Apps had a big week, guys. Snapchat decided to put on its Big App Pants and pull up a seat at the texting and video chatting table. One of the biggies is splitting into two different apps (more about that l8r). And we think we found THE app that will let us swipe our way to true love once and for all. That’ll do, apps. That’ll do.
1. Stylect: Tinder-type apps have been flirting with other areas of the app store (including for job recruiters — eek!) but the latest swiping sensation is genius… and a little bit dangerous. Stylect lets you shop for shoes the same way you can peruse potential mates. Singles, we know you know the drill, but we have to explain how The Swipe works for those already living happily ever after: see a shoe and swipe left if you hate it, right if you love it. Or think you could like like it. Or feel like you would at least like to wear them once. Feel me?
Even better than Tinder, Stylect learns from what you “Like” so what they recommend will get better with time. They organize the shoes you’re crushing on into a wish list and will even notify you if the price drops. This is our kind of matchmaker. (Photo: TechCrunch)
Cost: Free for iOS
2. Google Docs + Sheets: You know we like to offer up an app that will aid you on your endless battle with productivity and this week, Google launched standalone iOS apps for Docs and Sheets (Slides coming soon!). Great news if, like a lot of us here at Brit + Co., you cram a 40+ hour work week into the web versions of Docs and Sheets. Now you’ll be able to access them on mobile and even view, edit or create new files without an Internet connection thanks to offline support built in.
Cost: Free for Android and iOS
3. HomeSlice: If the chore wheel and all those Post-It notes didn’t exactly get you and your roommate on the same page about buying TP, cleaning dishes or when it’s okay to delete Scandal from the DVR, this app is here to help solve (or at least ease) your passive aggressive cohabitation problems. Designate chores, swipe to signal it’s time to pay bills and leave your roomies notes about comings, goings and cookies your mom mailed that they can dig into too. Maybe all it takes to get them to do their share is a gentle push notification.
4. You&Me: If the Cassie song of the similar name is playing in your head right now, you’re not alone! This new couples app from the couple makers at How About We is a cute way to say hey to your SO that’s significantly more fun than texting. Send songs, voice messages, “steamy” secret photos and complete each other’s Halfsie. As you can see, the app officially has the Brit + Co. stamp of app-roval ;)
Cost: Free for iOS
5. Vhoto: This simple app pulls in photos from your videos — get it? Vhoto = video photo! Sounds simple but… nope, yes it is a great idea that we have been waiting for all of our lives. Either record video through the app or pull up a video recorded elsewhere and it will show you your best pics from it. Choose the ones you want to still frame for life and take them down to Instagram Town. Hmm, could stillies be the new selfies? Only time will tell.
Cost: Free for iOS
App to Keep an Eye On — Swarm: Okay, technically Foursquare’s new app Swarm is not available to download yet (though you can sign up to be one of the first here), but it’s been buzzing all week. Foursquare is taking its one app and splitting it into two. One will provide recommendations for what to do nearby and the other (Swarm) is a “social heat map” that focuses on the checking in aspect of the social network. Whenever you check in on Swarm, you’ll be able to see nearby users and friends and chat with them within the app.
This idea will make major sense if you use Foursquare and especially if how you use it has changed over time. After a friend’s suggestion, I went from having it and never using it, to regularly opening it up to look up new and nearby places + tips wherever I was heading. I still only check in on occasion but I’m a huge fan of the Yelp-like function on Foursquare. TBQH, I actually *never* use my Yelp app while out and about. The tips on Foursquare are more helpful than Yelp’s over-saturated rants and raves, and the map function is leaps and bounds better. Well, there goes my secret. Use it wisely, friends.