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With so many apps available in the app store for every imaginable activity, like shopping, cooking, getting directions, and even playing an instrument, it’s hard to narrow down which ones get the most traffic and the most downloads on a day to day basis. But if you’re looking for apps that are hot and trending this summer only, then your search is over.
Harry Potter:Wizards Unite: In 2017, Pokemon GO offered you a chance to live your childhood fantasy in augmented reality (AR). Now you can have the same experience with another childhood favorite: Harry Potter. The new Harry Potter: Wizards Unite mobile game brings the spell-casting and wand-waving universe to your world through AR.
Free to download in the Android and iOS store, the 2017 mobile game is already taking the world by storm, and it's not hard to see why. A longtime Harry Potter fan will appreciate the starting premise: being a member of the Statue of Secrecy task force from the Ministry of Magic, who’s tasked with searching the Muggle world for scattered magical items strewn about by a group called the Calamity. If the items are returned, you’re rewarded with upgraded experience points that elevates you to the status of either Auror, Magizoologist, or Professor.
Cloud App: If you know that you have a whole photo gallery of funny, sentimental, or creative pictures that you can't afford to delete, then you’ll want to look into the Cloud App. You can back up everything automatically without worrying about accidentally sending something to the trash folder on your desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or phone. Not to mention, the link to your completed work is automatically sent to your clipboard, so you don’t have to worry if you forgot to copy and paste something important.
In the business world, the Slack app is a must for maintaining communication about any sort of project or assignment. With Slack, emails take a backseat to personalized messages, custom URLs, and private channels for each person that you may contact. With things like group projects, the private channels that come with the app allow you to break down team members accordingly, and even send sensitive information to the right people. You can also share items big and small from Word documents, spreadsheets, PDFs, images, videos, and even audio files. With the Slack app at your disposal, you can be a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none.
With the Etsy app, you can buy and sell all the handmade gifts you want in a marketplace that thrives on creativity, uniqueness, and the support of its customers. Once you make a purchase or sale, you have the option of talking with the store owners to track your orders and make sure they arrive without incident or delays.
By now, it’s no secret that the Netflix app is on everyone's phones, from teenagers preparing for a movie marathon, to adults queuing up the next episode of their favorite TV show. And honestly, what’s not to love about Netflix? According to an online article on TechJury.net, it’s the second most-used video streaming service only behind YouTube, but takes the lead as the top streaming service in the world. Likewise, it also takes the lead when it comes to having paid subscribers. With user access in 190 countries and 5,559 unique titles under their belt as of January 2018, 51% of Netflix subscribers also use the app for the luxury of avoiding ads.
If you ever decide to take up learning another language before going abroad for a trip, then you’ll want to download the Duolingo app. With a wide range of languages to choose from, Duolingo uses audio and visual prompts to help you learn any language of your choosing without it being boring. Plus, with personalized learning, motivation through rewards, and immediate grading for answers that you get correct or incorrect, Duolingo is a must for anyone looking to learn a language on a schedule that works around you and your needs.
With the vast number of apps floating around in the app store, it can be difficult narrowing down which ones are worth downloading and using on a daily basis. But, not to worry. With this guide, you can be sure that you’re not going to waste space on your phone with the apps that you download.
Briyahna Rice is a 20 year old college student studying Mass Communication at Five Towns College. Her favorite movie is Black Panther and in five years, you can find her publishing her first book. This will be a horror novel about human monsters. She steps up for a world where people can live their own dreams, not someone else’s.