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Groundbreaking apps that changed the world

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At Tesco Mobile, we love our smartphones – and they’re made even more brilliant thanks to the fantastic apps they support. From free messaging services to personal organisers, apps have become an indispensable part of the smartphone experience, and we’ve picked out six groundbreaking apps that have really helped our handsets reach their full potential.

1. Groupon

Groupon took the massive popularity of coupon shopping and turned it into an app that revolutionised the sector. Allowing you to easily find deals for restaurants, shops, experiences, and much more in your area, the app has the power to be a massive money saver. You can use the deals you find straight away or save them for a later date.

Invaluable when you’re planning an impromptu night out, looking for an affordable way to celebrate a special occasion, or are trying to find a good dinner spot on your holidays, Groupon has taken our love of a good deal and turned it into one of the best apps around.

Get Groupon on Google Play or through the App Store.

2. Google maps

Simple, essential and wonderfully easy to use, Google Maps is one of those smartphone apps that appeals to everyone from the youngest user to the oldest. This nifty app now not only provides fantastic mapping services around the world, but it also helps you plan your trip via your favourite mode of transport, estimates travel time, provides traffic warnings and can even recommend businesses and services near your destination.

Having Google Maps is like having the world’s biggest guidebook in your pocket – and it can even be personalised to save your favourite destinations.

Get Google Maps on Google Play or through the App Store.

3. WhatsApp messenger

A cross-platform messaging app that lets you send texts, videos, images and audio files to everything from an Apple iPhone to a Samsung tablet, WhatsApp Messenger took the world by storm the second it popped on to the scene. It uses internet data or Wi-Fi connections to send messages, meaning senders don’t have to pay for individual texts. It also makes it really easy to create groups to send and manage messages to more than one person at a time.

Particularly popular among heavy texters, holidaymakers travelling overseas, and anyone who has a lot of friends and family to organise, WhatsApp has made a real difference to messaging.

Get WhatsApp on Google Play or through the App Store.

4. Uber

Shaking up the way we travel, Uber allows you to order a taxi quickly and easily. You can also compare rates, check notes about the driver, and track their progress and estimated arrival time. Even better, you don’t have to make sure you have cash on you, as you can pay by Google Wallet, PayPal, or by adding a credit card to your secure Uber account.

Still in its early days, Uber is already available in more than 50 countries and is growing all the time – so if it’s not already big in your neighbourhood, there’s a good chance it will be soon.

Get Uber on Google Play or through the App Store.

5. Evernote

This handy little notetaking app is arguably the most powerful of its kind, and it’s certainly one of the best loved! Offering the ability to capture thoughts, ideas, pictures, and even audio within a matter of moments, Evernote keeps all your thoughts in one handy place. It also seamlessly shares and syncs all of your notes to the cloud, so you can access them from any web browser or through the app on other devices.

There’s even a Premium version that’s perfect for anyone looking for extras like PDF annotation, better privacy options, and offline access. What’s more, there are also a range of collaborative functions that are as ideal for business meetings as they are for making Christmas plans with your family.

Get Evernote on Google Play or through the App Store.

6. Pushbullet

Already huge and only set to get bigger, Pushbullet is an incredibly nifty little app that lets you do all kinds of things. Basically, it connects your smartphone and your computer through your web browser, letting you set up lots of cool timesavers – like reading your text messages via your computer or transferring files quickly and easily.

Great for making sure you never miss an important message or notification, Pushbullet lets you keep up to date with the things you care about.

Get Pushbullet on Google Play or through the App Store.