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- Last Updated: 06 Mar 2017
- Version: 23.1
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- Compatibility: iOS 8.0 or later
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Skype is an all-in-one communication app for internet telephony. It’s a feature-packed app that allows users to make voice and video calls, send text and voice messages, share images and documents, and conduct video conference calls. The Skype app started in August of 2003 when the team headed by the Swedish nationals Niklas Zennstrom and Dane Janus Friis released the first desktop version of the program. The user base of the application rose exponentially in the first two years of its release. And by September of 2005, the e-commerce giant eBay decided to purchase Skype at $2.6 billion making it one of the most successful apps ever developed. In September 2009, a Canadian investment corporation agreed to acquire 65% of Skype from eBay. This placed Skype’s enterprise market value to $2.92 billion. Microsoft then took Skype from eBay in a deal worth $8.5 billion made on May of 2011. Since then, Skype has been a flagship product of the Microsoft Corporation. The Skype mobile app is free to download although in-app purchases are available to get Skype credits. The credits could be used to avail premium features like Skype to landline calls, having local landline number attached to Skype, and unlimited call services for some countries. Skype to Skype messaging and calls are free for all users. The video conferencing feature, which is one of the reasons for Skype’s popularity, is also free for everyone. As of 2015, Skype has an average of more than 300 million active users per month. The app has also reached the 1 billion landmark in downloads.
Facebook Messenger (or sometimes referred to as Messenger) is a free instant messaging service. It relies on a Facebook account to use, and allows free text and calls to other Facebook Messenger users. Facebook Messenger can be used both on the Facebook website and through the app. Facebook Messenger launched in August 2011 as a means to have some services separate from Facebook's primary app. It also sparked a greater use of the app as a large group of Facebook users were simply messaging friends and family. The Facebook Messenger app helps provide that feature in a streamlined manner. Over time, Facebook added more features to the Messenger service. Users are now able to make video calls, share funny GIFs and even play games. Some features currently being tested in the US include peer-to-peer payments, and business integrations. One such business integration is with ecommerce sites. Shopify has partnered with Facebook Messenger to browse and even buy direct through the app. This is handled through chat bots, automated systems that can understand a user request and reply accordingly. Other chat bots are being rolled out. CNN offer personalized news articles based on interest. Poncho offers weather forecasts in your local area. Spring offers a personal shopping assistant. And more are being added to Messenger on a regular basis. Facebook Messenger does not provide an option to log out of the app. Instead, it allows you to appear as inactive, switch Messenger accounts or turn off push notifications.
One of the top games on Android and iOS, Subway Surfers takes you to an endless cat and mouse chase between a teenager who likes graffiti and an inspector and his dog. The game belongs to the endless runner game genre that is common for mobile devices. The first version of Subway Surfers came to the app store on May 2012. Typically, the creators, Kiloo and SYBO games would release thematic updates that are aligned with the season of the year and holidays. Beginning 2013, game developers also released thematic updates featuring nations of the world. Special events are also available which also comes with in-game bonuses and rewards. Critical response to the game varies with positive and negative reviews. Some claim that the intuitive controls make the game exciting while others complain about the monotony of the gameplay. The game is rated 4.5/5 on Google Play, 3.6/5 on iTunes, and 4.4/5 on Microsoft Store. A lot of game enthusiasts post walkthroughs of their Subway Surfers gameplay on the streaming site Youtube. Subway Surfers is available on various mobile platforms including Android, Kindle, iOS, and Windows. The app is free to play, but in-game purchases are available to gain coins and disable advertisements.
Free photo sharing app, Instagram, allows users to take and share photos and videos. Photos and videos saved to your profile can be shared for everyone to see, or privately with whom you choose. Instagram presents photos in a polaroid-like square shape. Once you snap your photo, you can then apply filters to stylize your photo further. You can choose from a range of filters or have no filter applied. Instagram adds new filters with some of the regular updates. Instagram users often tag their photos with 'hashtags' - a way to categorize photos. With 600+ million active users, hashtags allows easier access to your public content. Tapping on any hashtag takes you to the most recent and trending photos and videos for that category. A more recent introduction to Instagram is videos. Videos were limited to 15 seconds, but future updates increased this to 60 seconds. Multi-video posts allows up to 10 minutes of consecutive video to be shared. To compete with Snapchat, Instagram introduced Instagram Stories in August 2016. Instagram Stories allows you to share photos and videos in a stream. This media then disappears after 24 hours and are no longer accessible once expired. This is a lot like Snapchat's core functionality. Instagram was acquired by Facebook in April 2012 at a US$1 billion valuation. Since then, Instagram has continued to grow in popularity around the world as one of the must have apps. It often ranks within the top 10 rankings within the app stores around the world.
Waze utilizes the power of community to provide real-time user-generated traffic updates. This navigation and map app has transformed the concept of sharing the road to a new level. By letting drivers and road commuters provide feedback on traffic status, and report accidents and hazard alerts, as well as note about police traps, the network becomes an efficient way of reducing road time and ensuring the best road travel experience. The Waze app works passively by providing automated traffic and road data. It also allows users to have an active role by giving feedbacks and reports on accidents, hazards, and police checkpoints. Using the power of AI and machine learning, the app also provides real-time tips and updates to drivers. Why use Waze? Take part of a community of over 90 million drivers who like-mindedly wants to enjoy road travel to the fullest. Find the best route to avoid traffic congestions and reduce road time. Navigate like a VIP with the directions provided by celebrity voices. Record your voice for custom directions. Get to know how long your journey will take even before you step behind the wheel. Have the best navigation app that is optimized to save data and use less battery juice. A navigation app that works wherever you are in the world. The app was the brainchild of Waze Mobile, an Israeli company founded by Uri Levine, Ehud Shabtai, and Amir Shinar. In 2013, Google acquired Waze Mobile and all its products including the Waze app is now being developed under the auspice of the tech giant. The app received so many accolades throughout the years including being the Best Overall App in the 2013 Mobile World Congress. Waze is available for devices running on Android and iOS although older versions of the app supported Symbian VM and BlackBerry. As of 2013, Waze has a complete road navigation map for more than 10 countries including USA, Canada, UK, a number of European countries, and other territories across the globe.