Hello! You might notice that Apps of the Week looks a little different this week. You might also have noticed that our usual App of the Day posts were conspicuously absent. Things are changing, and we're replacing App of the Day with a new, improved, and Windows Phone-inclusive Apps of the Week. Let us know what you think of the changes, and please, enjoy.
BBM retains all the same features on its new platform homes as it did in Blackberry's proprietary OS. New users will be given their own BBM pins. Running on an Apple iPhone 5 and a Samsung Galaxy S4 respectively, the iOS and Android apps navigate smoothly. There's no transition lag when navigating between chats and menus. Blackberry has done an admirable job adapting the product to the design language and interface conventions of both of its new home. BBM hits iOS on Sunday, September 22nd. [Free]
Disney is re-releasing The Little Mermaid starting September 13, and actually encourages moviegoers to bring and use their iPad during the film. The screenings are kind of a modern take on the sing-alongs that films like Mamma Mia and the Rocky Horror Picture Show have. But those in attendance are encouraged to download an accompanying iOS app which provides everything from games, to karaoke-style lyrics, to other interactive elements designed to 'enhance' the film. [Free]
This is far and away the most recommended app by our readers—and for good reason. This beautifully designed program offers just about everything a modern home chef could desire. Beyond entering and organizing your own recipes, Paprika includes an integrated web browser for tracking down online recipes, a one-touch clipping function for slurping recipes from more than 200 cooking sites, and imports any existing digital recipe databases. What's more, it can also create shopping lists, meal plans, and scale ingredients while syncing your database across all your devices. [$5]
Yahoo wants to make browsing its mobile video content feel more like channel surfing on the old-fashioned tube. The new iOS app out today should help. The app uses a swipe-to-browse interface that lets you quickly flip between channels (up and down) and episodes (side to side). Yahoo's got a pretty big collection of exclusive content, including pretty much the entire SNL catalog, and its new partnership with Viacom means Comedy Central favorites like The Daily Show will be available at your fingertips. [Free]
Coast is being described by Opera as "the browser that should have come with the iPad," and that means a UI stripped down to only its most essential elements. Following a recent trend towards simpler browsers, when simply displaying a web page, there will be nary a URL bar nor button in sight. Instead, swipe-based, intuitive gestures take you back and forth through web pages as you go left and right, and a swipe down reloads the page. So you get all the screen space your iPad can offer. While Coast is stripped down, Opera promises all of the same security measures they've become known for; you'll receive warnings about potentially dangerous sites before you access them. [Free]
A year after launch, Xbox Music will finally be available on mobile to iOS and Android users who were excluded when Microsoft foolishly launched with just Windows Phone as its only mobile platform. The app will come with support for playlists, radio, and a related artists feature that surfaces recommendations. Unfortunately, the mobile apps won't support offline playback—you'll need a data connection or Wi-FI to listen to music on your mobile device. Microsoft says that app updates "in the coming months" will let you cache music for offline playback. [Free]
Oh hey, Google Wallet is on iOS. The new app comes a few days after Wallet's wide release to Android phones. Since iOS devices don't support NFC, you won't be able to use the "tap and pay" function, but you can send money to friends with just an email address, as well as scan in your loyalty cards.[Free]