BlackBerry App Roundup for May 14th, 2010; 25 Copies of HedoneDesign's Chryom Theme to be Won!

The BlackBerry App Roundup
By James Falconer on 14 May 2010 01:08 am EDT

Happy May to all! As per usual, I hope you're all having a great month. I've got a lot of great stuff this week in the roundup, including our weekly giveaway and an app that will show you how to fold napkins all fancy-like... you know, like you see in expensive restaurants. I know you've all been waiting for this! :) Covered this week in the BlackBerry App Roundup are the following titles:

Giveaway of the Week: Chryom BlackBerry Theme

Freebies of the Week: Hertz Rent-A-Car, Don't Be Bored!, SmartBBattery

In Case You Missed It: CrackBerry's Free OTA BlackBerry Apps Page, Fancy Characters Updated to Version 3.3, Allstate Mobile for BlackBerry

New This Week: Pushups, Napkin Master, Snaptu

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Yahtzee Adventures

Note: Don't forget, you can always search for titles featured in the App Roundup within App World... Some apps mentioned may be available there for your device.

Giveaway of the Week:

Chryom BlackBerry Theme

Chryom Theme

Compatible with the 8900, 9000, 9500, 9600 and 9700 series, the Chryom theme from HedoneDesign is one of the hottest themes to hit the scene in some time. The theme is based around a circular dial selector of sorts. It sets on a leather backing, and makes it easy for you to grab your latest emails, check your calendar, make phone calls, and much more. You can customize the icons found in your dial, and much more. This one is premium custom theme-making at its best... So be sure to answer the question below for your chance to win a free copy.

If you'd like to enter for your chance to win one of 25 free copies of the Chryom Theme, answer the following question in the comments:

How often do you change your BlackBerry Theme?

Leave your answer in the comments now... Good luck!

Freebies of the Week:

Hertz Rent-a-Car

Hertz Rent-a-Car App for BlackBerry

Book your reservation in seconds; find the closest location with addresses, phone numbers and driving directions all on your BlackBerry! If you travel a lot, why not save your favorite locations for future reservations on your BlackBerry? This app is really a must have for frequent travelers and anyone that is visiting a new city. Future enhancements are already planned and will be available shortly. They include multi language capabilities, editing of your current reservations and WiFi support. This app is supported on all devices, in all countries and by all carriers!  The app on the BlackBerry Storm is not yet touch screen ready, however all of the other benefits are available on these devices.

Get a copy of Hertz Rent-a-Car in App World >

Don't Be Bored!

Don't be Bored!

With over 1000 funny pictures and over 1500 jokes to enjoy, we know you will get many hours of pleasure from the Don’t Be Bored app. Download it today! It works on OS 4.2 and up with a color BlackBerry screen on both Non-Touch and Touch screens with OS 4.7 and 5.0. You can also find the best daily links from such popular sites such as digg, reddit, delicious and fark. Share with your buddies, colleagues and friends. Everyone will enjoy the Don’t Be Bored app...

Don’t Be Bored can be downloaded here >



SmartBBattery runs on your home screen providing the battery charge status as a percent of the total charge. With auto updates, the display will use icons to show battery status in color. Green for battery status of more than 80%; yellow for battery status of 20% to 80%; and red for battery status of less than 20%. You can have this app auto start or optionally start it manually. It is very easy to use and lets you keep track of your battery status easily. Charge your battery at the right time with SmartBBattery!

Keep track of your battery with SmartBBattery, download it now.

In Case You Missed It:

CrackBerry's Free OTA BlackBerry Apps Page

Free BlackBerry Apps

This is a different style 'snippet' for the roundup. Instead of telling you about new cool apps, we're asking for our readers to send us an email about new, neat and cool apps that you have not seen on our BlackBerry Apps Page. Send an email to wap AT with the subject “OTA App Directory Submission” to tell us about new apps that readers may be interested in. You can also tell us about apps that should be removed or links that are broken. This is a great way to help keep our site useful and up to date for all of our readers.

Suggest your free BlackBerry app today >

Fancy Characters Updated to Version 3.3

Fancy Characters

The latest version of Fancy Characters is out with more characters, more symbols, better organized, a refreshed user interface, fixed country flags and a simplified activation model. This is a great app to add symbols to your emails, PIN, IM, BBM and even SMS messages. You can even control buttons color and menu position with this latest version. Liven up your messages with Fancy Characters in all of your social networking messaging. Impress your friends with the latest characters and be the first with the newest and fanciest characters.

The latest update of more Fancy Characters can be found here >

Allstate Mobile for BlackBerry

Allstate Mobile for BlackBerry

We all know 'You're in good hands' with Allstate. They've told us that for years. Now, they've taken things to the next level by putting the power of personal account management in the palm of YOUR very own hands! With the new Allstate Mobile app for BlackBerry, you can access account info, look up policy details, read claim information and much more. If you're an Allstate client, you may want to give this a look. Very handy.

