Best Of 2012: Apps

We're continuing to wrap up our 2012 Year in Review coverage with a look back at the top apps of the year. Below Ypulse Youth Advisory Board member Julia Tanenbaum shares the top apps, which were standouts in 2012.

Best Of 2012: Apps

Instagram

InstagramInstagram became huge this year and in case you didn't know, it's esssentially a social network for photos. Although it includes several filters, which can edit the look of photos to make them look vintage or artsy, the main draw is the ability to share your photos with the rest of the instagram community. You have a photo stream, which operates like a Tumblr dashboard, and updates with your friends’ newest photos. You can also follow anyone you want, but Facebook integration makes it easy to share memories and everyday moments with your friends.

Songify

Have you ever wanted to be a rock star but you can’t sing? Do you love autotune as much as Kanye West? Well then this app is for you! Songify lets anyone become a singer by turning your speech into a song. This app is extremely entertaining and could lead to the next autotuned viral hit.

FlipboardFlipboard

This app goes one step beyond other news apps and combines your news and social media into a “magazine”. After adding your social networks and news outlets, you can see anything from a BBC news story to your friend’s Facebook status update on the same page. The gorgeous and accessible interface, features like commenting, and being able to save stories for later make this app a great way to streamline your news.

Game Apps:

Whale Trail Frenzy

This T3 Award App of the Year nominated flying game was a surprise hit of the year. With its colorful and adorable graphics and time tested Tiny Wings style gameplay, it is easy to pick up and hard to put down for casual gamers and hardcore Halo…

 
 

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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day:  “Young and Hungry are short 30 minute shows, so I can watch it on my lunch breaks at work. I like the humor and the characters. The story line is easy to follow. It's an easy show to binge watch.”—Female, 20, WS

Following Gatorade’s lead, Under Armour has added their own sponsored game to Snapchat. By swiping up on the brand’s 10-second ad, users can play “It Comes From Below,” an “endless runner” game featuring NFL star Cam Newton dodging obstacles like trees and wolves. The game also allows players to snap and send their scores to friends, along with a prompt to play themselves. Under Armour hopes to reach the 14-22-year-old high school and college athletes using the platform. (Adweek)

Coach is scrapping its mobile app to focus on chat instead. Deeming the app “no longer viable,” the luxury brand is shifting from convincing young consumers to come to their platform to going to where they already are, as part of their “ongoing comeback plan.” The new interactive Coachmoji iMessage keyboard can be used to create sharable mood boards depicting themes from their Spring 2017 collection. In the two weeks since the keyboard’s launch, daily engagement has reportedly already surpassed their former app. (Glossy)

The Obama administration is trying new and aggressive approaches to get young adults to sign up for health insurance. Less than 30% of the 13 million people who have signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act so far have been 18-34-year-olds—a group critical to the law’s success. To reach uninsured under-35-year-olds, the administration plans to advertise on video platform Twitch, and social networks like Facebook, Snapchat, and Tumblr. The campaign will revolve around the hashtag #HeavyAdulting and focus on medical issues most relevant to the group, like reproductive health. (The Wall Street Journal)

Family-friendly brands are creating content for Mattel’s updated View-Master toy. The Littlstar Family app—which can be uploaded on to an Apple or Android and then used along with Mattel’s virtual reality and 360-degree capable View-Master—will feature an extensive library of content from National Geographic, Disney, Bento Box Entertainment and Discovery Channel. Focused on immersive, Mattel also plans to launch a VR Batman experience for the toy this fall(Kidscreen

General Motors is going after experience-hungry young consumers who would rather share a car than own one. Their new start-up brand Maven offers a car sharing service that can paid for by the hour or day (no membership fee) and will be “rolling out city-by-city.” To market the new service, the brand sought out “local experts and connoisseurs” to tell stories that will “bring new cities to life.” An additional Maven service that will offer rides to airports will also be launched soon. (Ad Age)  

Quote of the Day: "My favorite show is New Girl  because it makes me feel like I'm hanging out with my friends. It's so funny, relatable, and relaxed. It's also convenient to watch for free on the Fox website.”—Female, 20, IL

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