Some of us will hesitate when we see an app for $2.99 in the app store. Here’s a roundup of the best free apps for 2016 (in no particular order).
Productivity apps are a hot topic for 2016. Slack is a great bare-bones messaging app that works on both iPhone and Android, and has numerous plug-ins to make it customizable for your needs. You and your team can set up channels for different topics, and group or direct message users. Slack also makes it easy to upload different types of media for your team. Bonus: Slack is easy to use on your computer as well.
Cash is becoming a thing of the past. Venmo, among other money transferring apps, lets you send money to your friends without a fee. It’s a quick and easy way to split the bill at a restaurant, pay someone back for tickets, or pay for small things like babysitting. Users can only see the amount of money being transferred to them, so you still get some privacy.
Transportation apps are also a hot topic for 2016. Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have been popular for over a year now, but both companies are rolling out new ideas and features for both their drivers and riders. Lyft integrated a business profile on the user’s ride history to easily keep track of business expenses. Uber lets you schedule rides in advance- which are great for known times like trips to the airport.
It’s safe to say Instagram has made some great strides as a social media platform this year. Even though it’s not new, Instagram has rolled out some great features and updates to the app. With the integration of Instagram stories, a new design update, and it’s sister apps Layout and Boomerang, Instagram remains a great hit. And, similar to Twitter, Instagram has cultivated hashtags for it’s users like the #weekendhashtagproject.
Spotify has been a music streaming app for a few years now, but has matured nicely in the last year or so. Even on a free account, users can stream their saved playlists, browse new music, and see what their friends are listening to. Paid accounts can download playlists and songs (for times when you don’t want to stream, or don’t have an internet connection) and don’t have a skip limit or any ad time to listen to.