9to5Mac has once again scoured the App Store for all the latest app launches, price drops, noteworthy news, and updates, and we have compiled everything in a roundup below. Check it out, but keep coming back as we continually refresh the list throughout the day.
1. Rovio | Rovio App Store Hub The brains behind the popular Angry Birds Franchise, as well as Bad Piggies and Amazing Alex, just announced via a blog post that Angry Birds saw over 30 million downloads during Christmas week—with 8 million of them being on Christmas Day alone:
Wow, what a year! We released four critically-acclaimed bestselling mobile games, developed two top-rated Facebook games, and reached more than a billion downloads — all before our 3rd “Birdday”! Angry Birds Star Wars and Bad Piggies in particular have dominated the app charts, with Angry Birds Star Wars holding the #1 position on the US iPhone chart ever since its release! To top it all off, we had 30 million downloads during Christmas week (December 22-29) and, on Christmas Day, over 8 million downloads in 24 hours alone!
Check out the infographic above for more details.
1. Words With Friends – Universal | $2.99 Version 5.70 is now live and features the ability to play with non-Facebook-connected users. The changelog also includes enhanced support for iPhone 5 and the opportunity to post challenges to Facebook friends’ walls. The usual, yet unspecified, bug fixes and improvements are also present.
2. Snapseed – Universal | Free This popular Google-owned photo app pushed out version 1.5.1, but the update only features a fixed issue in which opening images from camera roll could cause a crash, general bug fixes, and improvements.
3. Scribblenauts Remix – Universal | 99 cents Version 2.7 landed yesterday and brought the ability to revert back to the original playground and icon. The changelog also boasts minor bug fixes.
More apps, updates, and deals are below.
- Action Movie FX 2.0, Skype WiFi, my AT&T, Kik Messenger, more (9to5mac.com)
- New report suggests iPad Mini to be available with Wi-Fi only; 10-inch iPad to be updated for UK 4G network (9to5mac.com)
- Logitech’s Solar Keyboard for Mac, iPad and iPhone: $60 (9to5mac.com)
- 4490 mAh iPad Mini battery is almost exactly 3X size of iPhone and 1/3 of the iPad (9to5mac.com)
4. Chase Mobile | Free Version 2.23 is up and running, and it features a bevy of new additions:
- Immediate posting of credit card payments (if pay from account is a Chase account).
- Automatic payments indicator for Chase credit cards.
- Payment due messages for Chase credit cards.
- Chase Private Client customers can now access investment account positions, position details, investment account activity, account activity detail and quote detail.
- System enhancements to improve app performance.
5. LinkedIn – Universal | Free Version 5.1.6 launched to bring performance and stability improvements for the iPad app. It also sports bug fixes for the People You May Know section with the app.
6. UrbanSpoon | Free Version 3.3 went live last night for this restaurant-finding app with minor bug fixes and updates to allow users to “add cities in their specific location and do a better job automatically detecting the user’s location on startup.”
7. NY Times | Free Version 3.7 brought many new features and improvements for this news app, such as:
- NEW: Search for articles on your device and from NYTimes.com. Tap the search icon and type any headline, topic or keyword to find relevant articles to read, save or share.
- NEW: Live Blogs now update automatically and include photos and video.
- Purchase an NYTimes.com subscription more quickly and easily. Connect your NYTimes.com account to access all of our content on the Web and other devices.
- Visually impaired readers can take full advantage of iOS’s Accessibility features, including VoiceOver and AssistiveTouch.
- Fixed bug where blogs related to a section were not being displayed.
- Performance enhancements and bug fixes.
8. Word Derby – Universal | Free Version 1.4 is now live, but the developer warned users that the “current update has a problem” and it is working on a fix. With that said, the version includes the ability to create games with up to four usernames, with increased bet amounts and the opportunity to invite friends for tickets. The update also boasts general bug fixes.
9. LocalScope | Free Version 3.1 launched today for this local browsing app with integration for the new Google Maps app, Navibridge by Denso to enable sending locations to JVC / Kenwood in-car GPS powered receivers, and Gokivo GPS Navigator and Geobyte GPS Navigation UK and Ireland for turn-by-turn directions. The developer also announce Localscope is now free:
Some services and integrations are only available with an in-app annual premium membership. As a token of appreciation for buying and supporting Localscope, all users who have purchased the app before v3.1 will be automatically upgraded to an exclusive lifetime premium membership for free.
10. SpringPad – Universal | Free Version 3.2.2 includes huge improvements for this organization app. It features better sharing and saving options, such as: general improvements to lookups when saving smart items, Places lookup accuracy improved, creating a note now starts in the body instead of the title, improved accuracy when bar code scanning wine bottles, and full email share. It also boasts a ton of bug fixes, including: Inline reorder of checklists: new springs are immediately visible when added to a specific notebook, via the iOS app, or via the mobile clipper, and much more.
11. YouTube Capture | Free Version 1.0.2 went live today with Google adding the following changes to its new app:
- Flash bug fixed
- Stability improvements
- 0% more Grumpy Cat
12. Netflix – Universal | Free Version 2.4.4 added a simple update for big fixes.
13. IMDB | Free Version 3.0.1 isn’t live yet, as of 4 p.m., but it only brings general bug fixes.
14. Poker by Zynga – Universal | Free Version 8.6 launched today with support for iPhone 5.
15. Animation Creator – iPad | $2.99 Version 1.10.1 for this animation on-the-go app includes new project modes (1,280-by-720 and 1920-by-1080), Retina drawing support, and several bug fixes.
16. VLC Streamer Free | Free Version 2.61. for this streaming app includes fixes related to “renaming movies.”
17. Verticus | Free Version 1.1.1 for this 3D game sports performance enhancements, bug fixes, and tweaks based on user feedback.
18. Anomaly Korea – Universal | $2.99 Version 1.01 of Chillingo’s popular new game boasts minor bug fixes to make the Anomaly Korea experience “even better.”