The App 100: The World's Greatest Apps
Mailbox is a clean and minimalistic take on mobile email that uses gestures to help you quickly get your inbox to zero. Dropbox lives on your desktop as a virtual folder. Users chagrined when mobile ads arrived, but they unlocked lots of material that was unavailable in the original iOS app and, for content providers, a new way to make money.
The app features real-time highlights and expert commentary from in-house experts, and there's over 10 hours of live programming each day. All you need is someone's number, and Humin will do the rest. Sure, Handy Light was branded as a flashlight app, but it had a hidden agenda: The apps listed here aren't ranked. Perhaps it was because much of the tech press were all gathered at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, but the impact of Meerkat during that show was real and quite lasting.
The app's algorithm learns how you get stuff done and smartly suggests ways to build new habits and get things taken care of, all on your own terms.
Sunrise is another gorgeous calendar app that pulls directly from LinkedIn so you can see the picture and profile of who you're meeting with. It supports multiple Google Calendars in addition to iCloud and Exchange, and its Quick Add Event works just like Fantastical for quickly adding events as you type them in. A close second is Fantastical, which is an iPhone calendar app that's ridiculously easy to use.
Besides keeping you organized, the app's best feature lets you enter simple phrases, which it will then translate into a calendar appointment automatically.
For example you can type, "Meet with Steven for lunch at Chipotle at 3pm" and Fantastical will handle the rest. Quip is a mobile word processing app created by Facebook's former chief technology officer. Quip infuses a messaging element into the app to make collaboration a breeze. You can use the app to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. You can also use the app to collaborate on blog posts, manage projects, or even share a grocery list.
Gmail's app gives you access to the arguably the most popular email service around, and it's lightning fast. The app supports up to five Gmail accounts, and searching through your mail is easier than ever with Google's predictions that fill in as you type.
With a Gmail account, you get plenty of storage for free, meaning you likely never have to delete an email again. You can always purchase extra storage just in case. Dropbox lives on your desktop as a virtual folder. You can drag and drop files into your Dropbox and they'll appear on all of your devices.
You also have the option to store files in a public folder so you can easily share them with a simple download link. Google Drive is an online productivity suite that can be accessed with any device that's connected to the internet, either through an app or on the web. You can share and collaborate on documents and presentations, and it's great when multiple people need to poke around a file at the same time, as you can always see who else is viewing or editing a document.
OneDrive is a great place to store all of your documents, photos, and videos, and you get 15 GB of free storage when you sign up. Since OneDrive is a Microsoft service, you'll always know that your files will play nicely with other Office apps, so you don't have to worry about if a document will open in Word or not.
Clear is one of the simplest ways to keep track of what you need to do. You can easily drag and re-order your to-dos, and adding a new item is as easy as pulling down your list and typing it in. When you're done with a task, just swipe right. Clear makes it easy to jot down a thing you need to do and pull it up on either your Mac, iPhone, or iPad, and it all syncs over iCloud. Day One brings the daily journal into the modern age, and it's great for micro-journaling or whatever you want your daily writing to look like.
The app can record the weather conditions and location of your entry, and if you're particularly proud of a day's journal, you can upload it easily to Facebook in a gorgeous webpage format. Since you don't always know which device you'll be around when the urge to write hits, you can use Day One with your Mac, iPad, or iPhone. Slack is a great way for keeping in touch with your team at work without sifting through dozens of emails. It is a chat room of sorts, and you can tag users and create multiple channels for smaller team projects.
The desktop client sends non-intrusive desktop notifications to the corner of your screen, allowing you to stay on top of what's happening while keeping your eyes on your work. If you're a fan of old-fashioned, pencil-on-paper notes, NotesPlus is as close as you'll get to the real thing.
The app's intuitive vector-based system turns your handwritten notes into text, and you can select multiple drawings and notes together by simply drawing a circle around them.
There's a built-in web browser that you can swipe right to access, which makes grabbing images and details a cinch. You never know when you'll need to open up a random PDF or annotate a text file, and GoodReader is meant to process them all, and quickly.
With the ability to add annotations, text boxes, sticky notes, highlights, and drawings, you'll never be caught with a file you can't fiddle with. Tweetbot and Twitterrific are two awesome alternatives to Twitter's official iOS app that allow you to completely customize your experience. Both are full-featured clients that offer sounds, multi-account management, gestures, and more. The Kindle app gives you access to Amazon's extensive ecosystem of over 1,, ebooks.
