Happy New Year! Now that 2016 is behind us, it is a perfect time to take a look at the best Windows 10 apps of the last year. There are numerous ways to compile Top-10 app charts: you can rank apps by downloads, by revenue or by subjective criteria of a specific person. What we decided to do is none of these: we thought we’ll get you a top-10 by the interest app news generated on AppRaisin.
So, without further ado, here are the apps that attracted the most attention from the AppRaisin community…
#10 Skype Preview (UWP)
Skype Preview was released for Windows 10 Mobile in the summer and that garnered enough votes to get it into the #10.
#9 Facebook Messenger
Facebook released a set of their iOS-like apps and their Messenger finds itself at #9 on our list.
#8 FIFA Mobile Soccer
Surprisingly FIFA Mobile Soccer is the only game on this list.
An update for the official Twitter app for Windows 10 was long overdue (especially on mobile) and it was welcomed with enough votes to land it at #7 on the list.
Steam’s mobile companion app was probably mistaken for the “real thing” and received a lot of love from the community.
Instagram got to feature parity with iOS/Android last year, but it’s the surprise release on the desktop that got the most attention from people.
Legendary 3rd party Windows Phone camera app ProShot has finally landed on Windows 10 (including PCs) and was met with enthusiasm by the users.
Facebook’s title app got a major update along with it’s “sister” apps (Messenger and Instagram) and, even though some dislike it’s “foreign” design language, it is closest to feature parity Windows apps have ever been with their iOS/Android versions.
Everyone’s favorite geeky media player VLC got a UWP update and enough love for the silver medal.
Remember when Prisma was all the rage on the internet? This was the highest (lowest?) point of “app envy” for Windows phone users in 2016. But a different app came to the rescue. This app is called Vinci and it was the most welcome app news of 2016 according to AppRaisin community. Congratulations!
This month we take a look at the year-end snapshot of Windows 10 Mobile phones in use, what Black Friday did to the PC manufacturer and phone charts, and whether Surface Studio made a dent in the Surface product line usage.
We are happy to announce that you can now use AdDuplex to cross-promote your Windows 10 UWP apps on Xbox One. This means that AdDuplex SDK v.10.1 (or newer) now supports apps running on Xbox One natively – including controller support for ad selection (clicking) and interstitial dismissal.
How do I start promoting my app on Xbox One for free?
For Universal Windows apps that are already participating in the AdDuplex cross-promotion network, enabling Xbox One support is as easy as making sure your app runs AdDuplex SDK v.10.1 or newer and checking one checkbox in app details under Device Family:
Those wishing to add a new app with Xbox support (or to separate Xbox One version of the app from other device families) will have to create a new app record on AdDuplex, select Windows 10 as app platform and Xbox as supported Device family:
What about campaigns?
While our ad inventory on Xbox One is ramping up we will not provide a publicly accessible way for paying advertisers to advertise on Xbox One. However, we understand that holiday season is an important opportunity to promote your app to the new Xbox One users. So, if you’re interested in advertising on Xbox One right away, please, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist.
Not much is happening in the mobile world of Windows in general. However, there was a new flagship-type phone released this month – Alcatel Idol 4S. Granted it’s a US-only phone (for now, at least) and the fact that we haven’t looked at US in a while, we decided to dedicate this issue of AdDuplex Statistics report to US.
This month we take a look at where HP Elite x3 lands, Lenovo takes second place in the PC chart, Windows 10 Anniversary Update reaches critical mass on Mobile and makes huge progress on the PC side.
Over the years we’ve developed a bunch of bits and pieces of software that we use internally for one thing or the other. We decided to release some of it to the wider audience. All the things we release under this initiative can be found on a special AxGarage site. Much more will be added there as time goes by, but we start with two initial releases in the form of 2 Windows 10 UWP apps: Random Tool and One Tap Reminders.
Random Tool aims to be your Swiss army knife for all things random. We use it to pick winners for contests we run, to spice up a morning standup meeting by randomizing the order of speaking or to just pick random numbers, throw dice, flip coins or make decisions.
Additionally, Random Tool can speak the results aloud making it even more useful in a group setting.
One Tap Reminders
All of us need to be reminded about various things and quite often these reminders are pretty standard for our recurring situations: call someone in 5 minutes, pickup pizza in 20 minutes, switch stove off before something is overcooked, etc. One Tap Reminders lets you create reminder presets, [optionally] pin them to your start screen and activate them with just one tap – faster than you can ask Cortana to do it (even provided she hears you on the first try) and definitely faster than fiddling with reminder settings in an app.
Both apps are universal Windows 10 apps (UWP) and work on both mobile and desktop (should work on HoloLens as well) and available from the Windows Store free of charge (apps are ad supported and include a one-time in-app purchase to remove ads and unlock extra functionality).
Please, check Random Tool and One Tap Reminders out, spread the word and rate them 5 stars in the store!
More AxGarage apps and services are on the way. Stay tuned…
This month, in addition to traditional charts of most popular Windows phones and Windows 10 Mobile phones, we look at the speed of Windows 10 Anniversary Update adoption, top Windows 10 manufacturers for both phones and PCs and more.
This month we look at the top Windows phones in general and Windows 10 Mobile devices in particular.
We observe accelerating growth in Windows 10 Mobile usage share and take a look on how Windows 10 Anniversary Update is propagating on both PCs and mobile. And our findings will definitely surprise you.
AppRaisin App Picks of the Week
Probably the most fashionable photo app on Windows Store! Turn your photos into unique piece of art using neural networks and artificial intelligence of Vinci app. Get the app here.
Another great way to spice up your photo and video album is Gif Me! app. It is the best way to create and share short video in animated GIF or MP4. And you can apply an image filter too. Get the app here.
Gamers’ Pick of the Week
Warp Deer is an addictive car avoiding game where you can warp to safety with the tap of a finger. Get the game here.
Are you bored? Enter the squirrel! Defy the kitsune samurai who have stolen your clan’s sacred acorns. Sneak through beautifully hand-painted landscapes, avoid capture by the guards, and snatch victory from your enemies. Get the game here.
Help us bring AppRaisin to local communities across the globe!
We are still running the crowdfunding campaign on AppStretch to create the foundation for multilingual AppRaisin and launch our first localization. If English is not your first language and you would like to see Windows app enthusiast communities sprung up across the world, please, pledge your support on AppStretch and spread the word on social media. Click here for more information.
Monument Browser is a tool to navigate in multiple sites. The app has native support for background downloads that may help download large files while doing other things in your phone. Level up your productivity. Get the app here.
Saavn is unlimited, free access to all your favorite music – anywhere, anytime. Saavn’s catalog includes millions of tracks across Bollywood, English, Hindi, and Indian regional music. Get the app here.
Gamers’ Pick of the Week
Test your reflexes in this entertaining motocross racing game – Sunset Bike Racer. Get the game here.
A multi-platform dice game – Yatzy Ultimate now available to Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile users as a Universal Windows Platform app. So you can play it from anywhere at any time. Get the game here.
Help us bring AppRaisin to local communities across the globe!
We have launched a crowdfunding campaign on AppStretch to create the foundation for multilingual AppRaisin and launch our first localization. If English is not your first language and you would like to see Windows app enthusiast communities sprung up across the world, please, pledge your support on AppStretch and spread the word on social media. Click here for more information.