Truly. How could we ever have doubted WhatsApp Messenger's enduring appeal?
After swallowing an unhealthy amount of humble pie last Friday over WhatsApp’s apparent imperviousness to rival service iMessage, this column can only feign surprise at its return to #1 status.
Qi’s hypothesis on the matter is pretty straightforward…
WhatsApp Messenger’s cross-platform reach - in contrast to iMessage’s single-platform support - has proven invaluable to the App Store community. Hence, it continues to attract more downloads than a Jay-Z bootleg.
So, until RIM, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Facebook, and HP see the light and cooperate on a universal instant messaging protocol, WhatsApp Messenger will remain the best way to chat with your BlackBerry-wielding buddies on iPhone.
(They won’t, by the way.)
Another application experiencing a renaissance of sorts on the UK paid-for apps rundown is Ludia’s hidden object game Where’s Wally? in Hollywood.
Last spotted in January - through a magnifying glass, of course - mixing it up with the iPhone’s biggest boys, my favourite gangly, bespectacled fellow still can’t get enough of large crowds.
And at 69p a pop for a limited time, it’s no wonder British punters can’t get enough of Wally himself at the minute.
If you’re in a seek-and-find kinda mood, incidentally, make sure you hunt down our Top 5 hidden object games on iPhone. Should be relatively easy.
Up there, over there, right there, and, yes, there in 4th place, meanwhile, sits 360 Panorama, which, like Where’s Wally? in Hollywood, is on sale and loving every single second of it.
Occipital’s software - ahem - cropped up on Qi’s radar all of 10 months ago, when this ingenious tool for shooting panoramics was updated with gyroscope support.
Will 360 Panorama leave the rest of the pack spinning over the following few nights, or can Bike Baron’s wheelie-performing stuntman pull off even more download heroics?
Tune in next week to find out.
The official Top 10 UK Paid Apps chart (28 October 2011) is looking as follows: