Best apps and games of 2020 for your new iPhone or Android revealed

GOT a new iPhone or Android this festive season? There are loads of great apps you need to try out.

We've rounded up the best apps and games chosen by Apple and Google for 2020.

Best iPhone apps revealed by Apple

The overall App of the Year winner for iPhone is Wakeout!, which is a hugely popular exercise app.

Game of the Year for iPhone was China's ludicrously fun Genshin Impact, which riffs on adventure games like The Legend of Zelda.

And the winning Apple Arcade game was Sneaky Sasquatch, a brilliant and kid-friendly app created by two Canadian pals.

Apple's App Trends of the Year:

Shine for helping users practice self care (Shine, USA)
Explain Everything Whiteboard for helping bring remote classrooms to life (Explain Everything, Poland)
Caribu for connecting families to loved ones (Caribu, USA)
Pokémon GO for reinventing the way we play (Niantic, USA)

And here are the most popular apps on the App Store.

Top Free iPhone Apps: 

1. ZOOM Cloud Meetings
2. NHS COVID-19
3. TikTok
4. WhatsApp Messenger
5. Houseparty
6. Instagram
7. Microsoft Teams
8. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream
9. Snapchat
10. Facebook
11. Messenger
12. Disney+
13. Spotify: Music and podcasts
14. Widgetsmith
15. Amazon
16. Netflix
17. Google Maps – Transit & Food
18. Uber Eats: Food Delivery
19. Gmail – Email by Google
20. Microsoft Outlook

Top Paid iPhone Apps: 
1. Driving Theory Test 4 in 1 Kit
2. Official DVSA Theory Test Kit
3. Procreate Pocket
4. The Wonder Weeks
5. Forest – Stay focused
6. TouchRetouch
7. Facetune
8. CITB Op/Spec HS&E test 2019
9. Dark Sky Weather
10. AutoSleep Track Sleep on Watch
11. Squeezy NHS Pelvic Floor App
12. Freya • Surge Timer
13. Teach Your Monster to Read
14. Mirror for Samsung TV
15. Sky Guide
16. WatchChat 2: for WhatsApp
17. SkyView®
18. Ski Tracks
19. Hit the Button Maths
20. Spelling Shed

Top Free iPhone Games: 
1. Among Us!
2. Brain Test: Tricky Puzzles
3. Subway Surfers
4. Roblox
5. Woodturning 3D
6. Call of Duty®: Mobile
7. Ink Inc. – Tattoo Drawing
8. Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game
9. 8 Ball Pool™
10. Cube Surfer!
11. Trivia.io
12. Brain Out
13. Draw Climber
14. Johnny Trigger
15. Mario Kart Tour
16. Tangle Master 3D
17. Sort It 3D
18. Fortnite
19. Fishdom
20. Park Master

Top Paid iPhone Games: 
1. Football Manager 2020 Mobile
2. Minecraft
3. Monopoly
4. Plague Inc.
5. Heads Up! – Trivia on the go
6. Bloons TD 6
7. The Chase: Ultimate Edition
8. Tenable
9. Geometry Dash
10. Tipping Point
11. Cluedo: The Official Edition
12. Earn to Die 2
13. Pocket Build
14. Countdown – The Official TV Show App
15. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
16. Rebel Inc.
17. The Game of Life
18. True Skate
19. Bloons TD 5
20. RFS – Real Flight Simulator

Top Apple Arcade Games: 

1. Sneaky Sasquatch
2. Sonic Racing
3. Skate City
4. Hot Lava
5. PAC-MAN Party Royale
6. Oceanhorn 2
7. SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit
8. LEGO® Brawls
9. Outlanders
10. WHAT THE GOLF?
11. Frogger in Toy Town
12. Crossy Road Castle
13. Rayman Mini
14. Spyder
15. Mini Motorways
16. LEGO® Builder's Journey
17. Butter Royale
18. Ballistic Baseball
19. tint.
20. Speed Demons

Best Android apps revealed by Google

Google had two categories for its best apps of 2020 – its own picks, as well as User's Choice.

The User's Choice Award for best app went to Disney+, while the best game was SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off.

As far as apps chosen by Google, here are the top picks…

Everyday Essentials:

  • Calmaria
  • Grid Diary – Journal, Planner
  • The Pattern
  • Whisk: Recipe Saver, Meal Planner & Grocery List
  • ZOOM Cloud Meetings

Personal Growth:

  • Centr, by Chris Hemsworth
  • Intellect: Create a Better You
  • Jumprope: How-to Videos
  • Paired: Couples App
  • Speekoo – Learn a new language

Hidden Gems:

  • Cappuccino
  • Explorest – Photo Locations
  • Loóna: Bedtime Calm & Relax
  • Paperless Post Flyer Invitation Maker, Text Invites
  • Tayasui Sketches

Fun:

  • Bazaart: Photo Editor & Graphic Design
  • Disney+
  • Dolby On: Record Audio & Music
  • REFACE: Face swap videos and memes with your photo
  • VITA

Apps for Good:

  • GreenChoice: Healthy Grocery Shopping
  • Medito: Free Meditation, Sleep & Mindfulness
  • ShareTheMeal: Donate to Charity and Solve Hunger

What are your favourite apps in 2020? Let us know in the comments!

In other news, check out our review of the iPhone 12 Mini.

Read our verdicts on the Xbox Series X and PS5 – if you can buy either.

And take a look at our 2020 Christmas tech gift guide.

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