The 16 best apps categories on mobile

In the realm of mobile applications, a select few stand out as indispensable tools and sources of entertainment. Among these giants, the triumvirate of YouTube, Google Maps, and Gmail reigns supreme, each offering a distinct and unparalleled user experience.

App Logo Available On Reviews Downloads Features
1. YouTube YouTube Icon Android, iOS 4.6/5 17B+ Personalized recommendations, Content creation and sharing
2. Google Maps Google Maps Icon Android, iOS 4.6/5 16B+ Real-time traffic updates, Public transit navigation
3. Gmail Gmail Icon Android, iOS 4.7/5 15B+ Blocks spam and phishing, Undo send, High quality video calling
4. Google Google Icon Android, iOS 4.8/5 15B+ Personalized news feed, Quick and easy search, Real-time updates
5. WhatsApp Messenger WhatsApp Messenger Icon Android, iOS 4.7/5 9B+ End-to-end encryption, High-quality calls, Cross-platform availability
6. Google Meet Google Meet Icon Android, iOS 4.8/5 9B+ Video calls with up to 100 participants, Screen sharing and collaboration
7. Instagram Instagram Icon Android, iOS 4.6/5 6B+ Ephemeral Stories and Notes, Customized Posts, Short-Form Video Reels
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1. YouTube

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Personalized recommendations, Content creation and sharing


Cost: YouTube (Free), YouTube Premium ($12.99/month)

YouTube is a free video-sharing app that allows users to watch, upload, and share videos. It is one of the most popular apps in the world, with over 2 billion active users. YouTube offers a wide variety of content, including music videos, movies, TV shows, news, and educational videos. It is also a popular platform for vloggers and other creators to share their content with the world. YouTube is available on a variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets, and computers.

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YouTube - Personalized recommendations, Content creation and sharing
  • Tags:
  • Personalized recommendations
  • Vast video library
  • Content creation tools

Application information:

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2. Google Maps

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Real-time traffic updates, Public transit navigation


Cost: Google Maps (Free), Google Maps Premium ($9.99/month)

Google Maps is a mobile navigation app that provides real-time GPS navigation, traffic updates, and local search for businesses, restaurants, and events. It offers turn-by-turn directions for driving, walking, and public transportation, as well as detailed maps of over 220 countries and territories. Google Maps also includes features such as Street View, which allows users to explore locations virtually, and indoor maps for shopping malls and other large buildings.

Download:

Google Maps - Real-time traffic updates, Public transit navigation
  • Tags:
  • Real-time navigation
  • Traffic and transit info
  • Local business discovery

Application information:

Comments and Reviews from users:

jaypee07747: “I'm a top contributor on Google Photos & Maps. Anyway, I use Maps almost daily, and have for years. All of a sudden for the past week I have a problem where voice guidance starts when I first start a route, but after the first one it never gives any more guidance. It works if I play it over the car's Bluetooth, but it will not play from the phone's speaker (which is how I prefer it and have always used it before). It is so frustrating. Tried everything except uninstall & reinstall. Any ideas?” – 3/5 in Play Store

Kayla Staub: “Thankful I can save places I want to go to, have gone, places I have family in faraway states that my dream is to see before I die where my grandmother grew up. Different saved lists are perfect for "want to go this year", "want to go in next 5 years" kind of thing too. I feel like the sky is the limit with this app, and it helps me to zoom out, and see the BIG PICTURE, and the map as a my playground. Our world is so small in our mind but, a place to explore when you zoom out. PERSPECTIVE. ♥︎” – 5/5 in Play Store

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3. Gmail

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Blocks spam and phishing, Undo send, High quality video calling


Cost: Gmail (free) (Free), Google Workspace (Paid)

Gmail is a free email service developed by Google. Users can access Gmail on the web and using third-party programs that synchronize email content through POP or IMAP protocols. Gmail started as a limited beta release on April 1, 2004, and became publicly available on February 7, 2007.

Gmail's primary web interface is accessed through the Google website, while its mobile app is available for Android and iOS devices. Gmail has been widely adopted and is one of the most popular email services in the world.

