camZOO revamps its style, 50 copies up for grabs

By Alicia Erlich on 14 Aug 2014 02:23 pm EDT

As the summer winds down and adults and kids prepare to return to school, the next few weeks will be trying to fit in all that is left to do and see. One thing you do not have to worry about is getting to the Zoo. Our resident Weekend Coder Brian Scheirer created this entertaining virtual zoo application a few months ago. No matter where you might be you and your entire family have the ability to view webcams from zoos from the around the world on your BlackBerry.

While consistently updated, this latest version brings with it an entirely new interface, additional feeds, and additional information for each of the animals featured. However, the change log itself doesn't completely capture the completely marvelous makeover the application underwent in the latest version. Gone are the icons at the top and the faux leather background and in its place is a more fluid, colorful interface with which to access each of the feeds. Not only is the application easier to use and read due to this facelift but is more polished visually speaking. All of the webcams are accessible with a swipe and a tap and include the particular to each one. This includes the best viewing times, information on each animal, and details on the habitat as well.

Change log for camZOO v4.0.2

  • Brand new UI/UX. camZOO now has a top menu that makes better use of the screen for displaying the best and most important information at a time. Brand new styling everywhere throughout the app.
  • Added animals: Brown Bear, African Elephant, 3rd feed in Penguin 1, new Polar Bear, Bats (2 feeds) and Asian Elephants, and White Rhino
  • Added Wikipedia pages for all animals with nonessential Wikipedia page information removed. However there is a button to open the Wikipedia page in your browser for further exploration in a proper browser.
  • More in depth info for many of the animals
  • Titles on video screen (rather than some nonsense letters/numbers)
  • Improved graphics (in prep for higher resolution devices)
  • New icon, more in the style of OS 10.3 and better represents the theme of the app

camZOO normally sells for $0.99 in BlackBerry World, but as you could tell from the title, Brian is giving away 50 copies for free with a promotion code. As you know, the code will be exhausted quickly, matter of moments really, so be sure to get your copy and do it fast.

To take advantage of this office, simply follow these steps:

  • Launch BlackBerry World
  • Swipe down from the top and select Redeem
  • Enter in this code: CAMZOOPROMO (caps matter)

camZOO is fun, educational and well-built, but of course we already knew that it would be. Grown-ups and their children alike should get hours of entertainment from viewing each and every one of these feeds.

More information/Purchase camZOO

Reader comments

camZOO revamps its style, 50 copies up for grabs


So you support animal confinement and the abuse the animals experience every single day till they are dead?

Posted via R115-Aramis.

Woah!! Slow down. LOL!

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  ) new  BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5), son! The Thor's Hammer of phones! Member of "Club Z30 "..... the most exclusive club in mobile. Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! #longestsignatureeverthatishortenedabit

I have noticed each Free giveaway always happened during the day in the west when this part of the world, the East are all fast asleep and never got a chance to enjoy such privilege.

Can CB gives us BlackBerry fans from this part of the world a chance to enjoy freebies like this one from time to time? Just a thought...

Crazy lover of BlackBerry Z10

Yep. I wonder if anyone got more than one copy for multiple devices... Oh well, that's what you get for not watching CB every minute 24/7...

Posted without the aid of AutoCorrect with my physical keyboard via CB10

Has someone got a bot/script for that?

And you can't set CB10 app to auto-refresh in the background to less than five minutes interval ...

 BlackBerry? I premdict the future's gonna be chenomenal! 

Holy crappoly... fast

Posted via the best damn phone currently available... the almighty amazing incredible Zed30.... on the best network ( Bell) on the best site (Crackberry) there did I brown nose enough to win a contest???

lol. i wasnt able to download ANY limited promos in the past weeks!

why are there so many of you BB users?!?!?

I've never been able to get any of the free apps, lol.

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I got one. Neat app, the otters are being lazy right now though. Maybe they just had lunch and want a nap like me lol. Nephews will enjoy getting to see the feeds.

Posted via CB10

50 or 100 copies, what's the point?....need to give away more. I realize dev needs to make money but how does giving so few copies away help them?..

Posted via CB10

It's advertising money well spent I think. I had no clue this app existed. He gave some away free. I just missed out at the 5 minute mark but I saw it and forked over $0.99.

I think I can only get free stuff if it opens for 24 hour time frame or 500 copies are offered

My first BlackBerry Z10

Don't worry all those that didn't get it. You still have the luxury of actually going out to the zoo and enjoying a day with the family. Your kids will thank you for it. Otherwise, just watch the discovery channel. Isn't it Shark Week!!!!

CB perhaps should establish a guideline that specifies a minimum number of free copies before they will hilight the app for its user base. Fifty copies is a pretty one-sided relationship, essentially free advertising. Which is ok if the app is otherwise noteworthy and would have been hilighted regardless... but I'm not sure that's always the case.

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I don't think it would matter how many copies were given for free. The people who happen not to get the freebie will continue to gripe and moan about either the amount, or the time not being enough.

If you need to try it that badly, $0.99 is not too much to ask.

Blackberry always.....

I don't need to try it, not particularly interested in the zoo. Just using a specific example to make a general point. It's a comment more for CB staff than other users anyway... what's the minimum number of free copies they'll bite on in exchange for a hilight article? Fifty? Ten? Three? At some point they're being used.

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This app is great. Never heard of it before this post. I have two little kids and I had a great time showing them different animals. Thanks!

Posted via CB10

Okay so this is very cool! It worked flawlessly via Miracast! My favorite was the Shark tank! I'm thinking of using it as a TV screen saver for parties instead of the fake yule log as these creatures are alive. ( although I would never really use the fake yule log..)

1 Small bug fix. Though Milwaukee is spelled correctly on the info tab it is missing the u on the header.

Well worth the 99 cents!

Posted via CB10

Missed out, but thanks dev! Been using Typic+ and PicShop. From some of the comments, I could be easily convinced to convert. Anyone out there who can give me some comparisons they would be greatly appreciated. Much love and many blessings.

Posted via CB10

Sorry...lolol...I'm a goof. Just went and got the app. Love it, dev!!! I'm such a chowderhead...ROTFL

Posted via CB10

It's awesome to get free apps but more importantly CB and certain devs did a spectacular job showing us how cool BlackBerry World actually is, and still growing. Maybe instead of complaining every time something goes wrong with grabbing freebies, we should see it as an opportunity to learn about great apps and devs. I got some of the free apps, bought others. I don't think I can afford to upgrade my Z10 soon but why so much complaining about $0.99? Guess what an Android user told me today about those apps recently featured on CB? "Wow, you got amazing apps on BlackBerry. Wish I had those on my Galaxy". Who would have believed that a couple months ago? Seriously, hats off to CB and devs actively promoting BB10 apps!