How To

Master Bing and the Internet with this guide to search engine operators

Windows Phone News

New images reveal an overhauled Store for Windows Phone 8.1, includes automatic app updates and more

How To

Top 7 Bing features that we can’t do without

Apps

Justdial brings local discovery to Windows Phone users in India

Editorials

You might love Bing and not even know it - a look behind the scenes

Microsoft News

Bing teams up with Robocop – showcases the future of search

Microsoft News

Microsoft Bing cozies up to Bitcoin – offers live conversion via Coinbase

Microsoft News

Bing gets even smarter – integrates TED talks and more into search results

Windows

TripAdvisor integrates into Bing Smart Search in Windows 8.1

Windows Phone News

Easily search through music videos and discover more classics in the latest Bing update

Microsoft News

Microsoft launches new Bing alongside the release of Windows 8.1

Microsoft News

Microsoft loves the United Kingdom and Canada – launches “Bing Places” to help local businesses

Rumors

A search on Nokia's website seemingly confirms '2520' for their upcoming tablet

Microsoft News

Bing Partners with Local.com - shows what stores around you have what you are searching for

Windows Phone News

What does the internet think of 'Windows Phone'? The results may surprise you

Xbox

Xbox Live Marketplace rebranded to the "Xbox Games Store"

Games

Games for Windows Live Marketplace is officially dead

Xbox

Xbox transitioning to local currency - will continue to accept Point gift cards at "equal to or greater" marketplace value

Microsoft News

If you search for child abuse on Bing - Microsoft will know

Microsoft News

Bing Snapshot gets an update - helps you differentiate between rappers and dog breeds

6

AppFlow - Quick Look

The developers of the Windows Phone app Cocktail Flow has released a new app that is designed to help you browse and discover Marketplace apps and games. AppFlow lays everything out nicely over four pages that includes:

Featured Apps: The Featured page has a keyword search field, a featured (or spotlight app) and three categories of apps (New and Impressive, Forgotten Legends, and Apps for Developers) that will pull up fourteen or so recommended apps.  You can also generate a discover page from the individual app listings (more on this in a second).

Lists: This page offers a multitude of app lists from a wide range of categories. You have top games, noteworthy apps, staff recommendations and more.

Discover: Here you will find a collection of app recommendations and when you tap on a particular app, a discover page will be generated. The discover page will list the app you choose as well as a listing of similar apps. Tap on one of the recommendations and you'll get another discover page based off that app.  Or you can tap on "more info" and pull up the app's information page.

Info: Here's where you can contact the developer, recommend an app, rate AppFlow, and read about the many features AppFlow has.

The individual app listing provides a ton of info on the app including core information on the app, any reviews, screenshots, and stats that basically covers the apps ratings history. You also have the ability to launch a discovery page for that particular app (pulls up similar apps) or download the app from the Marketplace.

All in all, AppFlow is a clean looking, engaging, and informative application to browse around the Marketplace.  Load times were a bit laggy at times but that could have been due to a weak data signal on my end.  The only thing I wish the app had (hint, hint) is a Home Button to send you back to the main pages. When you drill down into an app listing, it may take several taps of the back button to get you back to a starting point. It's nothing critical but it would be nice to return to the main pages in one button press.

In the short time we've had to explore AppFlow, we feel it is definitely worth a try if you're looking for an alternative way to surf the Marketplace.  AppFlow is a free application and you can download it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

1
loading...
3
loading...
11
loading...
0
loading...

Comments

There are 6 comments. Sign in to comment

TheWeeBear says:

Lovely app, really enjoying it.

1jaxstate1 says:

Downloaded it this morning. These guys do a great job!

RogueCode says:

My app 'Relaxify' is the second in the list there in the 'New and Impressive' list :DAnd the apps UI is great. Really fluid.

wsantiago says:

Very beautiful and intuitive app! A must have and its ad free. These guys rock and I really enjoy their Cocktail Flow app as well. Microsoft hire these guys! This is how Metro is done.

mtg1974 says:

Did you notice that the wpcentral.com app is one of the featured apps in the developer section?

incendy says:

Awesome presentation, doesn't replace the app hub in any way but a great complimentary piece to it!