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From Instagram to Angry Birds, here are the top apps of the decade


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In the last decade, apps (and by association, smartphones) have become an integral part of our lives. Since iOS launched the App Store and Google Play in 2008 on what seems like most new titles, they have expanded to include millions of apps that help us communicate, meet new people listen to music and kill pigs with birds . OK, sometimes we still use our phones to make calls, but popular apps now have apps that tell you how much time you spend using apps on your phone.

As part of the CNET Review Decade
here are our options for impacting apps of 201

0. I compiled this list from each CNET editor and then curated it ever since. The result is the list below in no particular order.

Note that in the case of almost identical apps, I have compiled the most popular ones in that category, rather than having individual entries. And, sure, there are hundreds of affecting and important apps that are not on this list. If you think we won't include one of your favorite apps, leave it in the comments and I'll be sure to chime in too.


What's this? Instagram allows you to share photos and videos.
Why on the list: Instagram has changed the way we think about photos and, for many of us, has changed our eating habits (at one time I couldn't even begin to eat my own dinner until I get the image of it perfectly). It has also become an incredibly effective marketing tool in recent years and continues to grow, as it reaches 1 billion users every month. I think the reason why it is still popular is because it is constantly changing in significant ways. The addition of things like Stories and Boomerang over the last few years has kept it fresh and the adoption of these features is a great way to continue to expand its user base. As celebrities continue to believe that they actually influence their lives we can sell products. and while many people are still acting totally irresponsible to get the "perfect picture," Instagram is still one of the most simple and entertaining social platforms out there.


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What's this? A social media platform for posting text, photos and videos.
Why it's on the list : Thirteen years after its debut, nobody would argue that Twitter has completely changed the way the world communicates. From the Arab Spring where protesters used Twitter to not only coordinate, but also voice their message to the world, to world leaders such as President Donald Trump who can now send a message to every connected person on the planet immediately, it is clear that communication will never be the same. Although Twitter has not been proven successful in clamping down on hate speech, it is still one of the best and most informative social networks.


The Facebook app on an iPhone.

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What's this? A platform on social media and networking
Why on the list: Like Twitter, Facebook's startup has been around for decades, but it has become the world's leading social media platform, with almost 2.5 billion active users. It lets you reconnect with old friends and family around the world, and is filled with memes, cat videos, requests for Farmville and news, both real and not much. After the brief boom of MySpace, Facebook made social media mainstream. However, amidst its user privacy scandals and the influx of fake news, the platform has fallen under harsh scrutiny since the election in 2016.

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What are they? ] Dating applications, popularized by their simple filtering mechanics.
Why they're on the list: It's never before the act of finding someone, no matter your needs and wants, has become easy (in the case of Tinder and Bumble, swipe right at the photo of a potential if you're interested. Otherwise, swipe left.) People use apps for everything from fast casual to casual dating to finding long-term relationships. the LGBTQ community, was the first to start, but Tinder has profoundly changed the dating scene. You may suddenly filter your options almost immediately and find exactly what you're looking for. le creature! BWAHAHAHAA !!

Google Maps / Apple Maps

What are these? The two most famous maps / directions of the world in the world.
Why they're on the list: I honestly don't travel without using one of them. I have a terrible sense of direction, I didn't start driving until I was in my 30s, and I still don't know most streets by name. Seriously, I'm terrible and I need it. But I'm digging. These apps took Mapquest to its logical end of evolution. Now you can travel anywhere in the world without having to know exactly where a place is. Just follow the directions like you're playing GTA or something and even see what your destination looks like from the outside. While I prefer Google Maps personally, Apple Maps has greatly improved since its disastrous launch a few years ago.

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The latest update to Google Maps brings the number of options for reporting traffic slowdowns to seven.

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What's this? A music streaming service
Why it's on the list: I remember when Spotify debuted in 2011. It seems to have come out of nowhere and changed dramatically (you. I see a lot of this word in this list if you have not yet) the emerging music industry. It felt like the original version of Napster, just legal, but still free. Too free for some, as usual artists like Taylor Swift pulled out all their music from the service. Swift eventually returned to the streaming giant.

With its launch, Spotify is enjoying a massive 50 million-song library away from its competitors at the time. Spotify eventually led Apple to create its own music service called Apple Music in 2015, which also has access to over 50 million songs.


What is this? An instant messaging platform
Why is it on the list: What makes Slack any different from a billion other IM clients in the last 25 years? Often it integrates with other apps and the way it can start to feel like the nucleus for everything that happens in your work. These days it's a sneak peek at where I open first in the morning: Slack or email. Slack is like email, part 2.

