The leading cross-platform messenger WhatsApp has been officially released for BlackBerry 10 few days ago but the 3rd party client OpenWhatsApp didn’t stop adding new stuff to their sideloading masterpiece. The client is not available on BlackBerry World so you need to sideload it as shown below.
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- Emoji/Emoticons support (partial)
- Sending broadcasts
- Identifying received broadcast
- Set conversation wallpaper
- Show BB splat on chat picture that has new messages
- Translation to several languages
Your PC must have JRE installed. You must install the appropriate version of Java JRE:
Download Installer here and follow instruction below:
- On your BlackBerry Z10, go to Settings by swiping down from top on Home Screen
- Go into Security and Privacy > Development Mode
- Switch on ‘Use Development Mode’. If your phone doesn’t have a password lock, enter any password when prompted. E.g. your name (Not 123, abc etc)
- Now go back to Settings > About & choose Network category from the slide-down menu
- Note IPv4 number E.g. 192.168.1.101
- Now run DDPB Installer on PC & enter the IPv4 number into ‘PlayBook IP Adress’ space along with device password you entered on Z10
- Click ‘Connect’ & your phone will be connected to DDPB Installer, If any error prompts, re-check the IP entered
- Now click on Add & choose the OpenWhatsapp-0_9_2_5.bar file downloaded. Check the WhatsApp tick mark in listing window & click Install
- A new window pops-up showing process & once its done you will have OWhatsApp on your Z10
- Now go back into Security and Privacy > Development Mode & turn off development mode. Remove password if you don’t want any from Security and Privacy > Device Password
Note: Forget about ‘Cancel’ button on pop-up window. Just hit it when appears
OpenWhatsapp for BB10 has several nice UI features. Here are some examples explained:
Know your connection status without effort
How many times have you tried send a message and ended up pulling your hair out not knowing why the message has not left your phone? We know how frustrating this situation is, and that’s why we address that issue in OpenWhatsapp. That TitleBar that ships with OpenWhatsapp is not just another TitleBar that you’d see in many BB10 apps. It plays a very useful role. It gives you an instant insight about the current connection status to WhatsApp by changing its tip color. If it’s red, then you are offline. Which means messages you send are definitely not going to leave your phone now, well until you’re back online. This could be due to no internet connection, bad signal, or WhatsApp service being down.
When the bar turns into yellow color, this means OpenWhatsapp is currently trying to connect to WhatsApp service. This happens when you have just launched OpenWhatsapp, have just connected to internet, or switched your internet connection
Green color indicates you are currently online. Any Messages that haven’t left your phone during an offline period will automatically be resent to their destination, and you can see actually see their delivery status changing.
Pull down loader and scroll to top
Inside a conversation there are 2 particularly useful tricks. If you scroll to the very bottom of a conversation, that is, to the last received message, you can scroll back to top by tapping the conversation title instead of scrolling up manually. Once you are at the top, try pull down the message at the top. A magical previous history loader will show up, allowing you to seamlessly dig deeper into the history of a conversation as much as you want.
A Layout that fits
OpenWhatsapp’s UI is created to fit. Whether you like to use your phone in portrait or landscape mode, OpenWhatsapp will just adapt. This is done via smart changes in layout that seamlessly take place when the device orientation changes. For example, inside a conversation, we know virtual keyboard takes almost half of the screen, and even more than that in landscape mode. In OpenWhatsapp, if you are inside a conversation in landscape mode, it’s designed to automatically hide the TitleBar if the the virtual keyboard is visible. This is to leave enough space to display any incoming messages without having to close the virtual keyboard.