One of the headlining features in the just-released iOS 10 update is the new Messages app. It now includes support for iMessage animations, sketches, enhanced emoji, and third-party apps and sticker packs.
As such, there has been a number of app updates and new releases today with a focus on the new iMessage platform. And we thought it’d be handy for our readers if we rounded up 15 of our favorite downloads.
Genius – Genius is the world’s biggest collection of song lyrics and crowdsourced musical knowledge, and with its new iMessage app, you can easily send lyrics from your favorite artists to friends.
Super Mario Run – Show off your feelings with Mario’s expressions or use items to decorate your conversations to make them look like a scene from Mario’s world.
Square Cash – Easily attach money to a message and send to a friend. They can then tap once to claim the cash. Optional gift wrapping lets you keep the amount a surprise.
Fandango – Planning a night out with friends? Got a hot date? Now you can buy movie tickets with friends without ever leaving Messages! Just tap the Fandango icon in Messages and send movies you want to see to your friends, suggest showtimes and buy tickets. Moviegoing has never been easier.
ESPN – Share scores with your friends and watch game highlights directly from iMessage. Just tap the app store logo within Messages and add the ESPN App.
Imoji stickers – imoji is the place to search, share and discover stickers. Create your own and search through millions of imoji stickers created by the community. Now there’s a sticker for every conversation.
JibJab – Choose and send your favorite GIFs with one tap in iMessage on iOS 10 without switching apps or toggling between keyboards.
GamePigeon – Have fun with your friends by playing a collection of excellent two-player games like pool and various card games via iMessage.
OpenTable – With iOS 10, we’re excited to serve you more ways to connect with restaurants, friends, and family around a great meal. We love having you visit us directly, but now you can grab a seat with OpenTable from within Messages!
iTranslate – Communicate with people from all around the world, in over 90 languages from within the iOS 10 Messages app. Features include two-way, real time communication, handy emoji flags, and smart language detection.
Cookie Monster Stickers – Cowabunga! Sesame Street’s favorite cookie-loving monster has his own fun-filled pack of 20+ stickers. You can peel and place these stickers on anything in your conversation — bubbles, images, or even other stickers.
KAYAK – With Kayak for iOS 10, you can easily share your trips and recent searches directly in iMessage.
Iconfactory Stuck On Stickers – from the excellent designers behind hit apps like Twitterrific and various popular Mac icon packs, comes Stuck on Stickers. There’s nothing ground-breaking here, just some very well designed images. My favorite is the pizza sticker!
Words With Friends – Play the world’s most popular mobile word game in Messages! Invite friends from your phone’s contact list and play your moves directly in Messages – No Facebook log-in required.
Emoji Remix – Customize your own emoji! Emoji Remix lets you mix and match features from classic emojis as well as our constantly growing database of new emojis, right inside iMessages.
Find a cool iMessage app or sticker pack that’s not on this list? Tell us about it below!