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posted on 19th December 2014
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It's that time of the year when lists will be hitting you from all corners. 2014 has been the year when apps have really caught on the wave and technologists over the globe are curious about how things will evolve from here. In this article, we've put together a list of the most downloaded apps globally, as per Apple's AppStore and Google's PlayStore.

Here's what has been trending on the iOS:

1) Name – Whatsapp

Domain – Social Networking

Start Year –  2009

Price –  Free

Location – Menlo Park, California USA

Founders – Jan Koum, Brian Actom

Description – WhatsApp Messenger is a proprietary, cross-platform instant messaging subscription service for smartphones and   selected feature phones that uses the Internet for communication. In addition to text messaging, users can send each other images, video, and audio media messages as well as their location using integrated mapping features.

2) Name – Facebook

Domain – Social Networking

Start Year –  2004

Price –  Free

Location – Menlo Park, California USA

Founders – Mark Zuckerberg and Team

Description -Ranked No-2 on the chart, Facebook still dominates the field of Social Networking  with connecting people all over the world.  Facebook app connects you with your friends, get notifications and share images and thoughts more easily and quickly.

3) Name – Facebook Messenger

Domain – Social Networking

Start Year –  2011

Price –  Free

Location – Menlo Park, California USA

Founders – Facebook

Description - Facebook Messenger is an instant messaging service and software application which provides text and voice communication. Integrated with Facebook's web-based Chat feature and built on the open MQTT protocol, Messenger lets Facebook users chat with friends both on mobile and on the main website.Facebook reported in November 2014 that Facebook Messenger has reached 500 million users. David A. Marcus heads Facebook Messenger.

4) Name – Gaana unlimited

Domain – Music

Start Year –  2010

Price –  Free

Location – India

Founders – IndiaTimes

Description - Gaana.com is a commercial music streaming service providing free and licensed music. Launched in April 2010 by Indiatimes, Gaana.com provides both Indian and international music content. The entire Indian music catalog is available to users worldwide, but only users in India have access to international music. Gaana.com features music from 21 languages - Hindi, English, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, bengali,Telugu and other Indian regional languages.

5) Name – Youtube

Domain – Photo and Video

Start Year –  2012

Price –  Free

Location – California, USA

Founders – Steve Chen, Chad

Description - YouTube is a video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. The service was created by three former PayPalemployees in February 2005 and has been owned by Google since late 2006.The site allows users to upload, view, and share videos, and it makes use of Adobe Flash Video and HTML5 technology to display a wide variety of user-generated and corporate media video. Available content includes video clips, TV clips, music videos, and other content such as video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos.

6) Name – Flipkart Online

Domain – Lifestyle

Start Year –  2013

Price –  Free

Location – Bangalore, India

Founders – Sachin Bansal, Binny Bansal

Description - Flipkart is an electronic commerce company founded in 2007, by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal.] It operates exclusively in India, where it is headquartered in Bangalore, Karnataka. It is registered in Singapore, and owned by a Singapore-based holding company. Flipkart has launched its own product range under the name "DigiFlip", Flipkart also recently launched its own range of personal healthcare and home appliances under the brand "Citron".

7) Name – TrueCaller

Domain – Utilities

Start Year –  2009

Price –  Free

Location – Sweden

Founders – True Software Scandinavia AB

Description - Truecaller is the world's largest mobile phone community for mobiles, and accessible via a Web site, developed by True Software Scandinavia AB. It finds contact details globally given name or telephone number, and has an integrated caller ID service to achieve call-blocking functionality and social media integration to keep the phonebook up-to-date with pictures and birthdays. The name Truecaller comes from the app being able to show the True name of the Caller.

8) Name – Instagram

Domain – Photo and Video

Start Year –  2010

Price –  Free

Location – San Francisco, USA

Founders – Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger

Description - Instagram is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, and share them on a variety of social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. A distinctive feature is that it confines photos to a square shape, similar to Kodak Instamatic and Polaroid images, in contrast to the 4:3 aspect ratio typically used by mobile device cameras. Users can also apply digital filters to their images. The maximum duration for Instagram videos is 15 seconds.

