Summary: Hi Crackberry, I have some big news! We worked diligently to release a version of Color ID just for the BB10 devices If you are one of the lucky owners of the new Z10, you will notice that Color ID v2.5.2 is available exclusively in BlackBerry World.
We did have a previous version right at launch, but it had a couple bugs which we were unable to reproduce with our Dev Alpha test device. After we got a Z10, we were able to fix them so if you were one of those early birds that downloaded v2.5.1, I strongly suggest you update to v2.5.2. At the time of writing, we are preparing to release v2.5.3 which adds an LED preview and some information to the About screen.
As many of you early birds have noticed, the BB10 version of Color ID differs from the BBOS version. It’s a completely new operating system and that means we’re back to square one developing for it. Users expecting the BB10 version to be similar to BBOS may be in for a bit of a disappointment, but don’t fret; we will continuously update the BB10 version for free as new development opportunities arise.
The first thing you will notice is that the BB10 version is quite a bit simpler than BBOS. We have figured out how to trigger the LED for text messages and emails from specific contacts. As usual, you need to accept all the app permissions during installation. The app MUST be running in one of the 8 frames. As soon as you close the frame, Color ID ceases to function. There is currently no way around this and it is simply how it has to be on BB10. Setting it up is almost the same as the BBOS version in the sense that you simply enter a name, phone number and email address in the spaces provided.
Rather than having separate boxes for each phone number and email address, you can add a comma between them in the single box (i.e. “5191234567,5197654321″) spaces and dashes are not required. As with BBOS CiD, you can get away with adding a portion of an email address such as the domain, or the complete address, the choice is yours. For the moment, the LED choices are smaller. We’re able to display a single color to represent a unique contact. You will also notice that the LED alternates between red and your chosen color. At the moment, there is no way to override the red LED.
That may change in the future, but for now, this is the best we can do with the tools we are given. We have also added the option to control how many times the LED blinks (5, 10, 20 and 100). Currently we are offering it for free (limited to 2 contacts) and we have decided to use BlackBerry’s in-app purchase system to “unlock” it to use with multiple contacts. In-app purchasing seems to be much smoother and refined on BB10 than BBOS, so don’t be shy about buying the full version using that method. Alternatively, we will be offering a full version in BlackBerry World very soon. It’s currently priced at $2.99usd and as I mentioned before, future updates will be free as usual
I know it’s not the same as the old version, but we are committed to improving the app as new API’s and development opportunities arise. Rest assured that we will take advantage of every chance we get to make the BB10 version of Color ID the best LED notification app out there (even though it’s currently the only one.
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