One of my favorite native BlackBerry 10 apps, Blaq, is getting a big update next week, and developer Jerome Carty has let us know what’s in store for its v1.4. In a blog post on BacktoBlaq.com, Carty outlines a ton of new features, settings, and add-ons that will bring your Twitter experience to a whole new level.
He outlines some of the most significant ones below:
TONS of new settings
We’re introducing a slew of new options and some familiar ones from Blaq for PlayBook! Leave screen on? Check. Large photos instead of small thumbnails? Check! TweetMarker integration? Check! Full control of all of your notifications? A few checks there. All that and more! All of your settings sync with your BlackBerry ID account automatically so if you need to reinstall, you can do so without needing to worry about setting everything back up (or remembering to back it up in the first place).
Notifications! Notifications! Notifications!
Blaq has always provided you with full hub integration but we’ve now taken it a step further and have added notifications for retweets, favorites and follows! They’re not only reliable, they’re instant! All these notifications happen whether the app is open, minimized or closed. In addition to that, we’ve added a new watchlist feature which allows you to follow any public account on Twitter and receive notifications in your BlackBerry Hub when the user tweets! In REAL-TIME!
Better multi-account experience
Now you no longer need to switch accounts to retweet a tweet, favorite one or follow an account. All your notifications now push to hub if you have them turned on and when you’re viewing a tweet you’d like to retweet or favorite, you can now perform these actions on all accounts set up on your device at once! Blaq is still the only Twitter app on BlackBerry 10 that allows you to tweet, retweet, follow and more from the hub without needing to switch accounts!
BlackBerry Passport support and UI tweaks
We FINALLY have BlackBerry Passport support! No more rendering issues, landscape scrolling and all the perfect ways to #WorkWide. For our UI tweaks, we’ve added large thumbnail views, options for author display, recent photos on profiles, emoji when composing tweets and introduced an optional floating compose button to allow you to quickly compose a new tweet. Whew!
This next version of Blaq is expected to drop next week. We’ll let you guys know as soon as it becomes available in BlackBerry World.
Check the source link below for the full list of new features, bug fixes, and notable additions!