Toby Clench

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Bristol, United Kingdom!

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Whilst I appear to be one of the youngest developers for the BlackBerry 10 platform (Dev Blog Spotlight) in my time of developing for the platform – starting in late 2013 – I have successfully managed to grow a business (Tundra Core Studios) to earning profitability in its first year and to then go on to double profits within the second year whilst also co-founding an official BlackBerry Developer Group in my area: Bristol, UK.

Why BlackBerry?

Choosing BlackBerry was always an easy decision for me as I had always used a BlackBerry device from a young age; starting with the Curve 8520 and then Curve 9360 but as soon as the Z10 became available, in 2013, I got one as soon as I could and shortly after that, I was learning web development skills (HTML5, CSS3, JS) and then later in the year I moved onto learning Native Cascades (QML, C++).

Ever since I initially started developing apps for BlackBerry 10, it immediately became clear that developer community works really well together as experienced developers are always on hand through BlackBerry Developer Support Forums and BBM; all of whom have always been (and still continue to be) approachable to ask a series of questions and they always gladly provide useful answers. For this reason alone, it has inspired me to continue developing for the platform and to help others which is also why I joined the official BlackBerry Open Source repository on GitHub to help others by sharing examples.

Future Plans

Currently, as my application development business is a BlackBerry Enterprise Partner, I am looking into applications for the Enterprise and what companies could use to boost their employees’ productivity whilst working.

Featured Apps

Hub Browser is a feature-rich supplementary app for your BlackBerry 10 Browsing Experience.

Hub Browser is intended to give you quick and easy access to links sent to you in emails, text messages – or anywhere across the BlackBerry 10 OS really – without the need to leave the BlackBerry Hub or current application that you are in.

With ‘Heads Up’ you have the assurance of being able to walk and type on your BlackBerry 10 device at the same time without the worry of walking into others as the application takes advantage of the device’s rear camera to show you what’s in front of you.

Heads Up has plenty of customization options to make the typing experience and layout the best for you. There are also plenty of options to use within Heads Up as you can copy your text directly to the keyboard as well as having the ability to share your text to all of your social networking accounts

Story behind Hub Browser

Ever since I have personally been using a BlackBerry, I always thought that it would be a lot easier if a web browser could open within the current application so that I wouldn’t have to be switching backwards and forwards between different applications. So, once I had a good understand of how Native Cascades worked, I set out in late 2014 to work on an app that would open a web browser wherever there was a link to be clicked on. The app was released, had similar functionality to the stock BlackBerry browser but opened links anywhere across the OS that had a link which could be clicked on.

Hub Browser immediately became a success with the users of the BlackBerry 10 platform and as this continues to remain the highest grossing app that I have developed, I have continued to provide updates to the app including a huge redesign of the entire application to provide a better user experience.

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