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New Version of Twinkle is a share target for calendar events

Twinkle has been updated to version 5.3 in BlackBerry World for all BlackBerry 10 phones. In addition to a few optimizations, this new version also allows Twinkle to act as a share target for calendar events from other applications including the built-in calendar app.
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About Twinkle

Twinkle is an app that allows you to set and keep track of upcoming and past events. Twinkle will tell you how far away an event is, and share it with a friends through social networks. The app includes an number of options for sorting or filtering your views in order to allow you to easily be able to manage and share a large number of different events.

Sharing events from the native calendar

IMG_20140202_140921In order to send an event to Twinkle from the native calendar app, just open the event and then select the ‘Share’ option from the menu. This will give you a list of applications (including Twinkle) that you can share the event to. Twinkle will then pre-populate the fields as if you were to manually create a new event.

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Twinkle updated to version 5.2

IMG_00000048Twinkle has been updated to version 5.2 in BlackBerry World for all BlackBerry 10 phones. This update fixes a few bugs and also optimizes the app and gives it a smaller install size.

About Twinkle

Twinkle is an app that allows you to set and keep track of upcoming and past events. Twinkle will tell you how far away an event is, and share it with a friends through social networks. The app includes an number of options for sorting or filtering your views in order to allow you to easily be able to manage and share a large number of different events.IMG_00000050

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Twinkle updated with a new color, and improved calendar integration.

IMG_00000048Twinkle has been updated in BlackBerry World to version 5.1 for BlackBerry 10 phones and version 4.2 for BBOS phones. These new version now allow you to use pink as a background color for events, and also adds calendar integration and landscape orientation support for BlackBerry 10 phones. You can now export individual events to the device’s calendar, and you can also bulk import existing calendar events.

About Twinkle

Twinkle is an app that allows you to set and keep track of upcoming and past events. Twinkle will tell you how far away an event is, and share it with a friends through social networks. The app includes an number of options for sorting or filtering your views in order to allow you to easily be able to manage a large number of different events.

New in this version of Twinkle

Support has been added to allow this app to work in either portrait or landscape orientation on the BlackBerry Z10. Also pink has been added as a new background color option for a events. Also new in this update is to touch and hold an event to get the option to send an event to the native calendar app. The option page, now also links to an ‘Import from Calendar’ page where you can choose to import all future or past events that you already have stored in the calendar app.

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Twinkle is now available on BlackBerry 10

IMG_00000017The date count down app Twinkle is now available for BlackBerry 10, with support for both the Z10 and the Q10.

About Twinkle

Twinkle is an app that allows you to set and keep track of upcoming and past events. Twinkle will tell you how far away an event is, and share it with a friends through social networks. The app includes an number of options for sorting or filtering your views in order to allow you to easily be able to manage a large number of different events.

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Twinkle updated to version 4.1

Twinkle has been updated to version 4.1 in BlackBerry AppWorld. The biggest new feature in this version, is the ability to filter your view, to only show events that are a given color, or a certain date. You can also now permanently delete synced events, and some elements have had their visual appearance improved.

About Twinkle

Twinkle is an app that allows you to set and keep track of upcoming and past events. Twinkle will tell you how far away an event is, and share it with a friends through BBM, Facebook, and Twitter. Additionally Twinkle offers full integration with the native calendar, allowing you to either synchronize events, or to import/export them from one app to another.

New Filtering options

A new “Filter Options” listing has been added to the menu to allow you to filter the events that you see. You have the option of filtering events based on the background color assigned to the events. You can also set up filters based on the date of the event, showing either all dates, events in the past or just events in the future.

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New features in Twinkle 4.0

Version 4.0 of Twinkle has been released in BlackBerry AppWorld. This new version adds synchronization with existing calendars, improved sharing over BBM, and an alternate order for displaying events.

About Twinkle

Twinkle is an app that allows you to set and keep track of upcoming and past events. Twinkle will tell you how far away an event is, and share it with a friends through BBM, Facebook, and Twitter. Additionally Twinkle offers full integration with the native calendar, allowing you to either synchronize events, or to import/export them from one to another. You can also import your friend’s birthdays from the contacts app.

New: Calendar Synchronization

Version 4.0 of Twinkle offers a new page to allow you to synchronize an existing calendar with Twinkle. This can be done on a per calendar basis, and allows you the option to exclude previous events. Changes are synced across the apps, and will automatically be removed if the calendar is unsynched.

New: Improved BBM Sharing


Twinkle has allowed events to be shared over BBM since version 3.0 of the app. However in the newest version of Twinkle you can now share events with your BBM friends even if they don’t yet have Twinkle installed on their device. Users of BB7 devices can also post events to Facebook and Twitter.

