12-07-2010 12:36 PM
With an exciting webinar approaching (last in a series), I thought it might be useful to the BB presenters if they had more time to prepare for certain questions that would likely be asked during the presentation.
Just post questions in hopes that BB will read this and respond during the presentation or here.
Webinar will be at:
Here some of my own:
12-07-2010 01:05 PM
Can enterprise (aka company-specific) applications be distributed via the App World? If so, how? If not, how does one distribute apps to users to install on their Playbook outside of the App World?
12-07-2010 01:12 PM
Maybe you already know, but the rules were now published. It seems that the way you can submit and/or update your app will be the same used for smartphones applications.
Now, specifically about the free Playbook offer, you can find more information at http://us.blackberry.com/developers/tablet/terms_c
It doesn't seem to have a lot of conditions though. For example, excluding weblinks and "fart-type applications" makes sense for me.
Of course, using the term "in its sole and absolute discretion" gives them almighty power to approve or reject any kind of app, but the message I'm reading here is that RIM is willing to pay developers "couple hundreds of dollars" to have the App World full of good apps at launch time. It seems a smart move.
12-07-2010 02:41 PM
In the conditions, BB has that if there are too many ('excessive') applications of a certain category, that they may reject additional applications of the same category. Let's assume a "category" is something more specific than "social media", or "im" or "chat", but let's take Twitter clients as an example of a "category".
If 10 Twitter are in App World, and candidate Twitter client #11 is by far "better" than 1-10, will that be excluded? And if "10" is the magical number that is allowed in App World, would one of the earlier apps be removed in place of the new candidate?
I know there is some reason why this clause is there, but should not the "market" determine which applications are to stay in App World? App World already has a user rating system, should'nt that determine which will float to the top?
12-07-2010 02:55 PM
I believe the excessive number of applications will determine whether you're eligible or not for the free Playbook, not to prevent the app to be accepted.
Anyway, it is very subjective and I believe they will be opened for discussion if necessary.
12-07-2010 03:04 PM
Still kind of scary for a developer who may have worked long hours to get the most amazing experience for the end user, who still submits prior to the deadline but finds out later that the application falls into a category that was determined earlier to be saturated. I expect that BB will have some kind of appeal process in situations like this. It would be good to know from App World that a category has been closed out and where to submit for appeal. Otherwise a developer or company may have spent considerable resources to only find out later that there are no avenues to get the application into the marketplace. Hate to see what happended with Apple's store and iPad/iPhone happen here.
12-07-2010 03:54 PM
Truly speaking, I would not spent my free time to create another Twitter application, or any other application which seems to be to obvious (like web browsers - I laughed reading terms).
My concerns are cumulated in this point:
However, be advised that the distribution of the Device will not begin until the Device is commercially available to the public in the Eligible Participant’s country of residence (as provided to Sponsor during initial registration at the Vendor Portal).
In my country newcomming devices are available more than year or two after official launch in the US (or western europe). It is not matter, than my European country is in EU, this is more than third world, and I may wait for my device up to two or three years, and it may end that device will not be continued (b/c of creation of PlayBook2 - none of Storm series BB was officially distributed here). There is many examples of services and products, which are well known world wide (like iTunes, BB Thorch), and they are not yet available in my country (and it is hard to tell when they will be).
Creation of app which will be eligible for free device will be win, but not so sweat as it should be.
12-07-2010 07:14 PM
I also fell the same situation Jakub. I'm also from Poland. We will probably get Playbook 1 when in USA they will be releasing Playbook 2. Maybe there is any possibility to change that term?
12-09-2010 11:33 AM
I'd like to know if there will be some functionality I can use in my app like this:
private const mypin:uint = Device.device.pin;
if (! verifiedPaid(mypin))
12-09-2010 12:02 PM
Please add this to the Webinar questions for today too...