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Top iOS Apps: ‘Google Arts & Culture,’ ‘Finger Driver,’ ‘Infinite Golf’

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by January 20, 2018 General

Top iOS Apps: ‘Google Arts & Culture,’ ‘Finger Driver,’ ‘Infinite Golf’

‘Google Arts & Culture’ uses facial recognition to match users with possible artwork doppelgangers. — Picture courtesy of Google Inc/ Apple Inc‘Google Arts & Culture’ uses facial recognition to match users with possible artwork doppelgangers. — Picture courtesy of Google Inc/ Apple IncSAN FRANCISCO, Jan 20 — Google encourages phone users to experience its facial recognition prowess up close, as it pairs them with classic artworks, while Finger Driver and Infinite Golf score top download in several big territories on January 19, 2018.

USA

Google Arts & Culture (Entertainment)

Artwork searching software that has slowly gained hit status since reaching version 6 in late 2017, allowing users to take self-portrait photos and have the app use facial recognition tech to make comparisons with classic paintings; privacy and diversity advocates have raised concerns.

itunes.apple.com/app/id1050970557

United Kingdom

Finger Driver (Games)

Another top minimalesque download for French publisher Ketchapp, as players navigate a twisting road and accrue high scores by turning a virtual steering wheel.

itunes.apple.com/app/id1325700658

Australia

Infinite Golf (Games)

Pared-down critical darling Desert Golf gets a very unofficial colour makeover, challenging players to see how far they can go. It’s US$2.99 (RM11.78)  to remove the ads that pop up during breaks in play.itunes.apple.com/app/id1321399324

China

抖音短视频 – 百万英雄官方版 [Vibrato video clips] (Photo and Video)

Photo and video companion leveraging the popularity of Millionaire Hero, the Chinese equivalent of social quiz app HQ Trivia.

itunes.apple.com/app/id1142110895

Germany

WhatsApp Messenger (Social Networking)

Number one in Germany is Facebook-owned messaging suite WhatsApp, which offers integration with contacts lists as well as Facebook profiles. Germany’s #2 paid app is privately-owned, Swiss-based secure messaging service Threema.

itunes.apple.com/app/id31063399

France

Google Arts & Culture (Entertainment)

itunes.apple.com/app/id1050970557

Netherlands

Finger Driver (Games)

itunes.apple.com/app/id1325700658

Canada

Infinite Golf (Games)

itunes.apple.com/app/id1321399324

South Korea

Free Fire – Battlegrounds (Games)

Mimicking the form of PC hit PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in a smaller, shorter format: 50 players, more compact island, 10-minute games. In-app purchases from US$0.99 to US$49.99. itunes.apple.com/app/id1300146617

Japan

Knives Out (Games)

Another unofficial mobile spins on PC gaming craze PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds — publisher NetEase also distributes the similar Rules of Survival. Its most popular in-app purchase is for US$0.99 of points tickets.

itunes.apple.com/app/id1312031248

Singapore

ofo Smart Bike Sharing (Travel)

Beijing-based bicycle-sharing plan without the need for docking stations. Instead, a mobile app and combination lock setup takes care of security.

itunes.apple.com/app/id1190831637

Malaysia

Rules of Survival (Games)

itunes.apple.com/app/id1307961750

India

Color Call (Entertainment)

Data calling app selling itself on professed audio quality and choice of visual themes. In-app purchases.

itunes.apple.com/app/id1331367287

South Africa

WhatsApp (Social Networking)

itunes.apple.com/app/id31063399

Store rankings courtesy of App Annie. — AFP-Relaxnews

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