There are currently more than a few hundred apps being published every day. Both ecosystems of Google (Android) and Apple (iOS) are seeing an incredible growth in both quality and quantity. Except not every app reviewer will agree on the quality part of the claim. There are smaller players in this game and Microsoft is one of them as they arrived late to the App Store idea of bringing new content to regular users.
Which Ones are They?
Today we look at some of the most downloaded apps in 2017. Although we are well into 2018, 2017 is the year we have a complete overview of. In this list, we are not including those which come pre-installed on many devices around the world- or at least we tried:
Instagram – The Facebook-owned app is at the peak of its power and gets downloaded quite a few times every day. I’m sure there is a certain percentage that is only re-downloading the app on a new device, but there is no shortage of new users every day.
Skype – Not so far down the list, Skype can be found. As Microsoft owned the app it is also growing in terms of the number of users. In more recent years it comes pre-installed on many Windows 10 machines, as the special Win10 version can be found there. Recent updates have vastly improved the usability of the app and most of all the video and audio quality has grown drastically.
Subway Surfers – As a game that has served as a gaming benchmark for many years now for new smartphones, Subway Surfers still grows strong. The addicting gameplay is also to blame for this. And sometimes, it’s the nostalgia as many players used to play this game years ago – get it again for old time’s sake.
Dropbox – A great productive and online cloud storage app competes with OneDrive and Google Drive, but is still very successful. It features a friendly user interface and a toolbox that is polished for both teamwork and even single person work. Unified experience is another strong point why people like this app on their smartphone. Affordable upgrades and the quality of the service is really unparalleled.
Candy Crush Saga – Not much needs to be said about this except: It’s addictive, addictive, addictive – just like sugar. It is a mobile gaming phenomenon that is very hard to dethrone. Its popularity has achieved sky heights and not many games or apps can top it. It does come as a recommended download on many new smartphones.
Twitter – This app represents one of the world’s best known social networks. It keeps on growing and even though the default app is still very popular, other independent apps are also often found in use. Twitter, the company, reacts to that by acquiring those companies and sucks in all the best ideas into its original app.
Snapchat – The company that said “no” to the Facebook acquisition. It might always be remembered for that, and also for being first to produce great quality video effects that blend with the live video. Nowadays, Facebook also has this in their apps and Apple also has their crazy emojis in their iPhone X. But before all these guys, there was Snapchat – ready to put cat ears and nose on top of yours in a live video. It was very impressive tech at the time.