Oh, ‘APP’ solutely!

Mobile applications close the distance between humans and technology. | Photo by PC Quest.

Who would have thought that Waze could help so many drivers today, to locate their destinations and avoiding as much traffic congestion as possible. Whoever came up with the idea for Waze was one helluva genius (geniuses, ‘app’ arently, because it was created by Israeli trio Uri Levine, software engineer Ehud Shabtai, and Amir Shinar)!

But would you have thought of this more than a decade ago? Never mind that traffic congestion was not as bad as it is today, but there were still places that were new to most people, and having a digital map was more handy than going to travel agency or your nearest newsstand for a map of Kuala Lumpur. Also, when the Internet began making wireless waves in 1995, the only thing that was made available was Google Maps. Even then, driving instructions were not as detailed and informative as today. How did you get around then? How did we even find what we were looking for then? Besides trying anyway and getting lost along the way. Somehow, we survived. We still managed to survive.

Technology and its applications have come a long way to being perfected for our use. Our parents have lamented over the over-usage of technology that have made people lazier now. But you can’t deny that a lot of work today can be completed because of technology. Would you rather drive blindly around town for hours on end, looking for your next caffeine fix, or fire up Waze, take the shortest and less congested route, and reach within ten minutes? You’re much less flustered, enjoying your latte with your nose buried deep in a novel that you just can’t put down because of all the action in it. I don’t use Waze but I have to admit, it is pretty good!

Waze is one of the top mobile applications used by Malaysians no thanks to the way our roads and highways have been constructed. Also, because no matter what hour of the day you’re on the road, there will be some sort of traffic congestion somewhere, sometimes, for no reason at all. Here are some of the more popular apps that, in my opinion, Malaysians love to use the most:

Most-Used, Most Popular Mobile Applications:

  • Waze, because nobody likes to get stuck in Malaysian traffic jams.
  • Facebook, because everyone has something to say about your ‘Beer o’Clock‘ session last night.
  • YouTube, because everyone wants a shot at superstardom like Justin Bieber.
  • Instagram, because the cafes you visited have the most picturesque cruffins, ever!
  • WhatsApp Messenger, because face-to-face conversations are too mainstream now.
  • Twitter, because 140 characters are enough to throw shout-outs to your faithful followers.

The list is in no particular order. It is just a list of the most used mobile applications for Malaysians. We can thank the geniuses who came up with these applications. Mark Zuckerberg wanted the world to get in touch with each other on Facebook. Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger stroked your pride and ego with Instagram. The fame and fortune for YouTube are shared among three founders: Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim. WhatsApp duo Jan Koum and Brian Acton are responsible for the endless beeps and blinks on your smartphones every time someone says something. With Twitter, Evan Williams, Noah Glass, Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone feel that 140 characters are more than enough for a tweet.

While these apps came in handy for me, I still enjoy using one particular app that I recently downloaded. It’s called LiteFM and it is a FM radio channel popularly tuned into by many Malaysians. Now I can listen to my favourite classics wherever I go! What is YOUR favourite app?

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