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 device but also a way to catch up on all the news that transpired since we last met. We began the week with a look inside the QNX Toyota Highlander and followed up with the CES 2016 edition of the BerryFlow podcast. Next was the announcement that several Good Technology apps received the highest levels of certification. Finally, BlackBerry started its global rollout of 10.3.2.2876.
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. CCTV observation camera by QtHelex
For those who want to keep tabs on what goes on at home when they are not, there is this application. CCTV Observation Camera repurposes one phone as a closed circuit camera and sends a fresh image every few seconds to your Pushbullet account. This means users can view images from their apartment, backyard, or wherever they point their BlackBerry at from just about anywhere as long as they are logged into the Pushbullet service.
As of now this application is listed as being experimental on the description, but it is actually quite useful. Suppose you want to see what your pet is up to while you are away. Simply setup your BlackBerry (especially useful if you've got a spare sitting around), put it on a tripod or stand it up somewhere and it'll start taking photos every few seconds. All you have to do is wait for the images to be transmitted via Pushbullet. If you are using a backup device as the camera, you can receive the images via BlackBullet on your daily driver BlackBerry.
You can find this native application in BlackBerry World for $1.99.
2. Buzz by Stapel Labs
There's just something enthralling about soaking yourself in the social media posts happening in your specific area, and that's exactly what Buzz lets you do. This app hooks into your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts and lets you filter social media postings within a radius around your location. For instance, when I am at work, I see posts relating to Manhattan, New York City and Midtown. When I am at home, posts in Long Island are displayed.
Being a native BlackBerry 10 application, it is easy to use and offers a minimalistic interface. An important note, you do not have to activate all three social media accounts. If you go into settings, you have the option of turning Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook on and off.
You can purchase this in BlackBerry World for $0.99.
3. Alphabear by Spry Fox LLC
If you're looking for a fun, playful, and friendly word game, look no further than Alphabear. The object of this game is to create words by selecting the lettered tiles on the board. As you form words, the tiles are cleared and reveal bears that grow as you clear more tiles. The longer the word, the bigger the bears become and the higher your score. Of course, the game ends when no moves remain.
There are some tricks and obstacles to be aware of in Alphabear. The tiles are color-coded based on how many turns you have left before they turn to stone. This is also shown by looking at the number on the tile, which counts down after each word you spell and submit.
The game itself is cute and offers decent graphics and gameplay. While there are in-app purchases designed to boost your score, the game functions well as free-to-play.
You can download Alphabear for free in Google Play.
4. Threes! by Sirvo llc
While this game is not exactly "new" to Google Play, it is for those of us that switched to Android with the BlackBerry Priv owners. Not one to shy to shy away from puzzle games, I quickly downloaded the free version. I found myself drawn to its simplicity and how it consumed all my free time. In other words, I'm hooked and have said sayonara to productivity.
The goal is relatively simple, and yet extremely challenging. Users must slide numbered tiles on a grid and combine them in multiples of three to obtain the highest possible number and score. Ones and twos merge to create a 3, two of those make a 6, combined make a 12, and so on. Tiles can be swiped up, down, left, or right to complete the various combinations. And with each swipe you drag in a new tile from the opposite direction. Each of the larger combinations (i.e. 48, 96, 192), are given their own distinct personalities and introduced as these milestones are reached. The game ends where there are no more moves to make.
There are two version of the game available in Google Play. The first is the paid version for $2.99. The other is a free version which is exactly the same as the premium only users will need to view adds to earn additional plays. In case you are looking for some tips and tricks, be sure to check out this comprehensive guide.
You can download Threes! For free in Google Play.
5. car2go by moovel GmbH
There are other alternatives to Uber than Lyft or hailing a taxi — alternatives like car2Go. This carsharing service provides one-way point-to-point rentals for travelers across the globe. For example, members can pick up a vehicle at one location and drop it off at their destination, all without the hassle of rental offices. Cars are accessed wherever they are parked as shown in the application. Users can view all vehicles available in your city, important vehicle information (including approximate street address), and their own rental history with the cost of each trip.
This application is free to download in BlackBerry World. car2go isn't available in all countries and cities, so check the app description to see if it's supported where you live.
6. What You Might Have Missed
ReCall by Bellotti Alessandro
Have you ever been in a meeting and missed an important call? Maybe you didn't hear your phone ring or feel it vibrate? For those who understand the frustration of not answering the call in time there is ReCall. It gives users the ability to create reminders in their calendar for missed, incoming, and outgoing calls so they never forget to call back. ReCall is free to download from Blackberry World, offering the option to set a one-hour reminder delay, switch themes, and view detailed statistics. With a $0.99 in-app purchase, the full version unlocks the ability to set automatic creation of reminders, expands delay times, adds support for BBM calls, telephone calls, and outgoing calls, and includes notifications.
You can find this native BlackBerry 10 application in BlackBerry World.
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.