What you need to know
- Facebook was the most downloaded app of the decade according to App Annie data.
- Facebook, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram saw Facebook take the top four.
According to data from App Annie, Facebook was the most downloaded app of the decade across the iOS App Store and Google Play.
In terms of the data, combined iOS and Android data only runs from January 2012, onwards, figures prior include iOS data only, and the 2019 portion runs from January to November.
Overall, the most downloaded app of the decade was Facebook. In fact, Facebook holds the top four spots thanks to Facebook, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram (in that order. The full list was as follows:
- Facebook Messenger
- UC Browser
The top 10 spending apps were led by Netflix, and the entire top 10 is dominated by subscription-based services including Tinder, Spotify, YouTube, and HBO NOW. The report notes:
The top game of the decade in terms of downloads was Subway Surfers (15% of those came from India), whilst Clash of Clans was the highest in terms of consumer spending. Honorable mentions in the games category go to Candy Crush, Temple Run 2, Fruit Ninja and 8 Ball Pool, all classics in their own right. Looking ahead the research suggests:
Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.
This is a reminder that people don't use Facebook because they want their privacy taken away, they use it because their friends are all on it, it's not so simple to move all your friends to another social network. I wouldn't really mind using Facebook that much if it had a custom client, the Facebook app is huge and constantly closes when in the background, completely losing where you were
Is it no problem that the decade ends by the end of 2020, not 2019?!
Does it really matter? This argument has been done a million times, and Facebook will still be the number 1 downloaded app
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