I’m starting to think more about my mobile app development efforts after BB10 is no longer supportable. It still has life left in it but now that BlackBerry is starting to turn services off it may not be for much longer. I’ve dabbled off and on with Android development and do have an app for pnut.io that I’m actively working on. But Android as a platform isn’t my favorite and developing for it isn’t as fun given it’s Java roots. So I’m finally putting more attention towards the mobile Linux development space. I think there is a lot more room for amazing things to develop and evolve in that arena. Projects like ubports are gaining momentum and companies like Jolla and Purism have exciting things happening with their distributions and device support. I’ll continue to support my BB10 apps as long as the code signing servers existing and I can distribute usable bar files but I’ll also be porting those apps over to Ubuntu Touch and maybe Sailfish OS. Beyond that any new projects I start on will be for the mobile Linux space. And open source too!
It’s been a long while since my last update. I haven’t been paying much attention to this app over the last couple of years for various different reasons. Mostly do to having switched my primary phone from the lovely BlackBerry Passport to an Android based BlackBerry phone. But I still love BlackBerry 10 and I still love this app so I’ve finally pulled the trigger and made it open source. It’s now available under the Apache 2.0 license and I’ll be continuing it’s support and development.
I’ve created a new build (0.9.0) which can be found here long with the source code. It’s mostly the same as what you find in BlackBerry AppWorld today except that Dropbox syncing has been temporarily removed. It was partially broken so I’m pulling it to rework that portion and extend it to other syncing options.
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This has been one of my favorite projects this year. If you haven’t checked it out yet head over to matrix.org and take a peek. It’s grown a lot over the last year but now faces funding challenges. If you are able to help support the core team. Patreon, Liberapay, and bitcoin details are in the linked blog post.
TL;DR: if you like Matrix (and especially if you’re building stuff on it), please support us via Patreon or Liberapay to keep the core team able to work on it full-time, otherwise the project is going to be seriously impacted. And if you’re a company who is invested in Matrix (e.g. itching for Dendrite), please get in touch ASAP if you’d like to sponsor core development work from the team. And if you’re a philanthropic billionaire who believes in our ideals of decentralisation, encryption, and open communication as a basic human right – we’d love to hear from you too O:-)