After opening remarks and a silly game of Old School Angry Birds (see photo below), 10 great app developers took the stage in the Robertson Auditorium on the Campus of UCSF Mission Bay with Byte Editor-in-Chief and SF AppShow host, Gina Smith. Here’s a quick run-down of the apps that we saw and why I picked them for the SF AppShow.
Smule make great apps for helping people without a lot of musical knowledge or talent make and share great music. I loved their Magic Piano app when I saw it on the iPad and was very interested by the iPhone version. It’s also Smule’s first free app where they make money solely on in app purchases and have created their very first virtual currency.
Goby is the first recommendation focused exclusively on helping you find great things to do. In the same way Pandora revolutionized music recommendations and Netflix makes great movie recommendations, Goby helps you plan your weekend, based on your personal interests and tastes – millions of things to across over 350 categories of things to do, in every zip code in the US.
It’s a great game and the object is to help cap an oil leak deep in the ocean. Any similarity to an actual event which took place a little over a year ago (April 20, 2010) is purely coincidental, as is the abbreviation for Big Pollution (BP).
Have you ever run up a huge international texting bill to friends overseas or while roaming in a foreign country? HeyWire is the only free texting app to provide unlimited texting to 50 countries, HeyWire is also breaking down communication barriers. HeyWire lets users text in almost every language, making it easy for people to communicate with friends all over the world!