Code Muncher for BlackBerry easily scans QR codes

By Michelle Haag on 27 Dec 2010 11:55 am EST
Code Muncher
You know, as much as we love our smartphone keyboards, some of us really don't like to type on them any more than we have to. That's one reason why QR codes are becoming more and more popular; ease and speed of use, marginal room for error vs manual input, and versatility. We reviewed some of the available options a few months back, with Joseph comparing four different apps to see what worked and what didn't. This week a new app has appeared in the CrackBerry store, from popular developer motek mobile, called Code Muncher.

Code Muncher scans and reads QR codes in real time by simply pointing the BlackBerry camera at a QR code and taking a picture of it. Upon recognition of a QR code, the application will instantaneously process and decode the image. Users can view web sites, send SMS messages, call phone numbers, and save contact information from QR codes.

Motek mobile has two versions of Code Muncher available: a free, ad supported version and a paid version for just $.99. There are some options built in to the app to customize it, such as different sound effects while scanning and different colors for the little muncher guy. Overall, the app does what it says, and you can't beat free. The only catch is that so far Code Muncher is only available for the BlackBerry Bold 9780 and Torch 9800, BB6.

To check out the free version of Code Muncher in the CrackBerry store
To purchase the ad free version for just $.99 in the CrackBerry store

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Code Muncher for BlackBerry easily scans QR codes


well..until it comes out for the Storm 2 I will have to stick with Scanlife. Not that I am doing much QR Code scanning anyway, but it seems that both programs would at least accomplish the same end result.

I really hope this isn't a sign of things to come. RIM seems to have followed Apple's model of forced obsolescence. I am currently on my 4th BB and it is a Tour and it's right at a year old (enough said) and I can't get the latest aps. My wife has the 9650 but Big Red hasn't released v6 yet. We bought our son a new Android for Christmas and I have to say, RIM needs to get it together. Its unimaginable that the company with the largest market share is getting there butt kicked.
I guess the majority of BB users are stuck with ScanLife unless RIM develops a good code reader. While they are at it how just the web kit for OS5 users. If RIM would worry as much about keeping their existing users loyal BB customers... they just might maintain their market share and relevance. I might get my 5th BB too.

A lot of the issue you have now is your choice of carrier, Verizon (along with T-Mobile) are historically slow when releasing OS's for devices, There are OS6 leaks for the 9650 which will allow you to run this app, however the blame here isn't on RIM, it's on Verizon. I think you'd be far more upset if your wife received a device running a buggy version of OS6, because Verizon had pushed for it to be included on the device at launch when it wasn't ready.

Its not a sign of things to come, its a sign of how things are right now. As usual with rim, as soon as something new comes out, support for the older stuff starts to dry up very quickly. Hence, I won't be a blackberry owner once my contract is up.

The CrackBerry App Store and AppWorld say Code Muncher 1.0.0 is not compatible with my Sprint Style 9760, so I didn't try it.

I've been using lynkee v2.0 and it works fine. Sees 3 kinds of barcodes. A bit slow to recognize and show the web info, but it usually succeeds. I needed to reboot after installing for it to work.