In Photo: a collection of “generic” mobile applications | Photo courtesy of Foto: iStockphoto

By Jan Darnel Domalanta

2016 is almost over and it’s been made very clear that smartphones definitely dominated the technology market. A smart phone can do almost anything you desire if you have the right apps at your disposal. There are thousands of apps available to download right now but only a few rose above the rest to become the cream of the crop.

  1. Merriam-Webster Dictionary

I think one of the most important things a person should have on-hand is a dictionary and with this app, you can get America’s most useful and respected dictionary for free. You can look up the definition of any word in their database with just a few button presses. They even added games to help you learn new words and test your vocabulary knowledge.

     2. Google Chrome

Every phone needs a decent mobile browser but the in-build browser may not make the cut, especially if you are an Apple user. Google Chrome is one of the best internet browsers available across all devices and includes features such as device-syncing, expanded tab functionality, voice search, and many more features that can also be found on your desktop browser.

  1. Facebook

When you talk about social media, the first thing that probably comes to mind is Facebook. If you’ve met someone new, they probably have a Facebook account made. Through this app, you’re able to connect with more people and gain the latest updates even while on the go.

  1. Messenger (for Facebook)

While Facebook is a great app on its own, the chat function on the app is pretty bland. With Messenger installed, you can simply sync your Facebook account to enjoy a much more functional chat interface.

  1. Youtube

The Youtube app provides a much easier way to keep up with the channels you are subscribed to with a very clean design and improved browsing compared to the mobile browser version of the video sharing site.

  1. Spotify

Spotify is a very simple app with only one purpose: to play free music. And who doesn’t like free things? With Spotify, you can browse through their catalog of music and even use playlists created by other users. Although you may get some adds every now and then and the functionality changes depending on whether you are on Android or iOS, I still highly recommend downloading this app.

  1. Twitter

Twitter is a close second in the social media department and the app allows much better access to its features. Although the functions available in the app are simply basic Twitter operations such as tagging people, adding mentions, and posting GIFs an pictures, the app still provides more than enough to fulfill your needs.

  1. Instagram

As the best photo-sharing app available for download on the market, Instagram is definitely a must-have for those who enjoy capturing the moment. In addition to simply allowing you to post pictures for the world to see, the app also allows you to change mundane and boring images and videos with cool-looking filters to add more to the visuals.

  1. Reddit: The Official App

Dubbed as “the front page of the internet”, Reddit is one of the largest internet communities with over 36 million subscribers. With ‘subreddits’ for almost everything in existence, from politics to even Anatidaephobia (the fear that somewhere, somehow, a duck is watching him/her), you can definitely find information about what you’re looking for and talk to other users in a forum-like format.

  1. Google Maps

Google Maps is one of the best GPS apps available with its reliability, clean and detailed maps, as well as a plethora of features. If you ever get lost on a trip or you simply took the wrong turn and ended up in an unfamiliar part of town, you could simply fire up the app and set your location and destination. Once done, the app provides you with the fastest route available from point A to point B.


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