Most-Used Apps of 2014
Christmas has passed and it’s almost time for 2015. Before we ring in the new year, let’s look at some of the apps that made 2014 great. These weren’t all released in 2014, but they are the ones I enjoyed the most.
Android – GasBuddy
I recently raved about GasBuddy. It’s an app that allows you to find the closest gas station or the cheapest gas in your area. There isn’t much more to it than that, but anything that saves me money is worth using.
iOS – Swiftkey
With iOS8 came many improvements, including third-party keyboards. I’ve used Swiftkey on Android for quite some time, so finally having it on iOS was worth the upgrade to iOS8. The iOS version doesn’t have quite the customization of its Android counterpart, but it’s slowly improving. Swiftkey has been updated regularly since the release, so hopefully we will it catch up to the Android version.
Windows – Classic Shell
As the saying goes, “sometimes it’s the little things.” Well, this app is a great example; it adds a little improvement that goes a long way. I think we all hated seeing the start button go, so ClassicShell plays an important role in our Windows user-experience. Even though it just adds a start button, it has an impressive level of customization. You can make it blend in to Windows 8 or even make it look like Windows XP.
Mac – Astro
I’m not the biggest fan of Facebook, but that doesn’t stop me from using it constantly. Much of what I use it for is the messenger, so I hate opening the website and falling into the vortex of procrastination. Astro provides a clean interface to for Facebook Messenger right from my Mac’s desktop.
Web – InoReader
Of all the apps mentioned, this is the one I use the most. I pray every day that it does not go the way of Google Reader. I had a lot to say about InoReader many months ago, and it has only improved. With an updated interface, seemingly speedier load times, and new features added regularly, InoReader is my top recommendation for an RSS reader.
Well, those are my favorites of 2014. What apps can’t you live without?
Photo Credit: Amit Agarwal