Whether you're an Android-owner, or if you gave into the iPhone craze, more applications are now available to anyone who owns a smart mobile device. In 2012, we have seen our share of new websites and apps that have revolutionized the consumer market, specifically through Apple App Store and Google Play.
This year, new apps that span demographics are being introduced to the playing field competing with new, updated versions of last year's products. Here's a list of five of the hottest apps that have taken the consumer market by storm:
Statistically, people over the age of 30 have a much higher probability to invest in different publicly shared companies due to the fact that they have more income and tend to have more knowledge and interest in the stock market. An app that was created by two Stanford grads is making investing a lot easier for people of all ages. Conceptualized in 2012 and brought into the public sector in early 2013, Robinhood was launched in order to place stock market wisdom into everyone's pocket, turning Wall Street into an equal playing field.
The app works by providing a daily update of popular stocks. The user then has the option of adding these stocks to a “watch list”. The app tracks the rate of the stock as well as any news that is put out by the companies and media organizations in order to keep users informed of internal structuring. The app also allows users to recommend certain stocks to your friends and other users (this also works vice-versa) through the feed. If you want into the stock game, Robinhood allows anyone that uses it the convenience of informed and easy investing without the extra cost of hiring an stock advisor.
Ready to enhance your fundraising efforts? Kickstarter, launched on Valentine's Day of this year, has gained a lot of publicity after the efforts of actress Kristen Bell who used this app in order to raise funds for a possible “Veronica Mars” film. After a few days, the film was funded in it's entirety, giving fans hope for a film and consumers exposure to what exactly Kickstarter does. Kickstarter is an app that allows users to post projects and get funded by other users.
The project could be as big as a film in the silver screen (as previously mentioned) or as small as a simple short-film production. The projects are ranked by popularity, giving users an idea of which projects are more likely to come into fruition. Whether you're looking for someone to fund your project or you're just looking to help someone in need, Kickstarter is the perfect app that can get the task done fast and effectively.
Launched in Feb. 2013, Sunrise has been mentioned to be the best calendar app that you will ever use, possibly replacing the calendar you have in your iPhone or Android. When you download the app, you immediately get a torrent of feed added to your calendar, syncing with most social media networks in your mobile device so you never miss an interview or birthday. Not only is it efficient, but it's clean and easy to understand providing a simple user interface. Try it out! It's free and it will definitely make your life easier.
Today, we have apps that play movies, TV shows and even concerts, but for the theater buff, there has not been anything that meets their needs, until now. Digital Theater is a revolutionary new app that allows people to see plays and musicals through the convenience of their own smart phone. Having a pay-for-play setting, similar to iTunes, users are able to stream their favorite performances. The app works best on WiFi networks, as most video streaming apps do, so be sure you have a reliable connection if you're using one or look online for wireless internet deals. Although the app is not free, it is still an invaluable investment to theater junkies and to those who have not yet experienced the magic of the performing arts.
There has never been an easier way to create and build your own short movies! Introduced to the public in 2013, Qwiki has been ranked one of the most popular apps this year by Gizmodo. Essentially, Qwiki takes your photos and videos, selects the best ones and in a matter of a few edits, turns them into short movies. It's the best way to make short videos after your vacation to Europe, your birthday party or even a wedding! It's the best way to make something memorable for free!
As the year moves forward, new apps will be launched into Google Play and the App Store, so why not check them out through your mobile device? Keep in mind, however, that not all are apps are available in both devices as of yet, but be on the lookout!