Any Blackberry user will tell you that there is a supremely limited amount of applications you can get through BlackBerry World, and while you have friends going on Scruff or Candy Crush, there comes a sigh and an 'I can't get that on my phone'. So it's reassuring that there are applications being made specifically designed for the BlackBerry - even if it only provides a cosmetic difference.
Advance OS (Operating System) and LED (Light-Emitting Diode) allows you to change the colour of the light that flashes when you get a notification. You can customise how many flashes, how many colours and even come up with different colours from the mixing palette. It's such a small thing, but it makes a massive difference in terms of functionality.
Have you ever sat in a meeting, your phone's gone off (even though it is on vibrate) and you've been shouted at, but need to check if it's an email or a text from your ailing mother? Had a notification come through and you need to know if it's a certain email account that it's come through to? Want to be able to tell straight away from looking at your phone that you've had a missed call? Then this is for you.
If you are the sort of person who ties all of their email accounts and social media, as well as texts and calls, to their phone, being able to distinguish notifications differently is important. Yes, you can have different ringtones, but there is always a time when having a phone going off is not ideal - hence the perfection in this app.
Now we all know that it is the app developers whom BlackBerry users need to complain to with regards to Grindr not being free or WhatsApp not being available on the Z10. But since the market share is slowly decreasing down to work-only devices (my local District councillors, for example, are given BlackBerry devices for council business), it's nice to know that there are still developers willing to invest time and money in keeping their current customers happy, regardless of whether RIM (Research In Motion - the company that developed the BlackBerry) manage to.
You can download Advance OS and LED from BlackBerry World now.
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