With more than 2 million apps on the App Store and Google Play Store each, find the best apps can be overwhelming. If you’re looking for some new apps and games to download, Apple and Google just released a list of their top picks of 2019. For the past several years, both tech giants have released a list highlighting the most critically acclaimed and top trending apps and games of the year. Here are the best apps and games of 2019, according to Apple and Google:
The Best Apps of the Year
Spectre Camera – Best iPhone App of the Year
The Spectre app uses artificial intelligence to combine hundreds of photos taken over a few seconds. This allows you to take long-exposure photos that you could only get with a professional camera otherwise.
With this app installed on your iPhone, you can take photos of crowded locations and make all the people and cars disappear. At night, you can also capture beautiful light trails from the headlights and taillights of cars zooming down the highway. You also get an advanced image stabilizer that ensures you never get a shaky photo again.
This app costs $2.99 on the Apple App Store, and it is compatible with any iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 11 or later.
Ablo – Best Android App of the Year
The Google team picked Ablo as their top app of the year. This app lets you talk to random people around the globe in your own language. Once you sign up with your name, age, and location, you will instantly be connected to someone from another country. Then you can start a text or video conversation with another user that will be automatically translated in real-time.
If you’ve been looking for a pen pal in another country, this app will let you have meaningful conversations with people from different cultural backgrounds for free.
Flow by Moleskine – Best iPad App of the Year
If you’re the type of person that carries a notebook everywhere, the Flow app lets you use dozens of paper types, colors, and tools to draw and write on your iPad and iPhone. Moleskin created this app from the ground up to feel as responsive as drawing on real paper. However, unlike real paper, this app gives your documents infinite width, so you never have to worry about reaching the end of a page.
This app is available on the Apple App Store for iPhones and iPads. The app is free for seven days, but then you have to sign up for a membership that ranges from $1.99 a month to $11.99 a year. Once you sign up for a membership plan, you can upload and download your documents from the cloud. This means you’ll never have to worry about losing your notes and sketches again.
Affinity Publisher by Serif Labs – Best Mac Desktop App of the Year
Whether you are designing a magazine, poster, brochure, or any content that has text and images, you can make your work stand out with Affinity Publisher. This app lets you wrap text around an image for that professional look, and then edit your images with layers using a pen tool for creating vector curves and shapes.
You can find Affinity Publisher on the Apple App Store or the Microsoft Store for a one-time payment of $34.99. This is a great price for such a powerful app, since all other professional publisher apps come with expensive monthly fees and subscriptions.
The Best Games of 2019
Sky: Children of the Light – Best iPhone Game of the Year
If you’re looking for a simple game that looks great and has a lot of heart, Sky: Children of Light has everything you want. From the award-winning creators of Journey, the 2013 GDC game of the year, this social adventure game lets you explore with other players from around the world. You can team up with other users to fly around the seven dream-like realms of the Kingdom of Sky to return fallen Stars to their constellations.
Call of Duty: Mobile – Best Android Game of the Year
If you’re looking for a more action-packed game, Google has named Call of Duty: Mobile as the best Android game of the year. With this free-to-play mobile app, you can play classic multi-player maps, 100-player Battle Royale matches, and even the popular Zombies Survival mode.
If you liked any of the recent Call of Duty games, you’ll love having this app on your mobile device.
If you’re looking for mobile games that you can play on the go, check out our list of the best games that don’t need WiFi.