Google Play Store had 11.1 billion downloads in the first quarter of 2016

Google Play Store had 11.1 billion downloads in the first quarter of 2016
The Google Play Store has over 2 million apps sitting on its shelves, waiting for you to download them onto your Android powered phone. It is hard to believe that a little over 6 years ago, when the store was known as the Android Market, there were only 30,000 apps to choose from. It has been quite a wild rise. Think about some of the apps that you feel that you can't live without that weren't available back in the day.

Speaking of installing apps, a report published today by App Store optimization firm Sensor Tower says that there were 11.1 billion downloads made from the Google Play Store during the first quarter this year. That happens to be a 6.7% increase from the number of Google Play Store apps that were downloaded in the same quarter last year.

The number of games in the Google Play Store equals five times the number of tools-related apps. And that is with a small 1% gain in the number of games related apps in Q1. The category with the biggest growth in apps during the first quarter was photography with a 20% hike. From January through March, downloads of gaming apps trounced the installation of tools by a hefty 4 to 1 margin.

According to data from Sensor Tower, the top three downloaded apps from the Google Play Store during the first quarter were all social media apps. Facebook Messenger, Facebook and Snapchat were numbers one, two and three respectively. Candy Crush Jelly Saga was fourth with Pandora fifth. Other well known apps included Instagram (7) and WhatsApp (12). You can see the entire list from 1-20 by clicking on the slideshow below.

source: SensorTower via Phandroid



1. TerryTerius unregistered


2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

*And most of them were pre-installed bloatware. (loljk)

3. djcody

Posts: 239; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

You understand word downloaded wright??

4. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

So why so manny downloads exceeding world popu.of 7 billion?

5. QuasarExod

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

You download 1 app only on your phone??

19. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

It's impossible for u to be serious right now

6. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

I bet its more than Apple so called app store, too many butt hurt

8. AlikMalix unregistered

"The so called App Store" was a model that Google followed when it was making android.

9. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2281; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Nope, they followed CNR, Hadango.

12. AlikMalix unregistered

Right... An indie program depository that wannabe programmers used to share unfinished code (or at best - a half finished program no one can make use of unless you're a programming junkie, and made absolutely no money for anyone). Apple designed an ecosystem type of App Store, that android followed - not some written code trash bin.

20. ..Z..

Posts: 85; Member since: Apr 16, 2016

You mean Nokia ovi store.

10. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

That so called "App Store" generate a lot more revenue for developers as well for Apple than the kiddies store..oh I mean Play Store.

13. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

He meant it as sarcasm. He wanted to generate hatred and start the battle between fanboys

14. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Im not really seeing a battle xD

24. sgodsell

Posts: 7618; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

BTW the play store generates more revenue for developers that use IAP or free apps with ads, than Apples app store hands down. 100% a fact.

25. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

No, it doesnt, feel free to link me to 3 article/studies proving i am wrong. on IOS developers earn $500 – $1000 per app per month, compared to Android’s $101 to $200 per app per month according VisionMobile and guess what.. that's the low estimate, some studies estimate the gap to be larger. IOS users also use iap and ads too.. it has been well established, IOS users tend to have more money and spend a lot more on apps compared to android users.

7. AlikMalix unregistered

All those users factory resetting their phone really ads up doesn't it? Kidding... Kidding!!!

15. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Actually, come to think of it, the statistic should not show how many download times but how many users have downloaded it, you do need a google account to download stuff, so that would eliminate all the inflation in number because no matter how many times the users download it. It would still just count as one, unless you are using multiple google account which I spent most of us do.

16. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

* doubt * not spend

11. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015 a few years time ios app store will also br on sale in the play store.. Thermonuclear war that just didn't happen.

17. AlikMalix unregistered

Let me explain how wars are won: In order to destroy or capture a city, the attacker surrounds the city and cuts it off from the outside world including all import and export of goods, it also blocks the dwellers from its own resources like farms, rivers, and livestock. The idea is to choke it of what keeps them alive. In this case 90% (approx) of all app revenues is coming from the apples App Store the rest are "choked" to fight for the scraps that they get from the play store. This is huge especially because the user base for iOS products is only 15% world wide compared to android users - which nearly take the rest of the market. The so called nuclear war has been won years ago. And iOS users are reaping the benefits of exclusive, first to develope, and better curated apps than android users. This is just how it is, I know you want to disagree, and you're welcome to - but that's the reality.

18. QuasarExod

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

Well, some apps are free on android but cost some money on ios. And what apps are better curated?

23. AlikMalix unregistered

And some apps are free on iOS and paid on android.

21. TerryTerius unregistered

Apple's App Store revenue is roughly 70% higher than Google's. That said, that gap has been steadily narrowing. I'm unsure what you got 90% from, but you are essentially right. I would essentially disagree with you on your basic premise though. Google and Apple are fundamentally different companies. Google just wants its services in front of as many eyes as possible, it was never focused on maximum profit and building a closed eco-system from the get-go. That's the reason why Google's services are available on iOS, and why Google is focused on cheap devices/internet for the next couple billion customers and non-wealthy markets. Not only that, but look at Google's extensive history in moon shoot projects, internet advancement and democratization, robotics, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, etc.... Google and Apple simply aren't trying to do the same things in this world. Of course they are both corporations at the end of the day and exist to make a profit, but they operate on wholly different levels. I'm not sure what metrics you are using, but Google has definitely accomplished a good deal of their goals. Their services are basically ubiquitous, they control roughly 40% of traffic for the entire Internet, they dominate search, and Android is basically a monopoly at this point. You are using Apple's goals to judge whether or not Google has been successful, and that's inherently misguided.

22. appmarketingboost

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 19, 2016

Wow, I wonder how incentivized install played a role here.

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