A few of the most noteworthy apps in the iOS ecosystem either landed on the App Store recently or received much-welcomed updates, such as the launch of Little Things Forever—the long-awaited sequel to the “iPad App of the Week” Little Things. Performance enhancements and new feature additions also arrived to Little Things, as well as Diet Coda, Sparrow for iPhone, Netflix, Etsy, Pinterest, Angry Birds Space and Angry Birds Space HD, Flixster with Rotten Tomatoes, Google Shopper, and Djay and Djay Free.
Check out the full slate of notables below.
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- Apps & updates: Dolphin Browser, Watch ESPN, Evernote, Expensify, more
Little Things Forever: This sequel iOS app released today for $4.19, but it features “hundreds of improvements over the original.” Users have thousands of little things to find with “incredible artwork and a beautiful soundtrack.” The app also sports Retina display support on iPhone and the new iPad, 101 puzzle pieces to collect, and nine puzzles to solve. Little Things Forever is accessible in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Polish and Russian. It currently does not have a star rating as of press time.
Little Things: This $2.99 iPad app updated to version 1.4 today with a link to the Little Things Forever trailer and its App Store app. It also included an improvement to make the name entry field now pop-up immediately, rather than having to click on the field to get it to work. Little Things is an iPad App of the Week app, and it is featured in Apple’s “Rewind 2010″ for best games of the year. It is even in the top 10 games in 40 countries around the world, because it features “thousands of little things to be found,” with 99 jigsaw pieces and puzzles, and 10 Badges to earn. It currently has a 4.5-star rating based on 4,362 reviews as of press time.
Diet Coda: This iPad app with a $19.99 price tag updated to version 1.0.4 today and brought fixes to a possible crash when typing, fixes to a possible issue when renaming files, and improved reliability of editing hidden files. The app released earlier this month as “the best way to make quick edits to your websites on the go.” It boasts remote-only editing, FTP and SFTP file management, syntax highlighting, contextual keyboard, Find and Replace, a built-in terminal, and more. It currently has a 4.5-star rating based on 278 reviews as of press time.
Sparrow for iPhone: This $2.99 iPhone app updated to version 1.2.1 yesterday by adding, “left to right swipe in conversation to get back to message list.” Although it lacks Push functionality, Sparrow offers pane navigation and a new threading system that gives the Mail app a run for its money. It also has full IMAP support, a unified Inbox, up and down swipe conversations, send and archive, a built-in web browser, quick mailbox switching, pull-to-refresh capability coupled with navigation between inbox, and actions for un-reading and favorites by tapping/swiping the top bar. It currently has a 4.5-star rating based on 3,498 reviews as of press time.
Netflix: This free iOS app updated to version 2.2 yesterday, and it now features enhancements to the player user interface, the ability to select audio language when available, and general performance improvements. Netflix is a leading subscription service for watching cable episodes and blockbuster movies. The mobile application delivers the same experience while on-the-go, but a Netflix membership is required to “instantly watch thousands of TV episodes and movies on your phone.” It currently has a 3.5-star rating based on 157,599 reviews as of press time.
Etsy: This free iOS app updated to version 2.0, and it brought a ton of new improvements like the ability to check Activity Feed, browse, and customize Channels in the new Explore experience. Sellers can also access now a new Shop Stats dashboard to view their shop views, orders, favorite items, and revenue, or they can search through treasuries, look up Etsy members, and find shops nearby. Users can even follow Etsians to see their favorites in Activity Feed, view their in-app browsing history, and see respective currency prices. It currently has a 4-star rating based on 647 reviews as of press time.
Pinterest: This free iOS app updated to version 1.6.2 today, but it only added more translations. Nevertheless, the widely-popular, virtual pinboard should still captivate users by letting them organize and share “all the beautiful things [they] find.” A few of the features include the ability to browse pins from people and pinboards followed, the option to repin, like and comment on favorite pins, and camera pinning functionality. It currently has a 4.5-star rating based on 30,1792 reviews as of press time.
Angry Birds Space HD: This 99-cent app updated to version 1.2.0 today to give users 10 “delectable new levels filled with popcorn, cookies, and candy apples [that] are good enough to eat – at least the pigs think so!” One of the highlights includes the ability to bounce birds off jelly trampolines. The lite version of this app also received the same upgrade. Both apps are No. 1 in 116 countries, according to developer Rovio, and feature 80 interstellar levels with new in-app purchases, new birds, new superpowers, and a new galaxy to explore. It currently has a 4-star rating based on 61,665 reviews as of press time.
Flixster with Rotten Tomatoes: This free iOS app is the most downloaded movies app of all time, and it is featured in the App Store Essentials Hall of Fame by Apple. It updated to version 5.41 yesterday, but only added a host of unnamed stability and performance improvements. The tweak should help users to better browse the top box office movies and movies opening soon, look up show times for local theaters and buy tickets, and get critic reviews from Rotten Tomatoes. Users can also watch high-quality trailers, stream and download full-length movies, and view and manage their Netflix queue. It currently has a 3.5-star rating based on 453,905 reviews as of press time.
Google Shopper: This free iOS app update to version 2.4 today, and it offers new options to search history and suggestions for streamlining the shopping process. It also features weekly sales at local stores and a new homepage with popular products and offers. This lifestyle app helps users find information on millions of products by recognizing products through cover art, barcode, voice, and text search. It currently does not have a star rating as of press time.
Djay: This 99-cent iPad app updated to version 1.5 today by adding an ”Automix Queue.” The feature allows users to create an Automix playlist and add tracks on-the-fly. The lite version of this app, Djay Free, also updated to 1.5, but the new queue is only available in the full version only. Djay is a premier disc jockey app that won the 2011 Apple Design Award for iPad, because it beautifully transforms the iPhone and iPod touch into a “full-fledged portable DJ system and seamlessly integrates with your music library, giving you direct access to all your favorite tracks and playlists.” It currently has a 4.5-star rating based on 629 reviews as of press time.