Okay, guys, it is time for another batch of awards to be given, and today we're honoring the best apps of 2013. What makes an app worthy of being on the list? Well, there's a number of factors we have taken into account. Most of the apps we've picked are there simply because they are making our lives easier, because they add valuable functionality to our smart devices, and because we often find ourselves using them. Others are just fun to use. Sure, we know that mobile platforms' app stores offer a ton of apps fitting these descriptions, but ultimately, our task was to shortlist the ones we liked the most. Now go take a look at them and tell us what you think down in the comments!
Apps of the year
Apps of the year
1. Nokia Camera
Nokia Camera is a camera app that both professional and amateur photographers are going to like. We love how easy it is to use without sacrificing functionality. In fact, it is rich in features, providing access to fancy shooting modes and manual controls including exposure, shutter speed, ISO, white balance and focus. You can remove moving objects from the frame or combine several frames together into an impressive action shot. You know, for those times when you're feeling extra creative.
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2. Google Keep
Keep is Google's answer to Evernote – a simple, yet functional and very useful application for taking down notes, setting reminders, and organizing to-do lists. What's cool about Keep is that it syncs your notes with the cloud, allowing you to view them on your computer or other mobile devices. Simply put, it is one of those apps that everyone should have and use.
3. DashClock Widget
Dash Clock isn't just an awesome lock screen widget for your Android device. It is the ultimate member of its kind – a widget that brings meaning to having lock screen functionality at all. It is minimalist, elegant and unobtrusive, providing you with at-a-glance information about missed calls, weather conditions, unread texts and email, and upcoming alarms. What's more, the widget's functionality can be expanded through the use of extensions, many of which are available for download.
Want to learn a new language on the cheap? Well, then Duolingo is the app you absolutely must try. It is fun and addicting to some extent, especially once you get your friends involved and start competing with them. Best of all, Duolingo is completely free and does not rely on ads to generate revenue.
5. VSCO Cam
Yup, there's another camera app on the list – the masterpiece known as VSCO Cam for iOS. With its help you get manual and independent control over the focus, exposure, and the white balance of the image, which is great for capturing photos in a way you want them to look like. Plus, there's an array of image manipulation tools built-in, including contrast and temperature controls, vignette, exposure, and more. While the app itself is free, additional perks are available for download.
Do we even have to introduce this app? Vine, brought to us by the guys behind Twitter, is for capturing and sharing life as it happens, one 6-second chunk of video at a time. Or if you don't feel like sharing, just keep track of what's trending, or what friends and strangers are posting on the Vine network.
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7. Swiftkey 4
The fourth major release of Swiftkey launched earlier this year, making one of the coolest third-party Android keyboards even more awesome than it already was. And there's a lot to like about it. Swiftkey is fast, accurate in its predictions, and very flexible when it comes to customization, with multiple themes and keyboard layouts.
8. Yahoo! Weather
The Yahoo! Weather app, which got a nice refresh earlier this year, is both highly functional and visually appealing. It comes packed with a number of widgets of different sizes, it displays detailed weather conditions about your current location, and the whole experience is augmented by beautiful photos, pulled from the Flickr community, matching your location's weather and time of the day.