Skype released on BB10 OS, makes you wish it wasn't

Microsoft, or rather the Skype division inside Microsoft, has announced that the Skype client is now officially available on Blackberry's BB10 OS. The app is available only on the Q10 devices that haven't properly launched yet, so few people will actually have access to it.

However that seems to be for the best; TechCrunch reports that the app is a real pain when it comes to user experience. Although officially called a beta, even that falls far below any of today's standards and expectation. Users will indeed be able to send/receive messages and calls, but the good part stops there.

Because this is only a port of the Android app, it runs in a virtualized environment atop BB10, and is plagued by serious problems. The app is extremely slow and laggy with keypresses taking a long time to register. Notifications are a complete mess going off at random without any reason. The app itself doesn't integrate with the Blackberry OS hence doesn't respect system wide sound settings. And the list could probably go on.

Hopefully for Blackberry users the app will be updated soon and start being useful, but so far that's doesn't seem to be the case if the first glance reports are to be believed.

This is just further proof that Blackberry's strategy of porting Android apps to bolster their offerings will only result in an impressive app count, but little else. 

Source: TechCrunch | Images via TechCrunch

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I've been using Skype side loaded on my Z10 now for 3-4 days. no issues at all. well over 30 calls, and dozens of messages.

Responds well, receives and sends messages just fine. No complaints.

I also have this side loaded on my z10, while not as awesome as bbm video, it is a great tool to video chat with my parents. I'm very happy with the app so far, and in no way wish it didn't exist.

Totally... it's awesome now... but still no where near as good as the native Messaging app on Windows Phone (for chatting not video). Hope they totally revamp the IM portion to match that of WLM.

I sideloaded it on my z10 and the description here is an exaggeration which TechCrunch is known for. Not surprising then Neowin would be all over that.

It's not as fluid as a native app would be but it's nothing drastic. It's still perfectly usable. Of course some issues are universal to all of Skype.

Edited by matt4pack, Apr 27 2013, 7:21pm :

I use a few Android apps on my Playbook, and of those that work they largely run quite well despite the much weaker hardware and older Android runtime. If Skype runs poorly on the Q10/Z10, it is most likely because the app was written poorly.

It is possible to write poorly performing and problematic software in any language, and from what I've seen on my Windows Phone, the Skype team appears to be trying this approach.

No, it's Skype in general even on the desktop. Until Skype is completely revamped to bring the same level of quality to the IM components, it will be blah.

Skype is a mess.
I've told Skype on my WP8 not to notify me with Messenger dialogs, but it still does. I can't turn off the built in messenger app because it handles SMS etc too.
So I get double notifications on my phones when someone use their messenger account.
And as mentioned in the article and comments, there is sometimes a long delay in the synchronization.
The built in messenger app is much faster and is better.
Skype is such a resource hog. My phone lasts 1 day instead of 1,5 to 2 days now. It's a heavy app that closes and starts every time you task switch.

Because this is only a port of the Android app, it runs in a virtualized environment atop BB10, and is plagued by serious problems. The app is extremely slow and laggy with keypresses taking a long time to register.

you reap what you sow. nobody is now going to write a native app,because they already have all the code of the app from the android version. the lag and poor performance is going to be the norm. worst decision ever.

well, bb stated they have a large app count due to the ability to run some android apps - thats it for you

however, skype right now is a mess on its own, the transition from wlm hurts like hell

Having issues here as well, i noticed that some messages are being delayed. I also notice some messages that have gone through, but are now either deleted or just not being displayed.

Plus lack of features, such as not being able to directly open up and view email like WLM and other minor matters, make this forced Skype update feel rushed is a horrible business decision on Microsoft part.

Again poor reporting/journalism IMO - Skype has been having msging issues even on the desktop client for me for the past month or so.

MistaT40 said,
Again poor reporting/journalism IMO - Skype has been having msging issues even on the desktop client for me for the past month or so.

Except nothing is mentioned about messaging, UI lag and a poor port from Android is, more like failure to read the article imo.

I brought up the messaging issues in the comments

MistaT40 said,
Again poor reporting/journalism IMO - Skype has been having msging issues even on the desktop client for me for the past month or so.

My Skype has also been fine.

What isn't mentioned is that messages seem to take ages to get through as well. I'm starting to think this is Skype specific issue because WLM users being forced over to Skype Desktop are reporting the same thing. I've also seen it first hand (sometimes messages coming in hours after they were sent!) and have switched back to WLM, at least for as long as I can still log in to it

Yes this IS a skype thing, it's not related to the mobile app at all it's skype in general, I've got a skype client running on a VM and even that gets message mis-syncronisation, sometimes messages just refuse to send or stay pending for hours and then all of a sudden I'll get chunks from a convo from 2 nights ago, skype's protocol is nothing but a bad unfinished beta.

I guess the real reasoning is there's much more money to be made from skype compared to WLM, and WLM needs clusters of servers all over the world, skype on the other hand needs much less servers because it's a cluttered decentralised mess.

Neobond said,
It's kind of staggering that Microsoft is forcing this through when they have a perfectly good system already in place then!

*Nothing* Microsoft is doing makes any sense. They have gone full retard, and everyone knows you *never* go full retard.

Delayed messages, random unexpected results when doing standard actions, a general bugfest.
Sounds exactly like they hired the Sim City team to create this app.