June 2010 BlackBerry App Roundup

By  Jeff Goldman — June 25, 2010

Several new BlackBerry apps were launched in June, along with some significant application updates. Many of the newly introduced applications are designed to connect to established solutions, including Vocera's communications system and Sage's ACT! contact and customer software, while others provide a wide range of standalone functionality.

Virtual phone system provider eVoice announced a free app that gives eVoice subscribers the ability to answer and route calls, search through saved voicemails, and access one-touch dialing functionality on their BlackBerry devices. The eVoice service, with plans starting at $12.95 per month, enables small business users to route incoming calls to multiple numbers in order to project a professional image.

Intercompany cloud collaboration provider Huddle released an app designed to give BlackBerry users full access to Huddle's document sharing functionality, along with project tasks, discussions and whiteboards, as well as a complete view of the user's dashboard. A read-only version of the app is available for free, while a full-featured version is priced at $4.99.
 
Sage North America introduced ACT! Mobile Live, a cloud-based service that gives BlackBerry users mobile access to their ACT! contact and customer management data via the BlackBerry calendar and address book. The service also makes the same data available via an online portal in case the user's BlackBerry device is lost or stolen. Annual subscriptions to the service are priced at $120.

ERP software provider IQMS launched its EnterpriseIQ app for BlackBerry smartphones, which enables BlackBerry users to view and manage CRM, workflow, inventory, customer pricing, sales orders, and more. The application maintains a constant connection to the EnterpriseIQ ERP system, with no BlackBerry server required.
 
Vocera Communications released a new application that gives BlackBerry users direct access to the functionality of the Vocera communications system. The app, which is available as a free download at vocera.com/blackberry, enables users to take advantage of Vocera's role-based, group-based and activity-based calling via voice commands on their BlackBerry smartphones.

BlackBoard Inc.
introduced Blackboard Mobile Learn, a native app that provides students with full access to course information on their BlackBerry smartphones. Students can check grades and assignments, add discussion board comments and blog posts, email their classmates and teachers, and more. The app is available as a free download at BlackBerry App World.

Cloud Mobile Forms announced the availability of its eSurvey Enterprise application at BlackBerry App World. The app, which is priced at $29.99, provides forms management and multimedia data collection functionality on BlackBerry smartphones, for everything from market research to real time incident reporting.

Text-to-speech solutions provider iSpeech, developer of the DriveSafe.ly distracted driving app, launched the Caller ID Reader application for BlackBerry devices -- the app announces every incoming caller's name or phone number, freeing users to keep their eyes on the road. A free version of the app includes an upgrade reminder every third use, while a Pro version removes the upgrade message for $9.95.
 
S4BB Limited updated its Taskmaster BlackBerry application to version 2.0, adding multi-category support, task reminder support, the ability to import task files in ICAL or VCAL format, better integration with native BlackBerry applications, and language support for English, German, French, Cantonese and Mandarin. The app is available for $4.99 at BlackBerry App World.

FlightView released version 1.4 of its BlackBerry application, adding support for the BlackBerry Storm and Storm2. The app integrates a user's travel plans with the BlackBerry calendar, updating travel info in real time -- flight status updates are integrated with BlackBerry alerts, and an airport delay map helps users adjust to changes in their travel plans. The app is available for $4.99 at BlackBerry App World.

First Orion added new features to its PrivacyStar application, which helps users proactively block nuisance calls. A new SmartBlock function automatically tracks the most commonly blocked numbers among all PrivacyStar subscribers and blocks them across its entire network, and a new Do Not Disturb feature sends incoming calls to voicemail while simultaneously responding with a customizable text message.

Google introduced version 4.2 of Google Maps for BlackBerry, adding a new simplified search page, as well as new sharing functionality designed to allow users to forward detailed location information (including an address, a phone number, and even a photo of the location) by email or text message. The new version also includes biking directions.

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