If you’re a movie buff or a TV addict, you’ve probably experienced the moment where you see a writer or producer’s name you recognize, and instantly you know that you’re about to see something awesome. For apps, the equivalent of that for me is seeing the “BBM™Connected Application” pop-up when I launch a new app from the BlackBerry App World™ storefront. I instantly click “Connect” and seconds later – BOOM – my app experience is now BBM enabled! There are over 200 BBM-connected apps available in BlackBerry App World today, with more and more being added each day. But I wanted to share my top 6 picks.
First, some background: Many of these apps are ones you know and love, but what’s really exciting is that developers are building brand-new apps from the ground up using the BBM Social Platform APIs. We’re also hosting BBM App Hackathons around the globe, where developers and Research In Motion® (RIM®) Developer Relations experts are getting together to learn about creating some awesome apps.
Let the countdown begin…
foursquare – [Free]
If I don’t count email, then my #2 most-used app after BBM is definitely foursquare. Their integration with BBM is my favorite example to use when explaining the awesomeness behind the BBM Social Platform APIs. With BBM, you and your close connections already have instant communication established. With the addition of foursquare, you now have location too! I knew this pairing was perfection when I checked into Toronto Pearson International Airport and was BBM’d a few seconds later by a friend of mine who was there too! We were able to meet up and grab a drink before our flights – which definitely made the two-hour wait fly by.
Screen Muncher™ – Now with BBM™! – [$2.99]
The BlackBerry App World team is spread around the world – from Ottawa to Mountain View, CA to Bali, Indonesia. When someone in my building here in Waterloo has a question about something on their BlackBerry® smartphone, they can just show me their screen in person. What do we do for the people who aren’t in the same office? Easy: Screen Muncher – and even easier now that it’s integrated with the BBM Social Platform APIs. My convenience key is set to Screen Muncher, and presto – a screen capture is taken of what’s on my BlackBerry. I can instantly share my screen capture with a co-worker over BBM!
Groupon – [Free]
I’m always on the lookout for new things to do around town, and Groupon delivers. Groupon’s recently updated app for the BlackBerry platform lets you share the “deal of the day” with your BBM contacts via the chat function within the app. (And who doesn’t like a good deal?) I recently saved 60% on a round of mini-golf for my daughter’s 3rd birthday party!
Jingu Avatars – [Free]
I typically use pics of my daughter doing something silly as my BBM avatar. But every now and then (especially on “Talk like a Pirate Day”) I like to create a custom BBM avatar, and the app I use for this is Jingu Avatars. Their BBM Connected app lets you create your own personalized avatar and upload it to your BBM profile with just a couple clicks!
EZLinks for BBM – [$0.99]
One of the coolest examples of a BBM-connected app I’ve seen is EZLinks. I update my BBM status 10-15 times a day – and let’s be honest, there’s a couple clicks to get there. EZLinks gives you a menu option to “Change BBM Status” and then has a really cool pop-up dialog where you can update your BBM status instantly. Definitely worth checking out.
Nic Nac Noe for BlackBerry – [$0.99]
Last but certainly not least is Nic Nac Noe. There are a lot of awesome games available that let you challenge your BBM contacts, but my favorite is definitely Nic Nac Noe. Nothing beats Tic-Tac- Toe –but with ninjas!
I’d love to know what your favorites are. Leave them in the comments below so I can try a few!