The Google Play Store and its hundreds of thousands of apps is certainly growing at an extremely fast rate, and with well over half a million apps to choose from, it’s very safe to say that there are literally thousands of amazing apps that Android users now have at their disposal. We often see apps like Angry Birds or Instagram bringing in tens of millions of downloads in just a few weeks or months, but what are the top Android downloads of all time? The list of the most downloaded apps might surprise you.
It’s damn near impossible to track the exact number of downloads for every app, so many companies that research this subject categorize them in 2 groups: 50 million and up, and 100 million and up. Here are the current top Android downloads of all time with 100 million downloads or more:
The 100 Million+ Milestone
- Facebook for Android
- Angry Birds
- Adobe Flash Player 11
- Street View on Google Maps
- Voice Search
- Google Search
- Google Play services
Facebook has well over 100 million downloads, and the reason that continues to baffle me everytime I see it is due to the fact that their app is complete and utter poopoo. I guess being the most popular Android app of all time isn’t enough to motivate your company to make a really really good app vs one that kinda works, is it?
The other apps on the list do make sense in terms of downloads, but I would have expected to see a music player and some sort of alarm clock on that list as well. And what about Twitter? Hard to believe it hasn’t made the 100 million mark yet. I’m guessing that’s due to all the alternative Twitter clients out there? And what’s with Google Translate? I figured that would be in the top 5 Android downloads, but it turns out it hasn’t hit the 100 million mark yet, which I also find quite odd.
While those are some very impressive numbers, some apps that haven’t even been out that long look as if they might be able to reach the 100 million milestone before many of the apps listed above. Here are the current top 10 Android downloads of all time with 50 million downloads or more:
The 50 Million+ Milestone
- Tiny Flashlight + LED
- WhatsApp Messenger
- Pandora® internet radio
- Skype - free IM & video calls
- GO Launcher EX
- Angry Birds Seasons
- Angry Birds Rio
- Talking Tom Cat Free
- Angry Birds Space
- Advanced Task Killer
- Barcode Scanner
- Fruit Ninja Free
- Adobe Reader
- Facebook Messenger
- Google Translate
- Google Play Books
Angry Birds Space hasn’t even been out that long and is already at the 50 million+ mark, which is pretty damn impressive (and I’m sure the upcoming Angry Birds Star Wars will follow suit). Google Play Books hasn’t been out long either, and considering that it’s still only available in some countries, that app could skyrocket to 100 million very quickly. Oddly, the Amazon Kindle app was released back in 2010, but still hasn’t reached 50 million, which is strange considering how many more books they have then Google Play (and at often times at much cheaper prices for the same book). Having Google Play Books preinstalled on certain Android devices helps, but it still baffles me as to how they blew past Amazon and the Kindle app so quickly.
Task Killers really took off in terms of downloads when Android first debuted, but as more and more developers have now discovered that they are actually bad for Android, its most likely you won’t see too many more of them hitting such crazy amounts of downloads. After all, all in one apps integrate them for the most part, and it seems that Android owners are beginning to realize more that Android manages memory best when it’s left alone.
Those are the current top Android downloads, and for anyone interested to see which apps are ranked best, you can always head over to AndroidRank here to see current overall ratings and the amounts of downloads for even more apps. As it stands now, over 200 apps have surpassed the 10 million+ download mark, while over 500+ have reached over 5 million.
What do you guys think? Are there any apps missing from the list that you thought for sure would have been downloaded 50 million times or more? Are they on there that surprise you?
Let me know what you think in the comments below!
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