Wednesday, April 21, 2010

New: Celebrities and user reviews on AppBrain!

Apart from easy browsing for the best Android apps, a great feature of AppBrain is the sharing of which apps you like with other people.

Last week, "This Week in Google", an online netcast discussed appbrain. Tech celebrities Gina Trapani and Leo Laporte started using AppBrain and made the apps they use and like available online. Gina's application list page was one of the most trafficked pages on appbrain for the past few days.
Gina commented on her blog how she's not paying much for apps so far, currently just $7. Check them out for yourself:
Gina Trapani's list of installed Android apps
Leo Laporte's list of installed Android apps

To make sharing application lists even more attractive, we've added the possibility to add a personal review to every app you have installed. On the "my apps" page, every app now has an "Add Review" link. These reviews will be shown when people inspect which apps you have installed, and are also visible under the app on the individual app page. See the AppBrain market sync application page for an example:

If you actively want to keep your friends up to date on which apps you like (or dislike), the post review dialog has the option to automatically post your review on twitter too!

Have fun sharing and discovering more great Android apps,

Mathijs for the AppBrain team

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Discover the hottest apps with the new AppBrain Market app

In February we launched AppBrain.com, a website to discover, install and manage your Android apps directly from the web browser.
The most noteworthy feature of AppBrain.com is the possibility to select apps on the web, and then sync them easily with your phone.

In addition we included many other innovative features right from the start: Sharable app lists, a changelog for each app, related apps, display of prices in your preferred currency, a fast and relevant search function, lists of apps that were recently reduced in price, and many more.

In the last weeks we added personalized recommendations, an overview of the latest added apps to the market, and filtering of 'spam' apps from search and category listings.

Yesterday we released a major improvement to the AppBrain Market app:





The new features of the app include:

  • Discover which apps were hot in the last 24 hours and in the last 7 days
  • Browse apps which were last viewed by other users on AppBrain.com
  • Browse the app categories, filtered by free apps, paid apps, popular updated apps, popular new apps, apps with price drops, and latest apps
  • Find apps with the fast and relevant search, which also show description snippets matching your search terms
  • Get notified about updates of your installed apps

On the website we also launched new features. A new way to discover interesting apps is the 'hot' category, which shows which apps had the most activity on the AppBrain site, either in the last 24 hours or in the last week.
Also you can now set a filter on Android version (currently 1.6, 2.0, and 2.1 are the possible settings). Search and category listings will then hide apps that are not suitable for the chosen Android version.

We hope you enjoy these new features. Our goal is to provide the most convenient way possible to discover and use great Android apps. If you have suggestions for improvements, please leave them in the comments below, or send us an email at [email protected]

Best regards,

Uwe Maurer for the AppBrain team.