With almost 1 million apps now available via the iTunes App Store, original and potentially life-changing offerings are increasingly few and far between.

However, three apps released in 2010 by a Tokyo-based developer for the app-showdown event, TOKYO’S NEXT MOBILE APP STAR continue to experience wild popularity.

Professor Appleton, now based in Japan, has been researching mobile technologies since the 1940s, and his offerings clearly demonstrate his deep understanding of the needs of mobile users today.

Originally published on Mobile in Japan