BlackBerry App Roundup for November 29, 2013

A weekly look at new, exciting, and cool apps to try

By Alicia Erlich on 29 Nov 2013 08:09 am EST

Howdy CrackBerry Nation! Hope everyone is enjoying their Friday so far and getting ready for the weekend. For those of you in the USA, hope you had a wonderful Turkey Day and are taking advantage of the BlackBerry World Black Friday Sale! Don't forget to browse through some of the other Black Friday deals we've rounded up for you as well. However, it is time to get back to what's important, the weekly App Roundup! Even with the holiday, I was able to rustle you all 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.

Meet Your Device by Santito 95

First up this week is a handy utility application for tracking various information on your device. This feature rich application offers details on performance, RAM usage, storage status, device temperature, compatible networks, and battery discharge and condition and makes it all conveniently accessible in an easy to use interface. Also included in the long list of capabilities is the ability to change LED colors for incoming calls and select an active frame mode. You can grab this practical app for $1.99 at the link to monitor your BlackBerry 10 device.

More information/Purchase Meet Your Device

Mahjong Solitaire Epic by Kristanix Studios AS

One of the games I played incessantly on my PC growing up was Mahjong, believe it or not. The popular tile matching game is on BlackBerry 10 and this version certainly doesn't disappoint with its pleasant graphics and smooth gameplay. This fun and challenging game comes with 24 beautiful backgrounds, 7 unique tile sets, and is extremely addictive. While it is free to download, additional boards can be unlocked for $2.99 and it supports all BlackBerry 10 handsets.

More information/Download Mahjong Solitaire Epic

SketcherCam Pro by Nerina Pereira

As I always say, you can never have too many camera application on your device. While browsing through our forums, I discovered this native PlayBook application which features a plethora of filters including advanced cartoon-sketch and paint effects, standard effects, color themes, 3D views and shapes, and is capable of transforming your live camera feed as you can see the world around you with the preview function. What this translates to is that you can change filters while recording. It's great to see talented developers supporting the PlayBook so why not take a moment to check it out for $0.99.

More information/Purchase SketcherCam Pro

Ultimate Themes for WhatsApp by Ajani InfoTech Private Limited

For those of you still rocking legacy devices, love themes, and happen to still use WhatsApp, then this application will be sure to liven things up a bit for you. What this application is capable of is changing the background themes on your WhatsApp conversations. It comes with various doodle themes, templates and colorful backgrounds. Currently the ability to change the incoming bubble styles, colors and header colors is not available yet but is something that will be added in future upgrades. Ultimate Themes is $0.99 and compatible with most legacy BlackBerry devices. 

More information/Purchase Ultimate Themes for WhatsApp  

City Video by Rogers Media

This week marked the release of CityTv's streaming application for BlackBerry 10. Available only to customers in Canada, it allows users to watch full-length episodes of their favorite shows while on the go. While only available for the Q10, Z10 and Z30, it is FREE to download. So if you're looking to catch up on Modern Family or How I Met Your Mother right on your compatible device you can find it all here with behind the scenes clips, interviews, webisodes and more. 

More information/Download City Video


What You Might Have Missed

Speed Tester by Blackswan

Most of you are probably familiar with with checking your data connection speeds. Now the functionality is available at your fingertips with this native application for BlackBerry 10. It displays your download speed, IP address, country and provider, and rankings from around the world to compare your results with. As a free application, it doesn't hurt to give it a try.   

More information/Download Speed Tester


Until next week...

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. 

Reader comments

BlackBerry App Roundup for November 29, 2013


Are you aware that if you take the F from fine the I from list the R from another the S from apps and the T from list, you'd have FIRST.

Very creative Quick!

Was so happy to see the City TV app, but the reviews are so bad. I can wait till they get a native app.

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I'm afraid it's too little too late for me. It wouldn't be quite so bad if even 50% of Android apps ran successfully

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Meet Your Device seemed pretty great, but it would have been nice if it didn't crash after running for more than a minute or being minimized to an active tile.

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I've been running it for awhile with no crashing even on Active Frame. Did you try a battery pull? What OS are you running?

I'd love SketcherCam for my Z10. I was unhappy with Paper Camera permissions (I assume it is that way because it is an Android port) , and would like an alternative.

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You should review PicsArt. It applies filters to live video as well. It literally has every feature that any other photo app on BlackBerry World has... all in the same app.

Best photo app on BB10.

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Thanks; I'll try it out. Sometimes it is hard to find the app you are really looking for in BBW, so I rely on comments like yours to help find the app with the features I need.

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Alicia, thank you.

This is the first week that the apps I looked at pretty much exactly matched your list.

I always see something interesting from your postings and appreciate your efforts to show us something new.

Thanks again.

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From the picture, only a 1458mAh on the Z10? I thought its 1800? Or is that the amount of juice remaining?

Posted via the amazing BlackBerry Z10!