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  • Cathy Edwards, Co-Founder Of Chomp, Is Leaving Apple On April 11

    Cathy Edwards, Co-Founder Of Chomp, Is Leaving Apple On April 11

    A notable personnel departure is coming up in Cupertino: Cathy Edwards, the co-founder and CTO of app search and discovery platform Chomp, is leaving Apple on April 11, TechCrunch has learned. Apple, if you recall, acquired Chomp in February 2012 for $50 million, kickstarting a long-term revamp of how users search for and discover apps in the iOS App Store and elsewhere in the Apple… Read More

  • With New iOS 6 App Store, The Most Important Changes Are Under The Hood

    With New iOS 6 App Store, The Most Important Changes Are Under The Hood

    One of the most noticeable consumer-facing changes in the new version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 6, is the updated App Store application for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Apple chose not to focus on the changes during this morning’s announcement – perhaps because details were already revealed thanks to developer leaks showing the new user interface in action. Read More

  • Apple’s iOS and Mac App Stores Now Feature “Free App Of The Week” And “Editor’s Choice” Promotions

    Apple’s iOS and Mac App Stores Now Feature “Free App Of The Week” And “Editor’s Choice” Promotions

    In an apparent effort to help its users find more interesting apps in its cavernous digital stores, Apple today made an interesting tweak to its iOS and Mac app stores. Both now feature a “free app of the week” and an “editor’s choice” section. As Apple’s official App Store Twitter account announced yesterday, Cut the Rope: Experiments is Apple’s… Read More

  • Scouting Deals? Use These Apps

    Scouting Deals? Use These Apps

    Oh the “where do I find hot startups?” problem … VCs have been grappling with this for ages, resorting to such avenues as rampant gossiping, reading TechCrunch, informally tapping into early stage investor networks for intros to later stage deals and apparently, according to PandoDaily’s Sarah Lacy, setting up formal programs where entrepreneurs who are “network rich… Read More

  • Apple Acquires Chomp; App Store Search And Discovery To Be Completely Revamped

    Apple Acquires Chomp; App Store Search And Discovery To Be Completely Revamped

    With the countdown underway to 25 billion total app downloads, there’s no disputing the success of Apple’s App Store. We live in a world of hyperbole, but Apple’s entry into this space really has changed the entire mobile world. But the App Store is far from perfect. And with its immense scale, a few problems have been revealed. The biggest one is app discovery. There are… Read More

  • Games Decreasing In Popularity On Android, Entertainment Apps On The Rise

    Games Decreasing In Popularity On Android, Entertainment Apps On The Rise

    The mobile app ecosystem is growing so quickly – exponentially, even – that sometimes it’s hard to see the larger trends occurring in the space. To really gain insight, it helps to look back over a longer period of time, like a year for example, in order to take stock of the changes taking place. To that end, I reached out to mobile app search company Chomp, who kindly… Read More

  • Oh, Hey Google: Chomp Launches Its Own AdWords For App Search; Brings Realtime Search To iPhone

    Oh, Hey Google: Chomp Launches Its Own AdWords For App Search; Brings Realtime Search To iPhone

    Two weeks ago, we covered Chomp‘s news that it will be powering app search on Verizon’s app store for all Android phones. Today, the app search early player is announcing some more big news, and this time advertisers and developers are the ones who stand to benefit. Launching in private beta today is “Chomp Search Ads”, a new program that will allow developers to bid… Read More

  • Chomp To Begin Powering App Search For Android Phones Via Verizon Apps

    Chomp To Begin Powering App Search For Android Phones Via Verizon Apps

    There are quite a few nifty app search engines out there, but Chomp is trying to be the Google of search engines, not the AltaVista. Mobile apps are everywhere you look, but when it comes to finding the right app on the Android Market, the experience isn’t exactly enjoyable. Chomp’s iPhone app offered not only app search but personalized app recommendations as well, making the… Read More

  • Yahoo Tries Its Hand At Mobile App Search

    Yahoo Tries Its Hand At Mobile App Search

    If apps replace the mobile web, and along with it, traditional search, then the search engines need to figure out how to adapt. Yahoo is taking a tiny step towards embracing mobile apps with a few new products for searching apps. It is launching both iPhone and Android apps for app discovery, as well as desktop app search experience. The iPhone app is called Yahoo! AppSpot, and I’ve… Read More

