France has contributed to the global mobile app ecosystem with a variety of successful and innovative apps. Here are 10 mobile apps (or app-based companies) that originated in France:
- BlaBlaCar – A long-distance carpooling and travel service, it connects drivers traveling from one city to another with travelers headed the same way.
- Deezer – One of the world’s leading music streaming services, offering users the ability to listen to music content from record labels including Universal Music Group, Sony Music, and Warner Music Group.
- Vivino – While not entirely French (founded by Heini Zachariassen and Theis Søndergaard from Denmark), a significant part of its development took place in France. It’s a wine app that allows users to take photos of wine labels and get detailed information about the wine.
- Doctolib – An online booking platform and management software provider for doctors in Europe. It allows users to find a nearby health practitioner and book appointments online.
- Criteo – A personalized retargeting company that works with Internet retailers to serve personalized online display advertisements to consumers.
- Voodoo – A mobile game publisher based in Paris, known for producing popular “hyper-casual” games.
- Happn – A location-based dating app that shows users people they’ve crossed paths with in real life.
- Yuka – An app that allows users to scan the barcodes of food and cosmetic products and get clear information on the health impact of the products they consume.
- Kapten (formerly Chauffeur-Privé) – A ride-hailing app that’s an alternative to services like Uber, primarily operating in France.
- Shadow – Developed by Blade, a French startup, it’s a cloud-based subscription service that lets users access a powerful Windows 10 PC from any other PC, Mac, or Android device.
These apps showcase the diversity and innovation present in the French tech ecosystem.