By: Vince Kattoula

It’s a been quite the year for mobile apps. Even though they made their mark on other devices throughout 2015, I feel like this is the year when they really proved their worth in places other than our phones – like our homes and our cars. Of all the apps that I have downloaded on my iPhone, there’s really only a few that I’d truly have a hard time parting with. Perhaps it’s the way these apps keep me engaged, or maybe it’s the way they allow me to connect with friends and family.

Either way, these are three of my favorite mobile apps of 2016:

Slack

Slack is awesome. I constantly use it in and out of work to share funny memes, GIFs, videos, and other posts with my friends and co-workers. But, it’s much more than that. It’s a place where we get work done, too. We use Slack to share important files and brainstorm ideas with one another. Many important announcements are made through Slack – like when there’s chocolate in the kitchen (thanks Ben). Slack is definitely my favorite mobile app of 2016.

Slack is available for free on iOS and Android.

Vivid Seats

I couldn’t tell you how much Vivid Seats has saved me on sporting events this year. From Tigers to Red Wings games and Lions to Pistons games, Vivid Seats seems to always offer tickets for some of the lowest prices available. And it’s more than just sports. Tickets for concerts, plays, comedy shows, and many other theater events can be purchased at low-end prices. Vivid Seats successfully hits on three key features – it’s easy to use, it’s customizable and interactive, and (best of all) it’s FREE 

Vivid Seats is available on iOS and Android.

Snapchat

Snapchat is one of those apps that gets better every time I use it. Constant updates to the numerous filters and geo-tags keep the app fun and engaging for all types of audiences. What I enjoy most about it is getting an “behind-the-scenes” look into the lives of my favorite athletes and celebrities. It’s also a place to access the latest news and content from brands like BuzzFeed, Comedy Central, CNN, ESPN, Food Network, and Mashable (just to name a few).

Snapchat is available for free on iOS and Android.

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