Alright so we have this sweet Blackberry Playbook that we use for development and the occasional game or five. We also have a Blackberry Bold 9900 that we used in the Blackberry Development 101 tutorial series. Personally, we feel that it would best if we could get the two to communicate so we do not have to hope back and forth from our tablet and smartphone. Thankfully, RIM has provided us with a solution to this issue; Blackberry Bridge. Blackberry Bridge allows users to receive BBM, Emails, Calendars, and more right on the Blackberry Playbook so you don’t have to leave your favourite game to answer the email that work is sending you, asking why your not at work today! Jump past the break for a how to on using Blackberry Bridge!
The first thing we want to do is enable Bluetooth on our Blackberry device. After this is complete we can hop over to our PlayBook and make sure the device is on. After this has been assured, we can swipe down from the top bezel and bring up the settings menu. From here we can choose the Blackberry Bridge menu item on the left. We currently do not have Bluetooth turned on so we are now asked to turn it on. After Bluetooth is enabled we can click the Setup button that appears and continue on to name our tablet. We are not huge fans of random tablet names so we named ours differently as can be seen.
We now need to get back to our Bold 9900 to install Blackberry Bridge. To do this we need to start up the Blackberry App World and press the Blackberry menu and select “Scan A Barcode”. We can then scan the barcode on the tablet and have Blackberry Bridge appear in the App World to download. After the application is installed we can then navigate to the Bridge application and accept the user agreement. After the application is running we choose the “Add New Tablet” button which will mean that we can press the “Continue” button on our tablet which will give us a barcode to scan. Once we scan the barcode on the tablet we will get a completed notification.
We can now see that on the tablet what is possible with the Blackberry Bridge enabled. On the tablet we can select Blackberry Bridge and see that contacts, messages, bridge browser, calendar, bbm, memo pad, and tasks can now be used. We decided to start browsing our contacts as you can see in the gallery. To see that Blackberry Bridge is enabled on our Bold 9900 there is an image of a tablet and a phone near the 3G icon in the top right of the screen.
With all of these steps taken Blackberry Bridge should now be enabled. This will open a whole new world of operations that the PlayBook is capable of. We are now able to receive emails while we are developing applications on our device or respond to BBM on the PlayBook instead of reaching for the Blackberry Bold 9900. We hope you found this how to informative and until the next article, Happy Hacking!