Up to now there is no good Geocaching application available for the new Blackberry BB10 devices like the Z10 or Q10. But now I figured out that it is quite easy to install Android applications on my Z10. In my earlier post you can see how easy it is to install any Android application on your Blackberry device.
So my test was to install c:geo (which is one of the best Geocaching applications) on my Z10. To my big surprise it works very well. It doesn’t crash and almost everything works fine, even offline maps and Pocket Query import.
What doesn’t work
- Blackberry does not provide Google maps and satellite pictures, so they are also not available in c:geo
- The file selection dialogues in the settings do not work. How ever you are able to enter the paths manually
- Some non critical functions will lead to an error message, but the application will not crash
This is how I suggest to use offline maps and Pocket Queries:
When you connect your Blackberry device to your Windows computer (through an USB), you will get a network drive with several folders. I suggest to create a folder gpx inside the misc folder. Then put the Pocket Query files (ZIP files work fine) into that folder. Now, on the device, this folder is available under /accounts/1000/shared/misc/gpx. This is the path you will have to enter in c:geo for the Pocket Query import.
Afterwards you can go from the home screen to the saved caches page and import the Pocket Queries from there:
You can also create a folder maps in misc for the offline maps as distributed by MapsForge. This folder again is accessible under /accounts/1000/shared/misc/mfmaps on the device.
ATENTION: c:geo is not able to find the maps there!
I suggest to move the folder over to /sdcard/mfmaps. A good tool to do this is Ghost Commander:
In the c:geo settings you can enter that path and press on the butten on the left side to select one of the maps:
The c:geo team most likely will improve the usability of c:geo under Blackberry 10, until then you can download the converted c:geo BAR file:
See also the bug report for c:geo: github.com/cgeo/c-geo-opensource/issues/2595