BlackBerry App Roundup 6/19/15

Howdy CrackBerry nation! I hope you are all excited for not only the upcoming weekend but for the news and happenings in the world of BlackBerry this week. Not to mention our selection of apps and games, but we'll get to that later. One bit of news to hit the blog was this week is the rollout of OS 10.3.2 for U.S. carriers. Verizon's support site shows the update as coming soon for all their BB10 devices and the Classic right now while T-Mobile began rolling it out to Classic devices on June 17th. If you're on AT&T with a Z10 or Q10, those updates have also began with more devices to follow soon. Also, if you haven't already, be sure to check out our White BlackBerry Classic unboxing.

Finally, for those of you in the continental US, be sure to take advantage of ShopCrackBerry's Father's Day Sale. From now until Sunday June 21, they are offering 20% off all BlackBerry Accessories by entering in the coupon code listed on the post at checkout.

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.

Alfaholics by Ayoub Briki

Alfaholics

Going through the mailbag this week I came across this application. Designed specifically for Alfa Romeo fans, this application provides news and updates on this iconic Italian car manufacturer, lets you add your car servicing, insurance, and MOT test dates into your calendar, gives access to Alfa Romeo's social network, and offers beautiful and sharp wallpapers of their models. You can purchase it for BlackBerry 10 for $0.99.

Learn More / Purchase Alfaholics

QBrowser by stlf

QBrowser

As always, I love taking our readers suggestions when it comes to apps. This time I decided to check out QBrowser, an alternate third-party native browser for your BlackBerry. This free browser offers an array of features to give users a simple and quick way to surf the internet. It gives users the ability to scan a QR code to browse the web, easy-to-use bookmarks (supports fuzzy search), support for different user agents and web maps, option to set your start page, enable/disable auto fill, javascript, and cookies, web data cleaning, and a nice UI. QBrowser is free to download for BlackBerry 10.

Learn More / Download QBrowser

Comics by comiXology

Comics

If you are looking to read comic books on your device then this popular digital comic platform is for you. It features comics from various publishers including Archie, Asylum Press, DC Comics, Disney, and Marvel. The application allows you to download and read your content and purchases. It utilizes Guided View technology, which is a read anywhere cloud-based platform. Users can sort by category that includes featured, just added, popular, top rated, and free, as well as by series, publisher, story arcs, genres, and creators. Comics offers instant access to a library of over 40,000 books and is free to download in the Amazon Appstore.

How to install Comics from the Amazon Appstore

Hungry Shark Evolution by Future Games of London

Hungry Shark Evolution

Shark Week is not too far away so what better way to kick things off then with this fun and enjoyable game. In this aquatic adventure your goal is to feed the hungry shark and survive as long as possible. There are 11 shark types to unlock, 15 sunken bonus objects to discover, over 70 missions to complete, bonuses, 3D graphics, and in-app purchase for upgrades and accessories. You can find Hungry Shark in the Amazon Appstore for free.

How to install Hungry Shark Evolution from the Amazon Appstore

Autodesk Sketchbook by Autodesk Inc.

Autodesk Sketchbook

As many of you will be quick to point out in the comments, we've already been introduced to a few sketch applications already. However, I love having options especially when each one brings something different to the table. Autodesk Sketchbook is one such application. Dubbed as being a professional-grade painting and drawing application, it is a mobile version of their desktop counterpart. It delivers a smooth experience and an extremely easy-to-use interface. Whether you wish to doodle or jot down ideas the entire screen is your canvas. The top of the screen is where the settings are placed but they do not interfere with your drawings. If they do, there is a button to remove all but one button. There are over 10 preset brushes, including pencils, pens, and markers, a color picker, and a link to deviantART for additional inspiration. While free to download in the Amazon Appstore, they include a link to their store to upgrade to the Pro version for $3.99. Here you will find additional tools, gradients, layers, colors, and smudge and synthetic brushes for creating different textures.

How to install Autodesk Sketchbook from the Amazon Appstore

What You Might Have Missed

BBM beta for BlackBerry 10 update brings 'Private Chat' and Quote Message features

BBM beta for BB10 updated

This week the latest BBM beta became available to download in the BlackBerry Beta Zone for those who participate in the program. The update brought with it new private chat features, the ability to order sticker packs and customize which sticker packs you see in the picker, and the ability to reference and reply to a previous message in your chat. Please note that certain features, such as the Quote Message, will only work with other beta BBM users. As this is in the BlackBerry beta zone, be sure to offer any feedback you can provide before the release becomes official.

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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