Discovr Apps for iPhone: A Lovely Web of App Recommendations

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The App Store has something north of a bazillion apps lining its digital shelves, making it incredibly hard to find the good ones. Discovr Apps thinks it can help by drawing each app's "family tree" of related apps.

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What's it do?

It's an iOS app search tool that recommends apps to download. But unlike other apps that boggle you down with lists, Discovr tries a more interactive method: related app trees. When you search for an app (or click on an app Discovr features), it'll sprout apps related to that particular app as if it were a tree branch. For example, a search for Reeder will suggest Instapaper (and other apps), clicking on Instapaper will suggest Atomic Web Browser which will suggest...you get the point. Discovr will build a gigantic web of recommendations as long as you keep tapping.

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Why do we like it?

Like the App Store's Genius function, it smartly recognizes the relationship that apps have with each other. Like if you like A then try B type of thing. The app is also incredibly interactive and totally feels like you're weaving a personal tree of recommendations (which you are). And most importantly, all the details of each app are still there: description, screenshots and a few reviews. It is a bit limited in scope though, as Discovr Apps works best when you have a rough idea of what you're looking for, those who have no clue should probably stick to lists of "New & Noteworthy" and "What's Hot".

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Discovr Apps | $1 | iTunes

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