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The First BlackBerry 10 Headless Application Is Here!


BlackBerry has been talking about headless application, but we have not seen one, till now. To be honest, I do expect the big major application makers such as S4BB, Dauden or Bellshare to be the first in line, but it seems like Aerize has beaten them to the game. This application, the first ever application to use the headless API is Aerize Lockpic.

Aerize Lockpic allows you to have separate home and lock screen images, and now with headless application API support it can fully run in the background. Previously, BlackBerry 10 applications could only simulate background processing as active frames, which meant that if the application was closed, background processing will stop.

Interested? The application is now available in the BlackBerry World for US$0.99

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  1. Good for the developer to bring this, but in all honesty, BlackBerry should’ve but in wallpaper management at the beginning.

  2. Yahoo Messenger on BB10 has been headless since BB10 came out in February (2013).

    • Google Talk client has also been headless since it came out. What makes this the first headless app in comparison to Yahoo or Google Talk clients? Is there some other technical or programming requirement to officially call it headless other than the fact that app is running completely in the background without automatically being closed/dropped out of 8th place when 9th app is started, or without occupying a tile? If so, Gtalk and Y! would still qualify.

      • I have always assumed that these apps were overlooked by the writers and that folks who knew better were simply jaded to the quality of BlackBerry related news write ups (in general, not necessarily specifically on this forum), so didn’t bother to raise the question or challenge the writers.

      • GTalk/etc are developed by RIM and use non-public APIs….

        They were headless when there wasn’t even api support for it, so it’s not the same.

  3. Good! Now make the apps I can use headless!

  4. A great headless app would be one that accurately clocks data usage.

  5. Only the apps that matter will actually matter when they are headless, for example Skype

  6. Great to see headless apps coming… Wonder how BlackBerry to prioritizes giving out that permission?

    BTW, if you want a separate lockscreen wallpaper without display artifacts and the constant ‘Wallpaper changed’ toast whenever locking/unlocking the device:

    1. Set you wallpaper you want for lockscreen
    2. Switch device into parental mode.
    3. Set another wallpaper (because of parental mode, it will only change the regular wallpaper, lockscreen will stay as 1.)

    • No idea how they prioritize especially with all those Spam4BB apps. Also the Google talk and Yahoo Messenger apps are made by BlackBerry along with a few apps like WhatsApp. The difference here is they have opened the door to more devs beyond a select handful.

      • Hey Ronen, that is not cool. S4BB apps are not spam. I’ve been telling everyone that, and here you are calling them Spam4BB… That pisses me off. More so cause you’re a BlackBerry fansite journalist. Whatever dude..

        • Simon is that really you?
          Either way what would you call a developer with a catalog of apps of which 99.99% are all the same exact app with different textual content. For example, say a developer would create an app in BlackBerry World for EVERY single page on Wikipedia. Or we could continue and make an app to define every single word in the dictionary with its own dedicated app. They may have 20 apps that are half decent but they are greatly overshadowed by the massive level of redundant apps they generate.

          I have met some of the guys from S4BB before and they are nice guys. I just cannot condone their business practices.

          PS: As of Wikipedia’s last count I wonder if S4BB is considering creating 31+ million apps for each page on Wikipedia (

        • Sorry, Simon, I gotta go with Ronen on this one. In fact, I think it was me who called them Spam4BB first. They’ve made a mockery of BlackBerry World by flooding and diluting it with crapps. TENS OF THOUSANDS. They also send PIN spam, BlackBerry World spam via app notifications, and there’s no way to unsubscribe or block them. My kids get spam from them because I bought SmartWifi years ago. How can you possibly not consider them spammy? How do you justify defending such obviously despicable business practices? As a BlackBerry fansite and as journalists, it’s our duty and mission to provide valid information to our readers, including warning them about companies with undesirable business practices. I personally boycott Wal-Mart and Nestlé for these reasons, and S4BB has been added to that list for about 2 years now.

          So. What’s your motivation for defending them so passionately?

          • Aw, isn’t that cute? Someone is impersonating me.

            First off, I’d never leave that snooty of a comment for Ronen – we’ve known each other a long time and he’s perfectly welcome to make whatever jabs he wants on his own site (and ours, for that matter).

            That said, I did write a piece on CB about S4BB, and the impersonator was right insofar as my opinion is that they aren’t spam. For me the qualifier of spam is the quality, not the quantity, and the city guides are good. Ridiculously specific to their geography, but within that scope, every app covers a lot of functional ground. The apps do what they say in the description and are easy to navigate and use.

            From the developer perspective, I can certainly understand being incensed; these guys are using an automated process to create their apps by the truckload while most devs are lovingly crafting theirs by hand. From an end user perspective, however, I think it makes little difference. They don’t care how unoriginal the UI is, so long as the app does what they need. This mass production method provides a solution for people traveling just about anywhere notable. By having dedicated apps rather than in-app purchases under a single master app, these are highly discoverable through BlackBerry World searches. I doubt you could fit 32k city names in a single app description, anyway. I think it’s an interesting business model, since they can offer something decent to a lot of people by focusing on building a template rather than doing one app at a time (though they do development the old-fashioned way too). It doesn’t materially impede discoverability of other apps, besides temporarily flooding the global new arrivals feed (and even then, that’s a design thing BlackBerry should change on their end anyway). I think a lot of folks are treating app discovery as this dense jungle you have to hack and slash through to get anywhere, but in reality it’s more like cheese – the good stuff bubbles to the top thanks to user ratings and smart keyword placement in the title and description. Other travel guides can certainly compete with S4BB, especially if they put more work into individual guides – it’ll get better ratings and more downloads than a cookie cutter app, but even those cookie cutter apps provide a nice baseline for competition, and gets a monopoly for locations without any guide.

            Tim, as for your PIN and notification spam, that’s another issue, and sounds sketchy for sure. I haven’t encountered it myself, but my opinions have been coming up more as a result of the travel guide discussion than anything else.

            As for the approval queue, from what I gather, BlackBerry takes a sample of the total of what S4BB submits, ensures everything uses the same structure, and approves the whole batch. Apparently this way there are no slow-downs for other devs that have submitted their apps. Besides, I can’t imagine the need to run city guides headless for the time being.

            And why am I defending these guys? Mostly because all of the stories about them have been very one-sided. It’s very easy to see numbers like 32,000 submissions and cry “spam”, and extrapolate that BB10 is a wasteland of an app ecosystem, but I think the story can be much more interesting if the strategy proves to be commercially viable for the dev and useful for BlackBerry owners.

    • Guess BB hasn’t let you in on this yet Henrik? It will be especially nice when BeWeather can run headless! Among many others, of course!!!

  7. I truly hope the developer of Advanced LED & OS brings his fantastic app to BB10.

    • Hey there, developer here. Currently, I do not intend on developing for BlackBerry 10. It is too limited in its current form.

      • Hi Sultan,

        Though I am sad you feel that way, I must give you props for your excellent work on that app, it rocked my Style before I upgraded to my Z, and when I set up my gf’s Curve, yours was the first app I added to it!

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