2015 was a great year, we have seen lots of apps and games coming in market with great expectations. Some of them got popular by huge user-base but some of the apps became popular due to the controversy in the world market.
We are going to present 5 Most Controversial Apps of 2015. Lets have a look.
- Android Pay
- Move To IOS & Stick To Android
- Yik Yak
Android Pay was announced to heavy fanfare at Google I/O. The premise was easy enough to understand. It was to be a revamped and improved tap-to-pay system that rivaled Apple Pay and could be used throughout the Android ecosystem by apps, games, and even online retailers. The roll out of the service has left a little bit to be desired.
For starters, the new Android Pay doesn’t work on rooted devices for security reasons. This is in stark contrast to Google Wallet, which worked on rooted and non-rooted devices alike and irked the root community so bad that Google employees actually took to the XDA forums to explain what happened. To follow it up, Google Wallet was gutted and turned into a PayPal clone with its biggest feature being able to send money to friends and manage your account which are features it already had. In classic Google fashion, the apps still work together but are disjointed as a whole. Everyone has calmed down about it now, but you can still find remnants of a start that wasn’t pretty and people who still aren’t happy about the whole thing.
Apple had every chance in the world to make a good impression on Android users with their first Android app. The whispers that they would be joining the Play Store have been around for a year or longer so it was never really a question of if, but rather a question of when. Maybe iTunes for Android? Perhaps Apple Music? Nope, Apple’s first Android app was to help Android users move to iOS.
To start with, the application actually does work quite well. It transfers all of your stuff to Apple’s services so you can just sign into your next iPhone. Of course, this was taken as a huge offense to the Android fan boys and girls who immediately took to the app’s page on Google Play to unleash probably the heaviest stream of 1-star ratings I’ve seen since Facebook Home. This created a divide in the Android user space between people who relentlessly trolled Apple and those who found that sort of behavior childish. The vitriol even sparked a parody application called Stick with Android that’s received 10,000 5-star ratings and a 4.8 Google Play rating. The Move to iOS thing has all but subsided, but the impact it had can still be seen with every Apple app release because they now get a slew of 1-star ratings just because it was released by Apple.
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Pushbullet became the latest victim of actually trying to make money off of their platform and it seems like they went about it the wrong way. The popular platform is considered the de facto solution for transferring files between computers and mobile phones and the extra features such as texting from PC, universal copy/paste, and others made it a fan favorite. That is, until they started charging $40/year for it.
What made Pushbullet so interesting was that nothing it did was wrong. It’s still a great app with great features and great stability. The problem seems to be centered around how they went about transitioning into a paid app. Users have lamented the allegedly exorbitant cost of Pushbullet Pro and how the free version was gutted just to make the premium version look better, which some felt was insulting. The push back was so intense that Pushbullet’s teamtook to Reddit to do an AMA which seems to have calmed the public down quite a bit. As of now, the price remains $5/month and $49.99/year and the competition has been trying to take advantage of that.
Telegram is actually a really good messaging service that focuses on encryption, security, and privacy. Now, if they could only do something about all those terrorists that want to use their service. Yes, it’s true, Telegram received a lot of press this year after it was reported that ISIS encouraged members to use the app in order to talk privately about their various ISIS activities so governments couldn’t track them. The app’s developers caught a little flack after some footage from TechCrunch Disrupt was dug up that showed the developers knew that ISIS used their app. Since then, they’ve tried to make things right byshutting down dozens of ISIS channels but they seem to keep coming back. This whole development came about after the attacks in Paris so the fallout is still uncertain, but so far Telegram has seemed to rebound nicely after it was cleaned up a bit.
Our loyal readers may remember Yik Yak from its inclusion in our most controversial apps of 2014. Yes, it’s here again and believe it or not, it managed to top its performance from last year. It started with that huge thing at Missouri University that I’m sure most of you have heard about. You may have heard about two students who were arrested for issuing death threats to black people, right? Yeah, they did that on Yik Yak.
That wasn’t the only time racism found its way onto this application. Princeton University has had problems with it all year while a Colorado Springs student was suspended after racist comments concerning black women. There has been more than one movement to ban the service from college campuses, but they have all been highly unsuccessful. So far, about all the app developers have done is place geofences around middle and high school areas to prevent kids from using it. In October 2015, Google removed the app from its top charts. We won’t know how effective that will be in the long term, but don’t be surprised if this app is right back here next year.