iGrann Goes Headless And Paid With Hub Integration – And I Agree


Remember the days when BlackBerry 10 launched?

It was said that we would have all the big names on board. Instagram, Vine, Facebook, Twitter & SnapChat were all mooted as apps that would be baked in from the off.

Indeed, over at CrackBerry, Kev was so confident at the time that he offered to give someone a car or something if Instagram wasn’t part of BB10. So, he knew something about someone…

Which turned out to be false.

So, whilst Kev gave someone a model car and bought a gold iPhone instead, the rest of us became fascinated by one dev in particular.

And his name is Adrian Saatchi.

Adrian took on, at first single handedly, the task of bringing Instagram to BlackBerry 10. Not just bringing it, he didn’t build some ropey Android port, he built it in Cascades. And he did all this whilst at college and, from the off, said that he would make a REAL BB10 Instagram FREE.

Not, Reader for Instagram or some other rubbish, something that worked, at least as well as the real thing.

And then he made it BETTER than the real thing.

Why? Because he used Cascades.

I well remember the thread on CB at the time (UTB didn’t exist then), how Adrian was both supported and pilloried at the same time. How people said this app could never happen and then, when it did, how it didn’t do what they wanted it to do. All whilst he was still in education.

And he’d given them it for FREE.

The miseries.

BlackGran tried to steal a march on him but that thing didn’t work and Adrian kept his head down and with the help of Bojan (who has produced the AMAZING Whine app – better than Vine itself – that’s Cascades for you!) released iGrann to the BB10 nation.

The reaction was instant.

I don’t know how many downloads iGrann has had but what I DO know is that, as of right now it has received 12,474 reviews in BlackBerry World. To put it in context, a non-promoted app, known by no one other than the online community and without the offical name has had a third of the reviews of the Facebook and BBM apps in BB World.

So, that means A LOT of downloads.

And he gave it away.

So, today it turns out that Adrian has released iGrann Pro which adds Hub Integration and headless support to iGrann.

All for 75p/99c.

And, I’m sure there are loads of people moaning a bucket load about how disgraceful this is. Well, I’m sorry, I don’t agree.

I downloaded iGrann to show support for Adrian (I also downloaded Whine and Snap2Chat too) even though I hardly use any of those services.


At the time, none of them cost me a penny.

Now, Adrian has asked me to part with 75p.

It was a total no brainer and I downloaded it immediately.

Will I ever use my Instagram account properly?


If I do will I support an independent BlackBerry dev in Cascades and get the full user experience rather than the (ahem), wonderful Android one which we can all get now?


So, why shouldn’t someone profit from doing what others couldn’t?

It’s not like Adrian is refusing service, the original iGrann is still in BlackBerry World, FREE and proud. Just that if you want the FULL BB10 experience (complete with Hub) it will cost you less than £1/$1.

I know some of you will say ‘this should have been FREE from the off’ – but it wasn’t. Instagram REFUSED to support BlackBerry, remember?

So, a member of our AMAZING community stepped in.

I’m sorry, I know some of you may disagree, but for me, if any dev deserves it from where we were at at the time…

It’s this guy.

Download iGrann Pro from BlackBerry World Here


Bigglybobblyboo is a legend almost nowhere at all. He is a founder member of UTB and spends his spare time taking out his anger at the world with a fishfork and a spatula. He is also a Cribbage Master, having won 1 fight online as the other guy refused to turn up out of fear for his life.

  • Brad

    I’ll buy now on both my devices. I wonder if that Catlin chick ever paid the 50 bucks she promised the dev? Or if she’s just a troll like we all suspected?

    • Spade

      Catlin is a chick…!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

      • Canuckvoip

        Hey… no trash talking my GF!!!

        Oh yeah… just upgraded!

  • Tommy C

    ALWAYS support your devs, readers. They often create apps in a venue such as their homes while juggling a full time and a family. They are the magic happening behind the scenes bringing us experiences that trump anything you’ll find on those official apps being offered on “other” OSes. In fact, I’d rather have an app designed by a BlackBerry 10 dev simply because they are well versed in the OS and push the limits of what BlackBerry 10 can do every time. Be it donation or prepaid/in-app purchase, I too am happy to contribute to their efforts so that they can afford to continue making more great apps. I NEED that native Cascades UI!

  • Blackscorpion3

    As a BB10 developer, I know first hand that mist of don’t even get back a portion in money compared to the time we out into the apps we make. Many of the good apps out there have hundreds of hours of work put into them. Equate that to a $9 an hour job at 100 hours, that’s $900. That means a dev needs a minimum of about 1000 downloads, after taxes and BlackBerry takes their cut, just to break even on time.
    Most of us don’t develop for the money, we develop for the love of the platform and the users/customers we have.
    I will gladly support another native developer over a free android port any day. Why? Because we all fight for a common goal, the survival of our great devices.
    Support all BB10 developers and remember we have lives outside of developing for our great devices.

  • twstd.reality

    I’d totally buy it, if I used it at all. It’s less than a cup of coffee. The sense of entitlement these days is mind boggling.

  • shanerredflag

    Upgraded…never use it but like to support our Devs. :)

  • web99

    Excellent article Biggly. BB10 developers definitely need our support. I just bought iGrann Pro and tried it out. It is an amazing app and I agree that it is better than the Android version.

  • Robert

    I bought it for my wife. She’s about to make the switch from iPhone to a z10 and I figured I’d help her our with a couple of apps. I always help out DEVs whenever I get the chance because they take the time to keep supporting BlackBerry.