The Android user has available continuous stimuli in the form of new applications that arise through Google Play. Few arrive to stay, and many are easily forgotten. We have decided to make memory to rescue some apps for Android that were in the top of the most used.
A few days ago we brought you the Google Play analysis conducted by App Annie celebrating the ten years of life of the platform. Undoubtedly, we were surprised by the amount of Android apps we downloaded and ended up unused daily. It is not the case of these five applications that we are sure were your header apps for a long time.
The astronomical figures of Google Play in its 10 years of life
App Annie publishes a detailed report that specifies the figures generated by Google Play in its ten years of life.
Viber was the pioneer of free calls
Its predominantly lilac logo seduced us easily but its main attraction was not that. Viber saw the light in 2012 and allowed make calls for free to other users of the application, getting many to download it and invite friends and family to do the same.
Its amount of emoticons and stickers was such that it reminded many of the old Messenger. Realistically, at his birth he faced two giants: Line and WhatsApp. The battle was difficult but he tried to win his place. The courier failed in its attempt and stayed in nothing, at least in Spain. In other countries such as Serbia the app is a success and has more than 2.5 million active users. Line's powerful marketing deployment was enough to keep an audience that only saw two colors: green and lilac, since the services they offered were practically similar.
In 2014 Rakuten bought the platform and it is still valid. It is available for download and the premises to seduce the public have changed. Viber is currently able to support group chats with unlimited number of users. Viber Communities is this new functionality of the app. It gives the possibility of being a member of a group with thousands and thousands of people with similar tastes to you. Of course, we do not want to imagine what the moderator of a chat of that draft should go through.
Another of the features that the Rakuten tool currently has is the section «Discover» in which news of all kinds appear by categories and a catalog of bots to choose the ones that will serve us most.
Doodle Jump continues to jump despite having almost a decade
This list would be incomplete without this wonderful game. So funny was that the strange thing was that an Android or iOS user did not have it among their applications. As the unbeatable Snake did so much in our Nokia, Doodle Jump will remain unshakable in our memory.
Its alive! The classic Doodle Jump returns to mobiles
Doodle Jump, one of the oldest games for Android has returned to our smartphones with Doodle Jump Galaxy, now in 3D.
The premise of the game did not cause furor for its innovation, rather it was governed by a fairly simple gameplay. Keeping our cell phone upright, we watched a little alien jump from platform to platform.
The game was born in 2009 and is something that has pleasantly surprised us. Despite being almost ten years old and able to be the great-grandfather of Pokémon GO, he has aged very well and we are glad that he is still available on Google Play.
And yes, it may seem that in an actual market marked by video games as powerful as Fortnite there is no room for an iconic game from those before, but nothing is further from reality. That the trend is that does not prevent from time to time a simple distraction to relax (or irritate), killing Martians while we do not stop voting.
Snapchat asked for it while Instagram allowed it
"An announced death" could give name to the last days of Snapchat being the top of the most downloaded. Although many believed that Instagram would not get away with it, the Facebook giant devastated. We invite you to download the app again to see if any of your tracks continue to upload content. The platform feed is almost deserted although some remain reluctant to fall into oblivion.
It is a shame that Snapchat has been relegated to what one day its competitors were: taking a selfie with a fun filter to upload to Instagram. Because the truth is that your proposal is still as valid as the first day. We will always remember her with the love of being the first who managed to get us all down the street sticking out her tongue with the famous dog filter.
Evan Spiegel, the CEO of Snapchat, and although his application does not stop falling into the stock market, he continues to believe that he will be able to refloat the platform. This was published by the British portal theappdevelopers after an internal leak. If so, many would be glad to see Snapchat rise from the ashes.
I came away too soon
Mandatory stop for Vine. The platform showed that, like what happens on Twitter, less is more. Its six seconds of maximum recording gave so much of itself that the videos of the social network still swarm through our mobiles. There are many people who, before closing the application, were encouraged to make threads on Twitter to never lose their loops favorites.
Like Snapchat, Vine is another of the victims of Instagram. The app leaves corpses behind it and in this list there are already two examples. However, although we could say that Snapchat functionalities were transferred to Instagram, in the case of Vine we are not so clear.
I came, unlike other apps, said goodbye leaving a void for many and the proof is that their videos continue to have fun as the first day.
Fruit Ninja is still beating and has medical utility
This 2010 video game developed by Halfbrick liked everyone and was not for less. Its color and the use of touch screen functionality were the keys to success. And if we add to that the fun it provided (despite its difficulty), we have the perfect conjunction so that it should appear on the list.
