Third-Party Apps That Are Better Than The Official Counterparts


Popular services like Twitter, Dropbox, YouTube and Wikipedia generally have their own apps on various mobile and desktop platforms — but sometimes third-party developers swoop in and make better alternatives. Here are some prime examples of where the unofficial software works better than the “authorised version”.

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Twitter is a prime example of when the official apps are rarely even worth mentioning when the third-party ones are so much better. Here are our favourite “alternatives” across a range of categories.

Jasmine Instead Of YouTube

Wikipanion Instead Of Wikipedia

Tweetbot Instead Of Twitter

Reeder 2 Instead Of Feedly

Unbound For Dropbox Instead Of Carousel

Know of other examples where an “unofficial” app is a better choice? Share it in the comments.


  • Ecoute instead of stock iOS Music app.

    Every feature of the stock app plus gesture & touch based controls as well as Up Next & add to Up Next functionality.

  • Viral Popup is a great Android YouTube replacement. When you tap on a video link you get a popup video player that floats over whatever you’re looking at; if you want you can view it full screen or minimise completely, and probably the best thing is that the audio keeps playing while minimised.

  • I have always wondered about this and I am wondering if someone here cold help me.

    If I was to make an unofficial app based on an existing website, lets just say its called LifeHackerReader based on this lifehacker website, which pulls in feeds or displays lifehacker content…

    Would I be in breech of copyright etc?

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