Apple Reveals 2017's most Popular Apps, Movies, Music and Much more

Apple announces App of the Year, Game of the Year and Best of 2017 top charts

Huawei to launch app store in South Africa

"Huawei's consumer mobile services in Africa will include an APP store for locally developed games, music, movies, books and other content; we are also planning to launch African themes and cloud storage", says Cobe Li, Huawei's Cooperation and Alliance Director of Consumer Cloud Service Dept, Southern Africa. Apple is celebrating the most popular apps, music and movies across the App Store, Apple Music and iTunes. It must be noted that Affinity is a paid-up-front app, while Calm is free.

Rather interestingly, the game of the year choices for iPhone and iPad are not freemium titles.

App Store editors identify four breakout trends in app culture for 2017: the introduction of AR (augmented reality) apps and games, the rise of real-time competitive gaming, apps focused on mental health and mindfulness and apps transforming storytelling and reading. Top games include titles such as Super Mario Run, 8 Ball Pool, Ballz, and Rolling Sky. Next was Snapchat, which was the top app previous year.

The top free iPhone apps of the year included lots of usual suspects: Bitmoji, Snapchat, YouTube, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Facebook, Google Maps, Netflix, Spotify, and Uber.

And lastly, computer science was a huge area of interest in 2017, with the top three courses on iTunes U focusing on learning to code and developing apps with Swift. Apps that come pre-loaded on devices, like core Apple apps such as Apple Music and Pages, are not counted in Apple's year-end charts.

Drake's More Life was the No. 1 album of the year, Apple said, while Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" was the most listened-to song.

Similarly to previous annual charts, Apple has revealed top charts for the most popular apps and games of the year too.

Apple also listed the top movies in the Apple Store, with Disney's Moana ranks first followed by Wonder Woman, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in the third spot.

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