Part Most of Instagram's well-known popularity and success came directly from its easy-to-use interface that can make just about any picture enticing without the user having to work up even a drop of sweat. With the app exposing the huge market for such social networks, tons of developers are having a go at gaining the title of the "Instagram of video." YouTube, in conjunction with its parent company, Google, today released a new application that makes it easy for users to record and upload their videos to YouTube - undoubtedly another competitor taking a shot at the aforementioned title.
Apple Maps, the Cupertino-based company's mapping solution, has received a countless amount of criticism since its simultaneous launch along with iOS 6 back in September. Users have bashed Apple for the lack of transit directions, bugs that severely distort maps and more, which have all collectively rendered the app almost useless. Google Maps, recently launched in the App Store and, apparently, the need for a noteworthy alternative to Apple Maps was glaring - evident by the whopping 10 million (and counting) downloads the app has received since its debut on the App Store just 48 hours ago.
It's been an incredible year, undoubtedly, for Australian-based developer, Halfbrick. The worry of gaining popularity is hardly an issue with the tons of chart-topping games that the developer already has under its extensive belt. In order to end the year on a good note, the studio has dropped the price of each and every one of its App Store titles to completely free - a twenty-four hour deal that seemingly appeared out of absolutely nowhere.
An app that certainly, without one slightest bit of doubt, passed under the radar of the average App Store gamer, Mini Dash ($0.99) is yet another thrilling adventure from well-known publisher, Chillingo. The availability of platformers for the iOS platform has expanded since the App Store's launch a few years ago, and, by this time, you can pretty much find one to suit any platformer-enthusiast's preference. Whether you're seeking a Metroidvania title with large levels and tons of exploration or you're looking for an arcade-styled game with short, quick levels demanding your endurance and patience, the App Store has it.
Too many weather apps exist on the App Store, all similar in most aspects and not enough differing to an extent that would make them worthwhile. While some are pleasantly informative in some areas, they're skimpy in others leaving the need for the total, ideal iOS weather utility a glaring one...until now. Thankfully, that need has been satisfied with Savvy Apps' newest addition to its App Store collection, Today Weather ($1.99).
The numerous issues with Apple's official Maps app since its introduction back with the launch of iOS 6 have rendered it almost impossible to use towards a user's overall benefit, for many. Thankfully, however, Google finally released an iPhone-compatible client for its Google Maps service. Dubbed just that, Google Maps is a very noteworthy alternative for your mapping requirements especially with Apple Maps' bugs in mind. The only problem? It can't be set as the default maps app of your choice. Unless you're jailbroken, that is...
The overall availability of iPhone mail clients hasn't come short, in terms of numbers. With this year's notable release of Sparrow for Gmail, the total number of mail apps, both third-party and official, can be a bit overwhelming for iPhone users. Mailbox, announced two days ago, is an application set for launch next year that aims to bring a totally revamped experience iPhone owners who are also mutual users of Gmail's email services.
Even with the consolidation and downsizing of image sizes that the iPhone automatically does through text messages or iMessage, picture chatting isn't too friendly, for long time use, to your limited data plan. To say the least, it's an inconvenient, cumbersome task that isn't in the least bit efficient. Quite awhile ago, an application was released that made photo-messaging as simple as taking a picture and sending it off to a contact. Dubbed Snapchat, the free app quickly rose to the top for its easy-to-navigate user interface and the undeniably fast time it takes to send a picture. With an update released today, Snapchat now offers video-messaging among with a slew of other exclusive, new features.
In a world of hyper-realistic graphics, it seems hard to find anything unique. The gorgeous games sit at the top 25 list week after week, and the trend seems monotonous. Luckily Renegade Kid has sent a 8-bit hero…introducing Mutant Mudds ($0.99).
Although Gmail continues to be the reigning champion in the field of email services, Yahoo still boasts a total of over 110 million people that are using the services that it offers. For those who are dedicated users of the service, an augmentation was announced earlier today making the whole experience both more intuitive and robust with the launch of an all-new desktop client as well as a brand new mail app for iOS.