News Highlights: Best apps and games of 2020 for your new one iPhone or Android unveiled
GOT a new one iPhone or Android this holiday season? There are tons of great apps you should try.
We’ve rounded up the best apps and games chosen by Apple and Google for 2020.
Sneaky Sasquatch is Apple Arcade Game of the Year – and has been a big hitCredit: Sneaky Sasquatch Best iPhone apps unveiled by Apple
The overall App of the Year winner for iPhone is Wakeout !, a hugely popular exercise app.
Game of the year for iPhone was China’s ridiculously fun Genshin Impact, which riffs on adventure games like The Legend of Zelda.
And the winning Apple Arcade game was Sneaky Sasquatch, a brilliant kid-friendly app created by two Canadian friends.
These are the apps you want to install if you have a new iPhone Credit: Unsplash
Apple’s App Trends of the Year:
Shine for helping users practice self-care (Shine USA) Explain everything Whiteboard to bring remote classrooms to life (Explain Everything, Poland) Caribu to connect families with loved ones (Caribu USA) reinventing the way we play (Niantic, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)
And here are the most popular apps in the App Store.
Top free iPhone Apps:
1. ZOOM Cloud Meetings2. NHS COVID-193. TikTok4. WhatsApp Messenger 5. House party 6. Instagram7. Microsoft Teams 8. YouTube: watch, listen, stream 9. Snapchat10. Facebook 11. Messenger 12. Disney + 13. Spotify: Music & Podcasts 14. Widgetsmith 15. Amazon 16. Netflix 17. Google Maps – Transit & Food 18. Uber Eats: Food Delivery 19. Gmail – Email by Google 20. Microsoft Outlook
Top paid iPhone Apps: 1. Driving Theory Test 4 in 1 Kit2. Official DVSA Theory Test Kit 3. Procreate Pocket4. The Wonder Weeks 5. Forest – Stay Focused 6. TouchRetouch7. Facetune 8. CITB Op / Spec HS & E test 20199. Dark Sky Weather10. AutoSleep Track Sleep on Watch 11. Squeezy NHS Pelvic Floor App 12. Freya • Surge Timer13. Teach your sample to read 14. Mirror for Samsung TV15. Air Guide 16. WatchChat 2: For WhatsApp17. SkyView®18. Ski slopes 19. Press the Maths20 button. Spelling Shed
Top free iPhone Games: 1. Among us! 2. Brain test: tricky puzzles 3. Metro Surfers4. Roblox5. Woodturning 3D6. Call of Duty®: Mobile7. Ink Inc. – Tattoo Drawing 8. Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game 9. 8 Ball Pool ™ 10. Cube Surfer! 11. Trivia.ioBrain Out 13. Draw Climber14. Johnny Trigger 15. Mario Kart Tour 16. Tangle Master 3D17. Sort the 3D18. Fortnite19. Fishdom 20. Park Master
Top paid iPhone Games: 1. Football Manager 2020 Mobile2. Minecraft3. Monopoly 4. Plague Inc. 5. Pay attention! – Trivia on the go 6. Bloons TD 67. The Chase: Ultimate Edition8. Tenable9. Geometry Dash 10. Tipping Point 11. Cluedo: The Official Edition 12. Earn to Die 213. Pocket Build14. Countdown – The Official TV Show App 15. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 16. Rebel Inc 17. The Game of Life 18. Real Skate19. Bloons TD 520. RFS – Real Flight Simulator
Top Apple Arcade Games:
1. Sneaky Sasquatch2. Sonic Racing3. Skate City4. Hot Lava 5. PAC-MAN Party Royale6. Oceanhorn 27. SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit8. LEGO® Brawls9. Foreigners 10. WHAT THE GOLF? 11. Frogger in Toy Town 12. Crossy Road Castle 13. Rayman Mini14. Spyder 15. Mini Highways16. The Journey of LEGO® Builder 17. Butter Royale 18. Ballistic Baseball 19. Shade.20. Speed Demons
Best Android Apps Revealed By Google
Google had two categories for its best apps of 2020: its own picks, as well as the user’s pick.
The User’s Choice Award for best app went to Disney +, while the best game was SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off.
As for apps chosen by Google, here are the top picks …
- Grid Diary – Journal, Planner
- The pattern
- Beat: Recipe Saver, Meal Planner & Grocery List
- ZOOM Cloud Meetings
- Centr, by Chris Hemsworth
- Intellect: create a better you
- Jumprope: How-To Videos
- Linked: app for couples
- Speekoo – Learn a new language
- Explorest – Photo locations
- Loóna: Bedtime Calm & Relax
- Paperless Post Flyer Invitation Maker, Text Invitations
- Tayasui sketches
- Bazaart: Photo editor and graphic design
- Disney +
- Dolby On: Record audio and music
- REFACE: Face-swap videos and memes with your photo
Apps for good:
- GreenChoice: healthy shopping
- Medito: Free meditation, sleep and mindfulness
- ShareTheMeal: Donate to charity and solve hunger
What are your favorite apps in 2020? Let us know in the comments!
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In other news, check out our review of the iPhone 12 Mini.
Read our statements about the Xbox Series X and PS5 – if you can buy both.
And check out our Christmas gift guide for 2020.
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