App Annie Analyses 10 Years of Google Play Store

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Google Play Store, App Annie has released a report documenting some of the key highlights from the past decade.

All the data is based on the worldwide market, but it does exclude Chinese activity.

It was revealed that Tinder is the second largest app of all-time by consumer spend. The dating app was just beaten to the top spot by LINE, a Japanese-based instant communications service.

In App Annie’s July analysis covering 10 years of the iOS App Store, Tinder was ranked as fifth highest in the same category.

Tinder also received more money from consumer spending in 2018 than any other app on the Play Store.

The Facebook brands dominated the top apps by all-time downloads. Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram were listed first, second, third and fourth, respectively.

Despite a difficult past year, Snapchat came eighth on the list.

The report stated that, as of August 2018, there have been 9.8 million apps uploaded onto the Google Play Store, but only 2.8 million of those are currently available.

This has led to it generating a considerable amount more downloads than the iOS App Store. At the end of 2017, Google Play had a share of 70% of the worldwide downloads for the year.

On the other hand, the App Store controls the majority of consumer spend. A report from Sensor Tower showed that Apple had almost double the amount of income in the first half of 2018.

Furthermore, the figures from 2018’s Q3 have the App Store earning 93% more revenue in those three months. This is the widest the gap has been since 2014.

Download the full App Annie Google Play report here.