18 March 2014
The year, 2013 was a great year for mobile apps, so here is a look at some of the best digital downloads created for Apple’s iPhone in the past 12 months, many of which have come to define communications and entertainment.
This addictive match-3 game has risen from obscurity to become a pop culture phenomenon that could even rival Angry Birds for its ubiquity. It may not have the most complicated mechanics, but it has captured the casual gaming market and seems intent on keeping it enthralled for another year at least. As soon as a mobile game starts getting licensed merchandise, you know it has hit the big time. With Candy Crush Saga logos and characters being plastered on everything from food to personalised phone cases, it would be churlish to dismiss it as a flash in the pan.
The young founder of this instant photo messaging app turned down a $3 billion buyout offer from Facebook last year, clearly showing that this phenomenon has enough momentum to survive on its own without major backing from Mark Zuckerberg. What makes Snapchat so popular is the simplicity it offers. Send a picture to friends or strangers and a few seconds later, it is deleted. It adds a level of transience and security to online interactions that is sorely missing.
This is one of the highest rated educational programmes on the App Store, combining beautiful illustrations with an easy way to help kids learn the alphabet and have fun at the same time. This app is a reminder that iPhone owners with children can let them play with their handsets without resigning themselves to the fact that they will end up spending hours with a casual game. Endless Alphabet is engaging and informative at the same time, without compromising in either area.
Travel expands the mind, but if you regularly go abroad and English is your mother tongue, it can be embarrassing to encounter foreigners who are so fluent in it whilst you are unable to form a single word of their language. But with Duolingo on hand, which won App of the Year in Apple’s official competition, you can learn a variety of European languages free of charge. Starting with the basics like how to order food and book a hotel room, the app expands to take on trickier sentences and topics as you progress. It really is an invaluable ally for building language skills whilst on the move.
If you are tired of using inadequate, clunky or sluggish image editors on your iPhone, Afterlight could be the perfect antidote. You can adjust your snaps using a variety of tools, and there are 56 filters to apply to make them look unique and interesting. Afterlight is also outfitted with a number of frames and the ability to crop and transform images according to your specifications. It is the Instagram of 2013 and an app that you should certainly download.
Rahima Aktar on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 · Leave a Comment