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Gmail - Blocks spam and phishing, Undo send, High quality video calling
  • Tags:
  • Robust Security
  • Real-time notifications
  • Multiple account support

Application information:

Comments and Reviews from users:

Crystal Canela: “I was able to resolve the issue after reviewing the article shared. I've used this app for many years and liked it overall. However, since the app updated on my phone last week, I don't receive notifications for one of my accounts anymore. I've tried turning on the notifications in the app and on my phone settings and nothing has worked. It indicates notifications are blocked and gives me no options to unblock it anywhere. Please advise.” – 5/5 in Play Store

Ilya Kruglikov: “The new reply bar appeared in the app when you open emails, it is taking a ton of screen space. The only purpose seems to be to reply to emails, which I never have a problem doing anyway. I don't need to reply to my newsletters, school mailings or reservations or 99% of the emails I receive. Do not take away screen space for absolutely no reason and diminish otherwise great app. Please, make it customizable i.e. having the possibility to hide it.” – 2/5 in Play Store

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4. Google

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Personalized news feed, Quick and easy search, Real-time updates


Cost: Google Drive (Free), Google One (Paid)

Google offers a wide range of apps for mobile devices, covering various categories. These include productivity apps like Gmail, Drive, and Calendar; communication apps like Messenger and Duo; entertainment apps like YouTube and Play Music; and utility apps like Maps, Translate, and Photos. Google's apps are known for their user-friendly design, seamless integration with other Google services, and availability across multiple platforms. They empower users to stay organized, connected, entertained, and informed on their mobile devices.

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Google - Personalized news feed, Quick and easy search, Real-time updates
  • Tags:
  • Personalized search results
  • Real-time updates on topics of interest
  • Hands-free voice control

Application information:

Downloads 1,521,349,239
Features Google lets users do a wide range of tasks, including searching the web, checking email, viewing maps, watching videos, and creating documents.
Pros It's free to use, easy to use, fast, accurate, and comprehensive.
Cons Google collects user data, which some people may find concerning. It can be addictive, and some people may find it difficult to limit their use of it.

Comments and Reviews from users:

Margaret Porter: “Google is a good app in general, and the best search engine I've come across so far when using my phone. A problem I have with it is that when you look something up it doesn't just make things easy and give you a simple description, it has to make you watch a video. This has always been complicated for me because I have parental control settings which restrict youtube and tiktok on my device, so I don't have the permissions needed to access videos. Otherwise, it's a good search engine.” – 4/5 in Play Store

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5. WhatsApp Messenger

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End-to-end encryption, High-quality calls, Cross-platform availability


Cost: WhatsApp Messenger (Free), WhatsApp Business (Free)

WhatsApp Messenger is a freeware, cross-platform messaging and voice-over-IP (VoIP) service owned by Meta Platforms. It allows users to send text messages and voice messages, make voice and video calls, and share images, documents, and other media. WhatsApp Messenger is available for mobile devices running iOS and Android, as well as desktop computers running Windows and macOS. As of 2023, WhatsApp Messenger is one of the most popular mobile messaging apps in the world, with over 2 billion active users.

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WhatsApp Messenger - End-to-end encryption, High-quality calls, Cross-platform availability
  • Tags:
  • End-to-end encryption
  • Free voice and video calls
  • Cross-platform messaging

Application information:

App WhatsApp Messenger
Downloads 917,471,6637
Features WhatsApp Messenger is a free and secure messaging and calling app. With WhatsApp, you can send and receive messages, make voice and video calls, and share photos, videos, and documents.
Pros Free to use, end-to-end encryption, cross-platform, supports group chats and video calls
Cons Can be data-intensive, may not be suitable for business use, limited storage space for messages and media

Comments and Reviews from users:

Deirdre Karambelas: “The video chat is really easy on WhatsApp. Set it to back itself up. No problem transferring phones. I text myself links, pics , notes to myself. . I end up with a lot but can find things by using the search feature. But the best is this: I write medical record abstracts, witch is time consuming and annoying. But for lengthy bits I now read the text to WhatsApp. It instantly appears on my desktop version and I just cut and paste. I'm amazed at the medical jargon it recognizes!” – 5/5 in Play Store

Dawn H. Prince: “This App is a great idea for me. Because you don't have go through with the socialization. And the only thing that I think is wrong with it is the fact that someone can just randomly get on your what'sapp account simply by adding your phone number to their contacts. Its happened to me before. Thanks . I have been having issues getting on a chat and being able to text anyone. Even the AI. And support in the app. It kicks me out of the chat or at times all the way out of the app.” – 2/5 in Play Store

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6. Google Meet

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Video calls with up to 100 participants, Screen sharing and collaboration


Cost: Google Meet: Free (Free), Google Meet: Enterprise (Contact sales for pricing)

Google Meet is a video conferencing app that allows users to connect with others face-to-face. It is available on mobile devices and desktops, and it is free to use. Google Meet is a great option for businesses, schools, and individuals who need to communicate remotely. It is easy to use and offers a variety of features, including screen sharing, breakout rooms, and live closed captioning.