There are plenty of magazines, newspapers, and textbooks as well, and the app will keep track of your place when you're reading, making it easy to switch between devices. If you're an Amazon Prime member, you'll get access to Kindle's Lending Library, which lets you borrow one book at a time from a selection of titles, and there's always Kindle Unlimited if you want a Netflix-esque service, but for books. Apple iBooks is always bound to have the latest bestseller, and there are also plenty of interactive ebooks and textbooks that will take advantage of your iPad or iPhone's touchscreen.
Another great feature is the ability to open ePub and PDFs, and your page is always saved when you sync over iCloud. Nook is a fan-favorite for being flexible in the ebook formats it reads. You can open ePub and PDFs, and there's over 1 million free titles in the Nook store, and you can try over 1, magazines and newspapers free of charge for 14 days. There's also a great Nook LendMe feature that let's you loan out a book once to any of your friends. Since Reddit can appear cluttered and confusing for new users, Ask Me Anything organizes the interviews in an easy-to-peruse format, even alerting you to new AMAs and allowing you to explore past ones too.
Yahoo News Digest sends you two curated digests of articles each day: The articles pull from multiple sources, including essential factual nuggets called "atoms" that give you all you need to know in a beautiful format. It's arguably the best-looking news app out there. Circa News keeps it brief, making it the perfect app to stay on top of the news on the go.
Circa's editorial team artfully reports the latest news stories, focusing on just the facts so you're quickly caught up. If you're on the go, you can read articles offline too, and if you've been following a particular story, you can choose to be updated if it develops further.
Paper by Facebook is a new way to ingest all of the stories you see on Facebook, whether they be from your friends or a newspaper.
Paper features an incredible attention to detail, getting rid of the clutter of your Facebook Newsfeed and instead focusing on the pictures and words of each post. You can post directly to Facebook from within the app, or customize the topics you'll see with a nifty carousel that lets you mix culture, science, news, and whatever other topics are up your alley.
Reddit, the so-called "front page of the internet," is an ever-changing ecosystem of interesting articles, pictures, and discussions, but it's notoriously messy to browse on your smartphone. Alien Blue fixes that, wrapping Reddit's content into an eye-catching design that brings to focus the essentials information like photos, post titles, and comments.
The Associated Press claims to be "where the News gets its news," and there's no better place to stay up to date on the latest breaking local and national news.
You can customize what kind of stories are in your feed, and the app constantly refreshes so you don't miss any new developments. Android , iOS , Windows Phone. After the death of Google Reader, the world now relies on Digg's reader app to wrangle what's happening on the internet into a tidy, readable format.
Digg does all of this and more, allowing you to import feeds from any news site and view them in a clean interface, now with video. The app even has a section full of stories curated by Digg's editorial staff. When you find something interesting, you tuck it into your pocket, and the same holds true with the internet and Pocket's mobile and web app.
You can save practically anything you see for later viewing even when you're offline , and the app works with iOS 8's new extensions feature so you can save things directly from Safari and keep browsing. It's designed well, free to use even for international messaging , has a thriving user base, and lets you send texts, voice messages, pictures, and videos. Snapchat began as just an app for sharing self-destructing photos and videos to your friends, but it's quickly evolved into the No.
With its new Stories feature, you can now weave together photos and videos into a visual status of sorts, and you can also send texts from directly within the app. Instagram is one of our favorite iPhone apps of all time. With over million users and host of photo editing filters, it's a great place to show off your artistic side and share some photos of your own.
Hinge helps you discover people that your Facebook friends already know, requiring a Facebook account so you can view the interesting details about a person while removing the "random" aspect of other dating apps. You get to see a curated list of potential matches, and select those you're interested in.
If someone "likes" you back, Hinge introduces the two of you to help get the conversation started. Tinder is best known for its swiping system, which lets you swipe right if you're interested in someone or left to move on to your next potential match. If two people both swipe right on each other, Tinder lets you know you have a match, and you can message your match from right within the app. Grindr is a location-based dating app targeted towards gay and bisexual men. The app lets you know what singles are nearby so you can meet up with them, and with over 5 million active monthly users, there are plenty of choices.
OkCupid has most of the same features as other social networks. Users can chat, send status updates, message potential matches, and let the service match you up using its algorithms. The mobile app also lets you know what singles are nearby for impromptu meetups.
