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:
Top free iPhone apps are as follows:
- Grab – Ride Hailing App
- oBike – Bike Sharing
- Google Maps – GPS Navigation
- Gmail – Email by Google
- Spotify Music
- Google Chrome
- My Singtel app
- foodpanda – Food Delivery
- UberEATS: Food Delivery
- Google Translate
- Healthy 365
On the other hand, top paid iPhone apps are as follows:
- Gudak Cam
- Scanner for Me + OCR
- Forest by Seekrtech
- Tabs & Chords – learn and play
- Analog Paris
- Plotagraph+ Photo Animator
- The Wonder Weeks
- ProCam 5
- Slow Shutter Cam
- Halide – RAW Manual Camera
- Pixomatic photo editor
- Fontmania – Add Artworks & Text to Your Photos!
In the gaming department, these free games topped the charts:
- Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
- Super Mario Run
- Fight List – Categories Game
- Coin Master
- Word Cookies!
- Candy Crush Saga
- 8 Ball Pool
- Clash Royale
- Episode – Choose Your Story
- Pokémon GO
- Lords Mobile
- Piano Tiles 2
- Subway Surfers
- Asphalt 8: Airborne
- Roll the Ball – slide puzzle
- Toy Blast
- Choices: Stories You Play
- Clash of Clans
- Cookie Run: OvenBreak
- Critical Ops
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.”
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GCash eyes 365,000 trees planted in 365 days with the help of its users
Through a new ‘green’ feature
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.
GCash Forest will live inside the GCash app. You’ll be growing a virtual tree by doing low carbon actions. That tree, when you have enough “green energy,” will be a real tree at Ipo Watershed. @gcashofficial @gadgetmatch #GadgetMatchLIVE pic.twitter.com/3r7n434Uk9
— Dan Morial (@danielmorial) June 25, 2019
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.
Dr. Mario World is coming to Android and iOS in a few weeks
A classic coming back to life!
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.
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.
New Huawei phones are suspended from having Facebook out of the box
Another blow to Huawei, but this is minimal
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.
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