Apple's App Store celebrates its 10th anniversary in July, a decade after the revolution of simply downloading software to mobile devices. Google equivalent, first known as Android Market, now Google Play, launched a few months after Apple in October 2008.
Steve Jobs called the opening of the App Store the "biggest launch of my career," predicts the use of apps would distinguish the iPhone from all other mobile devices, including its biggest competitor at the time, the BlackBerry.
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As so often, Jobs came & # 39; prediction. The App Store has been getting stronger. When the first virtual doors were opened, users were able to find 552 applications ready to download, of which a quarter was free. As of March 2017, 2.2 million apps from Apple and 2.8 million apps from Google Play were offered. The average smartphone owner uses nine apps a day and 30 a month, according to App Annie.
While many of the first apps were added to the virtual history books, others continue to thrive. For example, early adopters of Facebook might find an app in the store on the day they launch, and it's still the most popular app in the world for many metrics.
Newsweek's gallery takes a look at some of the other big hitters in the world of apps, who rely on the latest published lists from both the Apple App Store and Google Play for their most popular downloads.
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We looked at the most popular apps for everyday social interaction, news and web browsing, as well as games and entertainment
The analytics companies Statista and comScore Also track data-related data App usage, with the industry website Business of Apps crunching the numbers.
How many of the following do you use? How many have you never heard of? How can you live without them?
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