Monthly Archive for February, 2011

GroupMe SMS Group Chat App Now Available for Beta Download

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GroupMe is a pretty cool company that was born out of TechCrunch Disrupt. The company created a simple way to create SMS-based groups so people could easily communicate with and manage their social circles. Currently, the app uses the Twilio API, but it could leverage other APIs such as BBM, in order to add more contacts to the group and communicate outside of the US. The company has announced recently that their GroupMe app is now available on BlackBerry in beta form.

GroupMe is available on Android, iPhone and BlackBerrys running OS 5.0 and up. To download the app OTA, hit this link from your BlackBerry browser.

XIMAD Launches Brain Cube and Previews Droplets Game for PlayBook

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XIMAD has recently launched a new BlackBerry game called Brain Cube. The game involves navigating a rectangular block around obstacles in order to reach the end of the level. Brain Cube has several levels with varying difficulty and features social integration so you can share it easily with people in your network.

The company is also previewing their upcoming PlayBook game Droplets. The game has some nice-looking graphics and it’s also of the puzzle genre. Check out some of the screenshots in App World.

BlackBerry may not have a reputation for being much of a gaming platform but as long as companies like XIMAD keep developing great games, perception will change.

Derek Ting, CEO of Enflick, Talks About Their 8M User-Base IM Client

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I sat down with Derek Ting, CEO of Enflick, the makers of PingChat! to talk about their 8M strong app. The guys at Enflick have a strong team and the founders are all in their early 20s. Not too long ago, the company announced some metrics about their PingChat! app that are incredibly impressive.

One of the more interesting aspects of PingChat!, which we discuss in the video, is that the fact that Enflick is able to support a network of 8M users sending media to each other with just 2 revenue sources. The in-app ads in their iOS and Android builds, as well as some revenue from another app they sell, is all the money they need for infrastructure. A great example of leveraging ads and a product portfolio to grow your business.

Keep in mind that while this is posted on YouTube, there’s not much to see in the video; it’s all in the audio. If there’s any interest in these, I can post more with other companies in the near future. Hit the jump to check out an infographic about PingChat’s success.
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BlackBerry App World Generates Highest Revenue Per App

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There’s been a lot of buzz recently over the IHS Screen Digest Table: Global Mobile Applications Store Ranking in 2010 and 2009. Though I’m sure you’ve seen it in many articles, I’ve included here for reference.

Most of the buzz related to this chart has revolved around people saying either Apple still dominates, Android has a weaker showing than expected, or look at how much growth Android has had. Very little has been written about the REAL story that chart is showing: BlackBerry App World generates a higher revenue per app than any other store — by a wide margin. Guess you better drop all your iPhone devs and get working on BlackBerry projects right?Well, maybe, but drastic action to statistics is usually a bad idea. Let’s take a closer look at these numbers and I will make the case that BlackBerry gets hosed by the media in terms of coverage (at least positive coverage) for App World and that, while a drop-everything-for-BlackBerry approach is probably not warranted, if you’re still not considering BlackBerry for app development you are seriously hindering your revenue potential for your product.

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RIM’s Tyler Lessard Responds to PlayBook Dev Post

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We recently commented on Jamie Murai’s PlayBook dev post/rant and it looks like the post got RIM’s attention as Tyler Lessard has responded on the official dev blog. It seems a lot of developers are annoyed that Murai’s post, which hasn’t said anything that hasn’t been said either on other blogs or in their support forums, gets an official response from RIM, whereas their posts did not. Maybe RIM’s dev blog should do monthly roundups of concerns raised in the forums and their official response. It would prove they’re listening to everyone.

While the official response from RIM was a little contrived, there are a few notable quotes:
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BlackBerry Analytics Service Beta for Developers Now Available

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Back at DEVCON2010. we heard the Analytics Service would be available early 2011 and it’s now here. A beta BlackBerry Analytics Service is now available for developers to download and start using. The Analytics SDK and web-based reporting tool allows developers to collect data about their applications so they can improve and optimize them. The service should also make for some interesting editorializing of BlackBerry apps with all the user data devs will be collecting.

The BlackBerry Analytics Service is powered by Webtrends and integration requires just a few lines of code. After integrating, developers will get:
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