How is that possible? By integrating Google Assistant into it, Allo can do things WhatsApp can only dream of doing for now.
With Allo, you can have a chat with your smartphone. And in chats with friends, it can make useful suggestions for you.
This is the sort of app that would only get better the more you use it. For now though, it is very good at answering simple questions. The complex answers would come later. In theory though.
Backed the by the finances of Google, this app is sure to be around for a while.
For fans of Amazon’s Echo smart speakers, this app is what they would call a stress-saver.
Think remote control for your TV, then you have remote control for Echo speakers. Alexa turns your smartphone into a remote control for the speakers.
It is very clear the Alexa app would get more popular in the coming years as Echo becomes more mainstream. Basically, the fate of Alexa is tied to the fortunes of Alexa.
Though Mint is very old, it is a testament to how good it is that we are still talking about it in terms of one of the best apps of the year.
What Mint does is simple yet very useful. It organizes all your financial transactions by linking to your various bank accounts and tracking your spending.
Instead of writing out stuff in a ledger or doing the hard business of memorizing your spending, Mint neatly arranges everything for you as long as you use your bank accounts for these transactions.
The best thing about Mint is that it would readily remind you if you have enough money for a planned transaction. Basically, it would help you stay within budget.
Before Google Trips, the go to travel app from Google was Maps. But since Google introduced Trips, this free app for Android and iPhone has proved very useful for people who love traveling and tracking their movements digitally at the same time.
Since it is part of the Google ecosystem, Trips would scan your Gmail automatically for your itinerary and arrange items like hotel bookings, flights and cab services. It arranges them in a neat, easily accessible way.
There is even an offline mode where you can download the information from Trips and use them where there is no internet connection.
Reddit, the so-called front page of the Internet, decided to introduce the app after a long time to the dismay of some veteran users of Reddit.
And these users, also known as Redditors, would be the first to shout that the app is all hype and no substance.
Putting their opinions aside though, Reddit app has made it very easy to use Reddit. You’d appreciate this if you ever try using Reddit on the computer before.
This is another Snapchat wannabe that attempts to be a better version of Snapchat. For the records there are many apps trying to steal Snapchat’s thunder in one way or the other.
Tribe thinks with the Magic Words feature, it can beat Snapchat at their own game. Magic Words is a sweet marriage between speech recognition technology and a search engine.
It works this way: when a user uses a particular word or term in a video, the word appears on the screen and is highlighted. Viewers can click on the highlighted word to see what it means, that is if they don’t know the meaning.
Would this give Tribe the edge over Snapchat? Hardly. But whoever thought Snapchat would be this big today.
Super Stickman Golf 3
The last time, and only time I went to a golf tournament, I swore never to make the same mistake again. It wasn’t funny following some dudes under the hot sun as they try to put a ball into small hole with a stick.
Super Stickman Golf 3 brings all the excitement of golf to your smartphone.
This 2D game packs a lot of excitement into golf you might be tempted to think golf in real life is also that exciting.
Playing it would stop you wondering why some people love their golf game. But it would never make me go to a real golf course again though.
So, this are my pick for the apps that really rocked the year. Naturally, some very good apps did not make my list. Tell us about them in the comments section below.
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