There are so many apps in the iTunes App Store that it can be hard to find new ones. While several apps exist to help you get the job done, Discovr Apps makes it easy to find what you’re looking for by mapping apps you like (or any app at all) to related options you may enjoy as well.
- Creates an interactive map of recommended apps using any app as a starting point.
- Choose a featured app, use an app from your existing library, or search for an app to use as a starting point.
- Read app descriptions when you find one you like, and go right to the iTunes App Store to buy/download it if you like.
- Share apps you find via Twitter, Facebook or email.
Discovr Apps is pretty simple, which is refreshing when all the other app discovery apps for iOS tend to be a bit overwhelming. All you do is pick an app as a starting point, whether it’s one you like or just a topic that interests you, and Discovr will create a map of related apps you might like. You can then double-tap on any app to get more information — like description, rating, price, etc — and go check it out on the iTunes App Store if you wish. It’s a really simple concept that’s fun to use and a great way to discover new apps.
Discovr’s simplicity causes a few problems when it comes to filtering. For example, if you want to browse only iPad apps you can’t currently filter out other iDevices. Additionally, although my results were always pretty spot-on, some users have complained about irrelevant apps showing up in their app maps.
App Store (also known as the iTunes App Store) is your built-in option on the iPhone. It features lots of new and exciting apps hand-picked by Apple’s staff. It’s free, you have to have it on your iPhone whether you like it or not, and you can find plenty of neat stuff with it. I find new apps there all the time. For most people, it’s more than enough.
AppZapp (free) can help you both discover new apps and find free ones. The amount of information can be a little overwhelming at first, but you can break everything down into more specific categories to help you find what you’re looking for. As an added bonus, AppZapp’s ad support isn’t very intrusive. Ads are tucked in app lists rather than taking up a good portion of the user interface.
AppShopper (free) is a pretty standard app discovery app with plenty of filtering options, a wish list, top apps lists, and discounts. You’ll find similar functionality with App Hits (Free), which some prefer instead.
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