Mashable picks apps ‘that first made the iPhone feel like magic — and those that still do.’
As one year winds down and a new calendar year begins, it is customary to make “best of” lists. So, Mashable picked the 100 best iPhone apps of all time. Three Israeli-made apps — Waze, Meerkat and Yo – made the list.
Waze ranks 22nd on the impressive list.
“So good Google bought it,” reports Mashable about choosing the Israeli-made navigation application. “The app took mobile driving directions to the next level, using crowd-sourced data on traffic, gas prices and — most controversially — police speed traps. Even if you don’t use the Waze app, you’ve almost certainly felt its influence.”
At No. 86 on the list is the Israeli-American video-streaming app Meerkat. The public Twitter-Meerkat breakup may have altered the original plans for greatness by the app’s designers but the Mashable digital media website explains that its editors were seeking pioneering apps as well amusing ones when choosing the Best 100 iPhone apps for their list. As such, Meerkat is included on the list.
“When we set out to pick the 100 best iPhone apps of all time, our intention wasn’t to simply do a list of the most useful or entertaining apps currently available. Just as a great teacher in your youth may have helped shape who you are today, groundbreaking apps of the past have had tremendous impact on the iPhone experience, even if their influence may have since waned or faded entirely.”
Mashable writes that Meerkat’s future remains to be seen but its presence will not be forgotten. “Will it survive? No one knows, but it will never lose its place as the app that put mobile-to-mobile video broadcasting on the map.”
And at 91st place on the list, Israeli venture capitalist and entrepreneur Moshe Hogeg is credited with introducing “the quintessential ‘dumb’ app.”
“The app quickly racked up more than a million users and inspired dozens of copycats (Yo Hodor, anyone?) while helping kick off a new trend of ridiculous and ridiculous-sounding apps,” write Mashable’s editors.
But the Yo app wasn’t without benefits.
“Today, you can use Yo to turn on your lights, remember where you parked your car, or follow your favorite sports teams, publishers and Instagrammers. There’s also an Apple Watch app, perhaps one of the few apps that really makes sense to have on your wrist,” reads the blurb about why Yo appears on the Best Of list. “Though the app wasn’t able to sustain its early virality, it proved that ‘dumb’ apps can have brains, too.”
Instagram is cited as the most influential app on the Mashable Top 100, followed by Google Maps, Facebook, Twitter and Angry Birds.
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