With just over 140 million smartphones in the U.S., having an app for that is basically a prerequisite to being a cutting-edge company. Even traditional brick-and-mortar businesses are launching all kinds of crazy apps. Last week, Domino's announced a new app partnering with Ford that will let you order a pizza directly from your car with a few voice commands via the Ford Sync AppLink.
And, certainly, nowhere is a hotter spot for tech companies and startups than the Bay Area. Combine that with San Francisco's love of food and all things hipster -- artisan toast anyone? -- and the food apps coming out should be nothing short of mouth-watering.
While the food delivery app space remains the most crowded, there are plenty of other food apps hitting the market as well. As 2014 gets underway, we're taking a look at some of the food apps that should be big in the new year. Here are a few of the most exciting and best new apps.
FoodieTV: A new video app, FoodieTV provides five short videos each week about different tastes, cooks or places. The three- to five-minute shows are supposed to be TV-quality -- better than your average YouTube upload. Each week centers around a theme to form an "episode" that can be watched in pieces or all together, on your mobile or streamed onto your TV with an AppleTV. The hope is to capture mainstream interest in food and travel that isn't just recipes and insider coverage of the industry. Available in the Apple app store.
Pact: Originally launched a GymPact a year ago, the app has relaunched this year as Pact with new dieting features. Make a "pact" to eat more vegetables, log your meals in a diary or exercise. You then choose a penalty to pay if you don't fulfill your pact. For example, $5/day could be automatically deducted from your Paypal account if you fail to eat your vegetables. But, if you do meet your goals, then you can earn back money in rewards paid out of the pool of money from people who have not. While cheating is possible, posts and check-ins are required to meet your requirements. The eating more vegetables goal -- which has its own group -- requires uploading a picture of your vegetables and other members can vote it down if it doesn't appear to be real vegetables or if you don't seem to have eaten them. (Selfies!) Available in the Apple app store and the Google play store.