#2017Homescreen

On January 1st, 2016 I shared a photo of the homescreen that I was entering 2016 with. Over the past year, a lot has changed in tech…

On January 1st, 2016 I shared a photo of the homescreen that I was entering 2016 with. Over the past year, a lot has changed in tech. However, more importantly my tastes and usage have changed. As we enter 2017, I wanted to reflect on the applications that have been dropped or added to my homescreen over the past year.

Homescreen: 1/1/2016

I started 2016 with 24 apps on my homescreen; however, I ended it with only 17. Of these 24, only 10 survived entire year on my homescreen. I removed the following apps from my homescreen over the course of 2016:

  • LinkedIn

  • Alien Blue

  • Facebook

  • ESPN

  • Product Hunt

  • Google

  • Nuzzel

  • Google Calendar

  • Gmail

  • Google Maps

  • Instagram

  • Periscope

  • Delta

  • Tribe

  • Clear

There are dozens of reasons for why I dropped these apps from my homescreen, but the biggest reason is lack of usage.

Note: I used to have two e-mail apps to separate work/personal accounts, but decided to go all-in on Outlook. I also now use Outlook’s built-in calendar tab.

Homescreen: 1/1/2017

As of present day, these are the 17 apps I use most often on my phone.

New Additions:

  • Discord — Became my main way to communicate with gaming friends

  • Reddit — Replaced Alien Blue

  • Pocket

  • Uber

  • Spotify — Finally became a premium user

  • Waze — Replaced Google Maps

  • Letterspace — My go-to Notes + To-do list app

  • Calm

  • Clash Royale

I feel fairly confident that I will use this homescreen for the rest of 2017; however, if I make any changes to my homescreen throughout 2017— I will update this post!

My good friends at Product Hunt have started the #2017Homescreen hashtag on Twitter! Tweet me your homescreen, I’d love to see yours!

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