Let us face the facts – Blackberry appears to be in deep soup. What’s more, it does not seem to know where it is heading to. A Blackberry spokesperson has recently reached out to let people know that the company does not have any specific plans with regard to when it is going to end support for Blackberry 7 OS. Nevertheless, those who can decipher meanings out of minced words had come up with the positive side of the spokesperson’s garbled sentence by way of suggesting that “Blackberry intends to support the Blackberry Operating System sine die.” Now, you tell me where do we stand?
If you go by the records, you may be amazed to observe (during the last quarter) that, of the 4.3 million phones sold by Blackberry, 3.2 million were powered by the erstwhile Blackberry 7 OS. This is indeed surprising, in view of the fact that Blackberry did its best to promote its new Blackberry 10 powered phones. However, as the grapevine says that Blackberry 7 OS will be supported until December 2015, we might as well take a closer look at some of the apps that are compatible with RIM’s Blackberry 7 OS.
It is the current version of the Blackberry Messenger (BBM) app that allows higher sharing with your fellow BB users in terms of location, apps, music, etc. Additionally, you can text non-BBM users while using this app and create group chats. < Type: Social Networking > Offers Free Download (Version: 18.104.22.168, Released: Feb 13, 2014, File Size: 14 MB)
It is considered even better than BBM, as a cross-platform messaging app that also helps you save on text messaging expenses. It also allows you to create group chats, send files, as also broadcast messages to your contacts. Best for messaging friends located overseas. < Type: Social Networking > Offers Free Download (Version: 2.11.529, Released: Dec 20, 2013, File Size: 6 MB).
It is an Augmented Reality or AR app which can only be installed in BB 7 OS phones. Of course, you can utilize the built-in compass and accelerometer to locate other BBM users, places or deals through your camera. What’s more, as the name suggests, it can also search for point of interest from Wikipedia, YouTube, Flickr and any more. < Type: Maps >
Though hitherto available only on the Android and Symbian platforms, this Instagram-like app allows you to add stilted filters to your photos and then share them on your Facebook wall and Twitter. You can also browse and admire new picture uploads from other users on the Popular page. You can earn badges and gain experience points from posting, which helps to unlock new filters, too. <Type: Photography>
Even though this app will help you identify songs that are playing, yet unlike SoundHound (not a BB app), it does not let you hum a tune in order to identify a song. You may add a song to your favorites if you have realized what it is. But remember, this app is only free for a limited time. < Type: Music >
This newly introduced app is a cloud-based service for users to create and share their song libraries. It allows up to 50 songs that can be accessed and then streamed or stored on your BB. Also, your library can be updated through swapping up to 25 songs among friends. However, please not that only the trial version is free. < Type: Music >
It helps you to keep track of your financial transactions, mileage and call durations. If you intend to avoid keeping record of your expenses manually, all you have o do is to take a picture of the receipt while the app will do the rest. Department heads can also view and approve their employees’ expenses, then export it as an Excel spreadsheet. < Type: Productivity >
It allows you to take a photo of a business card and receive the contact information in your email as a v Card. If you have more than 10 business cards to scan, you will have to fork out some cash for it. < Type: Productivity >
It is a wonderfully fascinating app that reads your emails and text messages all aloud while you are driving and keeping your eyes glued to the road ahead. You can even respond to text messages via dictation. However, this app is free for a limited time only. < Type: Tool >
Whosoever has created this app must have got a keen sense of humor. Interestingly enough, we all love taking screenshots, especially when we want to share any humorous text conversation. But BB 7 OS is rather harsh on granting this facility. However, this app fulfills that desire adequately and well. And to top it all, it comes with a cute ‘munching’ sound-effect when busy taking the shot!