Peter Pham
Peter PhamCofounder Science

What were the best apps launched in 2017?

Looking for apps launched in 2017, now fairly big (few million users, maybe top 300 ranking overall etc. Hq Trivia & Yarn are two I can think of.
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21 recommended
  1. 100

    Live trivia game show by the founder of Vine

    Ryan Hoover
    Ryan Hoover83Founder, Product Hunt · Written
    I see hundreds of consumer apps every month and truthfully very few of them feel fresh and new. HQ feels different and one of the best examples of tech elevating traditional TV entertainment. Truthfully, I have a lot of skepticism about its longevity but it's early and I'm sure @rus and team have some surprises. 😊
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    • Simon Bromberg

      Only 1–2 shows per day, and times may be inconvenient depending on your location.

      They should show some sort of preview or have a tutorial / computer mode where you can play previous games.

      The app itself is pretty nice and when it works, the experience is seamless.

      Unfortunately, the games are frequently delayed and experience technical difficulties. Plus often you put the right answer but it doesn't register.

      Also, the trivia questions are not very satisfying. Who cares what company

      owns Waypoint? That's not an interesting piece of knowledge.

      Also apparently the founder doesn't know how journalism works.

    • Billy Mauro
      Billy MauroProduct Marketing

      Would be great if there were more games each day and you could win different types of prizes. Like win an xbox, or Tesla, or $100,000.

      Also, there are so many people commenting that it doesn't really make sense. Might be better to just show an explosion of multiple profile photos of the people that got a question right after the answer is given away.

      When I played this game btw, I had about 4 other friends trying to help in order to win. Great word of mouth marketing established through that. Wonder if there is a way to gamify it with multiple friends within the app that way those "friends" wouldn't have to be in the same room as me, they could be helping me from their mobile app and incentivize them somehow.

      The hosts are great so far! They are positive energy, say the right things, and engage the audience. I like when they mention twitter followers. I think you are on to something there from a marketing perspective but could def get more creative by shouting out influential players in the game and that have large followings or previously won games in the past. Lots you can do there.

      Very impressed with the concept and execution. Well done.

  2. 64

    The social podcast app 🎧

    Erik Berlin
    Erik BerlinMaker, Breaker · Written
    Erik Berlin made this product
    Breaker is a podcast app with a social layer that opens up a new window to discovery. It’s kind of like what the podcast section of Product Hunt would have looked like if it was an app.
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    • Gil Fewster
      Gil FewsterTinkerer

      Adding a social layer to listening and discovering podcasts is a nice idea, but Breaker doesn’t appear to offer any easy way to unlink social platforms or erase your profile/data of you change your mind. Given the incredibly vague privacy policy, it’s asking for a big leap of faith.

    • I am using this app in every commutes. It has some handy features as the 'jump silences' in podcast that can make you win up to 5 min per podcast

  3. 34

    Digital business card

    Rob Bye
    Rob ByeI build products and companies · Written
    Makes business cards totally redundant
    • Ryan Hoover
      Ryan HooverFounder, Product Hunt

      I’ve seen several business card-like apps over the years. Ping is probably the best executed version of this, although it doesn’t quite meet my needs.

      After entering someone’s email, it adds them as a contacts within the app; however, these contacts are only accessible on mobile (iPhone), housing only a small subset of people I know. I’m seeking a more comprehensive tool to use as a personal CRM of all the people I know, indexed, categorized, and easy to update. Ping isn’t that (yet!?) but for those looking to simply replace the business card exchange ritual, this is the best solution I’ve found.

    • Tracy Ingram
      Tracy IngramFounder Intention Technology

      Great contact tool that I remembered when I ran out of business cards at an event.

  4. 18

    One app to rule them all

    Thomas Groutars
    Thomas GroutarsSoftware @ Product Hunt · Written
    I'm really surprised no one mentioned Station yet :)
    joschiefrontend developer, glazy · Written
    Station is awesome. I use it every day for work and at university. It keeps nearly all my important apps in one space.
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    Thomas DIDIER
    Thomas DIDIER6Product Marketing Manager, Ermeo · Written
    One of the coolest app I recently discovered! Use it every day at work
    • Meghan Regior
      Meghan RegiorDesigner @eFounders

      I've been using Station since it's very beginning (9 months ago). I use it now on a daily basis.

