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Top iPhone apps: tbh, Buienalarm, Lazada, and more

/ 07:50 PM September 18, 2017

“tbh” allows users to rate their friends on positive attributes, but is so far available in limited U.S. locations. Image: Midnight Labs LLC/Apple, Inc. via AFP Relaxnews

Friend feedback app “tbh” in the United States, rain forecaster Buienalarm in the Netherlands, and dedicated shopping portal Lazada in Malaysia demonstrate the power of focused, regionalized services as they top their respective country’s free iPhone app charts on Sept. 15, 2017. Read on for more details on these and other apps by country.

U.S.
tbh (Lifestyle)
Anonymous polling app for friends to leave positive feedback about each other. State-specific with support for colleges as well as sharing to Instagram and Snapchat. T.B.H. is shorthand for “to be honest.”

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United Kingdom
Flip Master (Games)
After the bottling flipping craze we now have trampoline game Flip Master, which features gymnastic tricks and ragdoll physics, power-ups, video replay sharing, and in-app purchases of which a $0.99 batch of virtual currency is currently most popular.

Australia
Monopoly at Macca’s (Games)
Licensed adaptation of popular board game Monopoly and distributed as part of a promotion revolving around purchases made at fast food chain McDonald’s.

China
Go Fighting! (Shopping)
Shopping app that leverages the popularity of reality show challenge “Go Fighting!” with daily specials and incentives for group buys.

Germany
WhatsApp Messenger (Social Networking)
Facebook-owned multimedia messaging and voice calling app that uses wifi or carrier data connection, leverages existing phone contacts lists, and provides support for group chats. Secure messaging app Threema is second in Germany’s paid apps chart.

France
Snapchat (Social Networking)
Self-erasing photo messaging, image effects, geo-tags, with increasing support for media publishers.

Netherlands
Buienalarm [en. Rain Alarm] (Weather)
Predicts time, location and quantity of rainfall across the country. The Netherlands was buffeted by heavy storms on September 13.

Canada
Messenger (Social Networking)
Google’s proprietary email app for its Gmail service, with an Undo Send feature, threaded email conversations, account switching, and integration with Google contacts, phone contacts, and Google Calendar.

South Korea
AxE (Games)
An action-adventure game also known as “Alliance X Empire”, featuring full 3D graphics and faction-oriented 5v5 arena battling.

Japan
Music FM
Streaming app devised to play music videos directly from YouTube, with background playback, shuffle and loop functions.

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Singapore
Fight List (Games)
Trivia game with thousands of subjects plus stats and rankings between friends and globally. Built-in chat app allows for pre- and post-match conversation. The top in-app purchase is $2.99 for premium membership.

Malaysia
Lazada (Shopping)
Brand-oriented shopping with a focus on Southeast Asia and offering deals, vouchers, and promotions in Electronic, Fashion, Home & Living, Health & Beauty and Baby & Toys.

India
WhatsApp Messenger (Social Networking)

South Africa
WhatsApp Messenger (Social Networking)

Store rankings courtesy of App Annie. JB

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