Lookout Starbucks, there’s a new app in town. Dunkin’ Donuts has just launched an Android payment app, looking to encroach on a mobile empire currently ruled by Starbucks. Now you have two options for paying for coffee with your smartphone, using the reloadable, points-tracking Dunkin’ Donuts app. Also new this week is the WWE app, finally finding a way to offer an official mobile experience. Falcon for Twitter also made a splash this week, debuting a full-screen Android widget for the socially savvy.
Dunkin’ Donuts (free)
The official Dunkin’ Donuts app has all the perks you’d expect, with a payments option, store locator and menu. Rivaling Starbucks for customer loyalty, the app turns your phone into a payment card, which is scanned during checkout. You can manage and reload your DD Card from the app as well, see updates from DD’s Twitter account and receive local offers. There is also an option to send gift cards to friends via text message, email or Facebook, which they’ll receive in the form of a DD Card all their own.
Better late than never, WWE has gone mobile with an Android and iOS app launch this week. You’ll get all things WWE, including breaking news, video archives (current and classic), thousands of photos and pages for your favorite wrestling superstars. The goal with the WWE app, however, is to act as a companion during live programming. There’s exclusive in-app access to WWE content while watching events, activated during the Monday Night Raw broadcasts.
Falcon for Twitter (free)
Most Twitter clients have Android home screen widgets for quick access, but Falcon for Twitter takes things a step further with a full-screen widget that offers all the functionality of a Twitter management tool. Still in beta, the customizable Falcon widget lets you read your timeline without launching a separate app, open links, view images and videos and send replies. Scroll through your feed in standard list format or the Falcon grid, offering a fresh take on your Twitter activity. Of course, you can tweet directly from the widget as well and it’s easy to set up notifications for @mentions.
OoVoo Video Call update (free)
Known for free group video calls, ooVoo rolled out a game-changing update to its Android app this week. You can now view four separate video streams concurrently while chatting, enabling you to share more videos with friends without interrupting your chat sessions. It’s similar to Google Hangouts, and has also become a clever way to watch programming that isn’t easily accessible (think Breaking Bad for Dish Network customers). Additional integration with Google services means you can now see missed OoVoo calls directly in your contact list, receive push notifications and access the app via a home screen widget.
Pops update (free)
Today’s mobile user is all about personalization, and Pops takes things to the next level. The revamped app offers more than just personalized notifications with videos and animations, getting more social and more customizable with new features. Now you can attach a “pop” for each contact, which will aggregate your incoming messages around the people instead of the app. You can also personalize outgoing messages, so friends see a pop the way you intended. If the recipient doesn’t have Pop, they’ll get a URL that redirects them to an HTML5 video experience.
Back to school time is often a great opportunity for brands and parents to help raise money for local schools, and Shoparoo makes things easier with a new app that converts your store receipts into school donations. In turn, you earn exclusive rewards, bonuses and coupons. There are no restrictions on the types of products you can purchase, or the stores from which you shop, but donations will be doubled if you purchase a featured brand. To donate, take a photo of your receipt from your Android device camera and submit. Select the school or charity of your choice and help your local community raise funds.