Welcome to this week's BlackBerry App Roundup! This week our contest is courtesy of MMMOOO. They have just released some major updates to their award winning Weather Plus, and have sent us 20 copies to pass on to you! Reminder: We are now including the App Roundup contest winners with our usual weekly contest winners post, so make sure you check there Monday to see if you won last week. 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.
Moon Almanac by ByteStackers
Moon Almanac is an astronomy program that provides easy access to Moon information from the past, present and future. Easy to use navigation keys create an animation of the Moon progressing through hourly, daily or monthly cycles. In addition to displaying a graphical representation of the current phase, the bright limb angle and parallactic angle are used to render a realistic view of how the Moon appears in the sky. Moon Almanac is available for $2.99 and is compatible with all BlackBerry smartphones.
Other features include:
- Rise and Set times
- Visibility indicator
- Distance from Earth
- Percent Illuminated
- 1st quarter, full, last quarter and new indicators
- Blue Moon detection
- Displays date of Easter
- Solar eclipse detection
- Animated graphical modeling of Lunar eclipses
- GPS support for determining observer's location
- Theme support
Video Hider and Image Hider by Alms Migital Technovations
Do you have videos and pictures on your BlackBerry you don't want anyone to see? Video Hider and Image Hider are a apps that can help you with that. You can make your videos and images invisible to prying eyes, and add password protection, giving you peace of mind. Both apps are available for $2.99, and there is a Lite version of Image Hider available as well. Most BlackBerry smartphones are listed as compatible with these apps.
Groupix by Kuubee Technologies
Groupix is a cross platform app that allows you to create collaborative photo albums in real-time! With Groupix, you first create a shared photo album amongst friends, then photos taken from each of your friend's smartphones are automatically stored in the shared photo album and immediately appear on all of the album members' smartphones. At any time, you can visit: http://grpix.com/(AlbumID) to view and download your collaborative photo album. Compatible with many smartphone brands and devices and completely free to download and use! Currently only supporting BlackBerry smartphones on BB6, with more to be added in the near future. you can read full details at the Groupix blog.
Letter Clock by Peter Aldrian
Text clocks are all the rage, and you know you want one as a screensaver for your BlackBerry. Letter Clock is just that; plug in your device to charge and the clock shows as a screensaver. With the background color and font options, the combinations are endless. You even have 3 choices for language: English, German, and Spanish. Letter Clock is available for just $.99 in BlackBerry App World.For more information/screenshots and to purchase Letter Clock
What You Might Have Missed
Zillow for BlackBerry
If you're in the market for a new home there are plenty of apps out there to help you find what you need. Zillow is just one fish in the sea, but it is also one of the best. Today the Zillow BlackBerry App is available as a free download. The app can help in the pursuit of that perfect home, giving you the ability to search for homes right from your device. Features include:
- Multiple search filters that include price, number of bedrooms and bathrooms and other valuable home-related information.
- Homes viewable on a map with high-resolution satellite and street view.
- Home search by location or by typing in a city, ZIP code or address.
- Full-screen color photos of homes.
The app uses GPS on your BlackBerry to find homes for sale or rent just where you need them. Grab it for free from the link below.
Live Profile for BlackBerry
LiveProfile is an awesome cross-platform messaging app for Android and iOS, that is now available for BlackBerry. It features a very nice dark UI, as well as a ton of features you would come to expect in a messaging app, and a few you wouldn't. Here are some of those features:
- Badges for sent, delivered, and read messages
- Displays when a contact is typing (and when a contact is reading)
- Ability to update status to Facebook and Twitter
- Add contacts by scanning your address book, Twitter, and Facebook
- PIN assigned to your account, for easy sharing
- Coming Soon- Outgoing Photo Attachments
While we have seen some messengers come and go, or even just not live up to all of our high BBM standards, I think LiveProfile is by far the best of the bunch. It brings most of the core messaging features that we all need, and even adds a few other nice ones (Active Chat- Shows when contact is in the chat, reading messages). My favorite feature of LiveProfile is the way it adds friends to your contact list. Giving you the ability to scan your address book, Twitter, and Facebook is definitely the way to go, and is in no way intrusive, like some other messengers. It is also fast, I mean really fast. I dare say it's more instant than BBM.
Overall I think LiveProfile is the best cross-platform messaging solution out there. If you haven't checked it out, head over to their website for a free download. It is compatible with most BlackBerry devices running OS 4.5 and up. More screenshots after the break.
Weather Plus by MMMOOO
Weather Plus is brought to us from the folks at MMMOOO. It's an advanced weather application which adds push weather info to your BlackBerry's home screen and the app icon. If you don't have a theme with a "weather slot" but you still want to see your current conditions, this is a great app for you. With 5 display modes for your home screen, you're sure to find one that suites you.
Weather Plus was updated this week, including a lot of bug fixes. MMMOOO also made some cool additions to the already feature packed application. Weather Plus was chosen as a Regional Selection Winners of the 2010 BlackBerry Super Apps Challenge, so you know the additions/fixes have just made this already great app even better. Weather Plus is available for $6.99 and is compatible with most BlackBerry smartphones running OS 5.0 and greater.
For more information including a list of features and changelog for Weather Plus
Contest: MMMOOO has given us 20 copies of Weather Plus to give away this week! If you would like to enter the contest to win a free copy, leave a comment below! One entry per person please and the contest ends NEXT 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!