[APP REVIEW] AppMatch.com is the Tinder for Apps

AppMatch.com App Review

It feels like ages ago when I downloaded my first iOS app in 2010. Seven years have passed and in internet time, that’s a long time. Once upon a time, “app” was the hottest buzzword out there so much so that the expression “There’s an app for that!” became a funny catchphrase everyone can relate to.

Despite gloomy projections a few years back, it’s obvious that mobile apps aren’t going away soon. In fact, more and more people are downloading apps and spending more and more time on them too, according to this article.

According to the comScore report, the number of mobile users surpassed desktop users in 2014. Gartner’s prediction narrates that over 268 billion mobile downloads will generate an income of $77 billion in 2017. The estimated global mobile app revenue was $35 billion in 2014, $45 billion in 2015, $58 billion in 2016, and a predicted $77 billion in 2017, as stated above.

But with Apple and Google Play’s app stores boasting a combined 4.2 million apps, it’s difficult to sift through an endless stream of apps to find those that you’ll actually want to download, find useful and actually use regularly.

Enter “app discovery” apps. At first blush, it seems redundant at best and counterintuitive at worst– after all, that’s another app taking up precious screen space. An app for discovering other apps? Seems like a chore. And for a long while it is. I’ve tried a few of these app discovery apps and it nearly drove me crazy going through all the random recommendations I’ve got.

For those who don’t know yet, I am a self-confessed app junkie since 2010 and still am, actually. I live and breathe apps for many years not only because I write app reviews but mostly and honestly for the thrill of a good app find. I would scroll through this endless list and try to download, test, use and delete as many apps as I can go through.I did this excessively and obsessively in the hopes of finding a gem in a sea of copycat, overpriced and underwhelming apps. Eventually, I got tired of the chase and settled for the ones that consistently sat on the Top Downloads charts or were “picked” by editors or showed up on Product Hunt — my recent go-to site for the fresh and promising apps and projects.

I did this excessively and obsessively in the hopes of finding a gem in a sea of copycat, overpriced and underwhelming apps. Eventually, I got tired of the chase and settled for the ones that consistently sat on the Top Downloads charts or were “picked” by editors or showed up on Product Hunt — my recent go-to site for the fresh and promising apps and projects.

Very recently, however, I found a new app discovery app (website) called AppMatch.com. If the name makes you think of a dating site or makes you ask if it is,  well it’s yes and no. Yes, because as I’ve realized after using it, it does feel like speed dating and Tinder combined, except that on AppMatch.com, the goal is to match users with their future favorite and can’t-live-without app (not a love interest, sorry to disappoint you Romeos and Juliets out there). App Match connects people with the apps they should be using by asking questions and then recommending apps based on your answers. The questions can range from light-hearted and fun to deeply personal. The more questions you answer, the more it learns about you and the better app recommendations it can make.

Since app discovery apps are not allowed in Apple’s walled garden, you definitely won’t find this in the Apple app store. To use App Match, all you need to do is use your phone’s web browser and go to AppMatch.com. Note that while the website is accessible via desktop/laptop, you can only use the app-matching-discovery feature using your smartphone.

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This is actually great because tapping on app download links take you directly to your device’s app store so you can readily download them coming from the browser.

Check out my video review/walkthrough below for AppMatch.com.

App Review: AppMatch.com

So how does it work? Easy.

  1. Open your smartphone’s native browser (Safari etc) and type AppMatch.com.
  2. AppMatch.com App ReviewSign-up/create an account using your email.
  3. AppMatch.com App ReviewStart answering quiz-like questions to help App Match find the best apps for you.AppMatch.com App ReviewAppMatch.com App ReviewAppMatch.com App Review
  4. You can quit/skip anytime you wish. Doing so will prompt App Match to display the latest app matches based on your answers.
  5. From a menu that looks very much like Tinder, you have the option to “Swipe Right” for apps you like and “Swipe Left” for those you’d rather skip.

AppMatch.com App ReviewAppMatch.com App Review6. App Match then sorts your choices to user-friendly tabs accessible from your profile and from there you can tap on the download link that will take you straight to the right app store.

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7. Rinse. Repeat.

What kind of questions does it ask?

The questions can range from light-hearted and fun to deeply personal. The more questions you answer, the more it learns about you and the better app recommendations it can make.

What about my privacy? 

Here’s AppMatch.com’s privacy page for reference. It’s pretty much the same as what’s expected from a regular website. It tells you all you need to know about what information they collect and what they do with it.

Is it free to use? Yes.

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Being an “app” accessible via a website, there are major advantages because factors such as app crashes, app speed, app latency and network errors are hardly an issue and when I used it repeatedly I didn’t have any issue at all. In this regard, I’m actually effectively reviewing a website. So all the other usual suspects when it comes to app issues are low to non-existent. The UI is great, the response is quick and the overall user experience is pleasurable and even fun.

