Guest Post: 5 Apps We Wish Were Localized

Ben Thomas is a prolific tweeter, sporadic blogger and full time Apple geek. He picked our ‘App of the Week‘ last week, but found most of his favourites aren’t localized – yet. To try and spur on the developers we’re offering a 10% discount on localization to all the apps featured in this post. Don’t say we never do anything nice for you 😉

Apple opened up a whole new world for developers and users alike with the introduction of the App Store. We now have access to some brilliantly useful and incredibly well designed apps – yet most of these beautiful apps are restricted to English users as they’re not localized into any other language.

Here are five of my favourite apps that deserve to be shared in every language.

Reeder (iPhone, iPad, Mac)
iPhone: £1.99/$2.99 iPad: £2.99/$4.99 Mac: £2.99/$4.99

If you’re anything like me, you’ll find the easiest way to keep up to date with your favourite websites and blogs is through RSS feeds. As much as Google Reader looks great and does a good job pooling these feeds into one place, I still find it sometimes leaves a lot to be desired. For me that’s where Reeder kicks in.

Reeder is my one stop shop for catching up on the latest news in my RSS feeds as it’s available across the whole Apple ecosystem (albeit as a separate app on each device). It’s powered by Google Reader, so your feeds are synced across all devices as well as their own web version. it has a highly detailed and intuitive interface that looks great and gives a consistent user experience whatever device you’re using (with the exception of the latest iPhone update, but I guess we’ll see that filter into other devices).

It’s also built for sharing. It has integration with every major social networks, and slew of niche networks, just link your accounts in the settings and you’re ready to share the latest news.

 

Instapaper (iPhone, iPad, Android, web) 
Price: £1.99/$2.99

Instapaper is a simple service that allows you to save web pages to view later. It’s perfect for when someone posts a link to twitter and you don’t have time to read it, or when you’re away from your main computer. The interface is super simple: it utilises a mobilizer that strips webpages of adverts, and styles, allowing the reader to focus on what matters: The Content.

The integration in most popular apps and the easy to install bookmarklet make it really easy to add something to your read later list. Considering how popular this app is in English speaking countries, I’m surprised it hasn’t been rolled it out internationally.

 

TV forecast (iPhone, iPad, DBWidget)
iPhone: £0.69/$0.99 iPad: £1.49/$1.99 Dashboard: Free

If you’ve ever missed an episode of your favourite show then TV forecast could be the answer. I use this app to keep up to date with all the TV shows I watch (which are numerous!). The premise is simple: you add the shows you watch list and it lists them with the date of the next episode. It is essentially a personalised TV guide.

The iPhone and iPad app both support push notifications to alert you to an upcoming show, and utilises iCloud to keep your show synced across your devices.

Importantly, the app is based on API’s from some of the biggest and most up to date TV databases. These databases include support for foreign language submissions, which sets up TV Forecast perfectly to support multiple languages. Hopefully we’ll see it happen sooner rather than later!

 

Iris (iPad)
Price: £1.49

Whatever your feelings are regarding Instagram, there’s no denying that the official app experience on the iPad is less than stellar. Thankfully, Instagram offers an API which developers have utilised to create a better Instagram viewing experience.

Iris is such an app; It’s a beautiful and simple way to browse Instagram on your iPad. Unfortunately you can’t post to Instagram using iris (the API doesn’t allow for it) but you can expect all the usual features such as comment and favourite, as well as viewing Instagram images in all their glory on an app made for the iPad.

With Instagram having been localised into many languages, it seems a little silly that Iris wouldn’t follow suit but sadly this hasn’t been the case.

 

WunderKit (iPhone,web)

Price: Free

Wunderkit is an exiting project management app from 6WunderKinder, makers of awesome task management app, Wunderlist. Wunderkit is beautifully designed, simple to set up, and even simpler to use.

Wunderkit is designed to help you get things done, whether it’s a personal or collaborative project. It’s available as a web app or through the iPhone app, with an Android app promised soon and has the added bonus of being cloud based so any changes made on one device updates the others instantly. From my personal experience it’s perfect for anyone who is looking to document, plan, and complete a project.

6WunderKinder are a startup based in Berlin, so they are primed to begin supporting more languages in the future and I’m sure it’s something that the team are working on.

These are just some of the apps that I believe should be celebrated around the world, not matter what language you speak. Hopefully it will only be a matter of time before everyone gets a chance to enjoy these apps.

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10% discount is valid for use for three months from August 1st 2012. We know who you are so just get in touch 🙂