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Google Meet - Video calls with up to 100 participants, Screen sharing and collaboration
  • Tags:
  • High-quality video calling
  • Group and one-on-one video messaging
  • Screen sharing and real-time collaboration

Application information:

Comments and Reviews from users:

K: “Edit: Did everything they suggested and it STILL not fixed. Ever since it switched to Google Meet, it continues to ring even after I answer the call. I have to swipe down on my phone to make it stop. Half the time, it doesn't even ring. It just shows a missed call. Since the new update, it randomly just hangs up while I'm in the middle of a call. It is extremely inconvenient to have these kinds of issues continuously. They were never an issue before.” – 2/5 in Play Store

Gregg Wessler: “It's a simple enough chat app. I use it frequently. One issue, as it gets updated & combined into prior iterations, it's over simplified to where certain settings are gone. I went and uploaded a custom background from my gallery, which I thought was going to be active in my 'meeting' conversation where the change was made. No! It's now my default background, everywhere. After hours searching online, no way to make changes unless I own a google Enterprice acct. Really? I cant go back to default” – 3/5 in Play Store

7. Instagram

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Ephemeral Stories and Notes, Customized Posts, Short-Form Video Reels


Cost: Instagram (Free), Instagram Pro ($4.99/month)

Instagram is a photo and video-sharing social networking service owned by Facebook, Inc. It was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger and launched in October 2010. As of June 2021, Instagram has over 1 billion monthly active users. The app allows users to upload photos and videos, as well as apply filters and edit them. Users can also share their content with followers and view content from other users. Instagram has become a popular way to share photos and videos with friends and family, as well as to discover new content and connect with others.

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Instagram - Ephemeral Stories and Notes, Customized Posts, Short-Form Video Reels
  • Tags:
  • Ephemeral Stories
  • Customizable Posts
  • Interest Exploration

Application information:

Downloads 5,596,047,394
Features Instagram is an easy-to-use app that allows you to share photos and videos with your followers, and you can also explore and like other users' content.
Pros Instagram is a great way to stay connected with friends and family, and it's also a great platform for businesses to market their products and services.
Cons Instagram can be addictive, and it can be difficult to resist scrolling through your feed for hours on end.

8. YouTube Music

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Personalized music recommendations, Vast music library


Cost: YouTube Music (Free) (Free), YouTube Music Premium ($9.99/month)

YouTube Music is a music streaming app that allows users to listen to a wide variety of music, including songs, albums, and playlists. It also offers music videos, live performances, and behind-the-scenes content. YouTube Music is available as a free and paid subscription service. The free version includes ads, while the paid subscription removes ads and offers additional features such as offline listening and background playback. YouTube Music is available on a variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets, and computers.

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YouTube Music - Personalized music recommendations, Vast music library
  • Tags:
  • Massive music library
  • Personalized recommendations
  • Offline Listening

Application information:

Downloads 5 Billion+
Features YouTube Music lets you browse songs, albums, playlists, and artist profiles based on your preferences.
Pros Supports background playback, offline listening, and integration with other Google products.
Cons Some features may require a premium subscription, limited music selection compared to other streaming services, and privacy concerns related to Google's data collection practices.

Comments and Reviews from users:

Daniel Rose: “I love that YouTube music lets you try their premium for 2 months free. With premium, I like that I can turn my phone screen off to save some battery and not have my phone so hot while playing music. One thing I don't understand I why when I search for clean versions of music, they don't pop up. I thought since this app is basically YouTube it would still have cleaner options. However, even on the regular plan it played less ads than Spotify (who I switched from). And I'm glad I can see lyrics!” – 4/5 in Play Store

9. Netflix

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Personalized recommendations, Vast content library


Cost: Basic, Standard (9.99)

Netflix is a streaming service that offers a wide variety of award-winning TV shows, movies, anime, documentaries, and more on thousands of internet-connected devices. You can watch as much as you want, whenever you want without a single commercial – all for one low monthly price. There's always something new to discover and new TV shows and movies are added every week!

