Wednesday was not an overwhelmingly busy day on the App Store, but there were still several updates to well-known apps that are worth mentioning. App Recap is a daily column that promotes the best new, updated and discounted apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. We’ve been posting this roundup on weekdays for a few months now to keep you informed about the latest App Store happenings. There are ten apps featured in this edition…
While it was released around a week ago, Audibly is a new app by WWDC student developer Nick Frey and others that deserves a mention. The app allows you to play your music in sync across all nearby iOS devices, with the ability to create a playlist of songs from your own library and control the volume across all devices. Audibly is free on the App Store for iPhone.
Adobe Photoshop Touch was bumped to version 1.2.1 yesterday with a fix for saving and sharing documents, improved feathering of soft brushes, improved visibility of the brush cursor on dark backgrounds and several other bug fixes. Adobe Photoshop Touch is $4.99 on the App Store for iPhone. There is also an iPad version available for $9.99 on the App Store.
Google Search has been updated to version 4.1.0 to get ready for the World Cup in Brazil, which begins tomorrow. The app now has Google Now cards that keep you updated on every match, including scorers, match statistics, group standings and more. Just say “OK, Google” to get started. Google Search is free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.
Our own Christian Zibreg outlined a major update to the automation app Launch Center Pro, which now sits at version 2.3 and gained some impressive new features: location triggers, IFTTT integration, Giphy search, QR and barcode scanning, a graphical list builder, “featured actions” in action composer, custom notification sounds and more. Launch Center Pro is $4.99 for iPhone.
Just in time for the World Cup, which officially kicks off tomorrow, the FIFA Official App has been updated. What’s new in version 2.1 is the ability to take the World Cup with you anywhere you go, entering the Global Stadium to follow live minute-by-minute action from all 64 games throughout the month-long tournament. The FIFA Official App is free for iPhone.
Google Shopping Express is another updated app that Zibreg recently covered. What’s new is the availability of same-day delivery in West Los Angeles and Manhattan, product recommendations based on the stores you shop most and more. The app helps you get products from big-name brands like Costco, Target and Walgreeens delivered to your doorstep. Free for iPhone and iPad.
Beatwave has received a major update to version 2.0 with an impressive list of new features: a stunning new user interface with iOS 7 support, effects, new instruments, new sharing options, Audiobus support, new controls for grid speed and octaves, improved tone and scale controls and more. Beatwave is free on the App Store, and is a universal app for iPhone and iPad.
On Sale Apps
Spendbook is an app that we just highlighted in App Recap a few days ago, but under the new column. This time around, the app has been discounted from $1.99 to free. It is unknown how long the promotion will last. Spendbook is a useful personal finance tracker for managing your expenses and income. It is a free app on the App Store for iPhone.
Blogsy has been discounted by almost half price for a limited time, marked down from $4.99 to $2.99. The app is a writing tool designed to take advantage of the iPad’s multitouch screen, compatible with WordPress, Blogger and almost all blogging platforms. If you’re a writer or blogger, Blogsy will set you back $2.99 on the App Store for iPad.
The all-in-one task manager mo.Today rounds off our list of apps today, having gone free through June 12th. The app, which regularly has a $1.99 price tag, is a personal assistant for helping manage your daily events. It features a calendar, to-do list and reminders, with a useful Today screen for viewing all tasks. mo.Today is free on the App Store for iPhone.
Thursday promises to be more eventful. Not only does the World Cup begin, but Apple refreshes the App Store to promote the best new apps and games. Having said that, be sure to check back tomorrow for a great selection of iPhone and iPad apps to test drive. If we overlooked any important apps in this column, feel free to share in the comments section down below.
Which apps are your favorite from this list?