A weekly look at new, exciting, and cool apps to try
Hope everyone is enjoying their Friday so far and getting ready for the weekend. It's time once again for the weekly App Roundup. Now I spent my time wisely this week rustling up some new, cool, and helpful applications for all you BlackBerry addicts to try. Be sure to check them out and remember you can help by offering your suggestions at the end.
There is no shortage of photo editors available at your fingertips, especially when it comes to finding one for your BBOS legacy device. Shape It gives you the ability to add some style to your photos and share them with your friends and followers on BBM,email and Facebook. With the option of creating a new photo or using an existing one, users can add shapes, colors, abstract designs, borders, patterns, text and graphics to any of their images. Once all of these changes are applied it’s quick to share or set as your wallpaper. There is a free limited version with ads and a premium one for $1.99 available that supports most BBOS devices.
For those of you who are current users of Toysoft’s Shortcut Creator, one of the main features is how it creates your own homescreen shortcuts with the option to use your own images. If you are one of those individuals, who like me, do not want have time to search for the perfect image or sit there resizing, Toysoft developed this handy utility application that provides hundreds of icons for you. App Icons contains 16 different categories from Alert icons, Cars, Camping, City, Containers, Flags, Folders, Office, System, Travel, and Xmas. The second set, AppIcon Set 1, has 4 different icon sets that includes include System icons, Media icons, Folder icons, Application icons, FileType icons, Driver icons, Symbol icons, Hardware and Software icons. Using either of these applications will give you plenty of choices of which ones to use for your shortcuts. As a way to save memory, once you load the icons to your device, you may delete the application. Available for BlackBerry 10, the app is $.99.
There isn’t always a lot of free time to get in some gaming action but it’s always nice to come across one that is never tiring and hard to put down. The concept behind this game is far from complicated. Your goal is to touch the screen and draw the snow under the skier to keep him going all while collecting starts and avoiding obstacles. It is actually harder than it sounds but it keeps you occupied. StarSkier supports BlackBerry 10 and the PlayBook and is FREE to download at the link.
We’re only a few weeks into the New Year and already I find myself struggling to keep up with my resolutions. This one happens to be dedicated to providing you with dynamic yoga sessions with varying durations and difficulty all wrapped in an elegant UI. There are over 300 poses included here yet access to them all requires an in-app purchase of $3.99 to unlock the full version. It also introduces Pilates, originally and creatively designed yoga classes, and programs with scheduled sessions to fit in with your training plans. It supports all BlackBerry 10 devices.
There are note taking applications aplenty and we’ve certainly covered quite a few over the years. This one happens to offer undo, redo, alignments, bullet and number lists, indents, colors, and more to make sure you stay on top of your tasks. It is certainly a feature rich application in that not only does it allow for audio capture for your notes but password and recovery options, a slick interface, attachment support, smartlist and smartphoto features (i.e. Multiple items and sublists), and the ability to add a calendar event. Whether you want to store your class notes, journal entries, or even your simple To-Dos it helps manage your tasks effectively. You can grab it for BlackBerry 10 for $.99.
The biggest winter sports event is almost upon us. So what better way to follow along then with this well-built BlackBerry 10 app. From viewing events, adding them to your calendar and receiving push notifications to reading about the athletes (when available), medal counts once the games begin, and getting the latest news and photos it is a perfect companion application to the upcoming winter games. Grab it for free at the link and cheer on your favorite athletes or home country (OS 10.2 and higher).
That's it for this week folks. For more apps and games be sure to head on over to the forums where you will find even more hidden gems to choose from whether it be for BlackBerry 10, BBOS or the BlackBerry PlayBook. 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.