New: Closest First Sorting

By default Twinkle orders events by placing events in chronological order. However if you don’t like to delete past events (or set them to automatically expire) the top events would have all taken place in the distant past. Version 4.0 offers the option of a “Closest First” sort order where events are sorted based on their proximity to the current date. This way the events on the top of the screen are always the most relevant ones.

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Twinkle updated to version 3.3

Twinkle has been updated to version 3.3 in BlackBerry AppWorld. This new version adds the ability to import Birthdays from contacts, additional ways to share events, random color selection, some stability improvements, and improvements to bulk importing of existing events.

Importing Birthdays from Contacts

You can now select a friend from your contacts, and if you already have their birthday included in their info, you can select “Add Birthday to Twinkle” from the menu, the contacts birthday will automatically show up in Twinkle.

Share events through Facebook and Twitter

Users with running OS 7.0 or higher now have additional options for sharing events. In addition to sharing events over BBM as before, you can now also share events over Facebook, Twitter, and E-mail.

While BBM is still the preferred way to share events, those looking to post things more widely will appreciate the ability to post an event as a status update to one of these social networking sites.

Random colors

Also new in this version of Twinkle is the ability to set the default color to random on the options screen. The result of this is that any new event you create, or import to Twinkle will be given a random color. If you don’t like the color that was selected, you can also change the color by editing the event. The colors of events that are already in Twinkle will not be affected.

Import all from Calendar improvements

Version 3.2 added the ability to bulk import events from the calendar. This update refines the options some, by asking if you want to import all events, or just events from the future, or just from the past. As before you will be asked to confirm the number of events that you are adding to Twinkle, so you don’t accidentally import far more events then you intended to.

About Twinkle

Twinkle is a simple application that allows you to set and keep track of upcoming and past events, and (optionally) share them your friends. Twinkle will tell you how far away an event is, and allows you to send events to and from your BlackBerry’s native calendar, or to your friends on BBM. Twinkle gives you the ability to add and edit events, lets you keep track of how soon something is, or how long it has been since an event, and to search for all of these events through BlackBerry’s universal search. In recognition of this deep integration with the device, Twinkle was named a Regional Selections Winner in the 2010 BlackBerry Super Apps Challenge.

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The benefits of BBM connected apps

Twinkle is an app that allows you to set and keep track of upcoming and past events, and share them with your friends. The app is free and contains a small advertisement that can be removed through an in-app purchase.

Because fetching the advertisement requires a request to a server, we can look at ad requests in order to get a look at approximate how often Twinkle is being used. While the app was released about a year and a half ago, the last few months worth of ad requests are shown in the chart below.

Version 3.0 of Twinkle added the ability to share events with your friends over BBM. Based on the above graph can you see when this update was released?

The existence of the BBM API has fundamentally changed the nature of this app. It has gone from a simple date tracker with calendar integration, to a complete social experience. While you can still choose to not make use of the app’s social features, it appears that most people are. Version 3.3 of Twinkle (coming soon) will expand these social features ever further with OS7 devices also able to share Twinkle events over Twitter, FaceBook, and Email. The typical usage of this app has completely changed from just five months ago.

Twinkle version 3.2 released

Twinkle has been updated to version 3.2 in BlackBerry AppWorld. This new version includes additional ways to import events, some stability improvements, and a way to bulk import existing events.

About Twinkle

Twinkle is a simple application that allows you to set and keep track of upcoming and past events. Twinkle will tell you how far away an event is, and allows you to send events to and from your BlackBerry’s native calendar, or to your friends on BBM. Twinkle gives you the ability to add and edit events, lets you keep track of how soon something is, or how long it has been since an event, and to search for all of these events through BlackBerry’s universal search. In recognition of this deep integration with the device, Twinkle was named a Regional Selections Winner in the 2010 BlackBerry Super Apps Challenge.

New in version 3.2

Version 3.2 makes it easier to import existing calender events into Twinkle. In addition to having the “Add to Twinkle” menu option when you highlight an event on the calendar, the “Add to Twinkle” menu option is now also available when you have opened the event itself.

Furthermore in the option page of Twinkle there is an option to “Import all from Calendar” (as seen to the right). This option allows you to add every single existing BlackBerry calender event to Twinkle. It is important to note that this is a bulk import feature, and NOT a sync feature. It will import all of your existing calender events even if they have already been added before.

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Update to Twinkle

Twinkle has been updated to version 3.1 in BlackBerry AppWorld. This new version improves stability to BlackBerry Messenger, and network connections.

