BlackBerry App Roundup 7/10/15

Howdy CrackBerry nation! How are you all doing today? I know I am looking forward to the weekend and catching up with news and tasks. Speaking of catching up, quite a few interesting things happened in the last few days. The Verizon rollout of OS 10.3.2.858 for the BlackBerry Q10, Z10 and Z30 began, there was another BerryFlow Upstream Podcast that dealt with leaks, BBM Money news, and that the BlackBerry 'Dallas' and BlackBerry 'Venice are appearing database records in a few countries.

Now it's time to bring you this week's picks for all your passionate BlackBerry addicts out there. You can find each app and game I've rustled up for you by clicking through the gallery below. If your favorite did not make the cut this week, remember you can help by offering your suggestions at the end.

Hg10 by Lebreton Pierre

Hg10

One from the mailbag, our first selection is a generic XMPP client for BlackBerry 10. It allows you to connect to any server that uses the XMPP protocol, though it mainly focuses on Google Hangouts. The application offers an array of features including using the Gmail API to retrieve history, synchronizing between devices, filtering favorite contacts using the pinch gesture, offering headless support and notifications, sending voice messages, and supporting Google Drive. Please note that hub integration requires OS 10.3.1 and higher. Hg10 is a native application that is free to download in BlackBerry World.

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Criminal Case by Pretty Simple

Criminal Case

After receiving several invitations by friends and family, I decided to try this detective-themed hidden object game. The object of the game is to investigate crime scenes and bring the killer to justice. Along the way you examine and analyze clues and samples to look for evidence, interrogate witnesses and suspects, and play against your friends. While there are in-app purchases I have been able to advanced, at least so far, without earning stars as I play. The game is simple, fun, and comes with a variety of puzzles. Nothing wrong with a time waster and this one is free to download. You can find Criminal Case in the Amazon Appstore .

How to install Criminal Case from the Amazon Appstore

Connect Water Pipes by G Soft Team

Connect Water Pipes

Another engaging game for you to play is Connect Water Pipes. The concept is quite simple and fits the name. Your goal is to use logic to connect as many pipes as you can. The reason being is that you have to water as many flowers as you can which also results in a higher score. There are over 350 levels in this game that are enjoyable as well as challenging and three different types of play. Users can choose watering a certain number of flowers, connecting a certain number of pipes, or both. However, users are given a limited number of turns to complete each level. Connect Water Pipes is a free native application to download in BlackBerry World.

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Nature Sound Relax Pro by TPSoft

Nature Sound Relax Pro

Sleep and relaxation is an important part of being fit and healthy. While I try to get the recommended seven or eight hours sleep at night to function normally, my routine doesn't always allow for that. Sometimes listening to various sounds in the background help lull us to sleep. Nature Sound Relax Pro includes three different collections, Forest, Ocean, and Rain, as well as Daily Sounds (i.e. Sleep Noise Sound) to help you sleep in no time. It offers an intuitive UI and a timer which users can set from 10 minutes to 8 hours. This Built for BlackBerry application is $2.99 to purchase in BlackBerry World for all handsets. Uses may download the free trial though it does offer limited features.

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BeFunky Photo Editor & Collage Maker by BeFunky Inc.

BeFunky Photo Editor & Collage Maker

I know what you are going to say, another photo editing application in the roundup? My answer is you can never have too many of them especially if you are obsessed with taking photos as I am. There are two versions available, the free version and a premium one for $1.99. BeFunky is a robust application that features photo-editing tools, tons of fonts, photo frames, stickers, speech bubbles, and collage templates. The free version limits you to 32 photo effects while the pro has over 70. Users can explore other photos uploaded to the BeFunky network as well as upload their own. What I like about this application is that not only does it provide the basic photo-editing tools and then some but also the fun ones as well, which they call goodies. Not to mention the collage maker is fairly decent as well. It is basically three apps in one. So be sure to take the free one for a spin. You can find BeFunky in the Amazon Appstore.

How to install BeFunky Photo Editor & Collage Maker from the Amazon Appstore

What You Might Have Missed

Zeus Browser by FileArchiveHaven

Zeus Browser

While BlackBerry ceased supporting Adobe Flash in OS 10.3.1, there were workarounds available to get this feature back. One developer released Flash Browser that required loading a few different files on your device. This week FileArchiveHaven rebranded the application and released it as a native application in the storefront, without having the need for sideloading additional files. With its new name, Zeus Browser, it users the publicly available open-source BlackBerry Browser and includes supports several different browser plugin formats, including Adobe Flash version 11 and DuckDuckGo support. In addition, a recent update enabled Flash above 11.1 but it is not fully supported. You can find this native application in BlackBerry World for $0.99.

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Until next week...

That's it for this week folks. For more apps and games, be sure to head on over to the CrackBerry 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.

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