But, it's not just useful for work. As family life becomes more difficult, families use Slack to communicate, which is strange but also very appealing as I begin to grow up. But like every tool, it comes down to how you use it – the debate over whether Slack improves or continues productivity.


Can Uber reach super-app status?

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Uber / Lyft

What are they? Order a rideshare on your phone at your exact location and pay automatically by your credit card.
Why they're on the list: I remember four years ago when my 16-year-old San Francisco from Minneapolis visited me. He doesn't hear Uber anymore, and the whole thing creeps in on him. Now, I don't think he can imagine traveling any other way. Of course, comfort does not come without a cost. Both Uber and Lyft successfully faced indictments of alleged sexual assault of drivers, cities around the world that it attempted to regulate and drivers fought for better pay . And while all the additional cars on the road could disrupt traffic to the cities there is no denying the impact of these apps on the way we travel.


What is this? Allows you to make digital payments to other individuals.
Why on the list: As someone who rarely brings money, I can't easily pay my share when eating dinner with a group of friends. That's why Venmo and other apps like this have become a goddess – with them I don't always feel like a deadbeat. You can pay for stuff for friends like movie tickets, and now they have zero reason you won't pay back, even before the movie even started! We are not deadbeats!

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Angry Birds

What is this? A game where you launch birds into structures to attempt to kill pigs
Why it's on the list: In its early days, Angry Birds were so popular, I convinced myself that I needed it. Ultimately, when I play it I don't, but its impact on expectations of how popular mobile game is. Two movies and several versions of the game later, Angry Birds is still a very popular franchise and is constantly changing with the times, latest in Angry Birds AR. Again, not my cup of tea, but many still enjoy a sip.

Candy Crush Saga

What is this? A match-three puzzle game.
Why on the list: I know it's special when my wife, who is not a gamer, can not only put it down, but also spend playing it. It took him six years to finally move on to Two Dots. I haven't played Candy Crush Saga yet and probably haven't – the visuals are a bit too saccharine for me – but it's one of the most popular tile-matching games of all time. You can pick it up quickly, it has a fun gameplay mechanic, and it's something you can do while listening to books (to illustrate my wife). Despite his downfall, the general popularity of the game showed no signs of abstinence.


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Pokemon Go

What's this? The first big AR game based at the university of Pokemon
Why it's on the list: It was a wonderful thing when it was released in 2016. I tried. playing from my house, but no one could find me in my small suburban neighborhood, so I gave up quickly because I was too conscious of playing in the city. The game eventually lost much of its player base, but was still incredibly popular, having crossed 1 billion downloads earlier this year. The formula for success is simple: Combine a successful franchise with a new technology with strong social ties. It worked well.


What is this? Video platform that allows you to create videos up to six seconds long and share them.
Why it's on the list: After an exciting start to 2012, Vine has not been stopped by its owner, Twitter, in 2016 amid growing competition, especially from Instagram. But during its lifetime, Vine has quickly popularized the short-form video app. It gave you the ability to create six-second videos and post them immediately, which is (at the time) one of the coolest things I've ever seen in an app. I came up right, experimenting with some weird techniques, choosing others and trying to come up with storytelling skills. Like most things, I was done and ready to move on after a few months, but Vine continued to be a hit, leading to the evolution of his cousin, TikTok.

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Flappy Bird

What is this? A super challenging mobile game which no longer exists in its original form.
Why in the list: Remember when this game was the most downloaded app in the app store? The place was held for almost a month in 2014 before the developer suddenly picked it up he said it was addictive that he lost his sleep getting so many people hanging in. It was was crazy-difficult and something that could be my stomach for no more than a minute., even after its removal – people (unsuccessfully) tried to sell phones that still had games on Ebay up to $ 100,000.

Facebook Messenger / WhatsApp

What are they? Two hugely popular chat platforms
Why they're on the list: Both are products on Facebook and essentially do the same thing, but are different. Facebook removed Messenger from the Facebook app in 2011 and made it its own thing. This is incredibly popular and is the preferred way to talk for a lot of people, especially if you are on Facebook but don't have a person's number or want to leave texting.

WhatsApp is the lighter version that uses less data and encrypts its end-to-end messages, which is more secure than Messenger's solution of sending messages to a server before sending it to the recipient. It is also incredibly popular, especially in Asian countries.




What is this : A video-streaming app, dedicated to original content.
Why it's on the list : Netflix is ​​the leading video-streaming app. With this, you get access to a growing number of original Netflix movies and series, such as Stranger Things and Narcos.The iOS and Android app allows you to download most shows or movies on your phone. Despite the heavy and growing competition, Netflix is ​​still the streaming app everyone is measuring. Just for now.


