Category Archives: RIM BlackBerry

Untappd Beer App Coming Soon to Windows Phone

Untappd Beer App Supporter on Android

I told you last month that Untappd, one of my favorite beer-related mobile applications and services, was coming soon for BlackBerry 10 devices, and today the developers officially announced the release of a native BlackBerry 10 app. (Untappd is also available for iOS and Android devices.)

I’ve been using the BlackBerry 10 Untappd app for about a week now, and it’s solid. The native BlackBerry Untappd app doesn’t support older versions of Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry OS , so those users have to access Untappd via a Web app. That means they don’t get the full set of features available to iOS and Android users. But new BlackBerry 10 users are in luck.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform doesn’t currently have a native Untapped app either, but Untappd also announced today that it’s working on a Windows Phone app, and it should be available in the first quarter of 2013.

If you’re not familiar with Untappd, I strongly suggest you check it out. Here’s why.

UBN

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Official BeerAdvocate.com Mobile Apps Coming Soon

BeerAdvocate.com Mobile Web App

UPDATE: It looks like BeerAdvocate is also working on a mobile app for the upcoming, sold out Extreme Beer Fest in Boston this February. (You bet your ass I already have tickets.)

BeerAdvocate.com just posted what I think is the first image of its upcoming, official BeerAdvocate mobile app on Twitter. It’s unclear when exactly the application will be released, but it is apparently “in development.” And the apps will be Web apps, meaning they’ll run in the mobile browser and will work on all platforms. (There are some disadvantages to Web apps vs. true mobile apps—they cannot take advantage of certain device features, such as notifications, for example—but at least the BeerAdvocate apps won’t be restricted to just one or two platforms.)

The app is noteworthy because though BeerAdvocate.com is probably the single most popular beer-related website on the Internet, it does not have a mobile app. Third-party mobile developers have created BeerAdvocate.com mobile apps in the past, and some were even distributed via major app stores including Google’s Play Store. But they were quickly, removed, presumably at BeerAdvocate’s request.

BeerAdvocate’s mobile app could also have a direct impact on similar beer apps such as Untappd, my personal favorite beer app, due to BeerAdvocate’s massive user base. (Just last week, BeerAdvocate.com’s Todd Alstrom tweeted that the site is now serving up around 800,000 views per day on average.)

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Untappd Beer App Will Be Ready for BlackBerry 10 Launch

Untappd Beer app on BlackBerry 10

If you read this blog, you know I’m a beer nerd. What you might not know is that I’m also a tech nerd; I love gadgets of all shapes and sizes, and I’m particularly partial to smartphones and tablets. I own and use a number of different phones and slates, including Android phones, BlackBerrys and an iPhone.

Despite the rapidly shrinking popularity of Research In Motion (RIM) and the BlackBerry, I still carry one regularly, because I love the QWERTY keyboard. The BlackBerry software however, is another story. It’s clunky, slow and embarrassingly outdated at this point. So I’m anxiously awaiting the release of RIM’s brand new mobile platform, BlackBerry 10, which is set to launch on January 30, 2013.

Earlier this week, I posted about Untappd, a social drinking app that lets you “check in” the various beers you drink, share checkins with other drinkers, earn prizes and badges, and much more. Native Untappd apps are available for Google Android and Apple iOS devices, but BlackBerry users have had to use a Web-based “app” to access Untappd in the past, which limited its feature set. For example, BlackBerry users can’t include photos of their brews with checkins.

But that’s about to change with the launch of BlackBerry 10. I just spoke with Untappd co-founder Greg Avola, and he informed me that he and his partner in crime Tim Mather are porting over their Untappd iOS app to BlackBerry 10. “It will have the same features as iOS and Android,” Avola said. It will be available just as soon as the first BlackBerry 10 device is released, if everything goes as planned.

That’s great news for BlackBerry-toting beer nerds.

UBN

Image (without Untappd screen shot) via Thinhte.vn

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