Watching Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard commencement speech and learning that the POTUS only has one app on his phone may have kept you too busy to keep up with this week’s app news. We’ve kept up for you.
Each week we round up the most important app news, along with some of the coolest new and updated apps. Here’s what caught our eye this week. (If you’re looking for more, make sure to check out last week’s roundup.)
Pokémon launches a new game
There’s a new game from the Pokémon company called Magikarp Jump. The game has you train your Magikarp to jump and then compete with other Magikarp, featuring classic Pokémon music and clever writing. Mashable’s Kellen Beck calls it a Pokémon version of Tamagotchi.
Snapchat launches custom Stories
Snapchat has finally launched a long-awaited group Stories feature. There are two ways to make them: by location or by specific users. The location Stories have options to include friends and friends of friends.
Quora tests video answers
Q&A site Quora announced a limited, experimental beta of answers in the form of video. Authors with access will be able to record video answers on their phones directly in the app. The beta is currently limited to a small number of topics like beauty, cooking, and fitness.
Become a car expert
Similar to Google and Pinterest’s new tools, both named Lens, Blippar wants to build visual search for the real world, starting with cars. Blippar claims to be able to identify any car built after the year 2000, whether in a magazine or on the street and recognize the make, model and year. It then unlocks an AR experience that shows average customer rating, price, a 360-degree view of the car’s interior and more. The company has already planned to expand to other categories including fashion.
Warby Parker gets an update
Warby Parker is testing a prescription check app that helps you take a vision test at home. While the app is not meant to be a comprehensive vision test, it’s a convenient alternative to a doctor’s appointment.
Telegram lets you pay for stuff
Telegram launched a big update including video messaging, bot payments and Telescope, a video-hosting platform.
And finally, Apple launched a curriculum for anyone to learn how to make apps.