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Apple app charts roundup: Top Singapore downloads of 2017

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In this day and age, it would be accurate to say: You are what you download.

Apple has released their iTunes downloads roundup and this gives us insight on what users in Singapore have been putting on their iPhones.


This year, augmented reality, real-time competitive gaming, and mental health and wellness apps were all the rage. In the music department, Ed Sheeran bags the top spot for best album with ÷, and best song with “Shape of You.” Bruno Mars comes in second with his album 24K Magic. K-pop was also a thing with at least two Korean bands taking a spot in the top 10. iTunes Movies had “girl power” as a big theme this year with movies like Moana, Wonder Woman, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story making the list.

In 2017, Singaporean download habits paint us a pretty picture of users today. This illustration by Teresa Lim of @teeteeheehee sums everything up perfectly:

Made on the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil

Top free iPhone apps are as follows:

  1. Grab – Ride Hailing App
  2. WhatsApp
  3. Uber
  4. YouTube
  5. Facebook
  6. Messenger
  7. Instagram
  8. oBike – Bike Sharing
  9. Google Maps – GPS Navigation
  10. Carousell
  11. Gmail – Email by Google
  12. WeChat
  13. Spotify Music
  14. Google Chrome
  15. My Singtel app
  16. foodpanda – Food Delivery
  17. UberEATS: Food Delivery
  18. Google Translate
  19. Healthy 365
  20. Snapchat

On the other hand, top paid iPhone apps are as follows:

  1. Gudak Cam
  2. TouchRetouch
  3. kirakira+
  4. Scanner for Me + OCR
  5. Enlight
  6. Forest by Seekrtech
  7. LightX
  8. Tabs & Chords – learn and play
  9. Afterlight
  10. Glitché
  11. Analog Paris
  12. Plotagraph+ Photo Animator
  13. The Wonder Weeks
  14. ProCam 5
  15. ProCamera
  16. Facetune
  17. Slow Shutter Cam
  18. Halide – RAW Manual Camera
  19. Pixomatic photo editor
  20. Fontmania – Add Artworks & Text to Your Photos!

In the gaming department, these free games topped the charts:

  1. Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
  2. Super Mario Run
  3. Fight List – Categories Game
  4. Coin Master
  5. Word Cookies!
  6. Candy Crush Saga
  7. 8 Ball Pool
  8. Clash Royale
  9. Episode – Choose Your Story
  10. Pokémon GO
  11. Lords Mobile
  12. Piano Tiles 2
  13. Subway Surfers
  14. Asphalt 8: Airborne
  15. Roll the Ball – slide puzzle
  16. Toy Blast
  17. Choices: Stories You Play
  18. Clash of Clans
  19. Cookie Run: OvenBreak
  20. Critical Ops

View the top music chart here and the top movies chart here.

Paraphrasing an old saying and giving it a social media twist, I say: “Show me your apps and I’ll tell you who you are.”

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone X Review: Is it worth the hype?

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GCash eyes 365,000 trees planted in 365 days with the help of its users

Through a new ‘green’ feature

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GCash has introduced a new “green” feature on their app called GCash Forest. The new feature inside GCash’s app aims to contribute to environmental preservation with the help of its users. As the leading mobile wallet in the Philippines, GCash eyes to plant 365,000 trees in 365 days.

The goal of GCash Forest is to help Filipinos contribute to tree planting activities by simply using the GCash app. Basically, GCash subscribers will have the ability to plant virtual trees that’ll have real-life counterparts. GCash is not alone in this; they have partnered with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN).


The DENR will provide the land resources in Ipo Watershed, while WWF will be providing trees and manpower. BIOFIN will then monitor the progress of the efforts. The Ipo Watershed is an essential component of the Angat-Umiray-Ipo watersheds system which supplies 98 percent of Metro Manila’s water.

For users to be able to contribute to the tree planting efforts of GCash Forest, they need to collect “green energy” by simply (and frequently) using the GCash app. Once users get enough green energy, they’ll now choose which species of trees they wish to plant in a selected area at the Ipo Watershed.

GCash users will receive a certificate of ownership with a serial number once their trees are planted. Of course, they’ll also get updates on the growth of their trees and fun facts through the GCash app.

SEE ALSO: Globe launches Southeast Asia’s first 5G service backed by Huawei

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Dr. Mario World is coming to Android and iOS in a few weeks

A classic coming back to life!

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After a week from E3 2019, Nintendo has announced the release of its latest mobile game. The Japanese game company has been reviving its classic titles lately and the newest one coming to our phones is Dr. Mario World.

The new Nintendo game for mobile will be available for iOS and Android on July 10 for free. Pre-registration is already open on the App Store and Play Store.


A new trailer for Dr. Mario World gives us our first look at the game. From the looks of it, it’s going to be pretty different yet familiar. Instead of a Tetris-style gameplay where the capsules fall down the screen, Dr. Mario World will require players to drag the capsules on the playing field. Since the game will be played on phones with touchscreens, this approach makes better sense than left-right buttons.

Like most free-to-play titles, the game will have in-app purchases that’ll help players progress in the game. The game also has countdown timers and character customizations.

The original Dr. Mario game came out in 1990 and it instantly became one of the best Nintendo titles. It was originally developed for the NES. It was ported and remade for multiple platforms after.

Source: Nintendo

SEE ALSO: Nintendo reveals new Pokémon games for the Switch

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New Huawei phones are suspended from having Facebook out of the box

Another blow to Huawei, but this is minimal

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Here’s more news about the US trade ban against Huawei. The latest American company to take action is Facebook. The popular social networking company is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones.

The latest blow to the Chinese tech giant doesn’t necessarily mean users won’t be able to access Facebook. According to a report by Reuters, customers who already bought Huawei phones will still be able to use Facebook apps and receive updates. Although, new Huawei phones will no longer have Facebook pre-installed. Other Facebook-owned apps are also affected including WhatsApp and Instagram.


If you purchased a Huawei phone lately, you might have noticed that your phone came with a few apps pre-installed — aside from the native apps, of course. Usually, smartphone vendors have deals with developers like Facebook to make their app widely available. Aside from Facebook, Huawei phones also come pre-installed with Twitter and Booking.com in many markets.

While Facebook’s move to stay away won’t badly hurt Huawei, it could affect the partnership sales outlook. Again, the Facebook ban only affects Huawei phones that have yet to come out of the factory. Also, Facebook can still be downloaded from the Google Play Store assuming Huawei will not lose access to it soon.

SEE ALSO: Huawei inks a 5G developmental deal with Russia

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