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Netflix - Personalized recommendations, Vast content library
  • Tags:
  • Personalized recommendations
  • Vast content library
  • Offline viewing

Application information:

Downloads 2.6 billion
Features Netflix offers a wide variety of features, including the ability to watch TV shows and movies online or offline, create personalized profiles, and set parental controls.
Pros Netflix has a large library of content, is easy to use, and offers offline viewing.
Cons Netflix can be expensive, and some content is not available in all regions.

10. LinkedIn

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Professional networking, Job searching, Career development


Cost: LinkedIn Free, LinkedIn Premium (29.99)

LinkedIn is a professional networking and career development platform available as a mobile app. It allows users to connect with professionals in their industry, find jobs, and develop their skills. The app offers features such as personalized job recommendations, industry news, and online courses. It also enables users to build their professional profiles, join groups, and participate in discussions. LinkedIn is a valuable tool for professionals seeking career advancement, networking opportunities, and industry insights.

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LinkedIn - Professional networking, Job searching, Career development
  • Tags:
  • Professional networking
  • Job search and discovery
  • Career development

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11. Amazon Prime Video

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Download videos offline, Personalized profiles, Exclusive Amazon Originals


Cost: Free (Free), Prime Video Monthly ($8.99)

Amazon Prime Video is a streaming service that offers a wide variety of movies and TV shows, including Amazon Originals. It is available as an app on mobile devices, and it allows users to watch videos online or offline. The app also includes features such as parental controls and the ability to create watchlists. Amazon Prime Video is a great option for people who want to watch their favorite shows and movies on the go.

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Amazon Prime Video - Download videos offline, Personalized profiles, Exclusive Amazon Originals
  • Tags:
  • Offline downloads
  • Cross-device resume
  • Exclusive originals

Application information:

Downloads 656,124,479
Features Stream thousands of movies and TV shows, including award-winning Amazon Originals, ad-free with Prime membership.
Pros Vast library of content, high-quality streaming, offline viewing.
Cons Some content may require additional subscriptions, limited availability in some regions.

12. Discord

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Customizable chat spaces, Fun group chat enhancements


Cost: Discord Nitro (9.99), Discord Nitro Classic (4.99)

Discord is a mobile and desktop app that allows users to communicate with each other through text, voice, and video calls. It is primarily used by gamers to connect with other players and form communities, but it can also be used for other purposes such as remote work, education, and social networking. Discord is available on iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, and Linux. It is free to use, but there is a premium subscription tier called Discord Nitro that offers additional features such as increased file upload limits and custom emojis.

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Discord - Customizable chat spaces, Fun group chat enhancements
  • Tags:
  • Group chat
  • Fun games
  • High-Quality Streaming

Application information:

Downloads 467,205,439
Features Discord lets you voice chat, video chat, text chat, and share your screen with friends in a customizable group chat.
Pros Fun and engaging, especially for gamers.
Cons May be distracting or addictive for some users.

13. Stop

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200+ Trivia categories, Play with friends or solo, Fast-paced and fun


Cost: Stop App (Free), Stop App Pro ($2.99)

Stop is a mobile word game that challenges players to identify words from a single letter. With five categories to choose from, including animals, food, and objects, the game offers endless opportunities to test your vocabulary and word-building skills. The intuitive gameplay and simple design make it accessible to players of all ages and skill levels, providing a fun and engaging way to expand your lexicon. Whether you're a seasoned word enthusiast or just looking for a casual brain teaser, Stop is the perfect game to keep your mind sharp and entertained.

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Stop - 200+ Trivia categories, Play with friends or solo, Fast-paced and fun
  • Tags:
  • Classic Trivia Fun
  • 200+ Unique Categories
  • Multiplayer Word Game

Application information:

Downloads 48,536,129
Features Challenge yourself with a five-category word game with unlimited tries to find the right word for each letter.
Pros Simple concept, easy to learn, and very addictive.
Cons Some words can be very difficult to find, and there is no way to skip a word and come back to it later.

