Top apps of 2014, according to Apple and Google

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'Tis the season for year-end roundups, and Apple and Google aren't to be outdone.

The tech giants have released their annual "best of" lists for apps available in their online stores. The apps fall into a number of categories, including mobile photography, health and fitness, social and education.

The year's fastest growing app category in the Google play store was "health & fitness." For Apple, the top app was Elevate, a brain-training app, followed by Instagram's Hyperlapse, a time-lapse videography app.

Here are the best apps listed by Apple and Google, not including games.


  • Elevate
  • Hyperlapse
  • Yahoo News Digest
  • Storehouse
  • SwiftKey Keyboard
  • 1Password
  • Camera+
  • Toca Lab
  • NYT Now
  • 120 Sports
  • Camu
  • Spring
  • BuzzFeed
  • Peak
  • Nighty Night Circus
  • Yummly
  • Waterlogue
  • Human
  • Steller
  • TeleStory
  • Network TV
  • Litely
  • Uber
  • Star Walk 2
  • Cinamatic
  • Health Mate
  • Paper


(Most downloaded apps by category)

  • Duolingo (Education)
  • MyFitnessPal (Health & Fitness)
  • Pandora (Music)
  • Flipagram (Photography)
  • Facebook (Social)
  • Netflix (Entertainment)
  • NFL Mobile (Sports)
  • TripAdvisor (Travel)

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