Iconic Canadian brands Air Canada, Tim Horton’s, Loblaw’s, Manulife, The Toronto Maple Leafs, and The Weather Network have developed BlackBerry 10 apps in time for the next-generation mobile platform’s launch on January 30th.
Air Canada will have a free app that features all sorts of airport conveniences such as retrieving boring passes, check-in and manage payments. The BlackBerry 10 app features even more conveniences and features.
Tim Horton’s, the coffee chain that defines the average Canadian is big on brand interaction. TimmyMe is a location finder that should help Canadians track down the closest location even in the most severe of snowstorms.
Loblaw’s, the Canadian grocer whose store-brands often have the reputation of being better that their name-brand counterparts has a free President’s Choice Recipe Box app for BlackBerry 10. The app has over 1000 recipes complimented by photos, step-by-step instructions ideal for mobile and videos: Yum.
Manilife, one of Canada’s biggest insurance and financial services based in Toronto uses BlackBerry to connect with clients and distribution parters. They plan to have their BlackBerry 10 app InsureRight ready for launch.
Connecting with fans with the mobile is something that The Toronto Maple Leafs do pretty well. Their app for BlackBerry features box scores, game day previews, news ticker, customizable player tracker, breaking news, and the Leafs’ Twitter comment feed.
The Weather Network has a formidable presence on BlackBerry, supporting dedicated weather apps for both BlackBerry and the Playbook tablet. Its -17 degrees celcius (Zero Fahrenheit) where I am in Ottawa so weather is pretty important to us Canadians.