There are hundreds of new smart-phone applications released daily and are being downloaded in millions. Following is a list of Top 10 smart-phone applications compiled by TIME based on their popularity and utility.
10. PaperPort Anywhere
PaperPort Anywhere lets you store important documents on its servers for easy retrieval when you’re on the go. The app, for iPhone and Android, helps you quickly create digital versions of paper documents with your device’s built-in camera too. You can share certain documents with family and friends if you have a paid account, though basic access is free for one user and includes an entire gigabyte of storage space.
09. Fast Customer
If you’re the type of person who likes to wait on hold for customer-service reps, you won’t like Fast Customer. But for everyone else — and let’s face it, that’s everyone — Fast Customer not only gives you one-click access to direct support lines for more than 2,000 companies but also will wait on hold for you, then call you back once a rep is on the line.
European music-streaming service Spotify finally made its way to the U.S. this year, with a desktop version offering free, ad-supported tracks. Users who pony up for the $10-per-month premium package can wirelessly stream tracks directly to their phones or, better yet, download songs from Spotify’s catalog of 15 million tracks for offline playback.
Price: Free (requires Spotify subscription)
07. Hipmunk Flight Search
Hipmunk takes the traditional flight-search model and turns it on its head, showing flights sorted first by “agony,” then by price and other factors. You’re treated to a grid of at-a-glance info about which flights have wi-fi and which have long layovers, all in a fun, easy to use interface.
While Google’s new social network continues to try to gain traction, the Google+ app, available for iPhone and Android, already shows a lot of promise. The interface is well designed, making sharing things with the people in your Circles a cinch, and the built-in video-chatting feature makes connecting with other Google+ members even more personal.
If your cable provider is on board — in this case, Verizon FiOS, Time Warner or Bright House — then this app will let you stream live feeds of ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU right to your phone, effectively turning it into the ultimate sports-watching machine. You also get access to live sports content from other ESPN partner networks — basketball, baseball, golf, tennis and more.
Price: Free (requires ESPN subscription)
04. Facebook Messenger
It took a while to finally show up in the App Store and Android Market, but Facebook Messenger was worth the wait for those who are addicted to the world’s most popular social network. The app provides new-message notifications, message synchronization to your main Facebook account and group messages with the ability to dynamically add members to the group on the fly. And if you try to connect with a friend who doesn’t have the app installed, he or she can get your messages as standard text messages instead.
03. HBO Go
With some of the best original programming on television, HBO finally found its way to smart phones this year. The app provides subscribers with more than 1,400 episodes of streamable HBO content, including customized playlists and the ability to create a “Series Pass” for each of your favorite shows.
Price: Free (requires HBO subscription)
Reading news on a smart phone has taken a backseat to highly polished, magazine-like tablet apps, but one smart-phone news reader stood head and shoulders above the rest this year. Feedly pulls whatever you follow on Google Reader, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and other popular Web services and presents it to you in a thoughtful, easy to use interface. And for when you’re in front of a computer, Feedly is available as an extension for Web browsers Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
Yahoo!’s IntoNow app uses your phone’s microphone to identify whatever TV show you’re watching in real time based on the show’s audio track. Once the show has been identified, you can use IntoNow to find out which of your friends have already seen the episode you’re watching or which happen to be watching the same show at the same time. All roads lead to discussing the episode in question — though not until the commercial break, of course. You don’t want to miss any important plot twists or riveting reality-show banter.