Howdy CrackBerry nation! Hope you all are ready for the weekend. My how the time has flown by this week. All sorts of good things happened this week that I wanted to share you with you. One of the biggest announcements had to be BlackBerry's return to T-Mobile and how the Classic would be available on May 13th. Next, we saw the announcement that the BlackBerry Leap would be available in Canada and how an update to BBM Channels brought targeted audience options.
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.
Smart Reply by ANSD Studios
One from the mailbox, this application allows you to schedule automatic replies during specific time periods so as not to be disturbed. Smart Reply is headless and users may choose from the pre-defined templates, which can be edited or deleted, or create their own. In addition, messages can be scheduled to repeat during particular days and the app will automatically reject all calls and send a message during your specified time. If you ever found yourself in a meeting or an exam and forgot to turn off your device this will certainly come in handy. This application is available for devices running OS 10.3 and higher and is on sale for $0.99.
Watchup by Watchup
Watchup is a multi-channel newscast that is personalized based on your interests. What it does is draw content from various news outlets, be it local, national or international, and allow users to stream the videos on their device. Users are asked to choose their interests from among the set categories, such as politics, technology, entertainment, or business, and schedule a daily alert for when these newscasts are ready. There is also an option to pick channels to add to your newscast. All of the videos are compiled at your preferred time for you to view individually or continuously. The navigation of the app is quite easy, though Passport users should to adjust the screen so as to scroll through the articles shown below the video. Watchup is free to download from the Amazon Appstore, however, you will have to create an account to view content.
Scrump by Vissia
Looking for a game that involves trampolines and fruit? You have certainly come to the right place with Scrump. The object of the game is to collect the apples and the various other items you find with only the help of your trusted trampoline. You simply tap to as you hit the trampoline to increase your height and move your device to steer your character in the direction of the items you wish to grab. The only thing you need to worry about is hitting the ground or the other obstacles in your way. Scrump if free to download for all BlackBerry 10 devices.
Video List by David Jones II
Going through the forums I came across this application that allows users to bookmark their favorite videos on the Internet and view them all in one place. Video List uses the native media player on your BlackBerry, which means that you can also send the video to your TV HDMI or Miracast device. Other features include the ability to import and export bookmarks, switch between a light and dark theme (OS 10.3.1), share your videos from the native browser, and search subscriptions and videos within the application on YouTube. You can find Video List in BlackBerry World for $0.99.
CrossMe Color Nonograms by Dynamix USA, LLC
I stumbled upon this Japanese crossword game in the Amazon Appstore decided to give it a try. The object of this logic puzzle game is to build pictures by filling in a grid with different colored blocks. However, it is not as simple as it appears to be. Players are guided through the process with a quick tutorial in case you have any difficulty as it does not alert you if a colored block is placed in the wrong square. So that users know where to place the various colored blocks, they must look at the numbers that appear horizontally and vertically. For instance, a two on the horizontal line means that only two blocks of that particular color can appear going across and a three on a vertical line means that only three blocks of that color must be inserted in that direction. As you solve each puzzle, the boards increase in difficulty which means the size of the grid becomes larger as well. The free version offers 24 of the 400 puzzles for free and the premium version is $4.95 to buy. There are also two different variants available, one with color and one without color.
What You Might Have Missed
PhoneFinder by Nemory Studios
This week Nemory Studios released PhoneFinder in the BlackBerry Beta Zone. As the new and revamped "Where's My Phone" app, this application offers a variety of features to help users locate their lost phone. While we already have BlackBerry Protect, there is nothing wrong with having multiple ways to track your device. It offers auto reply detailed reports, security password lock, auto wipe specific folders, and, unlike BlackBerry Protect, does not require an internet connection or BlackBerry ID authentication. All you have to do is launch the BlackBerry Beta Zone app and join the program to download. Also, as this is a beta version, be sure to leave your feedback.
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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