Surely many of you have remembered the satisfaction provided by tearing fruit Troche and moche. If you are thinking of downloading it again, the answer is yes. It is still available on Google Play, and like Doodle Jump, they are part of the repertoire of video games that have aged perfectly.
Fruit Ninja is still so in vogue that it is even being used in Croydon hospital for patients who have suffered a stroke. The municipality of London uses the virtual reality version of the game to alleviate the symptoms of the disease, thus introducing unconventional methods in their therapies.
As you can see, this inventory is full of nostalgia. If you have come here without knowing any of these apps, we invite you to try them to verify that they have earned their place on the list on their own merits.
Hangouts, a classic Android app
Another of the tools that does not require prior presentation. Has anyone in the room who has not tried it before? Google Hangouts is still a practical tool for chatting with your contacts. It is a much simpler proposal than WhatsApp or Telegram, and therefore it does not hurt to refresh its existence.
Hangouts made a place in our ranking of favorite Android apps because it allowed us to make video calls and voice calls. A use that was much simpler and more direct than what Skype proposed, as well as being a lighter app for our terminals. Unlike WhatsApp or Telegram, we did not require a phone number to log in, we only needed our email account associated with Google.
Google Hangouts recycled the features of Google Talk (disappeared in 2013), absorbing the latter to be more competent in the world of apps for communication. Did you get it? Your presence on this list does not leave much to the imagination.
Even so, it is available in the Play Store and is well integrated into all Android devices. You can get us out of trouble if what we want is to make a multiple videoconference or start an urgent chat with one of our Gmail contacts.
With Beautiful Widgets it was nice to check the weather
Back in 2009 the level of customization we achieved with the Widgets was the bomb. These elements allowed us to sculpt our phones to our liking, always tending to an excess far removed from the minimalism that prevails in our current desks.
We are likely to like these tools too much. A fear of emptiness that achieved saturated desks based on widgets. This trend is already in disuse although there are developers who continue to bet on them. This is the case of Beautiful Widgets, which is still available in the Play Store.
Its functions are quite simple and does not attract as much attention as when it saw the light. Of course, his mission continues to fulfill it. Its name does not describe its function, since it is an app to check the weather. What it offered, and continues to offer, is to place the weather information on your desk with different styles.
The kings of customization with WidgetLocker
And in the widget universe there was another that managed to gain a foothold in our terminals. WidgetLocker allowed replacing the lock screen with another one adapted to our liking.
These types of tools are no longer practical in the current ecosystem. We have discarded the unlock screen widgets because they are no longer useful to us. Technologies have not invited the survival of these elements. Premium the speed of unlocking, not so much that we have a screen full of elements with information of all kinds.
WidgetLocker allowed to slide the unlock screen with very visual animations. In addition, being able to introduce other widgets such as clocks or shortcuts, the interface was more similar to another desktop. One parallel to the one we were when we were sliding this.
This is the first app on this list that has disappeared from the Play Store. A pity, but there are others that mimic its functionality and allow you to customize the unlock screen. One of its successors may be C Locker Free. It is somewhat more demure at the visual level, but for those who want to customize this section it can be really good.
Among its functions: set unlock animations, create a wheel with our most used Android apps or add the widgets of the apps you want (and place them as you see fit).
FX Camera filters have no place in the Instagram universe
The apps for Android that allowed us to retouch photographs were many. We have chosen FX Camera but there were others that had the same task (Camera Retro, Vignette or Camera360, for example). These types of tools promised to improve the images taken with our terminals. How? With a series of filters that, although at the time we could find many, now they are scarce and little worked.
Fun prevailed over image quality. We could get our photograph to be a pencil drawing, introduce the "Fisheye" effect or put the famous Polaroid style. Can you imagine the Influencers uploading images with this type of filters? The thing has changed and there seems to be no place for such subtle effects. They have become so obsolete that none of those mentioned in the Play Store already exist.
Remembering this app, the aesthetic leap we have taken is curious. What a few years ago we could find attractive, now it can horrify us. Some filters that have nothing to do with those of VSCO. Not only because it offers us more possibilities, but because its filters give each image its own style. It is a much more careful tool with more possibilities in the world of social networks.
Google Sky Maps discovered the sky
This Google tool allowed us to focus on the sky and receive information about constellations and star names. Google Sky Maps was not only suitable for astronomy enthusiasts, for a long time it was in our terminals as a "must." Although we did not use it daily, it was curious, especially when we were in company.
What he proposed was quite simple but very attractive visually. It was impressive to know the secrets of our celestial dome as we moved our mobile. An Android app that was born in 2009 and is still available in the Play Store. Of course, it no longer has its main advantage; The uniqueness. There are other apps for Android that do exactly the same. What does not have any of them is a hole in our trunk of apps that cause us nostalgia.