Apple and Google Announce the Best Apps of the Year
There are millions of apps on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store that you can download. But which ones are worth your time? With the number of apps popping up on a daily basis, choosing which ones to download can be overwhelming. Luckily, Apple and Google recently announced their 2020 app recommendations. Here are some of the best apps of the year for iPhone and Android users, according to Apple and Google.
Wakeout!: Apple’s Best App of the Year for iPhone
With the pandemic lasting most of the year, workout apps are becoming more and more essential. Wakeout! gives you fun and easy ways to remain active and stay healthy, even if you’re stuck at home without any kind of exercise equipment.
Wakeout! has over 1,000 exercises that can be done in as little as 30 seconds. These innovative exercises are designed to be done anywhere, from your couch to the car, and most of them don’t require any kind of expensive equipment. Instead, the app asks you to use your own weight, balance a stack of pillows, or swing a couple of skillets around.
You can also create schedules and reminds you to do short one-minute exercises throughout the day to make sure you don’t remain sedentary for too long. This app is available for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Wakeout! is free to download, but you will need to pay for a monthly subscription to access the full library of exercises.
If you have trouble falling asleep at night, you might want to try Google’s best app of the year.
The Loóna app is designed to help you get a good night’s rest by altering your mood and emotionally preparing you for sleep.
According to Loóna, your insomnia might not be due to a sleep disorder, but rather you might just be in the “wrong mood for sleep.” To help you get in the right mood, this app gives you a new “sleepscape” each night. These guided sessions involve a combination of art activities, music, and storytelling that is meant to help you disengage and wind down before bed.
You can download Loóna on your iPhone or Android devices for free. However, to access the entire collection of Loona’s sleepscapes, you will need to pay for a membership plan that starts at $12.99 a month.
Apple and Google both recognized Zoom as one of their best apps of the year. This popular app has helped offices transition to work from home setups and enabled students to continue learning while staying at home. With Zoom, you can make video calls, share your screen, send files, and more.
To make your video calls more interesting, Zoom lets you use any virtual background you want. This means you can have your next meeting in outer space or the Grand Canyon, which will also help you hide your messy room from your coworkers.
You can download Zoom for your iPhone or Android devices. It is also available for your iPad, Mac, and Windows PCs. You can download the app for free, but you will only be able to have a group meeting for 40 minutes before your meeting ends. Paid versions start from $150 per year, and the app will come with unlimited group meetings, and other features.
Genshin Impact: Apple and Google’s Best Game of the Year
There are so many smartphone games you can download, so it says a lot that Apple gave Genshin Impact the best game of the year for the iPhone. This single-player adventure game takes you on a journey through an epic fantasy world filled with beautiful scenery, powerful enemies, and challenging puzzles.
This massive open-world game lets you explore any location without restrictions. Along the way, you can team up with 20 different characters, each with their own personalities, fighting styles, and unique abilities.
You can download this game from your iPhone, iPad, or Android device for free. However, there are in-app purchases that help make the game easier.
Fantastical is a calendar app with unique features that help you plan, schedule, and get more done. Unlike other calendar apps, Fantastical integrates with all your other calendars, including iCloud, Google, MS Exchange, Outlook, Office 365, Yahoo!, and more.
The app detects when you have a conference call on Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams, and other video chat apps. Any event with a conference call will be highlighted, and you can join the meeting straight from your calendar. Fantastical also makes it easier to set up a meeting by proposing a time and letting everyone vote on what works best for them.
You can download Fantastical for free, but you would need a subscription to get the app’s best features. The app costs $4.99 a month or $39.99 a year, but there is also a 14-day free trial. Fantastical will also link your calendars to your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
Disney+: Apple and Google’s Best TV App of the Year
Disney+ is one of the newer streaming services, but it is already competing with Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. It provides users unlimited and ad-free access to everything from Disney, including Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, the Simpsons, National Geographic, and more.
A Disney+ subscription starts at $6.99 a month. The app works with iPhone and Android devices, as well as smart TVs, streaming devices, computers, tablets, and game consoles. When you get a subscription to Disney+, you will be able to watch content on four devices at once and download content on up to 10 devices.