Thursday, 12 July 2012

Top 20 iOS and Android applications in 2012

As of mid 2012 for download on iOS and Android-devices available 1.2 million mobile applications. With so many choices available just one tapu - including dozens of worthy applications to be submitted to our court every day - the task of compiling a list of semi-annual "Best of the Best" new application is more complex (and enjoyable) than ever before.

Of the hundreds (if not thousands) of applications for iOS and Android, released in 2012, an application worthy to enter the list of the top 20, can do everything from assessing the value of homes in his pictures, to the accrual of loyalty points to users, just for watching them favorite TV programs. We also welcomed the long-awaited sequel to the game, which one way or another, has surpassed all our expectations.

Quick rundown of our coverage before you start. All selected applications have either been released for the first time or significantly updated in the period from January 1 to June 30 this year. Applications that debuted on iOS and Android, which were previously available on other platforms could also be included in the sample. All our candidates have been found, selected and ranked as the service Appolicious Advisors and members of our community. Overall, about a dozen editors from the team Appolicious proposed to submit their favorite application. We also interviewed the most active and influential members of the Web sites and applications Appolicious. We do not take into account the number of downloads of their applications, or general popularity. Our qualitative assessment is based primarily on the utility and the creative part, embedded in each of got in our list of applications.

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Top applications to iOS

Awesome Camera (iPhone, iPod Touch: free)

Although the sale of Instagram social networking site Facebook and has been on the front pages of all news media at the beginning of the year, best new application in 2012 was another photo-sharing service, which also helps you to make more beautiful pictures. Created site SmugMug, having a decade of experience in the field of photo-sharing, Camera Awesome - a revelation in Ayfonofotografii is another reason why many of us can throw away your digital cameras. In addition to the stunning interface with Camera Awesome There are several ways to dramatically improve your photos, including automatic exposure levels and color adjustments. All the possible predefined settings and filters are available within the application for $ 9.99 (or separately, by choice, for 99 cents a piece). Ability to capture video up to 5 seconds before you press the record button, it is also an excellent option. Finally, by using Camera Awesome very easy to share photos through your favorite social networking sites (including, in Instagram).

Pocket (Previously Read It Later) (Universal: Free, also available on Android )

Standalone application to "read later" can go into the category of endangered species in the fall after Apple will include your Offline Reading List in Safari as part of iOS 6. Until then (and maybe even after) the best application for the abandonment of bookmarks in the flow of information you're viewing (and virtually free of charge), remain Pocket. Formerly known as the Read It Later, in April, the application has undergone re-branding, which was not only a change of name and lower prices. New features in Pocket, which include the ability to easily view the video and images, as well as lists of articles, compiled on the basis of the net, do not overlap a simple and elegant user interface applications.

Khan Academy (iPad: free)

The best thing about this application is that it does not interfere with or distract from the expertise of video lessons, the teacher created a new generation - Salman Khan. More than 3200 educational videos that cover everything from "Getting the initial funding venture company" to "Earth Education" or "landings in the Bay of Pigs", divided into categories based on a simple system. Posted a video on YouTube with subtitles generously supplied with logs, which allows users to quickly and easily find a phrase or passage, which they may have missed a deaf ear.

TouchTV (iPad: free)

Supplier individually customized news content SkyGrid is an application TouchTV, which perfectly shows videos of broadcast and cable networks on the iPad. TouchTV plays videos (usually up to 5 minutes) from the 16 official providers, including ESPN, Bloomberg Television and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Although only one boot TouchTV enough to "cut the cord" from your satellite or cable TV provider, the application gives only a cursory overview of what the universe is able to provide cable TV to their users. TouchTV joined the search services such as video and Showyou Squrl (each of which has experienced a significant upgrade this year) among the best iOS-applications for watching videos on Apple TV at the moment.

Any.Do (iPhone, iPod Touch: free)

Our favorite Android-application in June 2011, finally got on iOS-devices. And this was worth the wait. Any.Do, which supports the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Google, Eric Schmidt, is a super-productive application that allows you to create and perform tasks at the touch of a finger. Ability to record voice instructions built into the application that allows you to create tasks without having to type the text manually. Also, you can share your task list with friends in the hope that they will help you cope with things.

Highlight (iPhone, iPod Touch: free)

This is a local social mobile application was first presented at the conference South By Southwest in the mid-2012. Highlight warns you when your friend or a member of Facebook with similar interests to yours, is somewhere nearby, and allows you to learn more about others Highlight, when they are in your area. As with similar services, including Sonar , Banjo, and Kismet, Highlight is effective only if a critical mass of other users in your region. While each of these services has its own strengths, Highlight, seems to be most likely from the mass of such applications.

Viggle (iPhone, iPod touch: Free, also available on Android )

Receive discounts from Amazon, Starbucks and Gap just for what you watch TV, like the American dream fulfillment. Viggle transforms it into practice, giving users the ability to register and earn loyalty points for watching their favorite television programs. The application works reliably, and also offers users additional features and entertainment in the form of simple questions, polls and tweets. 