What is this? A social media and messaging app where videos and messages disappear after an hour.
Why it's on this list: Snapchat was launched in 2011, but its popularity hit the stratosphere between 2013 and 2015, after increasing video sharing, Snapchat Stories, text messaging ephemeral and (most importantly) rainbow vomiting feature. This allowed people to post short videos that expired and "disappeared forever" after a set time. I have to admit, as a successive fuddy-duddy old man I didn't see the appeal of making videos or writing texts that were gone after a while, but that's just me. I think I'm a hoarder at heart and I want everything I make available for access forever.

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What is this? A video app that allows anyone to post videos and watch them.
Why it's on this list: YouTube has changed the way it consumes media, from posting viral videos to smoothly making original clips through of 'YouTubers. "There's no reason not to be a filmmaker if you dream of being one (talking to you, yourself!).

I use it all the time, and with the monthly YouTube subscription service eliminating ads and allowed me to play background videos, I could listen to YouTube audio. For that reason alone it should be included here, and I'm surprised that many video apps have not added this feature. In recent years however, as the number of videos with disinformation and racism increased, the platform was subject to criticism. However, its number of users increased by over 1 billion and showed no signs of slowing down. [19659006] Google Pay / Apple Pay

What are they? Mobile payment applications that allow you to pay retail or online using just your phone, tablet or smartwatch.
Why are they on this station: Being able to pay for things on your phone seems like a novel concept a few years ago, but now this is my preferred way to pay and usually works seamlessly. It sounds like a small thing, but I'm always looking for the Apple Pay logo. It's just an extra level of comfort that I really care about.


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Google Assistant / Siri / Alexa

What are they? The leading voice assistants in the market.
Why they're on this list: Siri was the first major voice assistant when it debuted in 2011, but other options followed. (Google Assistant, in particular, is smarter and easier to understand.) I use an Apple HomePod with Siri and I'm constantly frustrated by the fact that Siri isn't smarter. I expect changes soon. Having to say "Hey, Siri" for every command is getting old fast.

It is important to note that, as exciting as this technology is, the simple fact is that your voice assistants are being recorded by you and as a result, Google, Apple and Amazon (including Alexa) are have now put up either. people will stop listening to you in the "privacy" of your own home or allow you to opt out of this recording. Still disconcerting.


What is this? The app for the largest online retailer in the world.
Why on this list: If you raised a child without the help of the Amazon app, you are a god in my book. I've been using Amazon since I bought my first DVD some time in 2000. The Matrix or maybe the X-Men? Possible Ninja scrolling I'm not sure, but I haven't stopped shopping ever since, and I probably won't be around anytime soon. Now, with an app it's even easier and faster – so fast that I don't have to add a task to my to-do list. When I was juggling an uncooperative baby with a 1 year old doing his best to jump head first into a couch, the ability to take 15 seconds off lured the diving kids to order them new vitamins are huge – it makes my life easier.

Skype / Facetime / Zoom

What are they? Real video-based video calls
Why are they on this list: This is the future sci-fi phone video that is better than what any sci could have predicted -fi film, obviously because none of them predicted the rise of the smartphone. I don't use it much, but the times I do are special, like when I'm away from my kids and I want to see their faces. Not as you see it at The Jetsons, but the fact that I see my boys when I'm out of business, or even a coworker thousands of miles away, is amazing.

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What is this? The game that took place in the life of your child / nephew / cousin
Why on this list: Fortnite has had the kind of cultural impact some games have, if any, ever achieved. From the entire Fortnite dance floor to the fact that the winner of the 2019 Fortnite World Cup was awarded $ 3 million, Fortnite is a gigantic, unstoppable pop culture juggernaut that shows no sign of slowing down.

As long as the developers don't keep the game fresh by doing things like finishing it, the popularity should continue within a few hours.

Uber Eats / Postmates / Grubhub / DoorDash

What are they? Ordering food for delivery, even if the restaurant in question does not deliver itself.
Why they're on the list: I remember the disappointment in wanting food from one of my favorite restaurants and seeing the "No serving" sign. Here is the feeling of something of the distant past. Sure, eating all the time is not cheap or always healthy, but I like having choices. If I want a barbecue lunch, but I don't have 20 minutes to pick it up, it's comforting to know that there are people out there who don't mind doing it for me … for a price.

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Google Photos

What is this? A photo storage app for both Android and iOS.
Why on the list: I thought your big question was, why did Google Photos make the list and not the Photos app and iCloud on iOS? Well, as good as the Photos app is on iOS – and it has definitely improved lately – the app is not compatible with Android. However, Google Photos works on Android and iOS. It also has more cloud storage than iCloud, and its search feature is more robust and useful. You can search for a word that appears in a picture or even by pronoun – just in case you want to find your friend's baby pictures, but don't remember if you took it.

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