19 Dec 2013

The Top Apps of 2013

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The end of the year is here, and with it comes a slew of “Top {fill in the blank} of 2013” lists. Our first one to cover on the WAMS blog? The Top Apps of 2013.

I have a ton of apps on my phone and tablet, but I’m always on the lookout for ones that I may have missed. Apple and Google just released their year-end best apps lists, so read on for some of the highlights…

Google’s Top Apps List

Google made their list different this year and went to the users to ask them to share their top picks. They had more than one million people vote, and here are the Google Players’ Choice Awards winners.

  • Knights & Dragons (free) – a fantasy- based, action game
  • The Hobbit: Kingdoms (free) – an action/strategy game set in Middle-earth
  • Movies by Flixster (free) – movie reviews, trailers and showtimes
  • Ingress (free) – a global game of mystery, intrigue, and competition
  • NewsHog: Google News & Weather (free) – a mobile news aggregator
  • Bejeweled Blitz (free) – Popcap’s enduring puzzle matching game
  • Duolingo: Learn Languages Free (free) – Teaches Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, and English
  • YouTube (free) – For your daily dose of internet culture
  • Samurai Siege (free) – a multiplayer combat strategy game
  • SwiftKey Keyboard ($3.99) – a word-prediction based onscreen keyboard replacement

Google also did a Best Apps of 2013: Apps You’ve Never Heard Of list, which was interesting to look at. My favorite one on that list?  Space HD – explore the breathtaking beauty of our entire solar system in 3D!

Apple’s Top Apps List

Apple determines its top list based on the number of downloads, so there aren’t too many surprises here. Although I haven’t given into the Candy Crush craze, most of the others are apps I use on a daily basis.

  • Candy Crush Saga (free) – I’m sure we all know someone who has played this addictive game
  • YouTube (free) – Many great features including search by voice
  • Temple Run 2 (free) – A sequel that is superior to the original game, surprisingly
  • Vine (free) – Twitter for video
  • Google Maps (free) – One of the best driving direction apps out there
  • Snapchat (free) – The choice of teens for sending pics
  • Instagram (free) – The choice for foodies for sharing pics
  • Facebook (free)  – Watch out for those autoplay videos coming your way!
  • Pandora Radio (free) – Great music streaming service
  • Despicable Me: Minion Rush (free) – This game is a guaranteed hit with the kids

WAMS Top Apps List

What are WAMS’ top picks for apps for 2013? Most of ours relate to business, but we’ve got a few fun ones in there, too.

  • Citrix Receiver (free) – Businesses everywhere are taking advantage of Cloud Computing, and if you’re on WAMS Cloud Connect, the Citrix Receiver allows you to access your full, virtual desktop from anywhere on any device .The exact same desktop and data you experience in the office can be right on your smartphone or tablet. That’s awesome! Read more about WAMS Cloud Connect here.
  • 12 Days of Gifts (free) – This app gives you access to free content, including apps, videos and music, between December 26, 2013 and January 6, 2014.
  • CardMunch (free) – This free app, owned by LinkedIn turns your business cards into LinkedIn Connections simply by taking a photo.
  • Evernote (free) – Evernote allows users to store notes, photos, to-do lists, ideas, and voice reminders to be accessed across all platforms, and the notes are completely searchable.
  • Wi-Fi Finder (free) – The name of this app says it all: It helps you find free or paid public WiFi hotspots and it will even give you directions on how to get to the hotspot of your choice.

I hope that you found a few new apps to try. If you’re interested in how to use a simple Citrix app and cloud computing at you firm to access all of you data anywhere at anytime, please contact us! We’d be happy to provide you with a free Cloud Readiness Assessment.