Blackberry Playbook Compatible?

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Douglas | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Jun 24 2011 11:21 PM

I haven't looked yet but I was curious if Logos4 would work on the Blackberry Playbook?

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jun 25 2011 12:14 AM

Douglas:

I haven't looked yet but I was curious if Logos4 would work on the Blackberry Playbook?

Observation: Logos 4 runs on Windows or Mac OS X.

On iOS devices, Logos offers "Bible +" and Vyrso apps.

On Android devices, a Logos mobile app is currently in beta testing.

Article notes Android apps need repacking for Playbook => http://www.ebookreadertips.com/blackberry-playbook-to-support-android-apps-in-app-world/

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Richard | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jun 25 2011 4:11 AM

The playbook can't even run email. How will it run a real program like Logos? The playbook was dead on arrival, so if Logos intends to support that platform, it won't be for a couple of couple of interations.

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Phillip Scott Henson | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Feb 22 2012 2:31 PM

In light of the recent playbook operating system update (version 2.0) and the repackaging of android apps, does anyone know if Logos is planning on repackaging the Logos android app? I love playbook, but I would love it even better if I could store a small part of my Logos library offline. 

cf. http://www.playbookdaily.com/2012/02/22/androrid-apps-for-playbook-in-app-world-the-where-and-how-explained/

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Alan Charles Gielczyk | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Feb 22 2012 3:17 PM

The Blackberry OS will be completely dead before Logos would be able to get an app out for it so my guess is they will not even try.

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Phillip Scott Henson | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 24 2012 11:41 AM

the 'repackaging' of android apps doesn't look to be that difficult nor time consuming, esp. since the new playbook 2.0 os has an android emulator.

https://bdsc.webapps.blackberry.com/android/tool/

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Alexander | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 24 2012 2:45 PM

Your best chance of getting it is to see if theres any way to root the Blackberry Playbook to run android IMO.

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Jason Semans | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 7 2012 8:20 AM

Phillip is correct the conversion of the android app should be very simple.  However, Logos has told me they will not do it.  http://community.logos.com/forums/t/43070.aspx is a copy of the letter that I sent to LOGOS support and received the "thanks, but no thanks reply."  The problem is that LOGOS is the one who has to do the conversion and sign the app to send it to BB's app store.  

Alan, please consider helpful and informed responses or none at all.  

Alex, I am not well versed in rooting of devices, however, if you can root a playbook it has only been since Dec. 2011.  Crackberry.com would be the best source for this but with the above information it is not needed.  

 

Overall, I am disappointed in LOGOS for not converting their app to QNX when the process is so simple and would appeal to many LOGOS users.  

I found this quote at the bottom of the press release contrary to the response they gave to my request:

 "Logos is the leading provider of multilingual tools and resources for Bible study on Macs, PCs and mobile devices. Logos has served pastors, scholars and everyone who wants to study the Bible since 1992, partnering with 150 publishers to offer more than 21,000 Christian ebooks to users in 210 countries."    


 

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 7 2012 9:15 PM

Searching internet for:

blackberry android side load

finds several how to discussions, wonder about using download links in thread => Logos/Vyrso for Android 0.9.4 Released

"If you do not have access to the app in your market, you may download it from these links: Logos | Vyrso."

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Matt Willson | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 18 2012 5:48 PM

That's a real shame that they aren't planning on converting it for the Playbook.  I just picked up a couple of Playbooks since they were touted as supporting Android apps, figuring it would benefit my wife and myself by making our Bible study a little more portable.

Jason, you said Logos has to do the conversion themselves to make it available on the app store... but, do you know if individuals could make the conversion on their own just for personal use  (I'm not a developer and don't know what is required to perform the conversion)?  Just a thought.

Logos;  I hope that you change your decision... just in my small congregation there are at least a half dozen of us who would benefit from the conversion.

 

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 18 2012 8:11 PM

Matt Willson:
you said Logos has to do the conversion themselves to make it available on the app store... but, do you know if individuals could make the conversion on their own just for personal use

Welcome Big Smile

To be added to BB App World, Logos needs to do the conversion.

Individuals have options to side load (install) Android apps onto their Playbooks.  Several internet web sites have instructions for installing Android apps, which are not in BB App World (via side loading).

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 18 2012 9:32 PM

I am glad people are able to side load Logos onto a Blackberry but as far as making it more native via BB APP store, we have been told programers resources are limited, and while the Playbook is not dead, it has yet to reach a popular usage level, I mean playbook has lasted longer than Hp TouchPad, but there is serious questions about the long term viability of RIM. It is under $15 a share and still seems to be making questionable moves. It's latest product I have heard of has been to release a custom keyboard case for the playbook, but last I heard they were  almost selling the PB at a loss to try to get them moving. There has been take over rumours around RIM for a while, and it would't surprise me to one day hear about MS, Nokia, Apple or Google, buying them for the patents they hold. They have made a valiant effort to recover, but they don't seem to have made much of a buzz in the market place with any of there last few products. These things in mind I am not surprised Logos is weary about sticking their toes in that water.

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Matt Willson | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 19 2012 3:08 AM

Thanks for the welcome and the clarification... I misunderstood the term sideloading.  

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Martin J Webster | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 19 2012 3:55 PM

Do these posts indicate that it is possible to run Logos 4 on the PB through the Android "sideloading"?

Does anybody know if this has been accomplished?

Thanks.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 19 2012 11:58 PM

Martin J Webster:

Do these posts indicate that it is possible to run Logos 4 on the PB through the Android "sideloading"?

Does anybody know if this has been accomplished?

Thanks.

Welcome Big Smile

In theory, yes since how to tutorials look doable.  In practice, personally not know since do not have a Blackberry Playbook.  In the Android forum, have read about Logos side loading success on a variety of other Android devices.

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Pastor Lloy B. Stevens | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, May 10 2012 9:31 AM

I went through the process of side-loading the logos android app (taking the apk and converting it to a bar) and it does not work on the PB....

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Gary R. Rose | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 14 2012 7:48 PM

Just read the reponses to this thread, and agree that I think Logos does not want to put the resources on doing this.  I been checking periodically to see if they would provide any communication about their plans.  If not a playbook app, I hope that they do further develop in the future improved access with HTML5.  I have been using Biblia.com (beta) for a couple of months now, becuase I have a verizon hotspot, and I am able to maintain a connection.  With Playbook 2.0, the browser is great.  I can select, cut and paste references from my library into my MSWord file during the week and then later sync my file using Doc to Go .  I am bi-vocational and needed something that was compact and that I could use during my lunch break.   However, Biblia.com does not create the corresponding footnotes like in the full version. Hope this helps

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Michael Nyhuis | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 18 2012 11:38 PM

I've tried converting all sorts of different Logos app versions for both PlayBook OS 2.0 and 2.1 beta but no joy. Every version crashes at startup. See my post here: http://community.logos.com/forums/t/47564.aspx

I'm convinced that this is simply an environment problem (such as a different library store path or something) based on the way Logos is configured, so it ought to be REALLY EASY to fix.

Converting an Android .apk file to a PlayBook .bar file is a piece of cake. We just need some help from Logos to work out why the app isn't launching.

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