While we anxiously await the release of Google Zeitgeist 2014 (why do we tear up every time?), here is something to tide us all over! Google and Apple have released their “best of” lists according to downloads for both operating systems.

This year, storytelling apps dominated the creative field. Here are those that topped the list.


Android & iOS / Free

Flipagram allows you to create beautiful short video projects using your photos and set to music from your library. The best part? These videos don’t live within the app. Share them directly to most social networks, including Instagram. You can also create stop motion videos and customize the look!


iOS / Free

Create and share stories with Storehouse, the 2014 Apple Design Award winner. Mix photos, videos, and text in beautiful scrolling pages. Arrange the elements any way you’d like and share through the app, embed the stories on your blog, or share to other social networks. Storehouse has plans to make its creation tool available on the web in early 2015.


iOS / $2.99 for iPhone, $4.99 for iPad

Camera+ helps you use your iPhone to shoot the best photos you possibly can with features the standard camera doesn’t include, such as a grid, photo flashlight, digital zoom, and touch exposure and focus.


iOS / Free

Upon first glance, Camu will remind you of Instagram with photo filters and tap-and-hold video, but the real value behind the app is that it creates cleaner, better high-resolution images that are shareable anywhere. Plus, you can add text on top of your images and easily create image collages.


iOS / Free

Steller is similar to Storehouse, except in flipbook format with swipeable pages that can include photos, text, videos, and captions. Like Storehouse, Steller is ideal for on-the-go publishing and you can easily share to other social networks.