Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Huawei app store to launch in South Africa

Huawei app store to launch in South Africa

So, like always, Apple has come up with its annual list of the most popular media content (apps, music, movies, TV shows, books and podcasts) across the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes, iBooks and Apple Podcasts. In Canada, Affinity Photo has won the title of the iPad app of the year, whereas Old Man's Journey has surfaced as the iPad game of the year.

With 328 million users across the globe, the Huawei Mobile Service platform is coming to Africa, with the planned launch of a pre-installed localised APP store on Huawei devices.

Drake's More Life was the No. 1 album of the year, Apple said, while Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" was the most listened-to song. Taylor's Swift album Reputation is already the number 3 best-selling album for 2017, despite debuting only a few weeks ago. As for the most downloaded apps and games on the App Store, the top spots are occupied by Bitmoji and Super Mario Run, respectively.

"App Store editors identify four breakout trends in app culture for 2017: the introduction of AR (augmented reality) apps and games, the rise of real-time competitive gaming, apps focused on mental health and mindfulness and apps transforming storytelling and reading", Apple said in a blog post.

There's some predictable overlap between the two tech titans' lists of 2017 top sellers, as Game of Thrones, for instance, dominates both Apple and Google's latest yearly TV show charts.

Moana came in as the top movie download for 2017, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Wonder Woman. The rest of the list was mostly similar to a year ago. True crime continues to drive listenership with top shows like "A Murder On Orchard Street", "Dirty John" and "S-Town". While game and app picks can also be viewed on the respective Games and Apps front pages, it's in the Today tab that Apple was able to put higher emphasis on each victor and tell the story behind it.

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