The biggest story about apps in 2017 was, well, stories. Snapchat still deserves a credit for entrance adult with a concept, and Instagram shamelessly ripped it off behind in 2016, yet this year, everyone got on board. WhatsApp combined stories (and afterwards after made them reduction distinguished after users complained). Facebook combined stories (and attempted to shame users into regulating them with digital ghosts of friends.) Medium — a mostly content formed app — combined stories! YouTube combined stories! It’s stories all a approach down as distant as a eye can see.
Of course, there’s a unequivocally good reason for all this — stories are popular, and renouned places on a internet are ripe for that honeyed promotion money.
Aside from stories, though, a past year saw Instagram’s fortunes rise, with record high monthly users and several new facilities opposite roughly each partial of a app. Meanwhile Snapchat — recuperating from a fizzled out Spectacles and a timorous base, is going behind to a sketch house with a new, user-focused design.
There were a large breakthrough apps, too: remember when Twitter was full of people regulating FaceApp to supplement creepy smiles to people? Then in a spring, there was Mastadon, that exploded as a choice to Twitter for about a day before everybody flocked behind to Twitter. Over a summer, Sarahah quickly surfaced a charts on Android and iOS as a place for unknown chatting before vanishing behind into relations obscurity. None of these apps managed to unequivocally hang around over a few weeks of popularity, and it’s rarely doubtful they’ll strech that aptitude again. Perhaps some kind of vital influencer lift could help, yet those efforts are mostly fake and costly for developers.
For some-more proof, only demeanour during Yik Yak, an unknown internal messaging app that was renouned on college campuses a few years behind yet couldn’t reason onto users, and finally gave adult a spook this year. 2017 also saw a genocide of a mythological messaging app AIM that solemnly disintegrated by losing support for third celebration apps behind in Feb afterwards with a total shutdown in December. While it’s tough to disagree that AIM was an critical partial of a messaging landscape, it’s a transparent predecessor to a widespread army of apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp in today’s technological landscape.
It’s still misleading what predestine 2018 will reason for this year’s biggest viral app: HQ Trivia, that has turn one of a biggest viral apps of a year in a few brief weeks with a elementary plan of literally giving divided giveaway money. Copycat apps are usually popping up, and HQ is already behind on a Android release. Meanwhile, a app continues to onslaught with tie issues as some-more users record on for aloft payout offers. But hey! Even passed apps can (maybe) come behind — Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann announced that he’s operative on ‘a follow-up to Vine’, so there’s always wish for a future.
Another large trend of 2017 apps was protracted reality. Gone are a days of chubby a hunk of card with your phone stranded inside to your face. Instead, both Apple and Google are putting large bets down on protracted reality. For now, that’s mostly in a few apps that askance some-more towards “cool tech demos” rather than any torpedo integrations, yet it’s really a space to watch going forward.
On a gaming side of apps, 2017 saw some large releases too, in a acquire change from final year. Nintendo continued a lift onto mobile platforms in a large approach with Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Mobile classics like Monument Valley, Reigns, and Words With Friends also saw welcomes sequels release, nonetheless a giveaway to play marketplace still dominates a industry.
App stores themselves saw large change in 2017, too — Microsoft is pulling a Windows Store with a newfound concentration as one-stop emporium for all your PC program alongside Windows 10S (maybe it’ll work this time!). And Apple totally redesigned a iOS App Store to put a larger importance on particular apps and editorial recommendations to assistance aspect good apps from a unconstrained sea of competitors.
And lastly, Google Voice got an refurbish for a initial time in years. Maybe we don’t indispensably need a line-up of new apps, yet impactful updates on a ones we already love. Whatever we do, only don’t lift an OKCupid.
Final grade: B-