Vine lets you splice together clips that play on a loop and share them with your friends. You can edit videos on the spot and post to Twitter and Facebook, and you can now import videos from your phone too. The community also allows you to find, follow, and interact with other Vine users. Twitter's official app lets you stay on top of your tweets from your phone. Besides that, it offers some unique features that aren't found in third-party apps.
For example, you can set specific push notifications for individual accounts so you'll never miss an important bit of news. Android , iOS , and Windows Phone. Tumblr lets you follow blogs and create simple updates via text, audio, photos, quotes, and video. It's a great way to seamlessly manage your blog while also seeing what other people are interested in. Android , Windows Phone , iOS. With over million users, LinkedIn is a great place to network and connect with other professionals.
The app is well-designed, syncs with your phone's calendar to help stay on top of meetings, and even lets you view and save recommended jobs.
If you're a Premium subscriber, you can also see who has viewed your profile every day, right from your phone's Notification Center. Facebook is still the best social network out there for staying in contact with those you care about.
Besides letting you see what your friends are up to, you can share updates, photos, and videos on the go, and push notifications quickly alert you to any activity that involves you. You can also play games and use your favorite Facebook apps. TapTalk is a personal messaging app that's all about speed. By arranging your friend icons in a grid-like layout, you can quickly tap their picture to capture a photo.
To send a video, just hold down their icon to record, and release when you're done. Secret lets you and your friends speak freely with each other and the world, but you'll never know whose secret you're reading. People post and comment anonymously, and you can now easily ask "Yes or No" questions that people can respond to.
To help make the text-based posts more beautiful, Secret now gives you access to Flickr's photo library for background images. Picture Uploads all the pictures stored on the target iOS device to your online account so you can easily view them from anywhere. Text Message Logging It lets you view the content and details like time and date of all inbound and outbound text messages of target iPhone. Monitoring WeChat Mobistealth can log Chat sessions at wechat.
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Flappy Bird amassed at least 50 million downloads and garnered nearly 16 million tweets. Flappy Bird also generated backlash because of its simplistic nature. People thought it surely had to be scam — there's no way a game like this could climb the App Store charts and become a global phenomenon overnight.
Unfortunately for developer Dong Nguyen, the criticism hit hard. He just wanted to make a simple game. But he was also concerned his creation was too addictive. And then something bewildering happened: At the height of the game's success — 28 days after hitting the Top 10 — Nguyen decided to remove the game from the App Store.
Before Ocarina , apps were things you tapped and pinched and swiped. Then, with one download, everything changed. When you launch Ocarina, the screen shows you four different-size dots along with a message encouraging you to blow into the microphone. A brief sensation upon its debut, Ocarina is all but forgotten now. Smule even has a more full-featured sequel to Ocarina itself.
Ocarina's time in the spotlight was brief, but it showed the world how mobile apps could lead to entirely different experiences from desktop programs. By taking advantage of the integrated components, sensors and inherent portability of a handheld, a new class of software was beginning to take shape. Since then, legions of games, fitness trackers and augmented-reality experiences have picked up where Ocarina left off.
With zero publicity, the app somehow became a viral hit at the height of its runaway success in A knock-off version of Pictionary, Draw Something wormed its way onto over 50 million phones within its first 50 days. Players draw pictures of a word and then it's up to another friend to guess the word as the picture is drawn back, stroke for stroke. At its peak, over 3, drawings were made per second. Though there were plenty of social games by that had multiplayer modes, Draw Something stuck because it tapped into your Facebook friends.
Creating new games with friends was a click away and you could see everyone who was playing. The game shot up the App Store charts to No. Unfortunately, like so many apps that go viral, Draw Something's success was extremely short-lived, and it fell off the charts just as fast it rose.
Draw Something 2 was released a year later in , but it was too late and the audience had already moved on. Draw Something will be remembered in the history books as a cautionary tale about apps that go viral; not every game can reach Angry Birds-level success.
A few months later, Picaboo disappeared and was reborn as Snapchat , and its emblematic ghost was on the way to being a star. Guided by its young cofounder Evan Spiegel, the app quickly took off with college students and teens who helped buoy the app from obscurity to the top of the charts in the span of a year.
If not, then any one of the myriad of better-designed copycat apps would have unseated it by now. While Instagram is all about making a moment look perfect, Snapchat is about sharing whatever is happening right now — awkward selfies, blurry videos, silly faces and all.
