Vine was initially released by Twitter for iPhone this year, quickly gaining more than 13 million users. Users use Vine to create 6-second videos and play them back in embedded tweets on the web. Vine is the best way to share short fun videos with friends and family. You can download Vine iPhone app from the App Store here.
7. Google Maps
In the fall of 2012, Apple dropped Google as their stock iOS Maps partner, so Google released their own Google Maps for iPhone. Google Maps quickly became a top free app on the App Store. This year Google released Google Maps 2.0 for iOS, which included a universal app that supports iPad. Google Maps integrated with Zagat so users can score restaurants, bars, cafes, and receive Google offers, and later included Waze data to track the latest traffic information. You can download Google Maps iPhone app from the App Store here.
While Snapchat was released in 2011, it’s still one of the most talked about and controversial photo-messaging apps in 2013. The app quickly gained popularity amongst teens, replacing popular social networks like Facebook, and became notoriously known as a “sexting app.” The Snapchat app lets users send temporary pictures and videos to friends. When friends receive a photo or video message, it appears for a few seconds — 10 at most — and then it permanently becomes deleted. Recently snagging $50 million in funding, Snapchat won’t be disappearing anytime soon. You can download Snapchat iPhone app from the App Store here.
Instagram made a splash in the news recently by releasing Instagram Direct, a new feature that lets users send photos and video messages to friends. With Instagram Direct, users can now capture and share their favorite moments. Back in June, Instagram introduced their video sharing feature, allowing users to shoot and share up to 15 seconds of video. You can download Instagram iPhone app from the App Store here.
Facebook redesigned its app this year to fit the style of the new iOS7. This update makes it easier to switch between News Feed, friend requests, photos, and messages, and takes advantage of the new left swipe navigation. The biggest of the design changes includes the removal of the navigation drawer and the addition of the navigation on the bottom of the screen. Users can also enjoy the new auto-playing video features. You can download Facebook iPhone app from the App Store here.
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