In our continuing tradition of rounding up new mobile application releases we found interesting and/or exciting over the past month, we present you with this new list of apps for July 2011. This month, we found a lot of great new iPhone apps, some Android and tablet apps, and a bunch of “notable” application updates.
As always, share your thoughts on those we missed in the comments below.
iPhone & Android / Cross-Platform
Batphone: This experimental app uses the phone’s microphone to record the sounds in a room to develop an acoustic “fingerprint” for that space. The idea is that this type of location-detection could be used in future apps when GPS is not available. There’s nothing much you can really do with this app right now, but what a cool concept! (Free, iTunes)
Capture: Instead of wasting time hitting “record” or adjusting settings, the Capture app starts recording video as soon as the app launches. Finally, you can record the kids before the moment has passed!($0.99, iTunes)
Trover: Newly launched app Trover was an undiscovered gem until the big press push this month surrounding the app’s update. With Trover, you can connect with others to discover places and things nearby using photo-sharing combined with geolocation. (Free, iTunes)
Katango: Like the idea of Google Circles but happy on Facebook? Katagno automatically organizes your Facebook friends into groups, then allows you to share just with them. It’s automagical! (Free, iTunes)
Dragon Go: This voice control app understands the intent of your questions and opens the appropriate website to provide an answer (e.g., Reviews of sushi restaurants might open Yelp, music by Lady Gaga, starts playing a song on your iPod, etc.) (Free, iTunes)
Photovine: This new photo-sharing app comes from Google-acquired Slide (yes, we know, weird!) Fun, but invite only for now. (Free, iTunes)
ON Voicefeed: A great new app for iPhone, ON Voicefeed lets you set up custom voicemail greetings for different callers or groups of callers. A premium version ($9.99/year) adds unlimited greetings and voicemail storage. (Free, iTunes)
OfficeDrop: You can scan, search, organize and archive your paper files, PDFs and other documents using this new iPhone/iPad app and view them either on your device or the Web. (Free, iTunes – additional storage available for a fee)
Do it (Tomorrow): A great new productivity (or procrastination) app for Android, Do it Tomorrow lets you keep track of your to-do’s in an attractive, simple interface. Cloud syncing is available, too. (Free, Android Market)
AwayFind for Android: This app brings email management tool AwayFind to mobile users, letting you route urgent emails to your Android phone or tablet, read the whole message and reply. Push notifications are supported too. (Free, Android Market)
Vellamo Mobile Web Benchmark: This new app from Qualcomm lets you evaluate Web performance in detail so you can see which Android devices offer the best experience in terms of browser performance. (Free, Android Market)
Localicious: This new Android app from WhitePages helps you find popular nearby businesses, plus real-time tips and trends. Foursquare users can also use the app to do “pre check-ins.” (Free, Android Market)
SwiftKey X: One of the best alternative keyboard interfaces for Android added a ton of new features, including better predictive intelligence and “cloud learning,” which lets you optionally connect to Twitter, Gmail, Facebook and SMS to improve its predictions. Android Honeycomb is also supported. ($3.99 for Android phones, $4.99 for Tablets, Android Market or Amazon Appstore)
Crayola ColorStudio HD for iPad: Not just an app, but an app and pen combo, this new experience for iPad actually lets your kids color on the tablet with a big pen. No more crayon on the walls! Can’t wait for my daughter to be old enough for this! (App is free in iTunes, iMarker pen is $29.99.)
Star Trek PADD: The app you nerds (ahem, self included) have secretly been waiting for: the PADD turns your iPad into an authentic-looking PADD from Star Trek. For practical purposes, you can read Star Trek news, but really, who needs practical? ($4.99, iTunes)
iUsers: This iPad app sets up your iPad for use with multiple users, each with their own mailbox, settings and apps. (Jailbreak only – add http://cydia.iblogeek.com as a source then search for iUsers)
iSheetMusic: Although it works on iPhone too, we like iSheetMusic on the iPad instead – it’s easier to see. As you may have guessed by its title, this app lets you search for, buy and organize sheet music collections on your device. An audible and visible Metronome are included, too. (Free, iTunes)
You may have missed the following app updates this past month. Here are a few worth mentioning.
- Foursquare launched notifications on Android (first!) and added directions to the iPhone versions.
- FriendCaster (Facebook app for Android, formerly called Flow for Facebook) came to Android tablets (in alpha, via invite)
- StumbleUpon! came to the iPad
- Hashable’s social CRM app was updated with a new focus on privacy instead of broadcasting connections.
- Twitter for Android added push notifications and support for multiple accounts
- Amazon’s Cloud Player arrived on iPad via a Web interface, and added unlimited storage for $20/year
- Hulu Plus for Android added support for more devices
- Zinio’s magazine reader app expanded Android support to all Froyo and Gingerbread devices
- SoundHound for iPhone added LiveLyrics, which lets you search for lyrics for the music you’re listening to
- IMDb added support for Android tablets and several new features
- TV guide app i.TVpartnered with check-in service GetGlue on iOS
Google / Other
- Google Maps for Android added stop-by-stop information for transit and offline maps
- Google Docs for mobile browsers added the ability to sort, narrow and share multiple docs from your list
- Google Shopper was updated with support for Google Offers (local deals)
- Evernote for Android updated with new interface, rich text notes and more.
- Pinger brought free text messaging to European users
- Mint for iPhone was updated with more money management features, including the ability to add transactions while on the go
- M-commerce app Zaarly arrived on Android
- Cross-platform smart note-taking app SpringPad was updated with reminders, push notifications and badges (iOS)
- Thrutu, which lets you share information and media while on the phone, arrived on iOS