Howdy CrackBerry Nation! Welcome to another edition of our weekly roundup. This is the place where we discover new or existing applications in both storefronts and bypass the ones that take up space. In terms of news since our last outing, it was determined that 44.3 percent of you said you planned on buying the new Priv by BlackBerry, there were new images and details on the Priv's 4K video, and updates to two popular Pebble applications, Talk2Watch Pro and Hub2Watch. Finally, John Chen stopped by Code/Mobile to discuss the Priv by BlackBerry as well as the future of BlackBerry.
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.
Theme Builder by Toysoft Development Inc.
As a former theme addict, being able to completely change the look and feel of the display was an addiction. Not only did it revitalize your screen but opened up the doors to customizing your BlackBerry to whatever you wanted. There are plenty of applications available to personalize your device but what if a tool existing that combined several different features into one? Theme Builder is an all-in-one homescreen theme application. It allows users to create shortcuts to various settings, native and third party applications, and composer functions such as new email, text message, contact, calendar, and Remember. In addition, users can also insert invisible icons, and create map shortcut icons on their homescreen for specific locations to access via BlackBerry Maps or Google Maps. The interface is quick and easy to use. If you want to rearrange your homescreen in a particular way, then you can purchase Theme Builder for $2.99.
MixRadio Music by MixRadio Limited
For those who enjoy streaming music on their devices and would like a personalized experience there is MixRadio. The popular service offers several features to allow music lovers access to fresh new tunes as well as their favorites including the ability to create custom-made playlists, option to download your favorites for offline listening, and access to thousands of handcrafted mixes curated by music gurus from around the world (and from different genres). You can download MixRadio from the Amazon Appstore and the Amazon Underground (US, UK, Germany, and France only) for free.
Genius Maps: GPS Navigation and Offline Maps by Mireo
A while back, we told you about Mireo an offline turn-by-turn GPS Navigation App. The developers are back at it again this time with Genius Maps powered by Navteq. This free application, though there are premium upgrades available, offers offline route planning and pedestrian navigation without requiring an Internet connection. However, features and maps do vary by region. It comes with a free 7-day trial with fully functional Pro Guidance (turn-by-turn voice instructions in your language, automatic rerouting) and Live Traffic (congestion, road works, and accidents) features. You can choose to upgrade after the trial or continue using the free professional-grade maps for planning routes and navigation. There is also another in-app purchase for Safety Cameras, which informs you about approaching safety camera locations. These are paid options and prices will vary depending on the one chosen.
Mr. Diver by HUT Solution
Sometimes your brain needs a rest from the endless emails, meetings, and other tasks. The purpose of this game is to explore the Pacific, collect coins, hunt treasures, and avoid enemies. With decent graphics and simple controls why not escape for a bit and go on a treasure hunt. Mr. Diver is free to download for all touch devices only in BlackBerry World.
Dark Echo by RAC7 Games
Going through the Amazon Appstore, one game stood out from the rest. The reason? It is an extremely minimalistic game. How you might ask? Your character is trapped in darkness and must rely on sound to guide you. By tapping on the center of the screen, you can use visualized sound to navigate around the obstacles as well as revealing the shape of the surrounding world. However, doing so comes with a deadly cost. You are not the only one walking in the shadows and these creatures will track you down and devour you. Dark Echo comes with 80 horrifying levels and the description says it is best played with headphones. As Halloween is only three weeks away I cannot think of a more perfect choice to download if you are in the mood for a bit of a scare. Dark Echo is $1.99 in the Amazon Appstore and free in the Amazon Underground (US, UK, Germany, and France only).
What You Might Have Missed
Decor - Wallpapers HD by TMC Devs
Spruce up your display with access to high quality wallpapers customized for all screen resolutions. As someone who loves rotating wallpapers to make sure my screen pops, this native application allows users to download backgrounds with ease. Simply go into a specific and scroll through the available options. All you have to do is tap and you have the option of setting it as a your background for the homescreen, lockscreen, or both. Decor - Wallpapers is free to download and offers access to certain packs for free. To unlock all premium wallpaper packs and all future premium packs, an in-app purchase of $1.99 is required.
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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