Apps, and The Ones That Came After Them

When you buy a phone, the first thing you want to do after configuration is to download applications: things to keep you busy and your phone full.

The phone app store can be likened to a candy store- or a boutique- where you can get a variety of goodies at different cost implications. In this case, apps, apps, and more apps.

You don’t see the back end, all you know is some are games and some connect us to people that we would only have to travel a long distance to see physically, in a minute, on phone or through instant messaging.

Some come as a replacement and others come as an improvement, but one thing is certain: if apps were kings, they would have loyal subjects.

This is a list of apps that have stood the test of time, and some that have crumbled in the face of innovation.


1)SEGA (Gaming App)

Sega logo

Founders: David Rosen, Martin Bromerly, Yu Suzuki, Irving Bromberg, James Humpert.

Origin: Founded in 1960 on Hawaii, Honolulu with its headquarters in Shinagawa City, Tokyo and Japan.

When Sega Enterprise, Ltd (formerly known as Nihon Goraku Bussan) acquired Rosen Enterprise in 1965, it began developing its arcade games in 1966 with Periscope, which became a success and led to more arcade machine development.

PS: Originally, it was an importer of coin-operated games to Japan and manufacturer of slot-machine and jukeboxes.

The app that came after: Play Station


2) SUBWAY SURF (‘Endless runner’ gaming app)

Image Credit: Pinterest

Founder: Developed by Kiloo and SYBO Games

Origin: The app was developed in May 2012 and by 2017, it was the most downloaded app on a mobile phone. In 2019, it was adjudged the most downloaded game of the decade 

The app that came after it: Temple Run


3)CAMERA 360 (Beauty Enhancing App)

Image credit: Andy Android Emulator

Founder: Hao Xu

Origin: Built by Pingguo, a startup based in the Chinese tech hub, Chengdu.

It was born by Hao after he observed the strong desire of millennials to look attractive online.

The app that came after it: Snapchat


4) IMO (Video calling and chat app)

Imo logo

Founder: Ralph and George Harik

Origin: It was initially released in 2005 by the Harik brothers. It was created as an app to facilitate instant messaging and social media interaction through video calling, video messaging.

The app that came after it: WhatsApp Video call


5) Hi5 (Dating App)

Image Credit: Tech Life

Founder: Ramu Yalamanchi

(Owned by The Meet Group)

Origin: Found in San Francisco, California in 2003.

By 2007, it was the second-best app after MySpace and later dropped to third place leaving its second spot for Facebook.

It was most popular in Latin America and had millions of users daily.

The app that came after it: Tinder


6) SKYPE (Virtual Meeting App)

Image Credit: The Verge

Founders: Niklas Zennstrom, Janus Friis.

Origin: It was developed in 2002. The founders already had an experience in venture IT business, founding in 2001 Kazaa Media Desktop (once capitalized as “KaZaA”, but now usually written “Kazaa”)—the famous peer-to-peer file sharing application.

The name Skype came from one of the initial names for the project—SKY PEer-to-peer, which was then abbreviated to Skyper. It appeared, however, that some of the domain names associated with Skyper were already taken. Dropping the final r left the current title Skype, for which domain names were available.

The app that came after it: Zoom


7) BBM {Black Berry Messenger} (Software Messaging App)

Photo Credit: Daily Mail

Founder: Gary Klassen

Origin: It was launched on August 1, 2005.BBM was the original ‘mobile-first’ messaging service and was popular for a while. Communications were only possible within BlackBerry devices until 2013. It was initially developed to allow messaging, voice calls between BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Andriod and Windows Mobile Users.

The app that came after it: WhatsApp


8) WATTPAD (Writing and Reading App)

Wattpad logo

Founder: Allen Lau and Ivan Yue

Origin: The app was launched in 2006 to create a site where writers (amateur and established) will find an abode to tell their stories, and for readers to be entertained by them -voting, liking and commenting.

The app that came after it: Medium



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