Houzz gets an AR update, Strava goes social and Spotify launches QR codes
Each week, we round up the latest app news, along with a few of our favorite new and updated apps, to keep you in the loop with everything coming to your phone.
Here’s what caught our eye this week. If you’re looking for more, make sure to check out last week’s look at top apps.
Soundcloud launches The Upload
The Upload is a brand new discovery feature from Soundcloud that brings a list of the newest tracks tailored to the user’s liking. Similar to Spotify’s Discover Weekly, which creates a “mixtape” every week, The Upload uses machine learning to bring the freshest music that you would like. It’s an upgrade to Souncloud’s own Suggested Tracks feature.
Strava goes social
Strava, the activity tracker and athlete social network, got a big update, including a new feature called “Athelete Posts” which allows athletes to blog about their adventures. The feature is currently limited to select athletes but soon it will be available to all Strava users. The company also described its new goal: “everything you love about your sport in one app.” Notably, Strava’s new CEO, James Quarles, previously a VP at Instagram, will help the company focus on its goal of being a social app and community platform.
Houzz gets an AR update
Furniture shopping app Houzz added a simple AR mode to its iOS app. The app previously had a 2D “view in my room” feature which allowed users to view what 2D cutouts of the products would look like overlaid with images of their homes. The new update includes depth and allows users to turn the furniture around.
Yellow is a unique and addictive puzzle game that requires a different technique to solve each level. There are 50 levels in total and they all have the same goal: to turn the entire screen yellow.
CSnaps is a new app from former Bon Jovi drummer Richie Sambora to help channel your love for celebrities into charitable donations. Users of the app can take a photo with their favorite celebrity when they run into them and then “purchase” the photo by making a charitable donation.
Spotify has launched “Spotify Codes,” the company’s version of QR codes to share songs, albums and playlists. You can scan a Spotify Code via a camera in the Spotify app or select an image from photos.