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.
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.
BECAUSE I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO BLACKBERRY 10 THAT THEY SUCCEED.
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.