27 December 2019
As we are about to say goodbye to another decade, an analytics firm App Annie has released insights about the most downloaded apps and games of the decade. It has used data from both the App Store and Google Play Store for the purposes but has relied only on the App Store data for the period till December 31st, 2011. Additionally, the data for 2019 is from January to November but for all other yeats, it is for the full 12 months.
Starting with the top 10 downloaded apps of the decade, Facebook is undoubtedly the dominant force. It owns the top four apps in the ranking that include Facebook, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram in the same order. Snapchat takes the fifth spot and as you might have noticed, social media apps have completely taken over. In fact, seven of the top 10 apps belong to the social media category. The remaining five apps are Skype, TikTok, UC Browser, YouTube, and Twitter.
If we talk about apps where users love to spend their hard-earned money, the leading streaming service Netflix is the king here. Tinder has emerged as the top dating app and interestingly, Pandora Music has managed to beat Spotify to take the top spot among music streaming services. YouTube ranks eighth on the list of top paid-for apps.
Now moving to mobile games, Subway Surfers has been the most downloaded game of the decade. It is followed by Candy Crush Saga, Temple Run 2, My Talking Tom, and Clash of Clans to complete the top five. But when it comes to spending on games, the top spot goes to Clash of Clans followed by Monster Strike and Candy Crush Saga. Supercell is the only company to have two titles in the last as Clash Royale took the tenth spot.