The present age is the age of applications or apps as we popularly know them as. Apps can let your phone or tablet do almost anything that the programmer can imagine, with the technical limitations of the device. We have got so accustomed to these apps that we can’t even imagine a single day of our life without these apps. With the passage of time new and modified apps are creating a different sphere for themselves and among these galore of apps certain apps have created a niche for themselves are as follows:
10. Angry Birds.
Angry Birds is a video game franchise created by Finnish computer game developer Rovio Entertainment. Inspired primarily by a sketch of stylized wingless birds, the first game was first released for Apple’s iOS in December 2009. Over 12 million copies of the game have been purchased from Apple’s app store, which has prompted the company to design versions for other touch screen-based smartphones, including the Android, Symbian and Windows phone operating systems.
With 2 billion downloads across all platforms and including both regular and special editions, the franchise has become the highest downloaded freemium game of all time. It has also been called “one of the most mainstream games out right now”, “one of the great runaway hits of 2010″, and “the largest mobile app success the world has seen so far”.
Instagram is an online photo and video sharing and social networking service that enable its users to take pictures and videos and share them on the leading social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. It was created by two graduates of Stanford University Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger and was launched in October 2010. In December 2011, Apple Inc. named Instagram “App of the Year” for 2011. The service rapidly gained popularity, with over 100 million active users as of April 2012. The number of monthly active Instagram users was 200 million as of 2014.
WeChat which literally means “micro message” is a mobile text and voice messaging communication service developed by Tencent in China and was first released in January 2011. The app is available on android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows phones, Symbian and OS X platforms. It provides multimedia communication with text messaging, hold-to-talk voice messaging, broadcast (one-to-many) messaging, photo/video sharing, location sharing, and contact information exchange.
Photos can be taken and embellished with artistic filters, captions, and placed into a personal photo journal for sharing with other users. WeChat (272 million monthly active users) dominates in China, but doubled its international footprint to 100 million users in three months last year (2013). WeChat is perhaps the most expansive in terms of monetization methods, offering a platform for chatting shopping, gaming and even banking. WeChat signed up Argentine football star Lionel Messi to lead its campaign and boost its appeal worldwide.
Since its launch in 2011, LINE has grown into a global communication app that lets users communicate through voice and video calls, as well as stickers and text messages. The mobile messaging app’s global community continues to post unprecedented growth as it recently surpassed 400 million users in April 2014. LINE a Japanese propriety application for instant messaging on smartphones and personal computers. It is available on all mobile platforms. Line users exchange text messages, graphics, audio and video media, make free VoIP calls, and hold free audio or video conferences. Line, launched in Japan in 2011, reached 100 million users within eighteen months and 200 million users only six months later. Line became Japan’s largest social network in 2013; on 25 November 2013, it announced that it had 300 million registrants worldwide, of which 50 million users are within Japan.
WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. Being the first of its kind, WhatsApp has 450 million active users, and has said it is adding a million per day since its buyout by Facebook. With its no-frills messaging service free of ads, games and gimmicks it has won the hearts of millions and is one of the most downloaded apps. It currently makes its money from a one-off user charge. Unlike many other apps it is available on all mobile platforms. And because it uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends. Besides basic messaging, one can create groups; send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages on WhatsApp.
Skype is a freemium voice-over IP service and instant messaging client, currently developed by the Microsoft Skype Division the name was derived from “sky” and “peer”. Skype was first released in August 2003. It was created by Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom in cooperation with Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu and Jaan Tallinn. Skype had 663 million registered users as of the end of 2010.
Skype’s text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter to you, wherever they are. With Skype, you can share a story, celebrate a birthday, learn a language, hold a meeting, work with colleagues – just about anything you need to do together every day. You can use Skype on whatever works best for you – on your phone or computer or a TV with Skype on it. It is free to start using Skype – to speak, see and instant message other people on Skype for example. You can even try out group video, with the latest version of Skype. Skype has also become popular for its additional features, including file transfer and videoconferencing. And with all these features provided in one service Skype has become one of the most downloaded apps.
Twitter is an online social networking and micro blogging service that enables an user to send and read 140 character text messages, called ‘tweets’. Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Evans Williams, Biz Stone and Noah Glass and the site was launched by July 2006. The service rapidly gained worldwide popularity, with 500 million registered users in 2012, who posted 340 million tweets per day. The service also handled 1.6 billion search queries per day. In 2013 Twitter was one of the ten most-visited websites and has been described as the “SMS of the internet”. The total number of active registered Twitter users was 645,750,000 as of 2014.
03. Google maps
Google Maps is a web mapping service application and technology provided by Google, powering many map-based services, including the Google Maps website, Google Ride Finder, Google Transit, and maps embedded on third-party websites via the Google Maps API. It offers street maps and a route planner for traveling by foot, car, bike (beta), or with public transportation. It also includes a locator for urban businesses in numerous countries around the world. Google Maps for mobile is the world’s most popular app for smartphones, with over 54% of global smartphone owners using it at least once.
YouTube is a video sharing website, created by three former PayPal employees in February 2005 and its owned by Google since late 2006, which allows users to upload, view and share videos. It uses Adobe Flash video and HTML5 technology to display a wide variety of user generated and corporate media video content, including video clips, TV clips, and music videos, and amateur content such as video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos. Now you can watch all your favorite shows, films, trailers, videos on your cell phone too by downloading the YouTube mobile app.
More than 1 billion unique users visit YouTube each month. Over 6 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube—that’s almost an hour for every person on Earth. 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. 80% of YouTube traffic comes from outside the US.
Facebook is an online social networking site and was founded by Mark Zuckerberg along with Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. Since its beginning it has been a popular phenomenon with people. It’s simple look and easy way to share everything with family and friends has fetched it its popularity. Facebook was by far the most popular app by the end of 2013, with 86.1 million average monthly users, according to a new report from Internet analytic company comScore. Almost all social networkers use Facebook. In fact, over 80% of ‘other’ social network users also use Facebook.