Do you like taking shortcuts? Try MyOwnHotkeys for BlackBerry smartphones

By Ryan Blundell on 18 Feb 2012 02:15 pm EST

The name Fonware is synonymous for shortcuts. It’s true! With well known applications such as; ShortcutMe, MediaKeyBooster and MyOwnIcons, practically anything you can push or press can potentially be a shortcut to an application, a contact or an URL. Shortcuts can only increase your performance and productivity if it can execute the command flawlessly. These apps do, and the newest addition, called MyOwnHotkeys is definitely no exception. Imagine setting up to 4 shortcuts for the each letter on your keyboard plus the space key. So, for example, you can press A once for Twitter for BlackBerry, twice for the Browser (in case you wanted to check out, three times for the music player and four for Foursquare. Keep reading to learn more about MyOwnHotkeys. 

In order to start using the application, I needed to disable the Universal Search feature while enabling the Application Shortcuts feature. Of course, you can find this by accessing the options menu from the home screen. Now I wanted to get the one annoying thing about this application out of the way. After installation, your menu will be suddenly filled with an icon for each and every single letter in the alphabet and a plus sign for the space key. Luckily, we know how to hide icons! Regardless, I do understand why these were included. It allows you to click on an icon to generate a popup, in order to access the shortcuts you chose, as well as to access the setup screen for the selected letter. If you use the trackpad, it turns off the auto launch timer. There is another icon for managing the MyOwnHotkeys application in its entirety.

Now what I did like about MyOwnHotkeys is the fact that it doesn’t affect the ability to assign speed dials to the same keys. So, to be honest, I would forgo setting contacts as shortcuts. Applications of this nature should be one of the first downloads you need to choose. It will obviously boost your efficiency, just so long as you remember where you assigned your shortcuts to. Not only can you set these shortcuts but, if you have the ShortcutMe application enabled, you can also create a shortcut from ShortcutMe macros. That means you can accomplish a task, such as creating a calendar entry and inviting specific attendees with a click of a letter. You can grab MyOwnHotkeys for $2.99 from BlackBerry App World. If you want to access functions and commands much more quickly, you need to take a look at MyOwnHotkeys.

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Do you like taking shortcuts? Try MyOwnHotkeys for BlackBerry smartphones


Wow, this is really a great idea. I'm not one for the rest of the programs they put out, but I would take advantage of this. I already use the shortcuts that are built into the OS, so this would help even more. I can't see needing 100 of them, but having about a dozen more would be pretty nice.

What I'm trying to say is, they should have a "lite" version for $1 because I'm cheap ;-)

I've used their stuff for a while and it just makes things so easy. I can bring up the calendar while running if someone asks me to confirm a date and I don't need to stop or hardly look at the device until I launch it.
I was hoping someone would do something like this and here they go. This app will be awesome. Complete control over you BB from any key you pick.

I currently use the space bar to launch the SCM menu and from there it launches The Economist magazine (MP3) from my music player. I don't need to scroll or look for it. It automatically takes me there.


No device lacking a real keyboard can compare to this functionality. One hand operation just got better.

This blog on myownhotkeys formulates with a foundation of other short cut apps such as ShortCrapMe, MediaKeyBooster and MyOwnIcons, You've blundered, Mr. Blunder. Any particular reason QuickLaunch, which buries all of em for productivity and usefulness, and more likely than not is a key contributor keeping RIM US Market share from diving below 7%, was omitted from your examples other than the fact its recent update stubbed CB toes with its wallpaper changer update? I would think you'd mention that app first and foremost, considering its the best seller and all theme developers use QL for their home screen hotspot.
Only mentioned this because its absence takes away cred from the blog.......sorry

lol umad bro? jealous maybe? gotta resort to dupe accounts and bullsh!t claims just to mention QL? get a life loser

Hey 7%er drone fanboy...I gotta life. I got Rid of my POS Storm Drip2 and got a real android Nexus. I'm one of the 48%ers. DungBerry lames out!

Wallpaper changer? oh cool, nobody gives a shit about wallpaper changing when you are talking productivity. Go drown yourself in a lake of poo please :D Fucking nerds, dont you realize 98% of the people just dont give a shit about your stupid useless fanatic rants?
I dont think anyone in their right mind would just troll for an application... seriously, nobody does that crap anymore, either paid retards or well, you know the last option :)
Gosh this site has fallen... not even proper application reviews can be made without bobos swarming in.

Hey animal! Gotta resort to cursing and showing your true color? Its kinda difficult when low life sewer dwellers like you post in with your what you wrote, classless one. It was only a point of view. Guess I hit nerve...Besides being vile, you exhibited what's left of non productive waste bile products like you.....

This crapy troll (StormSurvivor) is so dumb that he doesn't see that this review is about apps from another company. There is no need for Ryan to mention the CrapLaunch (QL), so no need to insult Ryan.

If you look at the earlier posts from this troll, you see that he is either spreading crap or advertising for CrapLaunch (QL) and CrapWeather (QW).

This time he got so mad that he is pissing in the wind without knowing it.

StormSurvivor: "CrapLaunch (QL) a key contributor keeping RIM US Market share from diving below 7%"

I don't think that you survived the storm! You are brain dead. The only thing that might have survived the storm is your stupidity.
Go away, you stupid troll!

@stormsurvivor If you are tired of blackberry, why are you still here ? you can go away now no one is holding you, we will not miss you.

It is really not much you learn by doing a trial.
If you use BlackBerry's default hotkeys, and if you sometime wished you could change the hotkeys to launch what you wanted, then you most likely going to like this app.

Of course, you could also enable the multi-click for each hotkey so that for example C launches Calculator, Camera, Calendar and Calendar_New (new appointment). Something that is easy to remember.

Sounds nice ... << However, warning: FONWARE ShortCutMe does not work, and disables the phone for voice calls after installation ! >>. I purchased a new BB Bold 9900 about three weeks ago, downloaded and installed the latest 7.1 OS software, everything worked fine; and then I purchased ShortCutMe from FONWARE and installed it -- and the very next phone call resulted in connecting the phone call << but silence for both parties on the call >>, very frustrating. Repeated numerous times. ShortCutMe generates an error message dealing with incorrect mapping of the keypad keys after installation; but I did nothing regarding the keypad mapping after installation, I just placed a call. I e-mailed FONWARE tech support numerous times, and provided much more detail than this to them, with little information coming back. FONWARE, PLEASE SOLVE IT.
- AstroImager1