Did you get a new iDevice over the holidays? If so, you’re probably raring to download apps and games onto it. Well, be it a new iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or iPad mini, we here at AppAdvice got you covered. But if you need more help finding the “hippest” apps and games for your iDevice, Hip is more than hippy, I mean, happy to provide it.
Recently released in the App Store, Hip is an app that’s engineered for app discovery and recommendation. If that sounds a bit familiar, it’s because Hip is actually a redesigned and rebranded version of the app discovery and recommendation engine Kinetik.
Why the redesign and rebranding? Kinetik CEO Raul Moreno, in a statement to The Next Web, provides the following explanation:
Users were getting confused with Microsoft’s Kinect, and it was hard to spell, with two k’s. We think that the new brand better represents the average HIP user. A HIPi, as we call ourselves, is an early adopter of technology, who downloads more than 8 apps per month. He or she is looking for something new, beyond the top 25.
Hip, which uses a bespectacled hippopotamus as its mascot (naturally), lets you discover and recommend the best apps and games out there.
It features a news feed, a friends feed, and a deals feed. The news feed presents iOS titles highlighted by various tech blogs, including AppAdvice, of course. The friends feed displays apps recommended by your Facebook and Twitter connections. And the deals feed focuses on apps that are currently free or discounted.
Hip also lets you “love” your apps, that is, recommend apps you already own by tapping a succession of heart icons.
Designed for iPhone and iPod touch, Hip is available now in the App Store for free. Download it now while it’s free, since it’s expected to switch to being a paid app soon.