Overall Rating: ♥♥♥♥ (4 out of 5 hearts)

I have yet to immerse myself in it so I can’t say how many apps it can possibly recommend to me but I look forward to using it regularly. I also hope the algorithm will just keep on getting better and the app list would keep growing, giving way to new promising apps.

You can try this immediately for yourself since it doesn’t even need a download. All you need is your smartphone’s web browser. Oh, and did I mention it works with Android (Google Play Store) too? Oh yes, it does!

So remember, you don’t need to drown in an ocean of apps or walk away overwhelmed by the sheer volume you’re up against. Just like love and that elusive soul mate, maybe your next favorite app is on AppMatch.com all along, just waiting for you to swipe right so it can take your heart away!

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Facebook Live Audio is almost here. Pretty soon you will be able to livestream AUDIO-only like a radio station

Can’t wait to use this feature and see how this affects the future of radio, audio blogging apps like ZCast, Anchor and Bubbly and if indeed the future of tech is in voice all along.

It’s under beta testing and expected to roll out publicly early 2017.

By: Shirley Ip, Product Specialist, and Bhavana Radhakrishnan, Software Engineer As we continue to improve the Facebook Live experience, we’ve been listening to feedback to inform the new tools and features we build. One thing we’ve heard is that partners want new formats for going live. We announced Live 360 last week, and today we’re […]

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Candywirez Lightning Sync and Charge Cable [REVIEW] @candywirez

Sync and charge cables are probably the most used and abused phone accessory. Even headsets don’t come close to it when run through the “abused-and-taken-for-granted” meter!

And if you’re like me, you probably use it more than once or twice a day. I charge a minimum of 4 times a day because I’m currently addicted to Smule’s Sing! app and it only takes minutes before I drain my phone battery. So you can just imagine how overworked my charging cable is! A few days before, I’ve been getting this “incompatible accessory” warning when I plug it into an outlet which pretty much means, something inside is starting to get screwed up because I’m using Apple’s stock iPhone 5 cable charger.

And how convenient that a Candywirez Lightning Sync and Charge cable just came through the mail a few days ago! Although my cable is far from broken, just iffy I guess, it’s an opportune time to let it rest for a few days (or weeks) and use this new lightning sync and charge cable from Candywirez. As of this post, I have used it once for charging (last night) and so far, I’ve had no problems with it whatsoever.

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The candywirez Lightning Sync and Charge cable is 5ft (1.5m) long so it’s about 18 inches longer than the stock iPhone charging cable. This is a huge improvement for me because I can’t tell you how many times the stock cable’s “shortness” has upset me before. I can’t even charge my iPhone on my desk because my power outlet is way down near the floor so it usually lies on the floor when I charge. But with this new charging cable from candywirez, I have a lot of leeway to move or use my phone while charging.

Also worth nothing is the rubbery feel of the cable itself. It feels sturdy enough yet comfortable to hold. The wire is also a little fatter than Apple’s stock cable so it lends a bit of toughness to it. I also love that it has this metallic protective coating on both ends which feels more secure and more durable.

And if you love bright, loud colors then you’d be glad to know that it comes in spunky, pastel colors to fit your unique taste! I got the Lime colored cable and it looks awesome when plugged to my black iPhone 5 and if you have a white iPhone all the better because practically any color would go well with it!

One more thing I like about Candywirez Lightning Sync and Charge cable is that unlike my stock cable, this one doesn’t heat up even during long charging sessions (charging and using phone at the same time).

So far, it’s been a wonderful experience. I will be using this as my main charging/sync cable while my old cable will stay in the car’s glove compartment as backup. So if you’re looking for a reliable, durable and pretty sync/charging cable, I happily suggest getting Candywirez! It’s well worth every penny!

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Facebook Free for Globe/TM Subscribers Until January 25, 2014; Twitter Free for Sun Subscribers

Access to Facebook for Globe/TM subscribers will be FREE until January 25, 2014. This is true whether Facebook is accessed through m.facebook.com on a smartphone browser or through an app.

Meanwhile, access to Twitter becomes FREE for Sun subscribers. See images below. Please check your corresponding network’s website for more details.

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Watch NetFlix, Listen to Pandora and Access other Geo-Blocked Content Anywhere on Any Device with UnoDNS [REVIEW]

This is probably the longest product testing I’ve ever done here at RJMarmol.com but also undoubtedly the most rewarding on a personal level.  You see, I don’t normally immerse myself (for as long as this, which is almost 4 months) with products/services/apps that I review because I always want to maintain a considerable distance, so to speak — just to make sure my reviews aren’t biased in some way. But I have to tell you that this service had so much impact on my daily life that looking back now, I can’t believe I actually survived without it.

Friends, let me introduce you to UnoTelly!  Continue reading