02-14-2011 03:55 PM
I just reviewed the Flex for the BlackBerry PlayBook in 90 Minutes and found there a very interesting thing in the sample code - a possibility to make a call or send SMS to selected phone number.
Here is the code excerpt:
So, I got a question - does the PlayBook really allow the app to make a call?If so - how it's gonna do that? Via a BlueTooth connected BlackBerry phone? Or doe the PlayBook have a mic for calls and/or SMS sending capabilities via integrated 3G/4G module?
Or it's just a fake code to show the idea of coding?
02-14-2011 04:01 PM
i havent heard anything relating to making or receiving calls via the playbook. it'd be really interesting though if we could use headsets and use the phone connection from our tethered phone. the 4g/3g devices making phone calls would be a nice touch. maybe its just wishful thinking but it'd give the playbook a nice edge on the competition.
as for the code you found. it think the example you saw was from an android application for android phones (they use the flex framework on their apps). so whoever made the tutorial probably just got it from their own / another application. since android phones have the capability to operate as a phone, they can easily utilize the navigatetourl method for making phone calls.
but if this is implemented sometime in the future it would open a whole lot of doors.
02-14-2011 04:05 PM
All fine questions. Keep digging and let us know if you find out.
Seriously, the short answer is we just done know what it all means. We don't know what the PB will be able to do (exactly) and what this code might mean or show. There is so little information actually released so far.
02-14-2011 04:11 PM
I'd be even happy with the option to start a call from BlackBerry phone simply by clicking a button in the app. While the option to send SMS from PlayBook (even using the same connected phone) is really great feature.
I'm afraid it's a kind of wish list, but I'm sure these are breakthrough features.
About an open doors - this could be even an open doors for fraud, but to handle this the Tablet OS must have some kind of confirmations to allow make this call or send SMS. Without this a nice feature may became a nightmare for end users.
02-14-2011 04:12 PM
fraud can happen any time. as soon as you download an app there is a chance its fraudulent. you just gotta take a leap of faith! (and commeon sense haha)
02-14-2011 05:02 PM
Yeah, but possibility to call/sms without any OS/user control raises the risk to download a fraud app by hundreds or even thousands
Of course. I think we can safely assume that there will be some kind of security in place to prevent this.
02-14-2011 05:48 PM
Just thought I'd add (as JRab had mentioned) that the code was originally for Android development (I had copied it off Adobe's site a few weeks before BlackBerry added it and changed the pictures).
Actually, if you scoll to the bottom of it you'll notice that the pictures suddenly change to portrait mode (as they originally were) and no longer have the bezel to them.
02-14-2011 06:49 PM