By Linh Nguyen Mai Khanh | February 22, 2017
For the past few years, the app development has been a fast blooming world, but iOS and Android have remained the solid rivals while together leading this business. So before stepping into making a guess of new trends in 2017, Mobytelab would like to wrap up the overall picture of apps development within the past year by taking a look at the rundown of 2016 Android and iOS award-winning apps. Some apps may seem to be familiar, but some do not. So let’s find out more and see what brought those apps into the spotlight last year.
A total of 50 Android apps were nominated for its Google Play Awards, spanning across 10 different categories. The winners were selected by the Google Play team itself based on quality, innovation, and the requirement that they have launched or had a “major” update.
Clash Royale has the look and feel just the same as Supercell’s iconic and addictive Clash of Clans. It is a real-time multiplayer battle game. Players use series of strategic cards to offer different types of troops that they can march into battle and defeat your friends and foes online. Although it’s tough to play the game without patience or real money to unlock and upgrade, it’s still addictive with its balance of free and paid content, frustration and excitement, and the promise of rewards.
Robinhood was awarded for its most extensive use of material design prowess.
The app itself is lovely, fresh, friendly and simple to use. Robinhood makes looking at boring financial stats playful and interesting by tapping and swiping on the screen.
Moreover, unlike other stock market app, Robinhood offers free trading, which does sound appealing. That means you don’t have to pay a commission on buying and selling stocks.
Unable to find someone to play table-tennis with? Get ready for a quick ping-pong match with Table Tennis Touch. Stunning graphics, intuitive swipe controls, high-speed gameplay have made Table Tennis Touch own its crown. There are great career modes featuring tournaments, leagues and special events, mini games and multiplayer online action. Just serve, spin and smash your way to glory!
With the slogan “Save money with the bunny”, what makes Hooper stand out is it analyses flight prices and presents the cheapest for trips you’ve entered. It also sends you alerts letting you know when the price drops or go up so that you can get the best deal on your flight. It also has quick tap booking, lovely interface, and solid notifications.
Alphabear, owned by Spry Fox, the developer of the award-winning game Triple Town, is an original word puzzle game but truly addictive fun.
The goal of the game is to spell words using various letters bricks on the game board, which turn into bears when selecting letters that are next to each other. Make sure you use as many letters as you can to grow the bears bigger. If not, you risk some of the letters turning into rocks, which prevents how big your bear can get. There are various types of bears you can unlock based on the number of points you earn in each level. Get a specific score and you win a digital bear in your collection.
With innovation in VR was a massive hot topic last year, New York Times took the home the award for the most innovative app with NYT VR, an app presenting news in a more immersive way. It provides daily virtual reality video stories, in an immersive 360-degree video experience on Google Cardboard or your smartphone.
New virtual reality films will be posted every month or so. There are also push notifications when new films launch and options to stream or download films.
Google’s Go Global award is for developers who create an app or game that offers localized languages and bring about a worldwide appeal. No need to say much about Pokémon fever that took over the world last year, do we? Nothing, according to Google, is more global than Pokémon-related things.
Pokémon Shuffle Mobile is just a familiar match-three puzzle game but starring everybody’s favorite icon – Pokémon. What’s cooler is you now can train and battle against wild Pokémon, collect powers, and level up!
World Around Me uses augmented reality to help you find places. You can pick a venue category and hold your phone up. It uses your phone’s camera to show your surroundings and overlays virtual signboards giving you names, ratings, distance and directions to help you get to nearby places.
Thinkrolls 2 is an educational puzzle app for kids aged three to nine. A child must navigate cute characters through increasingly more complex mazes, using basic gestures and logical thinking to get through various levels. First, players will need to slide an accordion out of the way. Later, players will have to deal with obstacles such as water, gravity, and sequencing. It drives you from stumped to excited back to stumped. No doubt kids would love it.
There’s no better way to learn than when you’re having fun. If you have kids, Thinkrolls 2 is a quality app you can feel comfortable with them using.
Houzz gives access to millions of pictures of you home decoration and improvement design ideas, as well as places to buy furniture and fittings. It also puts you in touch and shares thoughts with the contractors or designers directly within the app. And. Houzz gives ideas and
The most interesting feature is, it even lets you even take an existing photo and draw objects onto photos so you can see what a specific item would look like in your house. Then you can save photos and design ideas to your own account and share them with friends.
If you’re about to design your home, it is a wonderful choice to try this app, plus, it is totally free.
Apple Design Awards is an event to announce the winners of best apps and games across Apple operating system. The awards are handed out every year to recognize high-quality apps developers that used savvy designs to create inventive, compelling new apps and games.
Complete Anatomy is a free app that is only available for the iPad, offering 3D visualizations of the anatomy of the human body in pretty stunning detail. Obviously, it aims at medical professionals and students, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to learn something from Complete Anatomy, too. This app won the design award for its high performance and high fidelity models.
Streaks do a job as an assistant which reminds you anything you add to your to-do-list. It is based on the idea of building good habits in your daily routine. Users are provided custom notifications for a good experience. The $4 app won because of its simple approach on iOS or WatchOS.
More than an ordinary fitness tracking app, Zova is a training companion which builds you a good workout routine. Primarily aimed at Apple TV, Zova is still available for both iOS and WatchOS. The app won the award for its high-resolution workout content with a well-designed user interface.
Frame.IO is a free, easy-to-use tool for video collaboration. It helps you to offer feedback and review notes on a video, with beautiful motion effects, support for Auto Layouts, 3D Touch, etc. Frame.io was also entirely built using Apple’s Swift language, and it integrates with Final Cut Pro.
Ulysses is a text editor optimized for typing without distraction, features different modes, split-screen multi-tasks, and handoffs between devices. Although coming with an expensive price of $45, Ulysses enables you to get rid of all the clutter associated with MS Word. It is available on MacOS and iOS.
6. Chameleon Run
Chameleon Run is a racing game designed for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, where you can use the Siri remote to advance play, via your voice. The game app won the award for stunning visual, the graphics, as well as the 3D effects, are candy for the eyes.
7. Lara Croft GO
It is a turn-based puzzle game which is simple but surprisingly fun and addictive. Lara Croft Go supports the Game Center and iCloud, so you can sync your progress across devices.
INKS makes pinball game totally cooler by putting a colorful spin with ink. As soon as you launch the ball, it hits paint pockets to make it explode and then spread the ink around the board, eventually creating a beautiful painting. After a few seconds, each painting will be different, and all you have to do to create it is play pinball. The app is supported on multiple Apple devices.
Auxy is an app for music production, primarily targeted at electronic music makers. It offers a minimalistic user interface, making things as visual as possible. It is very easy to open and edit previous projects. Auxy was written entirely using Apple’s Swift coding language, integrates with the device’s Core Audio engine and enables Spotlight search.
10. dJay Pro
Another music composing app but is not targeted for the studio or home musician, dJay Pro is for the live DJ. Released in 2011, dJay has gone through a number of major updates. Last year it was chosen as one of the greatest choices for iPad DJ’s.
Linum is a connect the dot game created by student Joaquin Vila
Dividr is a 2D arcade type game by students Josh Deichmann, Patrick Pistor, and Erik Lydick.