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Posts: 9
Registered: ‎12-29-2012
My Device: Dev Alpha
My Carrier: Vodafone

Implementing push for large downloads

I'm not a developer, so please forgive me if this is a stupid question:


Is it possible to use push technologies on OS 10 to enable large downloads (3-30MB) to occur in the background while an app is closed? We sell content as in-app purchases. This can take a long time to download and I'd like users to be able to close the app but the download to continue.


If this is possible could you please provide some info which I can pass onto our developers?




Posts: 311
Registered: ‎08-08-2012
My Device: BlackBerry Z10
My Carrier: Rogers

Re: Implementing push for large downloads

Hi George,


Yep, it is possible to use push with BlackBerry 10 to start large downloads through your application.  It's typically called a "poke and pull".  You poke your application (using a push) to let it know that it should go download content.  In the push, you would specify the URL of the content that it should go and pull/download. 


As of right now, however, the application must at least be running in the background (it will be visible in the running applications grid) for your application to do this download.  This isn't unique to push.  It's how things currently are in BlackBerry 10. 





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Registered: ‎12-29-2012
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Re: Implementing push for large downloads

Thanks for the quick response Matt!