Nobody saw how the Internet and the ability to keep in touch with people miles away would save 2020. It did, and how! Several applications kept us all sane this year, dishing out various offers, games, short, funny videos, free doctor consultations, mental wellbeing, and more. Hello Vizag lists out those apps that made it big in 2020
We never heard of it until late March when we figured ways to hold meetings, classes, conferences, and then family get-together and reunions! The app provides video technology and online chat services through a cloud-based peer-to-peer software platform. It did everything we wanted. The fact that we could mute ourselves or turn off our videos while attending them was such a relief. And we sure have all had our share of embarrassing Zoom moments, what was yours?
After hours, days, and then weeks of staying indoors with family, we needed that time to bond and Ludo came like a blessing. Not only offline, but the app also allows people from anywhere to join the game. The homegrown casual board game ruled the app charts and became the country’s most downloaded gaming app (500 million cumulative installs until December) of all time. The game took family bonding, and yes, competitive spirit to another level! Were you the sore loser or the care-not one?
That OTT began ruling the roost early last year is old news. This year OTT platforms in regional languages like Aha (Telugu) and big teams like Disney+ with Hotstar several downloads. Their offers, new, fresh, relatable content in the face of tough competition from big players like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video turned fruitful. Online streaming platforms have now become household names, especially after the IPL, and the introduction of talk and game shows.
With schools and colleges shut this year, several parents took to homeschooling their kids. Others used Edu-apps like Byjus and Vendatu that came with various offers and packages for students of different age groups, making learning fun and productive. Learning sure didn’t take a break this year.
Podcasts became a hit during the lockdown. People began using the app more often, and this, not only for music. Podcasts on various topics including politics, talk shows, and more were listened to, this year. Apps like audible too, need a special mention. People who had enough of visual content, shifted to apps like these to consume information and entertainment without having to strain their eyes and worry about their screen time.
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