The whole world knows that nobody does mobile games like Finland. But what about mobile apps? From practical to purely fun, let’s take a look at a few Finnish mobile apps that have made their mark on the global app market.
If you thought the transportation revolution ended with Uber, you may want to take a look at Whim. The mobile app promises to reinvent everyday travel by consolidating different transport providers into one simple app, freeing you from car ownership. Bus, train, metro, taxi, rental car, or even bicycle – however you like to get around, Whim gives you access to all modes with one monthly subscription. Whim is set to launch in Helsinki after summer 2016, with plans to expand to other cities in the future.
With millions of users in over 200 countries, Finland-based Sports Tracker is one of the top sports apps out there. It not only tracks your athletic activities, but puts you in touch with a huge community of likeminded sports enthusiasts. Work on Sports Tracker began way back in 2004, making it the first app of its kind. It’s available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
Store-bought jewelry is out, and bespoke jewelry is in. The more personalized, the better! Jevelo is a mobile app that lets you design and create your bespoke jewelry using your phone’s camera. The pendants, hand-crafted in Fiskars, can feature anything your heart desires – selfies, inspirational quotes, drawings, photos, and more. Fans around the globe are loving the freedom of expression that the service offers — the extra cash designers can earn by selling their designs in Jevelo’s marketplace is an added bonus! Jevelo is available for iOS and Android.
Are you one of the many music lovers who bought a guitar only to tuck it away in a closet unplayed? Well, it’s time to dust it off! Yousician is an innovative tutoring app for aspiring guitarists, walking you through the basics and beyond. Using your device’s microphone, Yousician gives real-time feedback as you play through the tablatures and fun challenges that the app provides. If guitar isn’t your instrument, you can get instruction on piano, bass, and ukulele as well. With a reported 25 million mobile users downloading the app, the world is becoming a more musical place! Yousician is available for iOS and Android.
Mobile users aren’t exactly hurting for instant messaging apps, with so many well-known apps dominating the market. Despite this, Helsinki-based Jongla has jumped into the fray hoping to offer users around the world fast, free, and fun instant messaging. In addition to being the world’s lightest messaging app, Jongla also has plenty of cool features such as quirky voice filters and cute stickers. The data-friendly app is winning fans around the world, especially in emerging markets in Africa, Southeast Asia, and South America. Jongla is available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
Much like the instant messaging space, the food delivery space is a crowded one. That, however, isn’t going to stop Wolt, the food delivery service app that has taken Helsinki by storm. Wolt lets you skip the line as you create an order from participating restaurants and bars and either have it delivered or ready for pick-up. The app is currently in use in Helsinki, Tampere, and Turku, and has recently expanded to Stockholm with more Nordic cities on the horizon. Wolt is available for iOS and Android.
Yoga is a wonderful way to destress and get fit, but for many potential yogis, it can be difficult to find the time for classes. Yogaia is the first yoga app that lets you attend classes using your mobile, anywhere and anytime. A subscription to the service will get you real-time instruction and prerecorded classes in a wide variety of intensities and types. Talk about flexibility! People around the world are loving the app, with subscribers in over 100 countries stretching and toning with Yogaia’s help. Yogaia is available for both iOS and Android.
Finnish health tech is flourishing, and there are tons of startups and apps that you should be keeping an eye on. One such app is Fjuul, a Finnish app that acts as a personal activity tracker. It tracks your movements throughout the day, guiding you towards healthier habits and your fitness goals. The app integrates with Apple Watch, and you can even get dynamic coaching and other great features with Fjuul Premium. The app, which is available for iOS and Android, is gaining popularity with fit people around the world!
If you’re not into yoga, why not give coloring a shot? It’s therapeutic, and you can do it even if you don’t have crayons or pencils at your disposal. Recolor is an app designed to help adults relax, even while on the go, with a little childhood regression. It offers over 800 artworks for you to fill in using a soothing color palette – best of all, you’re guaranteed to stay in the lines. The app, which has helped soothe millions of mobile users worldwide, is available for iOS and Android.
Attention, aspiring filmmakers! Have you tried Luup yet? It’s an app that lets you create short 30-seconds-or-less films, set them to music, and watch them loop. The results range from short and silly to utterly hypnotizing, and mobile users everywhere are loving how Luup lets them get creative in a quick and easy way. Luup is available for iOS.
Finland has already proved its chops when it comes to mobile games – are mobile apps next on the list? Let us know what you think in the comments below, and don’t forget to share your own favorite Finnish apps!