BlackBerry adds MLB.com At Bat 13, upgrades Facebook, Twitter apps
Just in time for the beginning of the 2013 Major League Baseball regular season, BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) is rolling out the popular MLB.com At Bat application to its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones. Separately, BlackBerry is also updating its Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Twitter social networking apps.
MLB.TV Premium subscribers may log in to watch every out-of-market game live and on demand.
MLB.com At Bat 13--also available for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android--includes home and away radio broadcasts for all games as well as the free MLB.TV Game of the Day cable broadcast. In addition, MLB.TV Premium subscribers may log in to watch every out-of-market game live and on demand. The app also touts news, statistics, standings and schedules, alongside in-progress highlights, pitch tracking, condensed games and a classic games library. MLB.com At Bat 13 is a one-time annual download priced at $19.99.
As for BlackBerry's social-networking applications, the revamped Facebook for BlackBerry 10.0.1 introduces Friends Nearby, which allows users to see when their contacts have checked in at locations in their immediate vicinity. Users may also add tags to photos, save images locally on their BlackBerry 10 device, view and respond to events and share links from their Facebook News Feed via BlackBerry Messenger, email, SMS and Twitter.
Speaking of Twitter, new features in Twitter for BlackBerry 10.0.2 include the Your Connect tab, which integrates interactions like new follows, favorites and mentions in a single place. Users may also view photos, article summaries and other updates within tweets.
The BlackBerry World digital media storefront topped the 100,000 application milestone last month, signaling an increase of 30,000 apps since BlackBerry 10 launched in late January. Roughly 20 percent of all BlackBerry apps were originally developed for Android, BlackBerry Vice President for Global Alliances and Business Development Martyn Mallick told All Things D last week; The BlackBerry 10 software development kit, released late last year, includes the BlackBerry Runtime for Android, an emulation engine enabling developers to repackage apps originally written for the Google OS.
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