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For the past few years, Google has made it a mission to build their own ecosystem in iOS. All of their core services, including Google Search, Google Now, Gmail and Google Maps, are readily available to iOS users. Better yet, each app is able to communicate with one another (e.g. tapping a link in Gmail will open the web page in Chrome), which is a great workaround for Apple’s staunchness for disallowing third-party apps to be used as a default app (a change I’m hoping to see in iOS 7).

During the keynote address at Google I/O a few weeks prior, Google introduced their new unified communications service, dubbed Hangouts. Before the announcement, Google offered multiple communications services, including Google Talk, Google Voice and Google+ Messenger, but their hope is that Hangouts will bring them into the fold of popular messaging services such as WhatsApp, iMessage and Facebook Messenger. Hit the jump to find out if Hangouts is indeed up to such a momentous task. (more…)

I have task management apps and shopping list apps and calendar apps, all in an attempt to keep me and my husband on the same page. The sheer number of apps we use to do all this almost guarantees someone’s going to get crossed wires somewhere. Avocado is putting all of that and more into a single app, designed for couples, to organize the business of being together. Is there enough in Avocado’s one app to keep us rolling, or are we going to end up driving off the rails? (more…)

With the advent of smartphones, and largely driven by the market-defining success of the iPhone, the way in which we employ these devices has changed. The telephone and the mobile phone were designed so that we could speak to each other with distance being no object. Nowadays, we increasingly email, text, iMessage, twitter, facebook or google. We are using mobile phones to talk increasingly less. Despite this, an app called Wavedeck Voice Messenger PTT makes it easier to communicate than, say, texting. (more…)

One of the things that I have greatly appreciated about my iPhone is the fact that I still have held onto my unlimited data plan since I first signed up. It still rubs me the wrong way how much you have to pay for smartphone plans now days. I get the fact that cell phone companies have to charge more because they are subsidizing the phone, but there has got to be a better solution.

I have always thought that VOIP could somehow challenge these big, corporate cell companies and make themselves competitive. When Google Voice came out, it looked like they might be able to do this. But as we have learned over the past couple of years, VOIP doesn’t look like it is ready to be a player just yet. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t developers out there that are creating some cool apps for it. Outside of Google Voice, one option is SendHub. Let’s take a look at it after the jump. (more…)

In the past 5 years or so, text messaging has really started to take off; more and more people are starting to use it and see its advantages. Heck, even my mom, started texting this year — never thought I would ever see that happen! With the advent of the iPhone, texting has become so much more than just typing someone a short message. But the big question is, can we make it even better than what it is today?

Take for example, an app called Pair, which takes text messaging to another level by simplifying the experience. I don’t know if this has ever happened to you, but sometimes, I am texting with so many different people, that I accidentally type a message to the wrong person. That can be quite embarrassing, especially if it is a message that was personal and not really meant to be shared outside of you and the person you meant to share it with. Well, Pair, makes sure this doesn’t happen and makes the texting experience more intimate in the process. (more…)

Quick Look posts are paid submissions offering only a brief overview of an app. Vote in the polls below if you think this app is worth an in-depth AppStorm review!

In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting Geode Communicator. Ever been in a rush and needed to send a quick message to a friend or colleague? With your hands full and time tight, it can be impossible to get all you need to say into one text. Enter: Geode Communicator, an app for the iPhone and iPad that enables users to create a rich, informative email message with just a few clicks.

You can also send a voice mail message via email and save money on long distance fees. Read on for more information and screenshots!


There’s certainly no shortage of social networking-related applications for the iPhone. Some are great, and some are fairly dire; it’s a hard concept to execute well on a mobile device. A few days ago, a fellow iPhone touting friend introduced me to WhatsApp. The concept is essentially free iPhone-to-iPhone messaging, and sharing of links, photos, maps and audio.

I’ve been using WhatsApp for a few days, and felt that it merited a review on the site. It’s simple, clever to set up, and works reliably between all the devices and friends I tried it with. A version is also available for Blackberry, so you can interact with a slightly wider circle of friends.