2012 was the year of the mobile device. From tablets to incredible smartphones, millions of apps were downloaded each day in 2012. With trial and error, mobile users fell in love with some or tried an app for a day or two and then uninstalled it. The following apps were the top 5 of 2012 that were tried and stuck!
5. Bump for Android, iOS
How many times have you “bumped” into an old friend, colleague, or ex? Now, running in to other aquaintances can run smooth and much less awkward. Imagine sharing photos, music, contact information and even other apps just by bumping your mobile device with another! Bump’s application can easily detect another user’s app and quickly and safely transfer files. This free app works easily while connected to WiFi or another data connection.
Are you a music lover? If so, the Shazam app should be installed immediately on your device. How many times have you heard a song playing but could not identify it? Shazam can! Shazam will recognize a song playing and tell you all the information needed included title, artist, release dates, and even concert tours if available. Once Shazam has identified the song, users can play the entire song again, share it via social media, and even see lyrics of the song. Shazam is free but if users prefer a version without advertisements, an app is available for $4.99.
3. Words with Friends
Everyone enjoys playing games so centering a word game around social media contacts is an amazing concept. Words with Friends is a free app that can be linked to Facebook or Twitter. Imagine playing a virtual game of Scrabble with your friends all over the world! Words with Friends is easy to learn and highly addictive. Most users instantly become hooked to the game whether playing using their tablets or smartphones.
If you aren’t familiar with Pinterest, you must be from another planet. Pinterest is basically a virtual memo board where users can “pin” pictures, blogs, products, recipes, etc and then share with other users. Pinterest can be linked to either users’s Twitter or Facebook accounts and share their “pins” with their contacts. Everyone has jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon, including businesses who are using the site and the app for marketing purposes. The app is free and incredibly easy to learn and navigate.
Evernote has been named one of the Top Apps by the New York Times and has won numerous awards in the tech field. This free app is an amazing organization tool where users can add events and dates to a calendar, take notes, capture photos, and even create to-do lists. Evernote is perfect for everyone including powerful businessmen and soccer moms.
With the increase of mobile devices across the globe, it is easy to see how and why there have been so many apps created. Mobile users can not completely organize their lives, socialize with friends and family, finally get creative, read, listen to music and even shop on the go!
About the author: Chris is technology enthusiast and loves his smartphone. He writes regularly about apps at an iPhone app award website.