I’ve been using the Google Play Store for 10 years – these apps were good enough to keep

Ten years ago, Google swept all the files Android Including Android Market, within the scope Google Play Banner. At that time, according to Google, there were only 400,000 active Android users. Today the company claim 2.5 billion people Access to Google Play. App tracking website Statista shows that the Android market has jumped from above 600,000 apps 10 years ago To more than three million applications today. Google Play Store is greater than 50% In the number of applications compared to the Apple App Store.

To celebrate the anniversary of the valuable Android App Storefront, I decided to take a look at the apps installed on my current Android phone, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, and determining which one was a fan on my device which dates back to the dawn of Google Play. These are the apps I’ve kept for 10 years:

wave live wallpaper

Wave Live Wallpaper app icon

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wave live wallpaper (Opens in a new tab) (chest: April 2012) is not the backend I use all the time; It’s the background I use when I want to show off. Trick Android wallpaper has been going back to the early days. Sure, it takes a lot of battery, but when you want to impress your iPhone friends without saying a word, just let them peek at the gorgeous rippling waves of color and patterns that dance as you flip across your home screens.

IMDB – Internet Movie Database

IMDB app icon

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I watch TV constantly and ask “Who is this? I know I saw them in something else.” For this IMDB (Opens in a new tab) (chest: June 2010) on my phone’s home screen for 10 years. It provides a comprehensive database of actors and crew in movies, TV shows, video games, and more. You can even connect to specific episodes of the show to find guest stars. There’s always an IMDB website, but having a dedicated app makes it easy to log in, keep track of your favorite shows, remember your searches, and share what you’ve found.


Paid SoundHound app icon

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In the wake of IMDB, SoundHound (Opens in a new tab) (chest: June, 2010) He constantly answers my question “What is this song?” I keep the SoundHound on my phone’s home screen so I can quickly tap it while watching a commercial, or during a movie on the couch, to highlight the title of that elusive tune. If you’re brave, you can even try the buzz on the SoundHound and you’ll make your best guess. Once you’ve found your song, it’s easy to link it directly to your favorite music player to hear it all.


Zillow app icon

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I will gladly admit guilt – when I drive and see a wonderful house, I check it Zillow (Opens in a new tab) (chest: March 2010). A house at the foot of the mountain? Check the last sale price. That weird, trendy place that’s been sold out? Zillow has pictures. I’ve also used Zillow to actually shop for homes and rentals, but I mostly use it to find out the cost of the only mansion in my neighborhood.

couch to 5 kilo

Couch to 5k app icon

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I couldn’t run a mile without stopping when I was in high school. Not sure what made me try to run again, but couch to 5 kilo (Opens in a new tab) Application (chest(: March 2012) It was a huge help, and I really achieved the result of being able to run 5 km continuously without stopping. What helped me the most was that the app controls my cadence, so I didn’t burn myself trying to run hard in the early days. By following the program, I actually worked my way up to the big/small race.

Libra – Weight Manager

Scale - Weight Manager app icon showing a tape measure around a scale

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Balance (Opens in a new tab) (chest(: March 2010) is a very simple weight tracking app. Using the scale was the first time I saw my weight loss with the accompanying trend line and not just my weight as a simple graph. I’ve had several smart scales, fitness monitors, and health tracking services all doing what Libra can do, but keeping one app for my weight tracking helped me switch between all the other apps, making sure I don’t lose my history.

Not Applicable

Untappd app icon

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My favorite social network is Not Applicable (Opens in a new tab) (Released: September 2011), not because I like beer so much (I’m a fan of craft beer), but because it’s a social network that does exactly what I want and nothing more. She helps me find beer, find friends who love beer, and share experiences. It does not become political. Don’t promote news stories or products that have nothing to do with beer. It helps me trace my history to remember what I liked and what I want to avoid. Seriously, if every social network could remain so focused and useful, the world might be a better place.

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