'Year Walk' leads the best new iOS, Android apps of February 2013
Nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, painkillers… and applications? The Food and Drug Administration hasn't yet slapped an addiction warning label on mobile apps and games, but some users say they're hooked and can't survive without their daily fix. A new online survey conducted by API provider Apigee and market research firm uSamp reveals that 82 percent of respondents across the U.S., U.K., France, Germany and Spain believe there are apps they can't live without for even one day: Fifty-seven percent can't survive with email, 41 percent break into a cold sweat without Facebook and 31 percent can't even get out of bed without alarm clock apps.
App dependency is so profound that half of U.S. respondents say they can't last even four hours without them. That's not all: If not for mobile apps, 23 percent of respondents across all markets say they would be unable to feel happy, 20 percent would be incapable of navigating to work, 19 percent would fail to maintain relationships and 10 percent would be unable to impress their friends. Most astounding of all, 85 percent confess they would rather give up drinking water than delete their apps, and no less than 9 percent proclaim it would be easier for them to invent a new source of energy than give up app access.
The findings of the Apigee survey are completely over-the-top, to say the least: If you truly believe your health and happiness are intertwined with the apps on your phone, it may be time to reassess your life (or at the very least consider adopting a puppy). But the study does underline how utterly essential apps have become to our everyday life--a significant percentage of the world's population now believes it can't function without software that didn't even exist just a few short years ago.
I'm not about to tell you that you can't live without my picks for the best new iOS and Android apps of February. But they will make your day a little bit easier, a little more colorful and a lot more fun, and that's more than enough.--Jason