Howdy CrackBerry nation! Another week has passed so you know what that means? Not only is it time to share with you another batch of applications for your BlackBerry 10 or Priv smartphone, but it's also time to catch up on all the news that transpired since we last met.
Kicking things off this week was a brand new episode of the BerryFlow Podcast, discussing the Priv on T-Mobile and the integration of WatchDox and Good with BES12. Also, we saw the release of the February Security Patch for the BlackBerry Priv as well as the AT&T update. Finally, last week marked the three-year anniversary of the release of BlackBerry 10 and our EiC Bla1ze takes a quick look back at that time.
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Now it's time to bring you this week's picks for all you passionate BlackBerry addicts out there. You can find each app and game I've rustled up for you by clicking through the gallery below. If your favorite didn't make the cut this week, remember you can help by offering your suggestions at the end.
1. Auto BCC for Emails by Runisoft
Whether for business or personal reasons, there are times where you will need to copy an individual on every email or would like the option to send a copy to yourself for archiving or backup purposes. BlackBerry 10 has the option to add a BCC field on your emails, but it's simply not automatic. Auto BCC for Emails fills this void.
Auto BCC is a headless application that can send emails, and attachments automatically to your chosen email addresses, with no limit on the number of recipients you can add to the list. Once you've finished configuring the app, it will automatically send a copy of all emails sent from the Hub to your designated addresses.
Additional features include keeping a backup of all emails, support for creation of multiple email rules, separate BCC email list for each sender's address, and safeguarding emails from accidental deletion. Auto BCC is an easy-to-use utility app so you do not have to sit there and manually enter in the BCC information for each and every email you send.
Auto BCC is compatible with all BlackBerry 10 devices and is $1.99 in BlackBerry World.
2. Charger Alert by Rad Systems
If there are times you would like to be notified when an external power source is unplugged from your device, Charger Alert is there to warn you. This native application will alert you when the battery is full, low or hot and when you're phone's been unplugged from the charger.
Charger Alert also provides important battery information such as condition, temperature, time to full, and an Active Frame which shows all this and battery percentage. Since our original review, the developer has = improved the user-interface and layout, as well as added several fixes and optimizations for better efficiency and accuracy.
You can download Charger Alert for free in BlackBerry World. There is an in-app purchase to unlock all the features available in the Pro version. However, a free trial is available.
3. JustWatch by JustWatch GmbH
JustWatch is a search engine to help you find and discover movies and television shows from streaming sources. These include Netflix, Amazon, HBO Now, Hulu, Crackle, iTunes, Showtime, and more.
When launched, JustWatch presents you with a few different ways to search for content. You can browse through the content that is new or popular,filter by streaming service, search for a particular title, find the best deals by service provider with the price drop tab, or use the watchlist to view all movies and TV shows bookmarked from prior searches. You can also view a selection's release year, rating, price, genre and quality (HD or SD). There is also a section for reading their synopsis or viewing their trailer.
In addition to all that, JustWatch also provides information pertaining to where individual seasons can be viewed (in case they are split between several providers), pricing for each selected streaming service as well as rates for renting or buying.
As of now, JustWatch is available in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, and Germany. It is free to download in Google Play.
4. BuzzOff by Toysoft Development
Are you a Priv owner searching for a versatile application for filtering and blocking calls? BlackBerry 10 developer Toysoft Development has been hard at work making their popular apps available in the Google Play Store. Buzz Off is the latest one to be ported and is chock-full of features for accepting or rejecting calls.
It offers an array of filtering and blocking features. This includes the ability to add callers to a blacklist or whitelist, reject callers not in your address book such as private numbers, access to the North American Do Not Call Database, options to backup and restore your list to the SD card, and a handy pickup and and hangup option. For the hangup feature, you can set the delay for how long the call is active before it disconnects.
From time to time we all receive spam, telemarketing, or unwanted calls. Buzz Off allows you to exert more control over them.
Buzz Off is free to download from Google Play. An in-app purchase of $0.99 is required to unlock all capabilities and features.
5. Bubble Witch 2 Saga by King
I spend most of my commute to work on public transportation, so I am always trying to find decent games to keep me occupied. Bubble Witch 2 is a bubble-popping adventure from the developer behind Candy Crush and Alpha Betty.
In this version, the developer has put their own unique spin on the classic bubble shooter genre: the witches need your help to fend off evil spirits plaguing the realm. This dilemma can only be resolved by bursting as many bubbles as you can to complete challenges, solve puzzles, and even free animals and ghosts.
As with King's other offerings, Bubble Witch 2 offers smooth gameplay and appealing graphics. It comes with over 60 levels (with more added every two weeks), the option to sync the game between devices, leaderboards, special boosters and bubbles to help with difficult levels, and in-app purchases.
If you are looking for a fun time-waster geared for the whole family, you can download Bubble Witch 2 for free in the Amazon Appstore.
6. What You Might Have Missed
Face10 for Facebook by Nemory Studios
BlackBerry 10 developer Nemory Studios has been working hard the past few months on an alternative Facebook app called Face10. Now that beta testing is complete, the app is now available to download in BlackBerry World. It offers an array of features, many of which are not currently found in the languishing native BlackBerry 10 Facebook app. These include sending stickers and viewing and replying to comments. Additional features include customized color schemes, app security lock password, multiple accounts support, hub integration and notifications, and the ability to create home screen shortcuts for fast access.
Face10 is free to download in BlackBerry World. When you first install the app it comes with a free 2-day trial with all features enabled. Once the trial expires, it reverts to offering the standard features. For an in-app purchase of $2.99, you can upgrade to the pro version. It supports all BlackBerry devices running OS 10.3 and higher.
Until next week...
That's it for this week folks. For more apps and games, be sure to head on over to the CrackBerry Forums where you will find even more hidden gems to choose from whether it be for BlackBerry 10, BBOS, the BlackBerry PlayBook, or even Android Apps in the Google Play store for the BlackBerry Priv. Of course, you can always find the latest and greatest top editor's picks in the CrackBerry App Gallery. Are there any apps or games you would like to see? Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments.