With the introduction of Apps, we see more and more released onto the market every day. With this article we give you information on the top rated apps and trends in 2013.
The stats around mobile apps remain startling. There are now more than 1m apps apiece in both Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play, with tech research firm Gartner estimating that 2013 saw 102bn app downloads across the various stores. It’s big business too: the company reckoned that developers would make 15.8bn from their apps this year.
2013 was also a year of strong growth for Android, with Google-powered smartphones flying off the shelves, and tablets starting to challenge Apple’s iPad too. That was reflected in the larger number of apps available for both iOS and Android, with Microsoft’s Windows Phone snagging more of the most popular apps for its own store too albeit often those that had been out for a year or more on rival platforms.
The biggest app trend of 2013 was the domination of “free-to-play” games: those that are free to download and play, but which make their money from in-app purchases of virtual items or currency. The biggest of the lot was Candy Crush Saga, although its 2012 launch means it’s not included in this roundup. It helped to make mobile gaming more mainstream than it has ever been, as a glance at the touchscreens on any commuter train or bus showed this year.
Children’s apps were another big trend, with a growing community of developers aiming to educate and entertain children as young as two years old on the tablets owned by their parents. Communications regulator Ofcom estimated that 42% of 5-15-year-olds and 28% of 3-4-year-olds now use a tablet at home and that’s before an expected flood of new devices unwrapped this Christmas.
Read the original and complete article from The Guardian