Top 5 Mobile Apps to Look Out for in 2017
The rise of smart phones has opened the door to a whole new world for consumers.The app industry has become an essential participant in the world of technology. Just as new cars, phones, and computers are released each year, the same has begun to be true for apps. For the year of 2017, we can look forward to rising stars in gaming, social media, communication, streaming, and shopping.
Pokémon Go dominated summer 2016 for a brief time. As a rebound, Pokémon Dual, marketed as a tactical board game, was recently released. Up to 6 players build a team and battle other teams as you progress. While this app does not integrate augmented reality, the developers anticipate that it will be almost as popular as Pokémon Go.
With the rising popularity of videos in social media, 2017 may be the year that Zipline, a new video editing app, takes the lead. All editing features necessary to create personalized videos are included in the app. It creates 60 second clips called “Zips”. Zips are easily shared via in-app options to connect with Facebook and Twitter. Or, videos can be kept within the app where followers can like and comment on them.
Meet by Google Hangouts is a brand new addition to the realm of conferencing and promises to play a key role in 2017. As a part of the ever-growing G Suite, the app allows users to hold high-definition video conferences. Meetings are set up and users join conferences with an assigned meeting code. And up to 30 users can participate in the same call.
Currently, only an incomplete URL page (meet.google.com) and a live mobile app available in the iTunes app store are in existence. It will be interesting to see how this one is fully unveiled later this year.
Cable TV is headed the way of the landline telephone with the unveiling of new apps like YouTube TV. For $35 a month, subscribers can stream live TV on up to 6 accounts. Each account will have unlimited space on its own cloud DVR. Partnering with several major news networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Disney, and ESPN to name a few), YouTube TV’s purpose is to provide live and local TV. Initially, this service will be limited to larger cities like NYC and LA. And yes, there will be ads.
Shopbop finally entered the world of mobile apps in January. With free shipping and over 800 international brands to choose from, the app was the final step in making Shopbop the most convenient shopping tool of 2017. You can set up a personalized boutique within the app and receive notifications when certain styles go on sale or are selling out. And since Amazon is its parent company, Amazon Prime membership benefits are honored. There really is no need to shop anywhere else.
With these apps to look forward to, 2017 is already a year to be reckoned with. It will be interesting to see if anything else develops this year to add further convenience to consumers’ lives.
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