      As a designer, I have on my desktop my Sketch, and of course my Station. It centralize all my work (InVision, Slacks, Gmail, Notifications, Trello... 300+ apps already, so crazy!). So no need to switch between thousand of tabs on chrome, or to set up my work everything morning. I just open Station and eveything is there : what I missed, my new assignments... It just makes you way more productive.

      Give it a try people and get Station now !

    • Amrith Shanbhag
      Amrith ShanbhagCommunity + Social at Product Hunt

      Having been a user of Franz for a long time now, I'm glad I found Station cause it has way more functionality :) Thank you for making this!

      Although, I'm not sure on how I can mute particular apps from sending me notifications 🙃

      EDIT 1: Multiple instances such as Twitter do not actually separate two accounts; if I log out of one, it logs out of the other.

      P.S: I'll edit this review once I use it for a bit longer :)

  5. FerminRP
    FerminRP4Growth Hacker · Written
    Free up space on your phone with just a few taps
  6. Carelia
    CareliaIn love with photography · Written
    I am a fan of Pixabay and really like the opportunity to use it on my phone. Thanks! Great images and still waiting for direct uploading from my phone.
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  7. 9

    Meet fun people based on activities & discover events!

    Sama Jashnani
    Sama JashnaniCo-Founder, DownToDash · Written
    Sama Jashnani made this product
    Meet people in the same location to do an activity together!
  8. 6

    Live chat with your to-be customers straight from your Slack

    Live chat with your to be customers right from your slack. One click integration to your website, with in minutes start conversation with your website visitors. All Chat Leads stored in a Dynamic Segment allowing you to re target and engage them for conversion.
  9. I’m not completely sure this launched in 2017... but whatever, this definitely revolutionized my podcast habits! It’s also super easy to record your own audio and share your thoughts with the world... a vocal Twitter, sort of.
  10. 4

    Animate Sketch designs and generate production-ready code.

    Nicolás Prieto
    Nicolás PrietoLead Designer @Flow · Written
    Nicolás Prieto made this product
    Best animation - code export app in the neighborhood :)
    • Andy Dent
      Andy DentTouchgram founder, coder+martial artist

      I've been using it since the early alpha and just bought a copy now there's a paid release. It generates clean code for the fiddly business of animation so can save a huge amount of time fine-tuning code.

    • I've been anticipating this launch since the Alpha! I was in one of the beta groups several months back and really liked the product then, so I'm jacked to try it out now that it's launched. I've also been on their slack channel keeping tabs on their efforts to deliver a user-focused product that delivers results. This app will save designers a lot of time! I will say that the team building this product is an awesome group focused on users. Stoked to see it launch! Congrats.


  11. 3
    Yet Another Mail Merge (YAMM)

    Run well-targeted email campaigns with Gmail & Google Sheets

    LathaAnnurSubramanimGrowth marketing consultant · Written
    Easy mail merge for Gmail. Much needed add-on for Google Sheets to quickly setup and send email campaigns.
    • Tejaswi R
      Tejaswi RBuilding @TypitoHQ. Ex @VWO @Pipe_monk

      I set it up within minutes. The google sheets integration is smooth. Sent out campaign to 300+ in one day with personalization and scheduling. The feature set is pretty expansive. Looking forward to use the Saleforce integration. If it works well, that would be epic! Very straightforward to use and measure success

      Meanwhile I think an onboarding guide will really help after setting up the account. Somehow I missed it and had to spend a bit of time to understand how to setup my first campaign.

    • Sam Michel
      Sam MichelFounder, Chinwag

      Used YAMM on and off for a few years now when a more personalised mail merge approach is required. Have used it on mailouts to several thousand people eg. for invites (all optin in case you were wondering).

      The mail merging is great, the integration between sheets and Gmail is pretty straightforward and once you get into some of the dynamic stuff sheets can do, there's all sorts of ways of using it: custom links, attachments, event custom pre-filled forms.

      It's pretty quick, too, even for sends with hundreds of email addresses. Downside is that you can get yourself in to trouble if you're not careful about making sure you're OK to send to those emails, especially when new stricter data protection rules are coming in across Europe and California. Make sure you've got permission to send and respect opt-outs!

