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For many of us, games have been an important part of our lives, right from childhood. Growing up in a large and competitive family, game nights were a common occurrence. When I wasn’t playing board games with the family, I spent my time on game systems. My sister and I spent countless hours defeating bad guys and unlocking new levels. Since then, games have taken a step into the mobile world. From the classic Brick Breaker, to Modern Combat 4, mobile games have evolved quite a lot. Whether you are into simple puzzle games or more in-depth action games, there is something on BlackBerry World for you! This week we would like to highlight a few of the many great games available.
If you are interested in helicopter-type games, where you have to navigate through an obstacle course and see how far you can get, then Kiwi Wonder is the game for you! This game, featured right, is about a kiwi bird who dreams of flying. With your help, his dream will come true! Help kiwi navigate the sky, collecting coins and avoiding or jumping on other birds. Collect fuel to enter a hyper mode, sending you soaring into the clouds! Hint: jumping on enemies increases your distance. My first attempt landed me just over 7,200m, but when I focused on crushing enemies, I made it over 15,500m! How far will you fly?
A very unique game is Borderline! In this game, you must navigate back and forth from wall to wall. You move the ball with a simple tap of the screen, but you must avoid the obstacles in the middle. You progress up levels (or points), each time you successfully navigate across the screen, so sliding along one side may get you far, but is not worth anything. My current high score is a measly 7… hopefully you can do better. Hint: start off with a few quick touches to get your score up early.
If you are a fan of swap-3 matching games, such as Candy Crush Saga, available through the Amazon Appstore, you should check out Candy Slash Story. The concept is simple; match 3 identical candies to destroy them. Match more than 3 candies to generate super candies, each with unique abilities. Let the destruction begin!
Tap. Tap. Tapity-tap-tap. Sorry, I was just trying to tap my way to the top in BurgerCopter. In this high-flying adventure, you need to safely navigate your burgercopter (yes, a cheeseburger than is a helicopter), as many levels as you can. This addicting, sometimes frustrating game never ends. Well, it ended at a score of 7 for me. My advice: get your copter positioned and use quick-taps to keep it stable and flying straight up. Find another method that works better? Let me know!
And last, but not least, one of my personal favourite games to pass the time…. drum roll please… it’s Xploding Boxes! In this simple, yet addicting game, you need to create chain reactions between the boxes to clear the screen. Some boxes require increasing numbers of touches or explosions to explode themselves. Ensure you check how many touches remain and choose wisely. This game, featured left, has hundreds of levels to keep you entertained for hours and hours. If you are into puzzle games, look no further. Thankfully, you can have 5 levels unlocked at a time, allowing you to move ahead should you get stuck or frustrated on a level. You can always come back to it later, because there is no doubt you may be stuck and frustrated on all 5 unlocked levels! I am currently on level 433, having cleared all levels to that point. Can you clear all 530 levels?
Now that I have spent part of my day “testing” games for your enjoyment, it’s time to get back to some real work. But I will definitely take a break again soon, to enjoy the many games available on BlackBerry World. Know of other games worth the download? Let us know in the comments!
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We have a sweet treat for PRIV users: Android 6.0 Marshmallow (M) is now available on ShopBlackBerry.com and is coming to all major carriers offering PRIV starting May 3. You’ll be able to update to the latest version of Android, completely patched to include our coming May 2016 update, simply by downloading the software update on your PRIV (be sure to connect to Wi-Fi to avoid unnecessary data charges).
PRIV is among an elite group of smartphones running Marshmallow, which was released in October 2015. As of April 4, only 4.6% of Android smartphones were running it, though adoption is slowly climbing. PRIV’s place as an early Marshmallow adopter, less than a month after we started beta testing it, makes perfect sense – we have been aggressive in rolling out Android security updates faster than most Android device manufacturers.
Keeping with BlackBerry’s focus on security, we’ve been able to not only leverage the enhanced privacy, security and usability features that come with Marshmallow, but also to bring several additional improvements to key product features. Take a look at the features we’ve added to security, BlackBerry keyboard, BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Launcher, battery performance and camera features in PRIV’s flavor of Marshmallow. Watch the video below and/or keep reading!
More Privacy and Security
You get more ways to monitor and control your privacy and better protect PRIV from malware, hacks and data breaches with Marshmallow on PRIV.
Customized Personal Data Permissions – Apps demand access to personal data, even when it’s not necessary for the app to function properly, but DTEK now gives you the power to control what to share and when. You can turn permissions off at any time and still continue to use the app.
Clearer Notification Settings – You’ll only see notification controls for sensors that an app has specifically requested access to. For example, if an application doesn’t request microphone access, it will not appear in the list.
S/MIME Support – The new S/MIME feature in BlackBerry Hub lets you digitally sign and encrypt your emails, adding another level of security to your communications.
Enhanced BlackBerry Keyboard
PRIV’s BlackBerry Keyboard has been updated to provide better predictive typing, accuracy and control with these new features.
More Emoji – You’ll have access to over 200 new and updated emojis.
New Keyboard Gestures – The new swipe capability allows you to drag your finger across the keys to enter words on the virtual and/or physical keyboard.
Enhanced Word Prediction – The keyboard anticipates your next word based on where you place your fingers on keys. Also, predictive typing learns words with numbers and delivers better name suggestions based on your contacts.
Better Cursor Control – Activate “Cursor Control” mode on the physical keyboard for easier positioning and control. You can accurately place the cursor on the screen by tapping a key on the physical keyboard.
With Android M on PRIV, you can better organize apps and manage productivity with a touch of a button.
Mute Indicator – See the phone’s mute status at a glance via the floating phone indicator that appears when a call is active. You’ll see yellow when your call is muted and green when it isn’t.
New Apps in BlackBerry Hub (right) – Now view notifications from even more of your favorite social media apps – including Instagram, Skype, Slack and Pinterest – directly in BlackBerry Hub to easily manage all your messages in one place.
Updated BlackBerry Launcher – Better organize apps and widgets into Recent, Personal and Work sections, and you can set a default home screen, delete a home screen and remove apps with a flick.
More Battery Life & Storage
Get even more out of PRIV with battery performance and storage updates.
Doze – When PRIV is at rest, Doze automatically puts your device into a sleep state to increase standby battery life.
App Standby – This new feature keeps infrequently used apps from impacting your battery life.
Media Card Encryption Support – You can safely and permanently increase your PRIV’s storage capacity by encrypting your media cards. If your PRIV is lost or stolen, prying eyes can’t take the media card out of your PRIV and view or copy it. This is a feature that many other Android phone makers do not support.
Engage your creative side with new tools that help you capture the perfect image with ease and flair.
Capture Professional and Cinematic Quality Videos – Record videos at 24fps – the standard frame rate used in professional feature-length motion pictures – in 4k, 1080p or 720p for high-quality footage to share on social media.
Slow-Motion Video – Capture smooth slow-motion video with the PRIV’s camera. Capture video at 120 fps and play it back smoothly at 30 fps. The slow-motion effect can be applied after taking the video, and it even can be applied to select specific sections of the video. (Audio is not enabled for slow-motion video at this time.)
If you’re ready to put Marshmallow on your PRIV, look for the Android M update alert in your notification tray, or visit the BlackBerry Android OS Update page for information about how to update. Not yet a PRIV user? Click through to our availability blog or hit ShopBlackBerry to find out how to get your own sweet new BlackBerry smartphone.