The Best Consumer Mobile-First Apps

Even at a time when smartphone devices and mobile applications have proliferated deep into our lives, most of the big internet companies still primarily provide their services for computer users. Most of the Internet giants such as Google, Facebook, Mozilla and Amazon have their own mobile applications, but their services are still focused on computer users who use a PC / Laptop and a browser to access these services.

In a refreshing paradigm shift, mobile-first enterprises build their services specifically for use with mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. These companies do not have a web presence (or may have a very limited one), and focus their services on the mobile app experience, developing mobile applications for providing services that could have been made browser-based. They are the companies that realize that the mobile device ecosystem is starkly different from that of a computer, and try to provide different services in a mobile app-only platform.

Here are some of the best consumer grade mobile-first companies and their apps -

1. Instagram — Starting off as a photo app for mobile devices, Instagram has now become one of the big hits of the past few years. It has transformed into the biggest photo-sharing based mobile social network, enabling users to click great pictures, edit them and share them with a network of friends and followers. It is also easy to find interesting photos taken by other users, and to find those that are trending at the moment. With sleek looks, great features and an overall app experience which is satisfying, Instagram is a mobile-first pioneer.

iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/instagram/id389801252?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.instagram.android

2. Foursquare — This is a mobile-only social network with a difference. Foursquare focuses on location-based networking, and uses a special points system and GPS data to coordinate user information. Users can “check-in” at places and the app gives them recommendations about what to do and the best deals available nearby. The service has been popular among both casual users and businesses, who have figured out ingenuous ways to use it for their advantage.

iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/foursquare-find-restaurants/id306934924?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.joelapenna.foursquared

3. Flipboard — A mobile-only personalized news aggregation service, Flipboard has impressed users for years with its smart features and friendly design. It lets users read news items from the internet according to their specifies set of interests, and save interesting news articles into their own Flipboard “magazine” for later use.

iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flipboard-your-social-news/id358801284?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=flipboard.app

4. Dolphin HD — With hot competition from internet giants Google and Mozilla, Dolphin has managed to hold its own as the only web browser application made only for smart devices. Incorporating great features like fast tabbed browsing, social network integration and caching, Dolphin is a great mobile-only browser with a significant user base.

iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/dolphin-browser/id452204407?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobi.mgeek.TunnyBrowser&hl=en

5. Lookout Security — Specializing in the mobile security department, Lookout is a mobile-only security app which protects smartphones and tablets from known viruses, trojans and malware. With each update, Lookout has kept adding more features into their app, and is now a complete security solution suite specifically for the mobile platform.

iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lookout-backup-security-find/id434893913?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lookout

Originally published at: MobDevApp

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