The 5 Best Social and Chat Apps for the BlackBerry Q10

The 5 Best Social and Chat Apps for the BlackBerry Q10

The 5 Best Social and Chat Apps for the BlackBerry Q10

BlackBerry has a strong reputation in the business market, and it's looking to gain ground in the consumer smartphone world with the BlackBerry Q10. Know Your Mobile reports that BlackBerry's smartphone sales numbers are up 13 percent after the BlackBerry Q10 and Z10 consumer smartphones launched. With BlackBerry rolling out smartphones designed to appeal to personal users, there are plenty of reasons to take a look beyond the business apps that BlackBerry is known for. Here are 5 social apps and features you need on the BlackBerry Q10.

BlackBerry Hub

BlackBerry Hub is a built-in feature on the BlackBerry 10 operating system that gives you one simple panel for your email, notifications and select social network activity. It has a great deal of customization to make your social and email feed as readable as possible, along with ways to control the potential information overload if you're very active in email and social networks. Cnet recommends that you disable accounts that you don't want sending notifications through BlackBerry Hub, such as a social network that you're using another application for. If you're looking to keep the amount of separate social networking apps at a minimum on your phone, then making full use of the BlackBerry Hub is the way to go.

CB10

CB10 is Crackberry's news and forum app. If you want to keep on top of the latest developments in the BlackBerry world, as well as learning useful tips and tricks from other users on how to use your BlackBerry Q10, this is a handy social app to have. The forum formats nicely in mobile form and gives you notifications on new posts and responses to your threads.

Skype

Skype has taken its sweet time getting on the BlackBerry platform, but it's well worth the wait. This popular instant messenger, video chat, and voice calling software has a large user base that has reached 2 billion minutes per day in call time, according to Skype's blog. The app is user friendly and signing up and using the basic service is free, although there are paid features as well.

Blaq

Blaq is a third-party Twitter app that brings a great deal of functionality to your mobile Twitter experience. It's particularly useful if you have more than one Twitter account, such as an account for family and one for your hobbies. You don't need to sign in and out to make tweets on different accounts. Blaq also connects with your BlackBerry contacts, so if you have a tweet that someone on your contact list has to see, you can send it to them directly.

Trapeez

Trapeez brings the Tumblr experience to your BlackBerry Q10, with a full featured app that allows you to post texts, chats, pictures and quotes on your Tumblr blog. You can also reblog directly from your smartphone, follow Tumblrs, and like any posts that catch your fancy.

Have you used any of these apps yourself? What other apps would you recommend?

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