8 Mobile Apps Taking the World by Storm

Published on September 24, 2019

If you’re like most people, you have at least one web-connected mobile device that has access to the boundless Android or Apple app stores. Android and Apple users both have access to millions of mobile applications, so whatever you’re looking to accomplish or indulge in, there’s definitely an app for that. Not only do apps make life easier, but they also make life more enjoyable. Whether you use them to connect with friends and family or to get lost in alternate gaming universes, these handheld programs exist on an infinite spectrum of uses. 

Every passing year only populates both Android and Apple app stores with more to do and more to toy around with, but each year comes with a unique selection of apps that skyrocketed to the top-downloaded list. 2019 was a beautiful blend of new and old, and we’re here to take a look at the apps that defined the year thus far. 

  1. TikTok

What it is: TikTok, formerly known as Musical.ly began as a simple social media video-centric app for creating and sharing short-length lip-sync, comedy, and odd-talent videos. Today, TikTok has become a space for burgeoning stardom to come to fruition. Web influencers like Loren Gray, Baby Ariel, and Jacob Sartorius have been able to create lucrative careers based on their huge followings. 

The price: Free 

Available on: iOS, Android, Amazon 

  1. BitMoji

What it is: This ultra-simple app allows you to create a cartoon version of yourself in emoji-form that you can put into all sorts of shareable stickers. Linkable to Snapchat, iMessage, and Gboard, Bitmoji is a hilariously fun and expressive alternative to the conventional emoji keyboard. 

The price: Free (Offers in-app purchases & upgrades) 

Available on: iOS, Android 

  1. Snapchat

What it is: The premise of Snapchat used to be a simple quick photo-sharing app, but has transformed into an app that employs cutting-edge biometrics to warp your face with outlandish filters. Great for sending funny or naughty photos, Snapchat permanently deletes every photo sent after 10 seconds of viewing.   

The price: Free (Offers in-app purchases & upgrades) 

Available on: iOS, Android 

  1. Hinge

What it is: Though Tinder remains as popular as ever for quick meetups, hang-outs, and hook-ups, Hinge places a higher emphasis on compatibility than it does on mere physical attraction. Your interests and personality matter most when establishing connections with potential matches. Navigation is seamless and easy, featuring a Tinder-like interface so you can swipe and inquire in a moment. 

The price: Free (Offers in-app purchases & upgrades) 

Available on: iOS, Android, Windows Phone 

  1. Yummly

What it is: As one of the highest-rated recipe apps, Yummly users are granted entry into what feels like a limitless library of recipes. Whether you’re feeling Italian, Mexican, or Indian food, Yummly is your number one tool for creating restaurant-level meals from your own home. Visual learners can watch along to cooking videos, and serial cookers can collect and save all of their favorite recipes in a to-make wish list. 

The price: Free (Offers in-app purchases & upgrades) 

Available on: iOS, Android 

  1. Facetune

What it is: Released in 2014, Facetune has been the most popular photo-editing mobile app for years. Whether you’re editing wrinkles out of beach selfies or placing an Instagram-ready filter on a landscape photo, Facetune has a bit of something for every level of photographer and photo-editor out there.  

The price: Free (Offers in-app purchases & upgrades) 

Available on: iOS, Android 

  1. Venmo

What it is: Owned and operated by Paypal, Venmo has become the easiest way to deal with digital IOU’s. Account holders can transfer money in and out of their linked bank to complete a number of different transactions. Whether you’re splitting a bill with a friend or making an online purchase with a Venmo-friendly retailer, this genius app is an excellent, safe addition to your digital wallet.  

The price: Free 

Available on: iOS, Android 

  1. Calm

What it is: Recommended by therapists, psychologists, and mental health experts, Calm is the ultimate mindfulness app for those looking to improve their inner-peace. Equipped with several exercises and in-app programs to reduce stress and anxiety, Calm can improve the quality of your sleep and help you get through even your longest days. 

The price: Free (Offers in-app purchases & upgrades) 

Available on: iOS, Android 

 

What have been your favorite mobile apps of 2019? Join the discussion in the comments below! 

 

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