Updated LinkedIn (Universal: free)

The best thing in the April update to iOS LinkedIn that the application is finally compatible and optimized for the iPad. Supposedly inspired by Flipboard (where it is more often used), LinkedIn works best as a social magazine on the iPad. The magic of LinkedIn on the iPad is that it integrates the information shared by your various contacts and displays your relationship with the sender in a way that does not represent any other application or site.

Clear (iPhone, iPod Touch: $ 2.99)

Clear is a list of tasks for those who want to move and develop. Although it lacks many of the functions vested in others, managers have long known targets, such as Omnifocus, and newcomers such as Any.Do, Clear differs in that it allows users to easily create categories and a list of things they should do and who fall within these categories. Beautifully designed application interface also allows users to sort tasks by priority and quickly remove them when they are completed.

HomeSnap (iPhone, iPod Touch: free)

Although HomeSnap and can not do much to restore U.S. housing market in the pre-crisis level, this application - with the help of augmented reality technology - can help you determine the value of the house just make it count. In addition to the price of the house, you'll be able to see information about nearby schools, data on the history of the house and the number of bathrooms and bedrooms that are available in this house. The application is not 100% reliable, but in any case, the information provided by the seller or broker.
Best games on iOS and Android

It is no accident that many of the most popular games released in 2012, is on both platforms. At that time, both on the Android platform to create games have their own limitations related to many different forms of devices and operating system versions, the developers realize that they need to work on this platform in order to avoid losing a huge part of their audience.

JAZZ: Trump's journey (Universal: $ 2.99, also available on Android )

Based on the biography of Louis Armstrong, JAZZ: Trump's journey, is one of the best platform games. With beautiful graphics, the atmosphere of New Orleans 1920s, user-friendly controls and, of course, killer soundtrack, Trump's journey has sufficient capacity and depth in order to attract experienced players, and their liveliness and sincerity, it can attract newcomers.

Angry Birds Space (iPhone and iPod Touch: $ 0.99, iPad: $ 2.99, smart phones Android : $ 0.99, Tablet Android: $ 2.99)

Since the beginning of an advertising company, which, literally, broke all records, it was feared that Angry Birds Space does not make it to the advertised level, or will a simple variation on the theme of the previous game. These concerns were taken off into the stratosphere as soon as we have been able to play it. With the new gravitational mechanism, amazing new birds, the darker the sky and the odd curious space aesthetics, Angry Birds Space, arguably the most successful and enjoyable application is updated throughout the twenty.

NOVA 3 (Universal: $ 6.99, also available for Android )

If you're a fan of first-person shooter, this game is for you. Developed by Gameloft, the game NOVA 3 of all similar products available on mobile devices, most likely a console game. In the NOVA 3 you have to fight the aliens and other enemies on several planets (including Earth destroyed by the war). In multiplayer mode you can team up with 11 players. At each passage beautifully animated level takes about 30 minutes. This is a great way to spend seven dollars.

Spellsword (Universal: $ 0.99)

Having a ferocious and addictive gameplay, unique mechanics, retro graphics and music, the game Spellsword - a new platform game in the world of sword and sorcery. Use your sword to defeat enemies, simultaneously launching fireballs. As you progress through missions and maps, you will get new spells and new enemies. The best thing about Spellsword that it lacks the ability to make domestic purchases, which means all the achievements of a player must make himself.

The best applications for Android

Many of the best releases of Android were originally designed for devices iOS. But we're only win when the best applications are available on different devices.

Flipboard (free)

Best Application in 2011 for the iPhone version of the site in June Techcrunch finally officially came to Android. Social magazine that offers news, photos and status updates, sent with your social graph, at the time have included the integration of YouTube. Flipboard - this is the best way to read content from third-party publishers on mobile devices. June 28 The New York Times presented a service NYT Everywhere, through which subscribers can read the newspaper in the application.

Instagram (free)

The emergence of Android Instagram very positive impact on the success of the application. During the week, Instagram has been downloaded more than 5 million times. A few days later the company acquired Facebook. This triumph makes it clear that in order to become a true pop-culture sensation, the application must be made available on iOS, and Android.

Google Drive (Free subscription is also available on iOS )

Google Drive - a better and more cost-effective solution for storing and sharing documents than Dropbox. For those who already use Google Docs, go to Google Drive - this is an obvious step. The application works seamlessly on all devices Android. June 28 application was available for iOS, and now it does not interfere start to dominate the market.

Airbnb (free)

Appeared in January on Android application Airbnbs, which had previously been available online and on devices iOS, it became something more than just copying and moving to another platform. Tools intended for rent abroad for the first time allowed the property owners and travelers to exchange instant messages to address all issues. The application has more than 200,000 housing options from around the world, as well as personal recommendations from travelers to people like Ashton Kutcher and Jack Dorsey.

Chrome (free of charge, only to devices with Ice Cream Sandwich, is also available on iOS )

If you are using Chrome browser on your PC and you have a smartphone or tablet platform Ice Cream Sandwich, the acquisition of this application, even to think nothing. Mobile and PC applications Chrome seamlessly interact with each other, which means that you can access their bookmarks and browsing history from your application. The application also allows you to navigate between tabs without having to go to the menu. Appendix Chrome supports voice search, add pages to your bookmarks and anonymous access. As with Google Drive, Chrome came out on the devices iOS June 28, during a conference Google I / O 2012.


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