The iTunes App Store and Google Play Store have compiled a list of their most popular applications of the year. Check out which apps topped the charts as the best of 2017.
Top 20 Free iOS Apps
Turn yourself into a customizable emoji with Bitmoji. Plus, this app integrates with Snapchat, iMessage, and more so you can easily send stickers of yourself to anyone! Here's me in Bitmoji form -yes, Bitmoji Tori is wearing a tiger onesie:
7. Google Maps
If you haven't jumped on the music streaming bandwagon yet, what are you waiting for! Apps like Spotify let you play virtually any track by any artist for free, or for a low monthly price with no commercials. Since it's a handy app you download on your phone, you can take your music anywhere.
WhatsApp Messenger uses your phone's internet connection, whether it's 3G, 4G, wifi or more, and lets you call and message friends and family. This app is essential if you're traveling abroad so you can stay connected with loved ones without racking up a giant international phone bill.
Can't find your favorite underground artist on Spotify? Odds are, they're probably hosting their songs on Soundcloud, a music and podcast streaming platform that lets you upload your own originally-created sounds.
18. Google Chrome
Waze is useful because even if you already know your route, it alerts you to everything that's happening along the way including traffic, accidents, construction hazards, police, and more. This app was a lifesaver when I took a road trip from Indianapolis all the way down to Fort Lauderdale and helped me avoid a few huge traffic pileups that my Waze-less friends got stuck in.
Top Paid iOS Apps
Facetune is one of the best (if we're getting technical here, according to the iTunes app charts, this app is THE best) mobile phone selfie editors. This app can an alter your photos in a mind blowing amount of ways, from whitening your teeth to completely changing your facial structure.
Pro tip: if you're cheap like me and don't want to pay $3.99 for an app, Facetune 2 is a completely free lite version.
New year, new you, am I right?! It's hitting the end of January and I'm sure some of you (including myself...) are finding out that this cliche is easier said than done. 7 Minute Workout Challenge is a research-backed app makes fitness more manageable by packing high-intensity training into 7 minute intervals. And since the workouts are only 7 minutes long, I can no longer use my favorite excuse to avoid physical activity: "I just don't have enough time to workout today"
8. Sky Guide AR
It's like your own built-in astronomy professor without any of the exams! Hold your smartphone to the sky and Sky Guide AR will automatically tell you exactly what you're looking at, whether it's a constellation, planet, satellite, or more.
9. Full Fitness
10. Word Swag
12. Scanner Pro
13. The Wonder Weeks
The Wonder Weeks is an app that lets you keep track of your baby's mental development and learn about the phases of your newborn.
14. NOAA Radar Pro
It's official. 2017 was the year of the personal scanner, seeing that Scanner for Me is the third scanner app to make the charts. These apps let you take a picture of a physical document with your phone and it converts the doc into an editable PDF. The future is now and it's pretty convenient.
20. Moji Maker™
Most Downloaded New Google Play Apps
*Note that this list only includes apps that came out in 2017
A weather forecast app that isn't afraid to tell it like it is. What The Forecast?!! gives you accurate weather reports, hourly forecasts, and handy tips that change with the current condition outside like "Is it fedora weather? Nope. It's never fedora weather."
Not referring to Instagram's quick photo loop editor, this Boomerang app lets you watch all your favorite cartoons on demand and ad-free with a paid digital subscription. And, they offer a free trial, no TV package required.
Most Entertaining Google Play Apps
An animation creator that easily makes cartoon videos, gifs, and doodles. But, if you want to get more technical, PicsArt Animator lets you do just that with layers, frame editing, voiceovers and more.
Best Social Google Play Apps
Tandem allows you to practice languages with real people across the world. An integral part of learning a language is being able to practice speaking and conversation, but that can be challenging or downright impossible if you're learning on your own. This app connects you with a language exchange partner where you can teach each other your native tongue, practice speaking, and learn slang either via text, audio, or video.
And lastly, here's my personal list of the top five iOS apps of 2017 -by me, according to me.
I'll be honest here; I didn't talk to any friends or family for ~two weeks when I first downloaded this game. It consumed my entire life and I was okay with that. Nintendo's Pocket Camp is an addicting free app version of Animal Crossing, except instead of taking care of a whole village, you manage your own campsite. However, I'm not so sure if Chrissy Teigen would agree with me...
3. I Love Hue
5. HQ Trivia
Which app was your favorite of the year? Did it make any of the lists? Comment below!