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Best apps of 2017 revealed by Google

Socratic, which helps you do your homework, takes top spot

Aatif Sulleyman
Friday 01 December 2017 18:32
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Google has named Socratic its number one app of the year.

The tutoring app, which is available for free on both Google Play and the Apple App Store, is designed to help you complete your homework.

It specialises in a wide range of subjects, including maths, history, economics, English, chemistry and biology, and uses AI to help you understand and work through problems.

All you need to do is take a photo of your homework and upload it to Socratic.

The app will automatically recognise the problem and provide step-by-step guidance on how to solve it.

Google says Socratic “blew us away this year — cleverly conceived, beautifully designed, and wonderfully useful.”

It added, “ Socratic captivated us with its best-in-class artificial intelligence: ask a question, and it’ll curate the info you need — like step-by step maths solutions — to answer it. We can’t wait to see our App of the Year get even smarter.”

The company has also compiled a list of the top five most popular new apps of the year. In the UK, they are:

The US list is completely different:

Google also revealed that Nintendo’s Super Mario Run was the most downloaded new game of the year, Moana took the crown for films, Game of Thrones was the most popular TV show and Kendrick Lamar’s HUMBLE. came out on top for streamed songs.

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