9) Name – Onavo Extend

Domain – Utilities

Start Year –  2012

Price –  Free

Location – Menlo Park, California

Founders – Facebook

Description - Onavo Extend helps you save mobile data so you can do more of what you love on your phone without spending more on your bill. Once the app is installed on your phone, it works in the background when you use mobile data to find ways to save.

10) Name – Google Maps

Domain – Navigation

Start Year –  2005

Price –  Free

Location – Mountain View, California

Founders – Google

Description - Google Maps is a desktop and mobile web mapping service application and technology provided by Google, offering satellite imagery, street maps, and Street View perspectives, as well as functions such as a route planner for traveling by foot, car, bicycle (beta test), or with public transportation. Google Maps for mobile is the world's most popular app for smartphones, with over 54% of global smartphone owners using it at least once during the month.

And here are the apps that were trending on the PlayStore:

1) Name – Facebook

Domain – Social Networking

Location – Paul Alto, USA

Downlaods  - 1 Billion

Start Year - 2006

Ranked No-1 on the chart, Facebook still dominates the field of Social Networking  with connecting people all over the world.  Facebook app connects you with your friends, get notifications and share images and thoughts more easily and quickly.

2) Name – Pandora

Domain – Music

Location – Oakland, California

Downlaods  - 1 Million

Start Year – 2008

Ranked on the top list among the music / entertainment app, Pandora  is a music streaming and automated music recommendation service that serves as "custodian" of the Music Genome Project. The service, operated by Pandora Media, Inc., is only available in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. The service plays musical selections of a certain genre based on the user's artist selection. The user then provides positive or negative feedback for songs chosen by the service, which are taken into account when Pandora selects future songs.

3) Name – Duolingo

Domain – Education

Location – Pittsburgh, PA

Downlaods  - 10 Million

Start Year – 2011

Duolingo is a free language-learning and crowd sourced text translation platform. The service is designed so that, as users progress through the lessons, they simultaneously help to translate websites and other documents. In 2013, Apple chose Duolingo as its iPhone App of the Year, the first time this honor was awarded to an educational application.[7] Duolingo won Best Education Startup at the 2014 Crunchies.

4) Name – Flipagram

Domain – Photography

Location – Los Angeles, CA

Downlaods  - 10 Million

Start Year – 2005

Flipagram has topped the chart in its domain with most number of downloads in the photography section. It help people tell stories with photos, videos and music on their phone.

5) Name – MyFitnessPal

Domain – Fitness

Location – San Fransisco, CA

Downlaods  - 10 Million

Start Year – 2005

MyFitnessPal is a free smartphone app and website that tracks diet and exercise to determine optimal nutrients and caloric intake for the users' goals. In a Consumer Reports diet rating, MyFitnessPal was rated the best free program (with 83 points) in overall satisfaction, "maintenance, calorie awareness, and food variety".

6) Name – NetFlix

Domain – Entertainment

Location – Los Gatos, CA

Downloads  - 500 Thousand

Start Year – 1997

Netflix, Inc. is a provider of on-demand Internet streaming media available to viewers in all of North America (except Cuba), South America and parts of Europe (Denmark, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, and Germany), and of flat rate DVD-by-mail in the United States, where mailed DVDs are sent via Permit Reply Mail.

7) Name – NFL Mobile

Domain – Sports

Downloads  - 10 Million

NFL Mobile brings in breaking news, in-game highlights, live game scores, custom team news, follow your Fantasy Football Team, watch Fantasy Live and more. With 10 Million of downloads, it leads the chart in the sports news domain.

8) Name – Trip Advisor

Domain – Travel

Location – Newton, MA

Downlaods  - 100 Million

Start Year – 2000

Trip Advisor is a travel guide and research application, provides reviews of travel-related content and includes interactive travel forums. Founded by Stephen Kaufer, Trip Advisor leads the chart in its domain with most number of downloads this year.

9) Name – CandyCrush Saga

Domain – Games

Downlaods  - 100 Million

Start Year – 2012

This app game doesn’t need any introduction. Developed by King , the match-three puzzle video game continues to top the chart in the game application domain in the year 2014.

10) Name – The New York Times

Domain – News

Downloads  - 10 Million

New York Times Digital offers newspaper websites and databases, as well as licenses archive databases for electronic information providers. With 10 million downloads, it tops the chart this year with maximum number of downloads in its domain.

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