ModMyi.com met with the Quixey folks at the 2nd annual Tech Crunch Disrupt
in NYC this week. Quixey has already raised over $400k in funding from Eric Schmidt's Innovation Endeavors foundation (wait - a former Google CEO investing in search?
) and this week launched their site live to the public. They have an innovational approach to app searching, letting you search based on conversational, what you want phrases, compared to simply by an app name or category.
The app world has exploded after Apple's wild success with the App Store (which recently hit 500,000 app approvals
). Everybody and their mother has an mobile app store available, and as phones and computers continue to merge functionality and ability, this trend should only increase. And yes - there's an app for everything. Problem is, how do you find them all?
It's easy enough if you want a Twitter app. You search your app store for "Twitter." Read reviews, choose and download. But say you're looking for something more broad. Maybe you want "apps a 3 year old would like
" or you saw an app but forgot what it was called, and you know it had shooting bubbles
in it. Quixey solves that issue, and they've done it so well we have already included their widget on our homepage. The difference is in how they aggregate their data, and what specifically they're watching. There are a ton of app store searching sites (we even have one, powered by apptap
- which is still on our old style, ha - at appstore.modmyi.com), and the prevailing M.O. is "scrape iTunes, and post all the info from there." Which is great if you are searching a specific category or know the app you want. Quixey combines this feature with an ever-expanding host of information from blogs, forums, review sites, and more also relating to an app. They monitor not only what a developer says in an app's description, but also what people are saying ABOUT that app.
Results are easily viewable with icons showing which platforms they support. You can drill down your results and set preferences (maybe you ONLY want to see Android and Mac apps, or maybe only iOS apps) based on what you're searching for.
Having just launched this week, they're an impressively polished service with a wide variety of options (including embeddable search widgets and an API
). We haven't yet seen anyone doing app search as well as Quixey - it's a great idea. I expect as they continue to aggregate data the results will be even more tailored and relevant. Through my couple days of using Quixey, I found it to be much easier to find apps.
Check Quixey out.
Quixey - Find apps that do what you want