice quiz with different questions every time you take a quiz. When you finish a quiz, share your score with friends and family as well using the provided additional resources to learn more about your device.

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With that being said, follow the steps below to install the BlackBerry 10 Pop Quiz!

  1. Open BlackBerry World
  2. Tap Search and enter BlackBerry 10 Pop Quiz

Got a question that you think should be covered in the BlackBerry 10 Pop Quiz? Leave a comment and let me know!

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One App, One Community, One Place…BlackBerry Community App



Over the past couple of days BlackBerry users and supporters have been buzzing about the release of BlackBerry’s new “BlackBerry Community App “. I finally downloaded and installed the application this morning and was quite impressed with the amount of information and content found within the app itself.

The app is well built taking full advantage of the BlackBerry 10 user interface. The app has a total of 8 different links to choose from with each link providing you with a different category of various connected BlackBerry forums, blogs and even a link to BBM Channels.  

This is the perfect application if you like to stay connected with all the most up to date info concerning BlackBerry. From information about Business to finding that much needed developer support, The BlackBerry Community App will be your gateway for all your official BlackBerry news and information.

I have provided more details below and also a link to download the app as well. Enjoy!

The BlackBerry Community App is your window into the BlackBerry Community.
Read the official Inside BlackBerry Blogs:

• Inside BlackBerry
• Inside BlackBerry Help Blog
• Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog
• Inside BlackBerry Business Blog 

Access the BlackBerry Support Forums to read, write, reply, like and search forum posts. Quickly view a list of the newest posts in the forum or the latest posts you have participated in.  View and subscribe to a list of BBM Channels curated by BlackBerry.

Download App here at BlackBerry World 

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Meet the BlackBerry Community App


Below is a guest post from our Developer blog author, MSohm.

Are you looking for a convenient way to access the 4 BlackBerry blogs, BlackBerry Support Forums and official BlackBerry BBM Channels on your BlackBerry 10 Smartphone*? Then look no further, the BlackBerry Community App is here!

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The BlackBerry Community App lets you easy scan for the latest BlackBerry news on the Inside BlackBerry Blog, Help Blog, Developers Blog and Business Blog. Use it to read and share your favourite blog posts.

It also gives you easy access to the BlackBerry Community Support Forums, including the General Forums, Business Forums and Developer Forums. You can read and search for posts in any board. Swipe down from the top of the app to enter the Settings to configure your forum account, which will be safely stored for easy access when you return. Now you can create, reply to and like posts. Track threads you are participating in using the My Posts feature. You can also view a listing of the most recent threads across all 3 boards. Like any great BlackBerry app, sharing is also integrated. Share forum posts right from the app using BBM, email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and many more apps.

Switch to the BBM Channels tab where you can open or subscribe to the BlackBerry, BlackBerry Jam, BlackBerry Beta Zone and BlackBerry Careers BBM Channels.

Go give it a try for yourself, the BlackBerry Community app is free to download in the BlackBerry World storefront.

*The BlackBerry Community App requires BlackBerry OS 10.2 or higher.

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BlackBerry VP of Developer Relations Alec Saunders Now VP of QNX Cloud


Alec Saunders

Alec Saunders, the incredibly outspoken VP of Developer Relations, is now the VP of QNX Cloud. This is interesting for a few reasons:

1) The new CEO John Chen is shifting the company’s efforts over to the enterprise, and perhaps Developer Relations isn’t as important now.

2) QNX has been making the most news these days, especially at CES, and is arguably the strongest company in the “BlackBerry Portfolio”.

3) Recently, BlackBerry released OS 10.2.1, which gives users the ability to install Android .apk files directly onto a BlackBerry 10 phone. Perhaps this means Android is the consumer app play moving forward.

There’s definitely a culture shift happening at BlackBerry and it’s happening fast. BlackBerry as a “portfolio of companies” is going to become increasingly evident as employees move between BES, BBM, and QNX.

Read Alec’s blog on the specific reasons as to why he is now with QNX Cloud.


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Closing the App Gap


App Gap


For some time now one of the main arguments against BlackBerry 10 was its lack of available apps in BlackBerry World. The BlackBerry Developer Relations Team, before the initial release of BlackBerry 10, made great strides in their attempts to get developers on board with the new BB10 Operating System.

Just over two years ago BlackBerry launched what was called ” BlackBerry Jam Conference ” , which was a series of conferences held worldwide in various cities specifically catered to mobile app developers and those interested in learning about and developing for the new BlackBerry 10 OS. 

Although these conferences were very successful in the developer’s community, there were still issues with big time companies whose apps were available for Android and IOS but still yet not available for BlackBerry 10.

As time went on and BlackBerry 10 was officially released, starting with the all touch BlackBerry Z10 and later the QWERTY Keyboard Q10. Now the sales of these devices were not as promising as BlackBerry had hoped and this would eventually lead to some major changes in the company starting with the removal of then CEO Thorsten Heinz, who I give credit for at least bringing BlackBerry 10 to market.

Although sales were down, BlackBerry still had a promising well-built OS in BlackBerry 10. There were several new features and gestures that made this OS very different and some say even superior to the Android and IOS Operating Systems. This was a big plus for BlackBerry as the Z10 got some pretty nice reviews as an operating system overall but got butchered due to the lack of available big time apps such as Instagram, Netflix and various banking institution apps.

As time went on more and more of those dedicated BlackBerry users began to jump ship to other platforms with a large part due to not having those big named apps available to them. This so called “Lack of Apps ” movement really began to hurt BlackBerry 10 as some BlackBerry users that were still on those legacy phones, all but passed up on the new BlackBerry 10 devices, choosing  rather to go with  IOS , Android and even Windows Phone.

I have always felt that this lack of apps issue was totally over blown. For me and some other people I know, it was all about getting things done and making sure I had a device that did that what I needed it to do, which BlackBerry 10 did with limited faults and complaints. Now for the average consumer this would not be enough satisfy their craving and need to have those apps that were not available on BlackBerry 10.

Now if you have been paying attention to BlackBerry 10 and even going back to the Playbook OS, someone smart at BlackBerry knew that it would be very difficult to get some developers on board with BB10. With this is mind, they also knew that in order to remain relevant something had to be done to fix this lack of apps issue. The foundation was clearly laid with the Playbook OS allowing for some Android apps to run on the device by way of the Android Runtime implementation. A lot of diehard BlackBerry fans viewed this as a negative (I was one at first) but others had already seen the overall big picture of what was needed to bridge this app gap.

Fast forward to today and with the recent release of OS 10.2.1, BlackBerry 10 has now closed this application gap by at least 75%. OS 10.2.1 allows for users to directly install and run Android .APK files to your current BlackBerry 10 device. I have been on the leaked version of 10.2.1 for a couple of months now and I have been very impressed with what BlackBerry has done with this latest release.

Based on your carrier, 10.2.1 is now available for you to install. Before you install any updates or make any changes to your BlackBerry 10 device, please make sure you have BlackBerry Link installed on your PC or Mac and do a complete back up.

Now a lot of people are wondering how to install these Android Applications and were to get the .APK files.  Below I have added some links from various sources that will help you with that process. At this point there should be really no reason not to get that love back for BlackBerry as the “App Gap ” is slowly coming to a close.

Come on back home, back to the Black…BlackBerry!


Get your .APK fix at links below, you will need to be on the official OS 10.2.1 or a leaked version of 10.2.1 in order to install and run .APK files directly.

Aptoide via BerryReview

N4BB’s APK Download Center via N4BB

Amazon App Store  via



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