About Twinkle

Twinkle, which has recently been featured in BlackBerry AppWorld, is a simple application that allows you to set and keep track of upcoming and past events. Twinkle will tell you how far away an event is, and allows you to send events to and from your BlackBerry’s native calendar, or to your friends on BBM. Twinkle gives you the ability to add and edit events, lets you keep track of how soon something is, or how long it has been since an event, and to search for all of these events through BlackBerry’s universal search. In recognition of this deep integration with the device, Twinkle was named a Regional Selections Winner in the 2010 BlackBerry Super Apps Challenge.

New in Version 3.1

There is very little in this version that looks different, but significant changes have been made in the program itself to ensure that sending events through BBM is more reliable. New features that were added in the recently released version 3.0 include sharing over BBM, and multi-language support.

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Twinkle featured in AppWorld 3.0

RIM is currently testing a new version of BlackBerry AppWorld which makes a few changes to how apps are featured. One of the featured applications in this beta, is our own Twinkle which recently reached version 3.0 itself.

What is even more interesting is the way then new version of AppWorld features a few “categories” of apps as well. As such Twinkle is actually featured twice, because it can also be found under the “BBM Connected” group of apps that take advantage of the BBM SDK (as Twinkle now does).

The biggest change in version 3.0 is the separate games category which contains its own featured apps, and top 25 list.

Version 3.0 of Twinkle

Version 3.0 of Twinkle has been released through BlackBerry AppWorld. This version adds the ability to share events with friends through BBM, multi-language support for English, Spanish, & Dutch. As well as adding integration with the native BlackBerry options screen, and native support for the higher screen resolutions of the new OS 7 devices being released this week.

About Twinkle

Twinkle, which recently celebrated its first birthday, is a simple application that allows you to set and keep track of upcoming and past events. Twinkle will tell you how far away an event is, and allows you to send events to and from your BlackBerry’s native calendar, or to your friends on BBM. Twinkle gives you the ability to add and edit events, lets you keep track of how soon something is, or how long it has been since an event, and to search for all of these events through BlackBerry’s universal search. In recognition of this deep integration with the device, Twinkle was named a Regional Selections Winner in the 2010 BlackBerry Super Apps Challenge.

BBM support

New in version 3.0 is the ability to share events with your friends on BBM. You just select an event, and then choose to “Share Event” from the menu. Then select who you want to send the event to. If your friends do not yet have Twinkle on their BlackBerrys, you can send them a download invitation through a sharing button on the app’s about page.

Language Support

Data from June 2011 showed that despite only being available in English that 9.2% of Twinkle users actually had Spanish as their first language. Another 3.2% of users had their primary language as Dutch. As a result both of these languages were added as options in this version of Twinkle. When the app is first run it will detect the native language on the device automatically. After that the user is free to change it anytime they like from the options page.

Other new features

Version 3.0 also includes integration with the native BlackBerry menu option page. As a result all of the options within Twinkle can also be edited from the Third Party Apps section of the BlackBerry options page. Gray was also added as an additional background colour option for events. It may be a boring colour, but sometimes you have boring events.

Updates were also made in order to better support the higher screen resolution of the recently announced BlackBerry 7 devices such as the Bold 9900/9930, and the 9810, 9850, and 9860 Torch models.

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Twinkle celebrates its first birthday

If you had placed the launch of Twinkle into your Twinkle app, it would show that it has now been 365 days since that event occurred.

Twinkle has come a long way in the past year, being named a Regional Selections Winner in the 2010 BlackBerry Super Apps Challenge, and upgrading to version 2.2 by adding integration with new OS 6.0 features like Universal Search. Additionally Twinkle has earned a four out of five stars average rating in BlackBerry AppWorld on the back of 122 reviews.

History of Twinkle

    • July 12th 2010 – Version 1.0 released The first version of Twinkle was released in BlackBerry AppWorld.
      September 27th 2010 – BlackBerry Partners fund named Twinkle a Regional Selections Winner in the 2010 BlackBerry Super Apps Challenge.
      October 26th 2010 – Version 1.1 released Twinkle gets its first upgrade, adding font options.
      November 28th 2010 – Featured in AppWorld Twinkle gets featured for one week in BlackBerry AppWorld.
      December 12th 2010 – Version 2.0 released Major update adds Universal Search and keyboard short cuts, while also offering tighter integration with the native calendar.
      December 18th 2010 – Version 2.1 released Adding support for reoccurring events.
      May 9th 2011 – Version 2.2 released Adding in-app payments to remove advertising and even more options for integrating with the native calendar.
  • About Twinkle

    Twinkle is a simple app that allows you to set and keep track of upcoming and past events. Twinkle will tell you how far away an event is, and allows you to send events to and from your BlackBerry’s native calendar. Twinkle gives you the ability to add and edit events, lets you keep track of how soon something is, or how long it has been since an event. Integration with Universal Search and keyboard shortcuts make it one of the easiest applications to navigate.

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