This year has been a year of social media, Minecraft, and mobile phone ordered food – according to Apple’s list of the top apps for 2019.
Compiled each year to showcase the best and most popular apps on the market, the lists give us an insight into what Aussies have been doing on their smartphones this year.
Instagram takes the title as the most popular free iPhone app and leads the social media apps ahead of Snapchat, TicTok and Facebook. On an iPad we’re more likely to look for entertainment, with Netflix, YouTube and Stan topping the list of free iPad apps in 2019.
Australia’s desire for home deliveries has proven successful for Uber, with Uber Eats scoring a place at 11th in the free app list, just ahead of McDonald’s “MyMaccas” ordering app.
It was a good year for McDonalds, with their “Monopoly at Maccas” app topping the list of free games in the App Store, ahead of Mario Kart and Aquapark.io.
For those willing to spend money on or within apps, the Aussie public transport app Tripview tops the charts for paid apps, ahead of a range of apps including pregnancy trackers and weight loss apps as well as the “make me look older” app sensation of the year “Facetune” which came in at Number 5.
Building and crafting game Minecraft topped the list of both paid iPad and iPhone apps as it continues to be enjoyed by all ages and saw a resurgence in the latter part of this year.
The Nine Network’s own catchup app 9Now headed the list of catch-up TV services – it was the only one to appear in the top 30 free iPhone apps, and scored ahead of 7Plus, ABC iView, SBS On Demand and TenPlay on the iPad download list, landing at number 9 overall for the year.
Outside of the popularity contest, Apple awarded its “Best iPhone App” award to the “Spectre Camera” app which gives users advanced camera features.
Google’s award for best app on Android phones went to “Ablo” – an app that allows users of all languages to communicate with each other using almost instant translations, while when it comes to gaming, they awarded the popular Call of Duty mobile game their “Best Game of 2019” award.
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My picks for best apps of 2019
It didn’t make any of the charts – most likely because it was only released in the last month, this game takes the hugely popular Minecraft out into the real world, blending gaming with the regular world in a great example of Augmented Reality.
Again a very late launch in the year, Disney+ is in many ways “just another streaming app”, however the huge depth of Disney content for all ages makes it a compelling player in the streaming market.
Watching over 50 live sports on your mobile or tablet without the larger cost of a Foxtel connection, Kayo has reshaped the idea of how we watch live sport with multiple camera angle options and short “mini” highlights of events you’ve missed. A must-have for any sports fan.
This Aussie built game has been around for five years – the developers continue to roll out new updates and challenges, while the original and simple version of the game remains as addictive and simple as ever.