The year 2020 will end in less than 48 hours. It was a twinge of uncertainty, many unexpected things went up while for many it was an abrupt downfall.
It has been an eventful year, with nearly so much in our bags – Covid-19, economic slowdown, vaccine developments, nationwide lockdown, fear and much more than we could have ever imagined!
Politicians lost elections, anchors lost public trust, Bollywood lost gems, and we even missed countless applications along the way.
When relations between India and China slowed in 2020, there were few major decisions by the Indian government that took the public by storm. In September and November, more than 200 Chinese applications were banned on the grounds of data integrity and national security. However, a few of the apps were very popular among young people and the decision had a big impact on them.
As Leonardo da Vinci said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned”, let’s wrap up the year while keeping the souvenirs of technology in mind.
Here are 5 top-notch apps that have been moved from our phone’s storage in a jiffy!
5. Cam scanner
Camscanner was a savior for procrastinators. Scanning documents at the last minute was super easy with the app. images were also resized, scanned and edited with a few taps. It also served various format options from jpg to jpeg to pdf making document sharing authentic.
4. Shareit / Xender
Do you remember the family features where you created moments of lasting nature by clicking numerous photos with your favorite cousins?
Sharing it was not a tedious task before. Big videos, images can be shared instantly without internet. Shareit and Xender were multi-taskers, after all!
With over 50 million loyal users, PUBG has established a strong foothold in India. When the decision to ban was carried out, teenagers screamed with rage.
Players Unknown battlefields, popular because PUBG was a multiplayer game with real-time players where the users could talk to their team on the battlefield and also get credits for winning challenges.
Tiktok witnessed mixed reactions across the country with some hailing the decision, but it was crushing for many budding influencers as Tiktok was an important platform to recognize and value talent. It had more than 100 million monthly Tiktok users. You could sing, dance, act or create interesting content in about 15 seconds and also use various filters and effects. Tiktok soon found a better replacement in the form of Instagram reels. Now Indians don’t miss Tiktok anymore!
1. Club factory
Club factory was my personal favorite. It quickly climbed the ladder of success, gaining a loyal customer base who preferred to shop online. Club Factory, Shein and Ali Express were e-commerce shopping sites that facilitated the shopping experience from the comfort of home. Aside from better user experience, it offered the best deals on fashion clothes, gadgets and cosmetics. Customers got quality products for Rs 200, 100 and even Rs 50 with free delivery, what more could you want!
As we enter the year 2021, we hope to unpack better applications that will resonate with the ‘new normal’ lifestyle.
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