Facebook most downloaded iOS app ever — App Annie

Facebook most downloaded iOS app ever — App Annie

03 SEP 2015

The Facebook app, first released in 2008, topped App Annie’s “all-time worldwide downloads on iOS App Store” chart, with Facebook Messenger, launched three years later, coming in at number two (click image below to enlarge).

top apps by dlUnsurprisingly, Facebook owned apps dominated the list with four titles – Instagram at number four and WhatsApp in sixth place.

Google and Apple had two apps each on the list while Microsoft and Twitter had one each.

Although most of the apps are over four years old, all 10 continue to attract millions of downloads per month, according to App Annie.

The report also includes rankings of apps based on revenue, with Pandora Radio taking top spot, followed by messaging app LINE and dating app Zoosk (click image below to enlarge).

top apps by rveenuePandora Radio’s position at the top was driven by the US, which contributed practically all its revenue

Compared to the top downloaded apps of all time, the top grossing apps are represented by a much wider selection of companies, like Badu and MLB.com At Bat.

Skype (at number seven) is the only app to appear on both the download and revenue rankings.

It is worth nothing that at $9.99, Apple’s word processor Pages, coming in fourth place, is the only app that generated revenue entirely from paid downloads (although since October 2013, Pages has been included for free on all new iOS devices). All other apps on the list use some sort of freemium business model.

The report also compared the apps in the two charts mentioned above to all iOS apps by monthly active users (MAU) in the US, UK, Japan and China. While Facebook was number one for the former two countries, LINE took top place in Japan (click image below to enlarge).

apps by countryIn China, the report found that “remarkably, none of the 19 apps in the download and revenue rankings are among the top 50 apps by MAU” as users have a “strong preference for local apps”.

As for games, the number one game based on all-time worldwide downloads was King’s Candy Crush Saga, followed by Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds (click image below to enlarge).

app annie chartIn its nearly three-year history, Candy Crush, the casual puzzle game, has reached the number one daily top iPhone game ranking in over 100 countries, the report noted, adding that despite existing alongside the newer Candy Crush Soda Saga, the original game still attracts millions of downloads every month.

Casual games clearly dominate the list, with Angry Birds and Temple Run franchises each boasting two games in the top 10.

The report observed that seven of the 10 games are based on a swipe mechanic, “a testament to how revolutionary Apple’s introduction of multi-touch input has been for mobile gaming”.

All games were released more than two years ago, with Despicable Me, released in June 2013, being the newest.

When it comes to games that have generated the most revenue, Candy Crush was only beaten by Supercell’s Clash of Clans, and are the only two games that rank by both revenue and downloads (click image below to enlarge).

app annie 2Supercell has two more games in the top ten: Hay Day and Boom Beach. “Remarkably, these three games make up Supercell’s entire active portfolio,” according to App Annie.

Japan is well-represented with Puzzle & Dragons and Monster Strike coming in at number 3 and number 5, respectively. For each of these games, users in Japan contributed the vast majority of revenue.

Casino games Slotomania and Big Fish Casino (number eight and nine) earned most of their revenue in the United States.

When comparing games in the charts above to all iOS games by MAU, App Annie found that in all four markets, Candy Crush Saga, Despicable Me and all three of Supercell’s active games were in the top 50.

However, Japan stood out from the other countries, with its top two games (Puzzles & Dragons and Monster Strike) not appearing in any other country’s top 50.


Saleha Riaz

Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters - creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews...More

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