The list of most downloaded apps from the Play Store may surprise you

September 2, 2013

Digital Inspiration top downloaded Android apps

Digital Inspiration has extracted data from the Play Store to find the most downloaded apps, as well as which have the most reviews. The data, which can show both a heavy Google lean and which services are independently popular, is pretty interesting for consumers.

Of the most downloaded apps — those which are on 500 million to one billion devices — only Facebook cracks the top five, and it comes in behind four Google services. The top four — Gmail, YouTube, Google Play Services, and Maps — are a bit misleading in regard to “downloads”. Those apps come pre loaded on Android devices, and no OEM has effective competing services with which to replace them.

Google Play Services should arguably be left off the list, as it’s really a conduit for Google to update the Play Store, and could break some apps if removed from a device.

The second tier of app downloads — 100 million to 500 million — are when things start getting interesting. At the top of that list is Go Launcher, which leads us to concede it is the most popular launcher available. Some, like Street View for Maps, are simply add-ons for other apps. Twitter checks in at the number two spot, with messaging app Viber coming in third. Popular messenger WhatsApp is number 11 on the list, behind both Viber and Facebook Messenger, which is fourth on the list.

The full list is worth checking out, if you’re a stats junkie like me. The top game? Subway Surfers. Didn’t see that coming.

Comments

  • philnolan3d

    It looks like this is the ratings, more than the number of downloads. Unfortunately The Play store doesn’t give very accurate numbers about downloads. I have trouble believing the facebook app is that popular.

    • freedomspopular

      I don’t doubt for one second that it is.

      • scb1898

        Facebook app is very popular. In what world are you living?

    • najiy91

      facebook still a reliable app in asia.google+ still has to wait a few years.

  • Paul Allen

    Maybe this is too big-brothery but it would be nice if there was some way to tell how often these apps are used by those who download them.

    • http://joesspot.wordpress.com/ Joe Martinson

      or how many uninstalls.

  • SeraZR™

    go launcher ? Seriously? -____-

    • EKfine

      go launcher was good back in the day when ginger was the latest. now meh..

  • shaun

    Facebook is popular but talking Tomcat? Please that thing sucks, maybe it gets down loaded millions of times but nobody will use after trying it once.

  • APai

    Google play music perhaps has replaced poweramp etc – the need for a great music player with a equalizer. subway surfers is really surprising!

    Go Launcher:

    I simply do not get how go launcher is the most popular! Apex or Nova are as good, or there are more / others.

    Go is beautiful and plenty of add-ons, but my exasperation stems out of the fact that the launcher is like a moving advertisement for their paid premium version – its everywhere. its in the weather and the themes and more packs. why couldn’t they figure out a single premium version ? they make great looking launcher and customizations, but it’s like a spamware. sorry.

    • MasterMuffin

      Go launcher is utter crap!

    • kevin_gee

      Well, maybe because Go Launcher is available on devices with Android 2.3+ as opposed to Apex and Nova only to 4.0+

      When i had my Htc Evo 4G, my favorite launcher was Go Launcher, but that was before they redid everything and turned it to crap, which now im never going back to it since I have an SGs3 and im in love with both Apex and Nova.

      • APai

        “maybe because Go Launcher is available on devices with Android 2.3+ ”
        that’s a good point

    • Tiaan Kruger

      I agree, Nova and Apex are better. and so much more powerful. I think there are 2 reasons. 1) the fact that it runs on older phones. 2) you dont need any extra knowledge. it is easier. I know you can download themes for the others aswell, but Go Launcher makes it really easy(especially with the built in theme shop). I personally prefer Nova though(or sslauncher if i want to get funny)

  • zenatic

    Nova Launcher

    • Amsakanna

      i was using nova. But acually apex launcher is better than nova.

    • Amsakanna

      I was using nova launcher. But apex is a lot better.