It’s coming: Blaq for BlackBerry PlayBook 1.5

Written by on September 26, 2011 in App Updates - 8 Comments

Blaq for BlackBerry PlayBook 1.5 has been submitted to BlackBerry App World for approval! Once approved, the update may not show up right away. Give it  some time. We’ve added some goodies, made a few changes and fixed some nasty bugs. Keep reading to find out what’s new.

Important (Please read)

** Due to a change in the vendor name, on installing this new version, Blaq will show up on your home screen twice. Delete the application with the old icon (above left) before proceeding.


So, what’s new?


  • 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.

Main View

  • 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!


  • General

    • Keep screen on – It is now possible to keep the screen on while reading tweets. Don’t forget to charge, though.
  • Notifications

    • Toggle all – Turn native notifications on or off with one tap or toggle the following:
      • New Tweets
      • New Mentions
      • New Direct Messages
      • New Followers – Yep, notification of new followers – right within Blaq
  • Accounts
    • Add a new account
    • Set the current account (account switch)
    • Delete account
  • Appearance

    • 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.

Bug Fixes

  • 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

Still don’t have Blaq? It’s the only Twitter client you’ll need for your BlackBerry PlayBook.

Blaq for BlackBerry Playbook - Only on BlackBerry App World

What do you think we should add next? Sound off in the comments below.



About the author

Jerome Carty is lead developer at Kisai Labs. You can find him on @JCarty on Twitter.


Kisai Labs provides applications for mobile devices based on creative ideas from people like you. We aim to provide quality applications and exceptional customer service.

For the last two years, Kisai Labs has delivered innovative applications such as Show Me the Images and Mancala Multiplayer (first commercial application to utilize BlackBerry® Messenger™).