Apple Unveils App and Game of the Year, Best of 2017

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

With 328 million users across the globe, the Huawei Mobile Service platform is coming to Africa, with the planned launch of a pre-installed localised APP store on Huawei devices. Daily news has proven a popular genre, with new podcasts this year like "The Daily" from the New York Times and "Up First" from NPR charting in the most downloaded podcasts of the year.

Apple has unveiled its 2017 charts and trends, celebrating the most popular apps, music, movies, TV shows, books and podcasts across the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes, iBooks and Apple Podcasts.

As per Apple App Store Editors, "Enlight Videoleap" is the 2017 iPhone App of the Year, while "Affinity Photo" emerged as the 2017 iPad App of the Year.

Rather interestingly, the game of the year choices for iPhone and iPad are not freemium titles. The passing year saw a rise in real-time competitive gaming, apps focused on mental health and mindfulness, and apps transforming storytelling and reading. On the other hand, Pritam's "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil", from the movie of the same title that was released last year, topped the tag of album of the year. Video unsurprisingly dominated the iPad's Top Free charts with YouTube and Netflix in the two leading spots; on iPhone, Bitmoji and Snapchat were the most downloaded free apps of the year.

Last year, Pokemon Go was a new entry to the top 10, but this year, it failed to make it to the list of the free top apps and even in the free games category, which is led by Super Mario Run.

Li says that Huawei's APP Store is not aiming to compete with the likes of Google Play, but aims to supplement existing android APPs.

On Apple Music, Drake tops album of the year with "More Life", while Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" gets top song honors.

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

Moana was the top movie of the year, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Wonder Woman, Apple said.

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