Go past any restaurant, any street, or sit on a bus, you’ll surely find 9 out of 10 people staring down at their mobile phone screen, says a report by Deloitte. Whether you’re using it for messaging, surfing, or watching a show, smartphones have become an inseparable part of modern living.

Smartphone penetration in the UK is one of the highest in the world. Currently, 82.9% of the total population in the United Kingdom uses a smartphone, as stated in an article by Bankmycell.

Naturally, this makes the UK mobile app market quite lucrative for businesses who wish to imprint a global presence. But what are the apps that really captured the imagination of UK smartphone users? Here is a look at the top mobile apps in the United Kingdom in various categories.

Games

Just like users in other developed or developing nations, UK too has their mobile gaming enthusiasts. This has caused gaming apps to surge in popularity as compared to other app categories. Some of the top mobile apps in the UK in games category are as follows:

The Cook

In this game, you are a chef and have a food truck which takes you to different locations across the world. Players can discover new and exciting recipes, cook dishes that are completely new and ensure every single customer is happy. Currently, the app is available only on the App Store for iPhones and iPad devices, which isn’t surprising as smartphone market share in UK is dominated by Apple.

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Cold Cases: Investigation

A mystery game in which you don the hat of a detective to solve thrilling murder cases and find the killer. Along the way, you will face a number of difficult puzzles, DNA samples and murder weapons which will help you bring the culprit to justice.

UNO

The world’s number one card game is now on your mobile device. UNO has introduced new tournaments, rules and adventures. Take part in challenges and compete with people from across the world, or invite friends on a group game of UNO. You can choose between the classic version or among hundreds of house rules.

Business

A variety of business apps have made it easy to carry out tasks such as conferencing, organizing data and overall communication. This is the main reason why business apps are a hot category among mobile apps. Let’s have a look at the top mobile apps in the UK in business category

Microsoft Teams

Teamwork in Office 365 just got redefined with this useful app from Microsoft. It allows you to keep all your apps, files, team conversations, and meetings in a single workspace shared with every individual. You can access it on your smartphone while on the go, and easily get info on upcoming deadlines, or share new ideas with members.

ZOOM Cloud Meetings

This app has quickly gained popularity and has dethroned Skype from the top spot of video calling mobile apps. You can initiate or join a 100-member video meeting with high definition video and screen sharing, along with free instant messaging. You can share text, audio and images from mobile or desktop to your Zoom contacts, which makes it furthermore useful.

LinkedIn

Want to search for jobs, business opportunities, network with people or get the latest business updates? Linkedin is the place for all this. With a free account, you can follow influencers, get updates on job postings by target companies, connect with contacts, and apply for the latest openings. With a premium account, you can get more useful features that can assist during a job search.

Education

Mobile apps have made business tasks simpler, but they have also made a major breakthrough in the field of education. Currently, there are many amazing educational mobile apps on the App Store and Play Store, that assist children and adults to learn new skills every day. Additionally, MOOCs offered by websites such as Coursera and Udemy are also educating people.

Let’s have a look at the top mobile apps in the UK in education category :

Duolingo

With Duolingo, you can learn spoken language skills with the help of mini-lessons that are designed like games. It will also help you to improve your reading, listening, writing, vocabulary and pronunciation skills. Just start with simple sentences and phrases, and get introduced to new words every day.

This app also helps you learn languages other than English such as French, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Portuguese, Japanese and many more.

Kahoot

Quizzes are a great way to learn new facts about a subject, and this is what Kahoot focuses on. Users can create personalized quizzes (each called a ‘Kahoot’), and play it anytime solo or with friends. As a result, many students, teachers, working professionals and trivia enthusiasts are learning through this education app in the UK.

WordBit Angielski

This education mobile app has brought the innovative idea of letting people learn even when their phone is locked. Whether you are checking time, news or watching YouTube, you can learn many new words and sentences every day automatically. Wordbit shows content in the perfect size so that you don’t have to stop what you’re doing to learn new things. Also, there are innumerable sentence examples which you can refer to learn how to use new words in real life.

Lifestyle

Lifestyle apps include utilities such as fashion, wellness, shopping and others. Such mobile apps fulfil the needs of the elite smartphone users and there is always something new to offer. This category has become very popular due to the variety of things they help us discover. Here are some of the top mobile apps in the UK in the lifestyle category.

Pinterest

Here you will get fresh and new ideas, beauty tips, designs, makeup inspiration and other amazing content. Browse through millions of recipes, images, infographics, food ideas, or travel inspiration. Additionally, you also get access to DIY projects, health and fitness tips and all sorts of lifestyle inspiration in the Pinterest mobile app for iOS and Android.

Slowly

Meet pen friends, share your passion, write letters and collect stamps from across the globe, using Slowly app. Don’t consider this as your regular dating or networking app, because the Slowly app brings the nostalgic pen friend experience to smartphones. You need to choose a nickname and avatar to get started and connect with people having common interests.

Family Locator

Wouldn’t it be good to always stay connected to the people who matter the most to you? Family Locator app helps you do exactly that.  Make your private groups (called “Circles”) of loved ones, team members or whoever is important to you and chat with them privately. Get access to real-time location of people in your Circle on a map that is private to the members. Get notifications when members leave or arrive at destinations to know their location status.

Health and Fitness

With an increase in mobile app usage, the health and fitness category has seen an explosion in the number of apps. Many smartphone users in UK are health conscious and thereby want to keep fit through the services provided by health and fitness apps. This has made such apps highly popular among users. Some of the top mobile apps in the UK in the health & fitness category are:

Water tracker

To stay healthy, you need to stay hydrated. Water Tracker assists you to drink more and sends you reminders on a timely basis. The reminder can be customized as per need and you will also get access to your own water stats.

Strava: Run & Ride Training

You can keep a track of your fitness with the Strava tracker app, store your routes, bike trails, and analyze the stats for free. Users can track the swim pace, elevation achieved, track distance and calories burned during activities. Also, you can push yourself through monthly challenges where you’ll be competing with other users.

Fitbit

One of the leading apps for fitness and health, Fitbit, is a rage among fitness lovers. Whether you own a Fitbit device or don’t, it doesn’t matter as you can use this app independently as well. Get free nutrition programs, sleep tools, workouts and meditation tracks on this app. Create your own goals, earn badges and celebrate milestones with Fitbit. Additionally, you can connect with friends and join this inspiring community.

UK has clearly been a great avenue for smartphone apps, which can be seen by the variety  of tasks people use them for. If you an app idea that you think could become popular among users, Contact us to help you shape it into reality.

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