      Only niggle is that if I want to send multiple campaigns from the same spreadsheet, YAMM sometimes can't find the email addresses, even when following the instructions, but there's ways round this (duplicating the sheet), however it's sometimes useful to keep all the YAMM campaigns on a single sheet with different columns for each email sent.

      Use YAMM for personal touch.

      Use others eg. Mailchimp, etc for bulk emails.

      In summary, excellent product, good support, well worth it.

  12. Antonis Tsagaris
    Antonis TsagarisAndroid Developer, codehouse five · Written
    Antonis Tsagaris made this product
    There's Twitter for micro-blogging, right? Why shouldn't there be an app for micro-podcasting? Think about it. Record three-minute (max) segments and let other people comment on them, with a twist: any comment also has to be an audio recording. Step on your soapbox and speak your mind!
  13. 2
    YouTube TV

    YouTube takes on the cable TV providers

    Jared Schaffer
    Jared SchafferFounder/Product, The Tribe 🕴 Dallas, TX · Written
    Unlimited DVR, $35/mo includes 6 accounts, decent channel lineup. Really well designed for a Google app.
  14. 2
    Bite: Review Dishes

    Find & share great food

    Peter Hwang made this product
    A refreshing way to share and discover new dishes nearby.
    • Been using it with my friends for awhile now! Love how I can discover new and specific dishes at restaurants that I may have already gone to. Also gives prices and written reviews.

    • There are a lot of apps and websites out there that are trying to solve the "where should I eat" problem but Bite takes a very simple approach and nailed it.

  15. 1

    Google Calendar inside your Trello

    Roman Annenkov
    Roman Annenkov5Product manager · Written
    It's for sure a brilliant Project Management tool. Finally, Planyway brought a handy calendar to Trello and synchronization with all the outer space.
    • Kyrie Tompkins-Overlock
      Kyrie Tompkins-OverlockWeb Developer. Nerd. Dog Mom.

      I've been using Planyway for most of December and I love it. It shows me all of my cards from multiple boards in one clean, concise view. No more bouncing between board calendars (or sloppy IFTTT formulas) to keep my calendars & tasks in sync. (:

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    • I spent over a year looking for an app that could do this. I had settled on Trello and been scheduling blocks of time on paper, when I found Planyway. The ease of drag and drop (re)scheduling and custom blocks of time was exactly what I wanted, and two-way sync with Google Calendar made those blocks of time visible and editable anywhere. Fantastic tool

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  16. SportsMe is a an amazing sports conversation app, it just launched 2 weeks ago. It's like for sports,, and the design is really simple. Fans debate or talk about trending sports topics, other users vote who wins, they move up leaderboards and gain followers. Really cool idea, I was instantly hooked! Nothing else like it.
  17. 1

    A smarter way to read the news

    Arun Sathiya
    Arun Sathiya4Happiness Engineer, Automattic · Written
    One of the best tools I discovered this year. Discover interesting, factual, vetted content every day.
    • Anita Moorthy
      Anita MoorthyTech marketer, mother, traveller

      I am a news junkie and like reading news. But in the past few months, I find myself wondering if I am getting the whole picture. This product is helping solve a very big and timely problem - tech marketer, mother, advisor, MIT Sloan board member.

    • The Chrome extension helps me assess the quality and bias of news articles and find high-quality articles with alternative perspectives about news that interests. Can't wait to see how the product evolves!

  18. This app is very useful and effective, and provides an intuitive interface for document writing. I came across this app during my search for a blogging template to create rough draft posts, and I found that and much more! Everyone has used Word to create resumes before, so I had to take a look at the resume templates available. They were well-designed and easy to use. Plus, no in-app purchases. Everything was included for one small price. Definitely worth it.
  19. 1
    Outplanr for iOS

    Turn your to-do lists into daily work plans - now for iOS

    Filipa Nascimento made this product
    Outplanr is a project and resource manager that turns your to do list into a weekly work plan, where you can see what your team is doing in real-time.
  20. 1

    Create interactive presentations

    Moody Boles
    Moody BolesFounder & CEO of Imaginators · Written
    Moody Boles made this product
    Easily create interactive presentations.
    • I was really excited to use this but was kinda left disappointed by the end result. I dislike the current Powerpoint too. What I do is, I make presentation slides on Adobe Illustrator and animate them using after effects and then combine them. It gives me much more freedom but also a lot of extra work... I can see the animation scope in Imaginators but the user friendliness is kinda missing