The functionality of your iPhone just took a quantum leap forward. Thanks to a brand new iOS app called Humin, you’re no longer bound to browsing your native contacts list in boring (and often dysfunctional) alphabetical order. Instead, Humin assigns actual context to your virtual address book, making it possible for you to call up an individual based on a variety of criteria that more closely mimics the way we think — things like what friends you have in common, their workplace, their location, what school they went to, even where you met them.
Although all of this may seem NSA-level creepy, it’s just a case of Humin linking up with your Facebook friends list to cross-populate information that’s already out there. In fact, the app requires you to import your Facebook contacts, along with your existing phone contacts list and calendar information, to even work. A more detailed database can be created if you also let the app link up to your LinkedIn account and your email accounts, with both Gmail and Microsoft Exchange supported.
Once everything’s linked up, finding contacts on your iPhone becomes a bit of a transformative experience, not to mention a far simpler one. Need to reach out to John from work but can’t remember what his last name is? Typically, you’d have to try to narrow this down by either trying to identify every John in your contacts list, or trying to make a positive ID on the strength of the guy’s email address extension, provided you have it on file. With Humin, you simply access the app’s search field, type in “John from Brighthand editorial staff,” and bingo!
The app’s intuitive interface makes it an obvious candidate to take over as your primary contacts app of choice, and can be used to initiate calls, emails, and texts. Thumbnail images of all your contacts are automatically imported from existing social media profiles and updated anytime they’re changed, as is work information, email addresses, phone numbers, and more. It also merges any duplicate entries.
Admittedly, there are some bugs that still need to be worked out and some tweaks that should be made if the app is going to stand a chance at being embraced by the masses. For one, Humin tracks your location, even when it’s not in use, which can be a major battery drain. Another complaint is that it’s a bit buggy and has exhibited an inability to sync contact changes to the onboard iOS address book.
But for an app that’s essentially a work in progress, it works pretty darn amazingly. Humin requires iOS 7.0 or later and works on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. It can be downloaded for free from iTunes today.