You can check out Allstate Mobile in App World >

New This Week


Pushups for BlackBerry

We all need help to motivate us to work out and keeping track of our progress is a great way to be motivated. Use this new app called Pushups to create a six week training program and to track your progress. Once you have entered an initial number, Pushups will set targets over the following six weeks to challenge you and increase your strength and endurance. With a combination of discipline, a log book and graphs Pushups will help motivate you to increase your strength and over all well being. Pushups works on non touch OS 4.5 and up and on touch OS 4.7 BlackBerry systems.

Get Pushups in our store >

Napkin Master

Napkin Master

Looking for ideas on how to fold napkins and impress your guests? A well folded, decorative napkin can really make your table stand out and be the talk of the evening. Large square napkins larger than 12 inches provide the best effect. Although some of the thinner smaller napkins are great for some of the smaller arrangements. With lots of designs you will never run out of designs to try and surprise your guests. Napkin Master works on BlackBerry OS 4.2 or higher on both touch and non-touch devices. Decorate and dazzle your guests with Napkin Master. Click here.


Snaptu for BlackBerry

Now you can combine all of your social networking tools with key information to make your social networking online activity a breeze. Snaptu is a suite of social networking and lifestyle services. Snaptu includes such popular sites as Twitter, Flickr, News, Sports, Sudoku, Facebook, Picasa, Accuweather and Movies. Fully featured, this app is very fast and responsive and a must have for those active networking types who are looking for a fast way to keep up with their friends. It works on OS 4.2 and higher on Touch and non Touch screens 4.7 and 5.0.

Download Snaptu from our store >

Cool at BlackBerry App World:

Yahtzee Adventures

Yahtzee Adventures for BlackBerry

Now you can have one of the most classic games of all time on your BlackBerry! Working on all devices, on all carriers in Canada, Japan and the United States, you can play against yourself, your friends or challenge people around the world. Roll the dice and score Yahtzee before your opponent. Play the classic version or one of the other varieties such as Duplicate, Rainbow and Battle modes. You can even play Yahtzee in a single player version for practice. With automatic score keeping and easy controls, you and your friends will enjoy many hours playing Yahtzee.

Get your copy of Yahtzee Adventures today!

Until Next Week..

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Reader comments

BlackBerry App Roundup for May 14th, 2010; 25 Copies of HedoneDesign's Chryom Theme to be Won!



Would love a go at chryom I've bought explicit and been rocking that for a while, its on the dark side. the white theme would definitely be a nice change of pace.

I usually mix things up with a new theme once or twice a week.... as long as I can find one I like. Really like the look of this theme and was considering buying it, now I'll wait and see if I win. So please pick me!!!

Happy May back! My answer to how often I change my BlackBerry Theme depends on the character and the rest of the theme itself, the season and especially fun to get more from the BlackBerry and others to get it to amaze!

I change my theme about every few weeks,,,,,I just love a change. Currently using windows 7 theme but getting tired.

Sure could use a new one.....Phil

Hmmm. Let's see. How often do I change my theme. To tell the truth, just about every day. It depends on my mood, but I do love attractive yet funcional themes. This would be a keeper for me. :)

I change it at least once a week. I'm a trucker so I depend on my phone more than the norm. I like change its like getting a new phone this theme looks awesome clean. I would love to have it thanks

I change my theme like twice a week and sometimes when I like them much, I keep them for 2 weeks

If I find a good theme, it can last a few months. Decent themes usually last about a week. The Chryom theme looks awesome! Definitely a month+ theme. Hope I win a copy!

I change themes often. When I find a good one I will stay with it for a week or more, but I try new themes several times a week at least!

I change my theme at least 3 times a week. I'm constantly testing themes and reverting back to old ones I like.

I'm always looking for a new theme, if i find you i like i've been known to keep if for months, but normal length for me can be from 2wks to 4wks.

I haven't really found a theme worth changing the default precision theme with. But this theme looks amazing. I think I finally found the theme I would change Precision with. Please :)

I change my theme 3-4 times a year. Usually I'll change it when I see a good one pop up on Crackberry

to be honest, i rarely change my themes, once i find an awesome theme its there until i find something better, then every month or so i dust off what i have and try them on a bit.

I usually don't change my theme. I had been using the stock theme until recently when I installed the OS 6 Theme. I like it but if I win this one I think I will use it more often, I like the layout and colour scheme.

I have had a few themes before until I found the perfect Texas flag for my background theme. It hasn't changed since.

i change my theme every week just because they seem to get boring and not be as interesting as it looks. as of right now i have the gucci theme and this theme that is being offered right now is the hottest one ever that ive been trying to grab and keep for good not change again.

i change my theme every week just because they seem to get boring and not be as interesting as it looks. as of right now i have the gucci theme and this theme that is being offered right now is the hottest one ever that ive been trying to grab and keep for good not change again.

Considering I'm not a big fan of laundry, I change my underwear as little as possible. Likelihood is about twice a month. This way I know when to change my theme and I don't have to rearrange the icons too often!