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “Despite developer opinion, the ads on this app do NOT usually allow for closing after 5 seconds. Yes, it takes a full minute (or more!) for them to fuully load, play, and then leave your device playable again. Developer denial on this matter means I have removed another star. One (or a company) cannot simply deny truth and expect that truth to change. Ads are TOO MUCH! Completely ruined any fun in the game. And no, Fanatee- I am not "contacting" you to "resolve" what you cannot. It is not a bug. Ad has a 30 sec timer. Cannot be closed until this has fully counted down. The "bug" usually causes it to take even longer, due to pauses in the ads. Not impressed with the excuses and claims of 5 secs. I've seen 5 sec ads that can close. Yours are not those 5 sec ads.” – 2/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “Worth the little $2 to get rid of all the annoying ads. Love it. Still some room for improvement though; I've noticed random inconsistencies with same answers given at different times, sometimes accepted and sometimes not; or singular version marked as rare over the plural version. Should also limit advantage of selecting categories. Still an addicting game and a fresh breath of air from your other addictive word game.” – 4/5 in Play Store

14. Associations

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Free to play, Relaxing gameplay, Challenging levels


Cost: Associations - Free, Associations - Premium (2.99)

Associations apps on mobile devices are word games that test players' abilities to connect related words. They typically present a series of words or images, and players must find the associations between them to complete puzzles. These apps can be educational, as they help players expand their vocabulary and improve their problem-solving skills. Additionally, they can be a fun and engaging way to pass the time. Some popular examples of associations apps include Word Association, 4 Pics 1 Word, and Synonym Quest.

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Associations - Free to play, Relaxing gameplay, Challenging levels
  • Tags:
  • Free word game
  • Unique puzzles
  • Relaxing Gameplay

Application information:

Downloads 5,338,377
Features Connect words from word association, solve word puzzles, word search, find hidden words, improve vocabulary, and exercise your brain.
Pros Many levels, addictive gameplay, fun word game.
Cons Some levels are difficult, no hints, may contain ads.

Comments and Reviews from users:

Okland: “It's amazing to play and gets my brain working, as someone who has a hard time focusing on certain things. I however don't like that you're limited on lives and have to watch an ad to get one more heart or start over, it just makes it worse when I don't want to loose my good progress by starting the level over again. I don't have full dexterity in my hands and it makes it hard for me to do this game without messing up constantly despite my smarts on each of the categories.” – 3/5 in Play Store

Tracy Farley: “Good idea, poorly executed It would be pretty fun, but it's very hard to accurately connect the words, and there are only a few tries before you have to watch a LONG add, for another chance, and then repeat. It quickly becomes tedious. I even went to far as to purchase no adds, because I thought it would be fun but I'm sure without that, it would be unplayable.” – 2/5 in Play Store

15. Categories game with friends

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3 game modes, 130+ categories, Play with friends


Cost: Categories game with friends (Free), Categories game with friends - Premium ($4.99)

Categories game with friends is a fun and challenging word game that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. The object of the game is to come up with a word that fits into a given category. For example, if the category is "animals," you might come up with the word "dog." The game can be played with friends or family, and it's a great way to test your vocabulary and knowledge of different categories.

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Download:

Categories game with friends - 3 game modes, 130+ categories, Play with friends
  • Tags:
  • Multiplayer party game
  • 130+ categories
  • 3 game modes

Application information:

Downloads 86491
Features Play with your friends by creating a room and sharing a code, Play with random players online, Play alone against the AI
Pros 3 ways to play, Play with friends or random players, Play against AI
Cons May require an internet connection to play, May contain ads

16. Category Therapy

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Evidence-based exercises, Unlimited practice, Suitable for home & clinic


Cost: Category Therapy Basic (Free), Category Therapy Pro ($0.20)

Category Therapy is an app that helps improve mental organization through unlimited practice with categories. It is designed for individuals looking to enhance their cognitive skills, particularly in the area of categorization. The app provides a structured and engaging environment where users can practice identifying, sorting, and classifying items into different categories. Through various exercises and challenges, Category Therapy aims to improve users' ability to organize and retrieve information, as well as strengthen their overall cognitive functioning.

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Category Therapy - Evidence-based exercises, Unlimited practice, Suitable for home & clinic
  • Tags:
  • Evidence-based exercises
  • Unlimited practice
  • Home and clinical use

Application information:

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “This app has been very useful in working on a variety of cognitive and language goals with my clients. It includes some motivating categories, like car parts. i would like to see more categories added! Thank you” – 5/5 in Play Store

Dominic Raj: “Please add the ability to turn off hints in FIND and CLASSIFY....the speaker icon is very small and is hard to trigger for people with fine motor movement difficulties.” – 4/5 in Play Store