A quick question to all of you; can you imagine a day without using one of your favorite mobile applications? Your answer might be a big NO! So, we can say that mobile apps are such an unavoidable thing in our day to day life. Today we are using mobile apps to do almost everything; from taking the latest news update to book a table at your favorite restaurants. However, the question here is how do you download mobile apps you need? Maybe you go to the app stores of your operator’s website or to any of the other websites that index and keep free mobile apps for iPhone, Android and Blackberry.
According to apps counter, there are more than a million apps in various app stores. It will be a herculean task for you to search for a particular app among the huge number of mobile apps. In this scenario there is a need of a tool that will ease your job.
App Search Engines are the right tool that can help you for finding inside the apps; can connect to mobile content and downloads from a single search box. App Search Engines are useful for finding the best apps for your iPhone, iPad, Blackberry or Android device.
Quixey is available only on android phones. With Quixey, all you have to do is describe what you want to do in natural language. For example, “tune my guitar” or “identify wines.”
Quixey on Android offers:
- Search – Search for apps by describing what you want to do and you’ll get list of apps.
- Trending – You can check out the latest apps from here.
- Browse – You can browse through categories and subcategories. The browse wheel allows you find the perfect app for you (not available on Gingerbread OS).
- Sample – You can check out sample queries to see what other people are searching for.
AppExplorer is an alternative for iTunes search. You can quickly find the app you are looking for, can easily Filter by category, price, or user rating. You can also Sort by price, popularity, rating or by the order of latest apps in the app store
You can even find apps that have not been written about yet – you can set up an email alert to let you know when a new app has been added that has a title or description containing words of interest to you.
Get price drop alerts on apps you are following.
AppShopper is another iPhone, iPad & Mac application search directory. You can get information about the latest “Top 200” iPhone, iPad or Mac apps that may be paid or free.
AppShopper helps Keep track of the most popular apps, as well as the fastest rising and falling apps.
Appszoom helps discovering the best Android & iPhone apps as well as Android games.
Some of the specialties of appszoom you can find are;
- Lists of best apps, most downloaded apps and games, apps on sale, kids’ educational apps…
- App reviews written every by the editorial team
- App recommendations from the community of over 3.5 MILLION users
- Create and share your own apps lists, and download other users’ app suggestions
- You can sort by free apps and games, order by expert ranking, search by category, and more.
Appolicious is another famous tool for iOS and Android app search. Here also you can sort by free or paid apps and games, by popularity or rating, search by category, and more. One of the most important highlight of Appolicious is “appoLearning”, a deep vertical app discovery site focused on education apps for children of any category or range from early childhood to high school.
While these are some of the available tools, I’m sure there are going to be many more in the future. In a mobile app driven life, the need to search for apps for specific customer needs will tremendously increase. This will be an interesting space to watch as the apps are confined to segmented market places and conventional search engines fall behind. I’ll be keep posting when there is a new interesting development.
This gives us a brief overview about how vast the domain of application based search is. This is a niche area by itself and has the potential to change the way we search, identify and promote applications.