[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.

AppMatch.com App Review

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.

AppMatch.com App Review

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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.

App Performance Review Metrics:

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 Finally Adds Share Button to iOS, Android Apps | WebProNews

Yesterday, Facebook finally brought their share button to mobile, inserting it into the m.facebook.com interface. Facebook also told us that they would soon bring the share functionality to their mobile apps as well. (via Facebook Finally Adds Share Button to iOS, Android Apps | WebProNews.)

I’ve checked this morning and sure enough, there’s a Facebook app update waiting. As everyone  in the tech blogosphere have pointed out, we all better brace ourselves for a deluge of non-status updates in the form of links, making Facebook a lot like Twitter where resharing is done in a snap on your smartphone’s native Facebook app. That’s more LOLcats, more any-kind-of-link for us all. Hooray for us. Whether you’ll be using it to better serve your friends and family or use it to flood everyone’s news feed is up to you.  So now that your request has been granted, go ahead and share away! :)

Facebook iPhone App Now Has Share Button

Facebook iPhone App Now Sports “Share” Button

in:play is a minimalist music player with wonderfully easy gesture controls | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog

In:play is a new music player for the iPhone that’s elegant and easy to use. It has a minimalist interface with comfortably sized on-screen elements and gesture-based controls. It’s designed so you can control basic playback functions without having to look at your screen and it’s perfect for situations like driving or exercising when you can only spare a glance at your iPhone or iPod touch.

via in:play is a minimalist music player with wonderfully easy gesture controls | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog.

OpenTable Co-founder & Former Zynga Designer Launch Glyder, an iPhone App for Small Business Marketing

 

Glyder, an iPhone app for small business marketing

Open Table Co-founder Glenn Allen (left) and Former Zynga Mobile Designer Alan Wells (right)


*PRESS RELEASE*

OpenTable Co-founder & Former Zynga Designer Launch Glyder, an iPhone App for Small Business Marketing 

Company Backed by 500Startups and Founders of HubSpot & Involver

SAN FRANCISCO, California – Glyder, a 500 Startups-backed company started by OpenTable co-founder Glenn Allen and former Zynga mobile designer Alan Wells, introduced its iPhone application for small business marketing today. For the first time ever, small businesses can create and share effective marketing messages via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Email, Text Message, MailChimp and Passbook, all from one easy to use iPhone app.

The Glyder application gives small businesses the three critical elements needed to reach their customers: effective content, professional visual design, and painless distribution across platforms. The Glyder application is free to download and use, with premium templates and additional distribution options available for $0.99 each via in-app purchase. Co-founders Glenn and Alan started Glyder after recognizing just how complicated and expensive online marketing has become for the millions of small businesses that have less than 5 employees and lack the design and marketing resources of larger companies.

“Very small businesses still struggle with the complexity of online marketing – they have to reach their customers on multiple platforms and are underserved by existing web-based tools. They don’t have the time required to figure out all the platforms or the money to hire an employee or consultant,” says Glenn, whose experience starting OpenTable helped develop the idea for Glyder. “After meeting hundreds of business owners and seeing the same issues over and over again, it became clear that these businesses need a faster, easier, more affordable way to communicate with their customers. We’re putting the power of professional design and proven customer communication into their pocket at a price that puts the interests of the business owner first.”

Glyder differentiates itself from other online marketing tools by focusing on a completely mobile experience. “For our customers, having Glyder in their pocket means they’re able to be proactive about marketing their business without taking time out of their day to sit behind a computer, away from their customers,” says Alan, a product designer whose experience working on Zynga’s first two mobile games inspired Glyder’s in-app purchase pricing model. “Our goal is to make getting effective content and professional design as easy as buying a virtual item in a game or a book on a Kindle.”

Glyder has been in closed beta since August of this year, with users including boutique retail stores, restaurants, and service businesses. “Glyder is my primary source for marketing my business on the go from my phone. It’s fast and easy to use, allowing me to send professional messages in no time at all,” says Jess Coe, a massage therapist at Grounded Bodywork in San Rafael, CA. With today’s launch, Glyder is now available as free download on the iTunes App Store.

Along with the launch, Glyder also announced a seed round raised earlier this year from 500Startups, Dharmesh Shah (HubSpot), Rahim Fazal (Involver), Arjun Dev Arora (ReTargeter), Eric Kim (Twylah), and previous OpenTable investors. “There are millions of organizations that should be reaping the rewards of online marketing. Glyder’s simple, mobile experience will pull many of them off of the sidelines and into the game,” says Dharmesh Shah, Glyder investor and co-founder of HubSpot.

Glyder is available for free at http://www.glyder.co and on the iTunes app store (short link:http://glydr.co/AppStore). Contact Glenn Allen (glenn@glyder.co or 415-944-7858) for press inquiries.

ABOUT GLYDER, San Francisco, CA. Glyder is the first marketing tool that gives small businesses everything they need to reach their customers in one easy to use iPhone app. By providing message templates with customer communication best practices, professional visual designs, and painless distribution across platforms, Glyder enables small businesses to create and share messages with their customers anytime, anywhere, and on any social platform. Glyder is available as a free download on the iTunes App Store (http://glydr.co/AppStore).

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Glyder Press Room:
http://press.glyder.co/

Glyder Press Kit PDF:
http://welcome.glyder.co/PressKit.pdf

Glyder Assets (logos, screenshots and founder headshots):
http://press.glyder.co/download/all.zip

Glyder Demo Video:
http://glydr.co/DemoVideo

iDisplay Mini extends your desktop to iPhone and iPod touch | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Popular screen-sharing app iDisplay is now available in a new version designed specifically for extending your Mac’s desktop onto your iPhone or iPod touch. Called iDisplay Mini, the US$0.99 app works as a client to the iDisplay Desktop program and can be configured in three ways: to extend your desktop, to mirror your desktop or to display a single application window on your mobile device.

via iDisplay Mini extends your desktop to iPhone and iPod touch | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog.