Welcome to this week's BlackBerry App Roundup! This week we have 25 copies of Battery Monitor by Vorino Software to give away! We have searched high and low and found some neat apps to share with you this week, so head on past the break to check them out and enter the contest! If you have an app you want to see featured in the roundup be sure to check the end of the post for information on submitting it to us.
Nothing beats fresh fruits and vegetables, and what better place to find them than at local farmers markets. Now you can use Local Fresh to locate thousands of farmers markets across the US.
How to use it:
- Add in your zip code
- Browse the list of farmers markets based on your zip code. Visit their website for schedule, products available, etc
- If nothing appears, search by city and zip code
- Map the locations
- Shop and enjoy fresh and local food.
More information/screenshots and to purchase Local Fresh for PlayBook
More information/screenshots and to purchase Local Fresh for BlackBerry
Wootle is a tracker for the http://Woot.com family of daily deal sites. This PlayBook app will track deals from http://woot.com, kids.woot, shirt.woot, and sellout.woot. The app will also track wootoffs and can be set to automatically refresh the feeds! Each tab in Wootle shows the current offer on the corresponding Woot page, and clicking the "I Want One!' button takes you to the webpage so you can order. Wootle is available for $.99, and a free trial is available. I like the simple graphics and easy to use layout in this app, it looks really nice!
For more information and to download/purchase Wootle HD
Smoothie by Tafasa
Smoothie came out, then quickly disappeared without notice from App World. It's since returned, with even more features and several bug fixes. If you hadn't heard of it, Smoothie is a fun way to meet new people with similar interests, and chat with them either one-on-one or in groups. Built on the BBM Social Platform, you will need to have BBM6 installed if you wish to use Smoothie. The app is free and compatible with BlackBerry smartphones on OS 5 and greater.
- Release notes for v1.1:
- Resolved: Issues with joining coffee shop and blender chats
- Resolved: Connectivity issues during application setup
- Resolved: Issues where the profile picture is saved as a black box. If you have faced this issue in the past, please re-upload a new profile picture.
- New: History section that includes the last 20 people you have talked to, allowing you to view their profile and invite them to BBM
- New: Click on a user's picture while viewing their profile to see a larger version of the image
- New: Click on a user's location while viewing their profile and Google Maps will be launched to show you where it is in the world. If you have the Google Maps application installed, the application will be launched instead of the website
- New: Suggestion box (accessible from the menu of any screen) where you can send us your ideas for features and improvements that should be added to Smoothie
- Many other fixes and improvements to make the experience great
Ever wondered how far away from London or Tokyo you are at any given time? Well now you can know with DistanceSign. Fire up the app and it will tell you in miles or kilometers your current distance from 18 different cities around the world. You can also send your current location to anyone via email. It's a new app, and currently free in the CrackBerry forums. If you try it out be sure to leave Fabian some feedback letting him know what you think of DistanceSign and what you'd like to see added.
More information and to download DistanceSign
What You Might Have Missed
The uber popular Twitter app UberSocial has added a new theme just in time for all you football fans out there. Pro Football Characters is a free downloadable theme for the app that will bring the sport right to you. This theme isn't just a pretty face either. Along with the normal functions you expect from UberSocial, they have added in a ton of features to help you keep up with the game like never before. You can participate in the Daily Football Debate, catch the Best Tweets and Pics from over 200 pro players on Twitter, stay on top of Breaking News from your favorite sports writers, and check out the Pro Football Characters Uber Channel with Legends of the Game, Insider Scoop, Power Players, and more!
To install the Pro Football theme, you must be running UberSocial v1.2 or above. If you have an older version installed, you can download the latest here from your BlackBerry. Once that's squared away, you can download the theme (yes, it's a separate download) from the link below. To activate it, open UberSocial, access the menu, and scroll down to Options. Press 'next' until you reach the Themes Setting screen, where you will be able to select Pro Football under the Color drop down menu.
For more information and to download the Pro Football Characters theme for UberSocial
Like to keep a close eye on your BlackBerry battery? You should check out Battery Monitor by Vorino Software. This battery monitoring utility runs in the background and notifies you when your battery has dropped to a percentage of your choosing. It also notifies you when your device is fully charged, and has many configuration and appearance options. The icon is live, and has a customizable appearance. Battery Monitor is available for $2.99 and is compatible with most BlackBerry smartphones.
- Notifications are a combination of tune/vibrate/LED and are set up in the sound profiles application
- Live icon, showing percentage in text and optional charging indicator, with customizable appearance based on the main screen settings; Note that some themes are not able to properly update the live icon in all locations, especially the Storm2 home screen
- Main screen displays battery reading %, battery temperature, min/max indicators and optional charging indicator
- Date and time shown in the footer using the system font
- Color preferences for all displayed components; color blend and gradient option
- Many millions of color combinations
- 140 solid backgrounds
- 19 built-in wallpapers
- Wallpapers from file
- Can be used in combination with bedside mode, with supporting devices
- Optional battery reading logging; this data can be exported as text or CSV data; up to 100 readings are kept, at a selectable collection rate from between 10 minutes and 2 hours
- Battery level chart
- Settings stored persistently
- Uses a negligible amount of power
Contest: We have 25 copies of Battery Monitor to give away, courtesy of the good folks at Vorino Software. To enter, leave a comment below, and we'll choose 25 random entries to win. Contest ends Sunday at midnight PST.
Until Next Week..
Well there you have it folks! Be sure to check out New BlackBerry Apps, Updated BlackBerry Apps and Free BlackBerry Apps available at ShopCrackBerry.com. If you are a developer and want to have your app shown in the roundup or you're interested in having us host a contest for you, drop me an email at cbmichelle[@]crackberry.com. See you all next week!