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Best of App Fridays: 8 apps that made a difference in 2018

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14.12.2018

A selection of this year’s most talked about, meaningful, and interesting apps featured in YourStory’s weekly apps column.

Indians love mobile apps. We are not saying this, the numbers are.

In 2017, India was the world’s second-largest downloader of mobile apps, trailing only China. The country accounted for 58 billion of the 175 billion downloads in the world, according to App Annie. What’s more, app downloads in India spiked a massive 215 percent since the rollout of Reliance Jio in 2016.

There is an app for every season and for every reason. YourStory’s weekly column ‘App Fridays’ is an effort to showcase some of the most interesting and innovative apps that exist and can - a) serve a definite need, b) delight or entertain, c) inform and educate, and d) make lives more convenient.

As the year draws to a close, here’s the Best of App Fridays selection for 2018.

Where Is My Train (Travel)

Where Is My Train is 2018’s runaway hit that got acquired by Google shortly after being featured in this column. Developed by Bengaluru-based Sigmoid Labs, it is the #1 app in the ‘Travel and Local’ section of Google Play Store (India) and counts over 10 million downloads. The app’s core functionality is offline, which made it a massive success in the country. Where Is My Train allows Indian Railway passengers to access IRCTC timetables, check platform and live train status, and set station alarms without asking for GPS or data connectivity. The app does all this by tapping into cell-tower data in real time.

ShareTheMeal (Social Impact)

A United Nations initiative, ShareTheMeal is helping fight global hunger, one meal at a........

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