After Google launched a list of its most popular apps, movies and music on Play Store, Apple has announced a list of its own. Also mentioned is that Splitter Critters is the year's best gaming app. While virtual reality remains locked to a niche audience, Apple opening up the flood gates with iOS 11 and a plenty of AR apps and games for new and recent iOS-powered devices surely seem to have increased the adoption of AR as a practical and everyday technology.
On iPad, the most popular free download was the official YouTube app.
The free iPhone apps top 10 reads like a checklist of obvious downloads, with Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Messenger all featuring, along with Bitmoji - highlighting just how popular emoji-based conversation has become.More news: Flu comes earlier and harder this year
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Meanwhile, Super Mario Run was the top free iPhone game of 2017, followed by 8 Ball Pool, Snake VS Block, Ballz, Word Cookies!, Subway Surfers, Episode ft.
As in previous years, the company's App Store editors have selected the best apps and games of the year for every software platform - iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Apple adds that in the US, Drake leads the Album of the year on Apple Music with "More Life". Apple also noted trends in iTunes U educational content, with computer science being a huge area of interest, with a strong focus on developing apps with Swift. Apple said Taylor Swift's new album Reputation has already reached No. 3 on the 2017 USA top album chart, an impressive feat considering it was just released on November 10.
Finally, the top movie of the year was "Moana", followed by "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" and "Wonder Woman." iTunes is leading the charge toward 4K HDR content, with most of the top charting movies already available in 4K HDR as well as classics and holiday favorites like the Harry Potter series, "Home Alone", "Office Christmas Party" and "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas". Game of Thrones unsurprisingly dominated in the TV realm, with NPR's Fresh Air topping podcast charts.