Shazam is the magical music-identification genie that lives in our pockets in case of emergency — like needing to immediately know what the hell that song is playing in the elevator. Big sings '80s power ballad "To Be With You. In , the company announced it had more than million monthly active users and had been used over the years to identify a staggering 15 billion songs. The app gets most of its revenue via ads and referrals by directing users to services such as Apple Music or Spotify after identifying a song.
The app has evolved beyond music: The app now works with a video database as well, letting users Shazam certain ads or shows to get special deals or specific information like cast details. Its ability to pull a song title out of what seems like thin air never gets old. Forget for a moment that Tinder completely changed the dating culture for an entire generation. Before Tinder, most people had never experienced an app that relied so heavily on simple swiping.
But it was Tinder that started the trend. The benefit to the app is twofold: One, it makes it really easy for people to instantly understand how it works, and two, it's really easy to use one-handed. Speaking of which, Tinder pioneered a whole new type dating app. Arguably too easy — what started as a mobile dating service became the de facto hookup app of an entire generation. Now Tinder had expanded beyond its initial swipes with tons of new features and a new premium tier that offers benefits like unlimited swipes and the ability to connect with people in other cities.
Time will tell how these new features will play out but one thing is clear: Tinder will likely be remembered as the best and worst thing to happen to dating since the beginning of the Internet. Maybe it was the politics: Of course, Uber has never been a sticker for the rules. The startup has plowed through legal roadblocks, taxi revolts, abysmally stupid PR and even the despicable criminal behavior of a few drivers, all the while growing larger and more influential.
Driving it all is one of the best app experiences in mobile. Download, create an account, and your first car arrives in a few minutes. Because of surge pricing, that payment can sometimes be painful, but at least it alerts you before you call for a ride. Uber has expanded far beyond its original tap-for-black-car vision, now offering SUVs, car seats, food how about a taco with that Escalade? Its long-term plan is to command a fleet of self-driving cars. When the future arrives, it may well pull up in an Uber.
It seems a red, round bird with thick, scowling eyebrows is destined to be just as recognizable as Mario or Sonic the Hedgehog. Every platform needs that first game to push it to new heights, and for iOS, that game was Angry Birds. The simple idea of slingshotting disgruntled avians towards teetering towers of bricks, stones and pigs was the perfect fit for touch controls.
It was helped along by challenging yet easy-to-play levels that could be attempted — and re-attempted — in a minute. It changed the way mobile developers thought about games for years, with both a premium version and a free, ad-supported version available.
While mobile game fads may change, it has stood the test of time. The app was simple, and its filtered creations easily shareable, which helped Instagram go viral almost immediately. Like many apps, Instagram owes some of its original virality to Twitter, which helped the app take off seemingly overnight. Even as Instagram grew, it never got too cluttered with unnecessary features and updates. Though some initially questioned the move, Instagram, which now counts more than million users, has only grown its popularity and influence.
Its design isn't perfect, to be sure there's no way to zoom, for instance , but the app changed how we think about sharing experiences, and it's become one of the most influential social networks in the world.
Those words were spoken by Steve Jobs when he unveiled the iPhone in He was partially right. SMS does a decent job of two-factor authentication for typical web users — where, in addition to a password, you receive a secret code via text message that lets you securely log into a service.
But Google Authenticator levels-up the idea in a few key ways: Breaking News is the app for the unapologetic news junkie. Staffed by humans editors based around the globe, this Twitter-powered aggregator delivers short, hand-curated updates on the world's biggest stories. The notifications that make this one a killer app: Tell it which stories you want to follow most closely and you'll never miss a beat.
Koi Pond , an app which highlighted virtual fish darting through a virtual pond, was a phenomenon back in It cleverly let you show off the device's multi-touch display and accelerometer still novelties at the time: Tap to make a splash, shake to feed the fish… and that's it. No scores, no menus and no point. Which really was the point. Great Lightsaber , the most popular Lightsaber-themed app available, turns your iPhone into the humming weapon of a Jedi with customizable colored blades and different hilts.
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Map My Run is massively popular among running enthusiasts for good reason: It maps out the routes you take, keeps tabs on distance traveled, pace and calories burned, and tracks other activities as well. The app has cultivated a large and engaged community too that lets users share stats to motivate or guilt friends off the couch. It was possible to filter by price, neighborhood, ratings and cuisine, and like a slot machine, the app randomly selected nearby eateries that matched those preferences.
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