One of the more interesting and forward-thinking contact management apps arrived in August with the debut of Humin for iOS. The app is now available for Google Android phones in a beta version freely available from the Google Play Store.
Contact apps are a dime a dozen, but few take the contextual approach provided by Humin. Instead of simply keeping a list of people by groups or alphabetically, Humin lets you tie other relevant information to people, such as where and when you met them. This way you can search for people in a way that’s more natural.
Here’s a video example to illustrate how the app works:
I particularly like the video bit where one woman couldn’t remember the other woman’s name and was able to do a quick lookup based on Humin remembering she met her previously. I can easily see other situations where the app would be helpful as well. The software can also be connected to your social networks and automatically update contact info as your friends change their information online. And it will surface nearby contacts when you arrive in town during travel.
What I don’t like is that Humin for [company]Google[/company] Android appears to be having some rollout issues. They’re not affecting me, as the app is working fine on my Moto X, but others have complained that the app is hanging upon install or is stuck in the initial configuration process. Humin is already aware of the issue, based on its recently updated FAQ page.