Top smartphone apps of the decade

The year 2020 will mark the end of the current decade. Time passed: Only 9 years ago Android smartphones were a relatively new concept and the way we download apps today was yet to become mainstream.

Apps are an essential part of our lives. Back in 2008 the first iterations of Google Play (or Android Market) and iOS App Store were introduced and ever since then, millions of apps were added. Here are some of the most popular apps of the decade, in no particular order:

Instagram

Everybody knows what instagram is. The app has changed a lot since the initial 2010 release and it quickly became a part of people’s lives: Many people open instagram as soon as they wake up in order to check for new stories and pictures. It silently changed people’s habits: We all know that one person who can’t eat before they post a picture of their food on Instagram or a person who posts stories wherever they go (even if it’s an exotic holiday resort or some mundane location).

Instagram currently registers about 1 billion users monthly and constant updates adding new content makes the app always feel fresh. It became the place for influencers, commercials and communities alike.

Google Maps / Apple Maps

The two apps are the most popular navigation tools in the world. Thanks to the duo, gone are the days when drivers needed to ask random people for directions when they got lost. The apps are arguably better than built-in car navigation systems because they are being constantly updated and they rely on the internet for information, so users can search for hotels, gas stations and other points of interest, while the “traditional” sat-navs required an exact address in order to begin navigating.

Utilizing these apps is very intuitive and they are extremely reliable as long as you have a stable internet connection.

Apple Maps used to be a matter of laughter because it was extremely unreliable at launch, but it was optimized over the years and now it works just as good as Google Maps.

Spotify

Music is a crucial part of our lives. A good song might make it seem like time passes faster and we all know that feeling when we experience a certain mood and the song that comes on is right on point… purely mesmerizing.

Many music streaming services were founded after 2010. Lots of people can recall the names Deezer, SoundCloud or Apple Music. However, it turns out that  Spotify is the people’s choice when it comes to music streaming services. Spotify looks fresh, works like a charm and is very affordable, while also providing superior audio quality.

Believe it or not, Spotify was founded way back in 2011. It’s crazy how time flies. 

Uber

Ridesharing services were a true revolution in the world of people’s transportation. Instead of the typical taxi, users of the app had access to a range of modern cars and even some premium ones for a very convenient price, comparable to cab pricing.

Apps like Uber and Lyft changed the way we travel and made people believe in ridesharing. 

Angry Birds

There was a time when having a phone which had Angry Birds installed automatically made you the coolest person in the room. The game quickly blew up after launch and it was the base for what would become the Angry Birds Franchise. It’s impressive to think that a simple phone game spawned two movies and many sequels. The latest addition to the franchise is Angry Birds AR.

It might feel nostalgic to think that those apps date back to the time when the average smartphone was easily usable with a single hand.

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