After weeks of power testing, build after build.. an icon swap, bug fixes and tons of sweet new features! Blaq for BlackBerry PlayBook v1.5 has finally landed! Kisai Labs, Blaq is the most anticipated update two times running now. And it does NOT disappoint.
Kisai Labs has had an intimate relationship with my BlackBerry ever since the first release of SMTI. Who wouldn’t want to see their emails in bright luscious pictures and graphics! Well Blaq does what SMTI did for email to Twitter on your PlayBook.
The hardest thing about running a blog and enjoying great products can be a little tricky since we want to bring you all the various quality options for your platforms – smartphones. But the bottom line is that every product is different and every team takes a different approach to evolving their products. So far Kisai Labs has really kept our attention. From their beta support, help support to their strong presence in the community, they’re really pushing the envelope.
Refreshing new icon - Crisp lines, bold colors. Baselime has done it again.
Native notifications – Native notifications provide an easy way of knowing when you need to get back to Blaq. It’s also configurable. More on that later.
Real-time Indicator – To make it easy to understand if your tweets are updating in real time, we’ve added a convenient indicator.
Read without interruption – Timelines (Home, Mentions and Direct Messages) now pause once you being scrolling so you have a chance to catch up without new tweets pushing you down.
Link Bar Code – now you can scan a bar code of a link in a tweet with two taps.
Translate – Sometimes you just need to know what was said by another user in another language.
Solid states for retweet and favorite – Now you’ll know for sure.
View Tweets, Followers, Listed and Following
Now you can tap on tweets, followers or following for any user. Just click a user’s name or search for it and tap on the tweet count, follower count or following count to check it out!
Keep screen on – It is now possible to keep the screen on while reading tweets. Don’t forget to charge, though.
Toggle all – Turn native notifications on or off with one tap or toggle the following:
New Direct Messages
New Followers – Yep, notification of new followers – right within Blaq
Add a new account
Set the current account (account switch)
Font – Make Blaq yours. Customize your font to change things up a bit.
Font Size – Default font too small? Make it bigger? It’s that simple.
White screen encountered when device time is incorrect (DST workaround)
User can only tweet 139 characters instead of 140
Increase tweet count in lists (now at 75 tweets)
WebView pops up when no link in tweet
Convo view height not restored after pull down on tweet card
Performance sluggish when scrolling timelines
Times on display and in timelines are not updated
Search results are cleared and public timeline shows. Previous results are kept and updated.
Compose Tweet character count inaccurate
Report and Block buttons sometimes not functional
Friend picker shows below tweet card when composing a new tweet
Direct Message icon showing as new for direct messages sent outside of application
Tweet card pulls down for compose when scrolling convo list
Keyboard disappears when selecting a friend from friend picker
Timelines randomly scroll to the bottom
Application does not reorient itself when device is upside down
Conversation view takes a long time to load
Minor internal issues
For just $1.99 PlayBook owners get ALL THIS. They’ve been supporting the Blaq Twitter client for BlackBerry PlayBook non-stop like only the best clients are supported since day 1. You could always buy another client that costs twice as much and closes after every 3rd tweet, cause that’s your right. Head over to the links and find more images, and info.