Furious 5: Apps on the rise (Week 12, 2018)

Ben Bowman


Looking for the hot new thing? At Softonic, we’re always tracking the apps on the rise. According to our charts, Facebook installs are down nearly 18 percent this week and its corporate cousin Instagram is down more than 28 percent. Tired of having your data scraped and sold off to Russians, eh? Here are five great apps that our community loves instead.

Furious 5: Apps on the rise

1. Fortnite (+48%)

A storm has wiped out most of the world’s population. What’s worse? Monsters are coming to attack the remaining survivors. In this co-op game, you and your team must head out, kill the monsters, and gather resources to build up a sweet anti-monster fort. It’s part Minecraft, part Left 4 Dead. It’s so fun, a researcher took the time to decide whether it should be literally classified as addictive. Where do we sign up? Get your game on here…

Part Left 4 Dead, part Minecraft. This battling and building game is soaring in popularity.

2. Free Video Editor (+33%)

ThunderShare’s free video editor will take your home movies and make them pop on social media. It’s basically an upgrade to Microsoft’s free Movie Maker. Use this tool to rotate and crop your footage. Add fades and edit your video down to the best parts. You can even add a watermark! Give it a whirl and see what it can do for your film career. (Free download for Windows)

3. Fortnite Battle Royale (+24%)

Oh, Fortnite is back on our list again, this time with their Battle Royale version. In this game, you’re on an island where you need to kill everyone else. (Very similar to PUBG, if you dig that.) You start off with a pickaxe, which you can use to destroy things to gather resources. Like the original Fortnite, you can also build structures for defense. What are you waiting for? Get fighting!

4. Google Chrome (+23%)

All hail the browser that helped kill off Internet Explorer! Google’s baby makes surfing the web a breeze, allowing for seamless transitions and speedy browsing. Extensions, themes, and other goodies make the experience customizable. If you’ve never tried Chrome before or you haven’t installed it on your phone yet, jump on it.

Chrome is a young, fast browser that can browse any web page. It supports all major technologies and standards such as HTML5 and Flash.

5. Android PC Sync Manager (+15%)

You can use this free tool to transfer data from your phone to your PC and back again. Because it doesn’t store any data, you can feel safe knowing that your files are moving safely from one place to another. It’s also compatible with older operating systems, so there’s no excuse not to back up your photos, music, and videos. (Free download for Windows)

Still hungry for more recommendations? Check out last week’s Furious 5!

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