A weekly look at new, exciting, and cool apps to try
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most of you are probably familiar with speedtest.net 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.
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.