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How Do You Discover New Apps? [MakeUseOf Poll]

Dave Parrack 15-02-2015

There’s an app for everything 12 Must-Have Mobile Apps for Forgetful People If you're forgetful, these apps will help you remember important events and keep your life's tasks straight. Read More these days. At least everything which has a function that can be fulfilled by a piece of mobile software. This is obviously a boon for all of us who own smartphones, but it makes discovering new apps difficult. Especially new apps actually worth installing.


We want to know how you personally discover new mobile apps for your platform of choice, whether it be Android, iOS, Windows Phone, etc. Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.

All The iDevices

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Which Apple Products Do You Currently Own?

Out of a total of 1,351 votes, 21% chose iPad, 20.1% chose iPhone, 15.8% chose MacBook, 13.6% chose iPod, 9.6% chose Mac, 8.1% chose Apple TV, 1% chose Other, and 10.9% chose None Of The Above.

I was quite surprised to discover more of our readers own an iPad than an iPhone. But then there is more competition in the smartphone department, whereas the majority of people agree the iPad is the tablet to beat Are Any Android Tablets as Good as the iPad? The latest web traffic statistics show that 78% of all web surfers using a tablet after the holiday season were on an iPad. Though its dominance is slowly dwindling, Apple’s device remains on the throne.... Read More .

Plenty of you also own Macs and MacBooks Apple Tax: Why Do Macs Hold Their Resale Value? You've probably heard it before: Macs may cost more, but they hold their value. Is this true, and if so why? Read More , and the Apple TV is surprisingly popular amongst our readership. Just under 11 percent of people who voted don’t own any Apple product at all, which means 89 percent of you own at least one. No wonder Apple is making so much money Apple Makes Biggest Profit Ever, The Pirate Bay Rises from the Ashes [Tech News Digest] Everything is awesome for Apple, The Pirate Bay returns, hotels told not to block WiFi, YouTube dumps Flash, Grim Fandango Remastered arrives, and Budweiser transforms guy into Pac-Man. Read More .



Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Hildy J, John, and Michael Rhodes. Comment Of The Week goes to Dave, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment:

1. My daughter’s Macbook Pro and iPad mini
2. My wife’s iPad
3. My iPad
4. My son’s iPad
4. My Mac 27? i7
5. Five iPhones in the family.

Why? You turn them on, they work, easy to learn and use, they don’t break. No viruses, no spyware, no trojans, etc,etc… My daughter is a heavy user of her Macbook Pro for 4 and a half years, personal use, college work, social media, etc… It still works like new out of the box with no maintenance required except a new battery last year. No contact EVER required with tech support and the extended warranty was a waste of money, not needed! I could give you story after story of all of my family’s Apple products, all similar. I won’t bore you… I used to be a hard core Microsoft Windows user for years. I will NEVER go back after years of “format and reload” time after time after time. Expensive security software that the hackers are always one step ahead of and cheap hardware that has to be replaced or updated every freaking year or two…

I hope all the Apple haters keep buying Microsoft! That way Apple products will hopefully not get any more expensive than they already are! Oh… and damn worth it.

We chose this comment because it not only details just how many devices one family can own, it explains the reasons why this particular reader loves Apple products. It ends with a nice bit of snark directed at Microsoft fanboys. Which is always fun.

Happening Apps

Whether you proudly own an iPhone, an Android, or even a lowly Windows Phone MakeUseOf Says Goodbye To Windows Phone This is going to be a tearful goodbye, buddy, but it has to happen. MakeUseOf will soon be parting ways with Windows Phone. Read More , your app store is full of apps just waiting to be discovered. But how, dear reader, do you discover new apps? And once you have discovered them, how do you decide which ones are worth installing to your phone?


Please vote in the Poll above, and then explain in the comments section below why you voted that way.

You can make multiple selections in this Poll, up to a maximum of two. If you use more than two of the options in the Poll to discover new apps, just select the two that are most relevant to you.

We want to know details: Which websites do you use? Do you actively ask friends for recommendations? How often do you browse the App Store of your operating system of choice? Voting in the Poll tells us something, but adding detail in the comments section below tells us a whole lot more.

The best Comment Of The Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. Well, at least until we meet back here again this time next week.


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Related topics: Apps on Sale, Google Apps, Opinion & Polls, Windows Phone.

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  1. Manju
    July 8, 2018 at 11:21 am

    How to discover a new apps

  2. Anonymous
    June 10, 2015 at 10:25 am

    To discover worth installing apps, i use few websites, mostly i check lifehacker,,, androidcentral (Editor picks)

  3. Shaila
    February 27, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    I follow a lot of blogs, but I also like checking out for apps.

  4. carson
    February 20, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I have one but i forgot what you call it. Type in free music download and it should come up with an app that has a red backround with a music note in the middle... Its really good! I love it! Hope that helped :)

  5. paul
    February 16, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    "Apps gone free" (app) and podcast recommendations.

  6. David
    February 16, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    I use Google Play and Galaxy but also chech the daily feeds from Cnet, make Use Of and Audriod

  7. Amar
    February 16, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Like the reviews on Android Police and their round ups on recent useful android apps.

  8. B.Posh
    February 15, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I usually do most of my research for a new app from my desktop by using web searches to turn up lots of recommendations and reviews for apps that do what I'm looking for including ones that are not included in the Play Store. I like "Best of" type reviews where several apps are highlighted and compared by an independent reviewer. I find such info on sites like (my favorite),,,, but I use the web search to get the list from which to choose.

    I get recommendations from other android users too, then do my research, then go to the Play Store to install it.

    • Anonymous
      June 10, 2015 at 10:27 am

      yes makeuseof is my fav too

  9. peter
    February 15, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    I tend to find new and interesting apps from magazines (yes the paper ones!). I subscribe to Web User, which a really good read as well as picking up ComputerActive when I'm out shopping.
    Both offer lots of different views on PC's/laptops and the like but also review and rate apps.
    Not only that, but they quite often offer alternatives to paid apps or newer apps that do the same kind of thing as the well known ones but may throw up a few interesting or useful additions.

    I tend to keep my apps to a minimum to try and help reduce any threats of viruses and the like, so I'm always keen to ensure that the ones I do have are the best for my needs.

  10. Anonymous
    February 15, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    AppZapp app to find apps that are on sale

  11. Mark
    February 15, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    AppShopper and AppsGoneFree <-App discovery apps.

  12. Michael Dowling
    February 15, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    I sometimes look for freeware on Google,and other times,sites like review apps that sound useful.