  • Chomp Brings Cross-Platform App Search To Android With Verizon's V Cast Integration

    Chomp Brings Cross-Platform App Search To Android With Verizon's V Cast Integration

    Chomp, an app search engine, has partnered with Verizon Wireless to offer an app search engine for the communications company’s mobile app marketplace, V Cast. Chomp, which just launched an Android app that allows users to search across Google’s Android Marketplace, now allows customers to search for apps on the V Cast marketplace. Chomp now allows Verizon Wireless customers to… Read More

  • Chomp May Have Just Solved The Nightmare That Is Android App Search

    Chomp May Have Just Solved The Nightmare That Is Android App Search

    Regardless of what you think about the Android platform, there’s no denying that the Market experience for finding apps is pretty poor. And that’s putting it nicely. Google has evolved the experience over the years, but even with Gingerbread, it’s far from great. Today, Chomp, the app search engine, launches an experience for Android that is great. If you’ve heard of… Read More

  • For Mobile Apps, It's 1996 All Over Again

    For Mobile Apps, It's 1996 All Over Again

    1996 was a great year in the life of the web. Netscape had launched two years earlier, Excite@home was going to wire all of our homes with unthinkably fast megabit connections, Webvan was going to deliver farm fresh fruits and veggies to everyone’s house (without delivery charges) and Flooz was going to make wallets (as well as the cash they contained) obsolete. In terms of ground… Read More

  • Chomp Sinks Its Teeth Deeper Into Search; Wants To Be The Google Of Apps

    Chomp Sinks Its Teeth Deeper Into Search; Wants To Be The Google Of Apps

    It was last November that we first heard about Chomp, a sort-of Yelp for iPhone apps. At the time, it was still very much in stealth mode, but we kept hearing they raised a seed round of funding from investors like Ron Conway insanely fast. Obviously, we were interested. By January, we had a sneak peak at the actual service. And about a week later, it formally launched as an app… Read More

  • Chomp Closes In On 300,000 Users, Launches App Review Site And Chomp Connect

    Chomp Closes In On 300,000 Users, Launches App Review Site And Chomp Connect

    When Chomp launched eight weeks ago in the iTunes store, it launched as an app for reviewing other iPhone apps. The app shows you a stream of realtime reviews, which you can filter by everyone or just your Facebook freinds. The app is showing some traction and should hit 300,000 active monthly users sometime tomorrow, according to co-founder Ben Keighran. While it started out as an app… Read More

  • Chomp Connect Lets iPhone Developers Integrate The App Recommendation Service

    Chomp Connect Lets iPhone Developers Integrate The App Recommendation Service

    Chomp, the iPhone app recommendation and discovery service that launched last month, is off to a good start. In its first 31 days, the company has gotten 150,000 users who have left a total of 1 million reviews. And today it’s launching Chomp Connect, a new feature that lets iPhone app developers integrate Chomp directly into their applications with a minimum amount of work. Chomp… Read More

  • Chomp Now Live And Ready To Bite Into iPhone App Recommendations

    Chomp Now Live And Ready To Bite Into iPhone App Recommendations

    Last week, we previewed Chomp, a new service that aims to offer a better review and recommendation system for iPhone apps. Today, the service, which is an app itself, has gone live, with its app now available in the App Store. As we noted, the service is sort of like a Yelp for iPhone apps. But what makes it work is that it’s simple and intuitive. When you load up Chomp, you’re… Read More

  • Chomp Reveals Itself To Be A Yelp For iPhone Apps

    Chomp Reveals Itself To Be A Yelp For iPhone Apps

    With more than 100,000 apps available for the iPhone and iPod Touch and more than 3 billion downloaded, figuring out which apps to try out is a real challenge. Those top 100 lists in iTunes just don’t cut it. Ben Keighran thinks that what we need to solve this problem is another app. And he built one called Chomp, which should be available in the App Store sometime in the next few weeks. Read More

  • Chomp Eats Up Some Seed Funding. Next, Will Bite Into The Mobile Space.

    Chomp Eats Up Some Seed Funding. Next, Will Bite Into The Mobile Space.

    It’s not yet clear what Chomp exactly is, but we do know that it’s a rather hot property right now. It took the still stealth start up just 10 days to raise a nice seed round from Ron Conway and a few other big name angel investors, we hear. So what do we know? Well, the company is definitely in the mobile space. In fact, it’s a “BIG mobile play,” founder Ben… Read More