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Snooth User: John Andrews

Blackberry .... again

Posted by John Andrews, Oct 28, 2009.

Any plans to make a BlackBerry app?


Reply by thebrokewino, Oct 29, 2009.

i second that!

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Oct 29, 2009.

Hey Honda and thebrokewino, we're definitely listening. We'd love to clear some time to work on this.

I know there are other members of the Snooth development community that are looking into this, but there's room for more apps to be built using our API.

Reply by Philip James, Oct 29, 2009.

John - if I buy you an iphone, would you use it? It may be the fastest alternative! ;)

Reply by John Andrews, Oct 29, 2009.

@Mark ... are you asking me to be a programmer again? I haven't done development for almost 10 years!

@Philip ... fastest is definitely not the cheapest. :-)

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Oct 29, 2009.

Hah! I'd have to dust off my Java cap as well. It has been a little while since I wore it.

Reply by Philip James, Oct 29, 2009.

Mark - has no 3rd party made a Snooth blackberry app yet? I know I've seen apps for Android as well as Palm based off the Snooth API

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Oct 29, 2009.

Nope, no 3rd party Blackberry apps yet. At this point I'd personally send a little wine gift to any member of the dev community who fills this need!

We'll be doing a showcase of the current 3rd party apps in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to see what the community has done!

Reply by RobUncorked, Dec 23, 2009.

There is no wine database application for BlackBerry anywhere. I have heard that CellarTracker is currently working on one, but no finished product as of yet. The only wine apps for BlackBerry to speak of are the Nat Decants and the RVintage. The Nat Decants is just recommended pairings and no actual wine reviews or cellar management. The RVintage app simply rates vintages by region and gives to credit to individual wineries (very non-specific).

I am still in disbelief that this app does not exist. Especially considering that BlackBerry phones are still the number 1 seller.

Reply by bryanjmatthews, Jan 14, 2010.

I hope the BB app comes soon!

Reply by kylewolf, Jan 14, 2010.

I think Wine Enthusiast has a BB app...I dont know how many wines are stored, havent tried it out.

Reply by RobUncorked, Jan 14, 2010.

Yeah. But it hasn't been very well received. According to BlackBerry App World, it has a rating of 0.5 / 5. Most reviews on it say something about requesting a refund on the 6.99 USD selling price. It also looks more like an information booklet on "spirits" than it is a review database on wine. Not quite what we're looking for.

I have heard rumours that is working on developing an app with CellarTracker. This app is purported to include wine reviews and cellar management. However, nothing has been completed or officially announced yet.

Reply by RobUncorked, Jan 14, 2010.

I have been following this on my blog a little bit. Here is my post on the matter:

Reply by Cab Lovers, Oct 2, 2010.

Shame on Snooth for not even working on a simple mobi version of their site for the rest of us who haven't gone clamoring after the iPhone. Come on, does marketing research really find an enormous correlation between trend-following 20-somethings who will change their phone service for a little hipster cred and people with discerning tastes, willing to collect and store expensive wines based on their quality, vintage and age? I can't image enough overlap between these two market groups to warrant banking on an Apple prejudice, unless you’re getting some kind of kickbacks from Apple. Even a simple mobi version of your site would help. I've taken to using one of your competitors on my Blackberry, not because they have an app, but because they have a mobile version of their site. I prefer Snooth in every other way, but I tend to taste, drink and buy wines in stores and restaurants, you're of no use to me without mobile access.

Reply by dmcker, Oct 2, 2010.

If you don't like the iPhone, get an iPad. ;-) Both of these are the best of kind in what's actually in peoples' hands right now. Plenty of people beyond their 20s who are using them. And I doubt extremely that Snooth is getting any kind of 'kickback' from Apple. 

RIM is coming out with a good competitor to the iPad it would seem, though I've yet to see it. Of course that will just stimulate Apple to come out with a new version that's better yet.

My guess is that Snooth has further plans for mobile platforms, but not enough bandwidth to do everything at once. If I were in their shoes, I'd have started with the iPhone, too. I'm working with a startup in Tokyo, where cellphone penetration and mobile reliance is even greater than the States. Our apps are all for the iPhone right now, since they're the only smartphone it makes sense for at the moment. Android's starting to get a little traction. Blackberry is a *very* distant third. We're watching trends closely to see when to port our apps over to whatever platform since we only have so many developer assets.

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Oct 2, 2010.

@Cab Lovers, thanks for your thoughts. DM is exactly right in that it's only a bandwidth issue for us. You are right to expect us to migrate the app to other platforms and we will do so as soon as we are able. I'll take your scolding as a vote that you need more support. Thanks -- we're listening.

By the way, we do have a basic mobile version of Snooth that hopefully you can use in the interim.

Reply by zufrieden, Oct 2, 2010.

At the moment, I have a company-issue Blackberry (RIM).  While it would be very convenient to have an application that allows in-store use of our site (par example), I tend to use other sites for certain technical bits on wines of interest.

What annoys me is the inability to properly and easily upload notes on wines or respond to messages.  Now that RIM has been lambasted in the markets recently, I am not sure I care about Blackberry-specific applications, but certainly mobile applications are a must.

Glad to see that such applications are already here for other mobile vendors - at least in some parts of the globe...

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