While Apple’s current ad campaign says, “there’s an app for that,” and that it is only on the ‘iPhone,” users of other handsets shouldn’t feel entirely left out. Last month Research in Motion launched the App World for the BlackBerry and there is no shortage of apps. However, App World does suffer from one minor setback; namely that it isn’t built into new phones. Instead it requires a manual installation.
It is compatible with the hottest selling smartphone, the Curve, as well as Pearl, Bold and Storm models. Users need to visit the App World mobile site (http://blackberry.com/appworld), and download a program to launch an installer. What is handy-dandy about it, is that once it is running, App World will only list the applications that are actually compatible with the BlackBerry model on which it is running, making sure you don’t waste time (or money) on something you can’t actually use.
The service still needs some refining, and it does lack the polish of the Apple App Store and the Android Marketplace, but finally BlackBerry users can feel part of the in-crowd – after installation anyway.
White Pages for BlackBerry
What is black and white and app all over? OK, that doesn’t quite work, but the point is that after the success of the WhitePages apps for the iPhone and Android, it is no surprise that a BlackBerry version has been released. The WhitePages mobile app for BlackBerry users will now be able to do reverse lookups of unknown numbers, including mobile numbers and even unlisted numbers directly from those in their call history.
The app also includes the option to find contact information with companies and organizations, and even search for businesses by category. Additionally contact information can be updated with WhitePages’ data, and this information can be viewed even off-network. That makes it a little easier to let your fingers do the virtual walking directly from your handset.
Other notable apps this week:
- Yahoo Messenger – This app for the iPhone and iPod Touch allows users to chat with other Messenger contacts, and even share photos. SMS messages can be sent to either IM contacts or iPhone contacts, and conversations can be archived, and there are the usual custom settings so you can be “invisible.” The app can also stay active when you take a call or switch to another application. The app is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch running the iPhone 2.x software update. It is available free from the Apple App store. A BlackBerry version is also available from the App World site.
- EuroSmartz Print & Share App – You can now print to an Epson printer directly from an iPhone thanks to the Print & Share App, which is available for $6.99 from the Apple App Store. It allows for printing of photos and documents through a wireless network – as well as through a USB connection if wires are more your thing.
After Hours Apps of Week:
- Top Gun – This new game for the iPhone is like an update to the classic movie. As Iceman and Maverick are now instructors, it is up to you to test your skills as a “top gun” pilot as you take to the skies in an F-22 Raptor or B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. You’ll get to shoot down MiGs and dodge incoming surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles. About the only the thing you can’t do is crash and burn like Maverick when you try to pick up women at the bar, but the rest of the game will have you flying directly into the danger zone! Top Gun for the iPhone is available from the Apple App Store for $1.99.
- Bowls – If relaxing to soothing music is more your thing, you can put your own spin on the Tibetan singing bowls for the iPhone or iPod Touch. Available for 99 cents from the Apple App Store, this app will let you enter tranquility and harmony with a pure Zen-like experience.