04-06-2011 03:55 PM
04-06-2011 04:03 PM
@appstorelover: I did not really spend too much time in the app world app. It does use the larger app logos that are uploaded as part of the vendor portal. It looked nice with a horizontal scroll pane. It was one of those things that I really did not know how much time I had in playing with the device before they would want it back, a break was over, or if there was someone else that wanted a turn. So I did a lot of round-robin exploration. Where I came back, I tried to dig a little deeper.
04-06-2011 04:40 PM
Hmm, if the large logos are being used I wonder if I should change mine up....
Come to think of it, I think a lot of my apps will be heavily modified once I get a feel for their being downloaded, used, and interacted with on a device.
Thanks again for the report John!
04-06-2011 04:46 PM
Remember, that 480x480 app logo is the first thing consumers will see for your app. If it does not catch their eye, they will probably scroll right by it (when they are just browsing the store). Think of it as a CD/Album covers. 480x480 is a good amount of real estate. I think it still gets resized down some (~300px sq.) because I dont remember if the image was 80% of the screen height (80%x600=480)).
04-06-2011 05:00 PM
Well, I originally inteded my 480 x 480 icon to be more of a ad than just a logo. However, in app world online it gets shrunk down so much you can't see practically any of it. Now, if on a device it looks more how i planned, than I may leave it. However, we'll just have to see in about two weeks or so.
04-06-2011 06:58 PM
04-07-2011 12:28 AM
i really hope RIM seriously considers your global help repository app suggestion. it's a very smart idea.
as others have previously stated, 55 million devices seems unrealistic. it's perhaps not a fair comparison due to low population density, but Canada has only 34.5 million residance. it's probably more accurate to compare it to Apple's iPad first year sales that are around 8 million (acording to a quick google search).
04-08-2011 11:08 AM
As a follow up, it appears that English will be the only language initially offered. There was not a preference in the device that I used and I was told by RIM that language choices will probably be offered in a later update.
I still encourage that developes localize their apps in preparation for this.
04-08-2011 03:07 PM
A global Help System such that each application can install a help "module" is a very interesting idea, likely with various benefits: UI standardization, provision of help (in HTML form, for example) becomes pretty much merely a declarative process, etc. Even the HTML itself could / must be based on standard template(s).
- Help. This was a single application with help for installed apps. I was told that this was just help for some of the pre-installed apps. I thought this was an excellent place for all app help systems. They obviously had a specific format for application help. I suggested to Garratt that if all apps could package up help in the PB help format schema and add that to the blackberry-tablet.xml file (probably a directory), so an apps help can be packaged and installed to the same help location, and then that would make it easier for end users to know where to get help. I also suggested that an application should be able to call that help application to their specific help information. This would assist in BB “Zero Training User Interface”.