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The Top Android Downloads Of All Time

Authored by: Eric McBride — Oct 18, 2012
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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 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

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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  • Madhu Rima May 5, 2014 Link to comment

    try Instafusion has a very easy and beautiful interface.....i just love this app...

  • Dvoraak Oct 22, 2012 Link to comment

    @Eric- I finally got flash working by downloading the latest archived version from Adobe's site. Thanks for the help. Now I can see all those ads I've been missing :(

  • Dvoraak Oct 19, 2012 Link to comment

    @Anna - I had the TF300 for a few days in August (I love Best Buy's return policy) and though it was decent, it didn't seem worth the price. This 10.1 Note is a keeper.

  • Eric McBride Oct 19, 2012 Link to comment

    Its Exynos 4412 Anna, which is in most ways faster and more powerful than Tegra 3. And I must say, on my new Note 2 Touchwiz is pretty damn awesome, which is VERY hard for me to admit.

  • Anna F. Oct 19, 2012 Link to comment

    Wait, the Note 10.1 is not Tegra 3? Shoot... And I wanted to buy it.. Basically, I can't decide between the Note 10.1 and the Transformer Pad TF300T... Both have roughly the same price (if I get a keyboard with the Transformer) so it's a really hard choice.. I draw a lot (and I don't mean "doodle") so the Note 10.1 with the S Pen would be great for drawing and I also watch online videos explaining school subjects so it'd be great to be able to take notes at the same time. But the Transformer Pad TF300T is a lot prettier and it's Tegra 3 and has no TouchWiz...

  • Dvoraak Oct 18, 2012 Link to comment

    Doh! The fragmentation monster ate my money.... and I thought I was too smart for it.

  • Eric McBride Oct 18, 2012 Link to comment

    Horn is a Tegra 3 title bro. Your tab runs an Exynos 4412 quad core chip, not Tegra 3. You can try installing Chain fire to run it, but no promises.

    That title is also new and still very buggy.

  • Dvoraak Oct 18, 2012 Link to comment

    Tried all of that. So now I'm working on a Flash solution and figuring out why it won't run Horn. I've got no interest in an iPad but since this is my third try at an Android tab I'm reminded of that adage..... Apple - It just works :(

  • Eric McBride Oct 18, 2012 Link to comment

    @Dvoraak - That's weird..did you try rebooting first? Also, go into setttings - apps - and clear the cache on your browsers.

  • David H. Oct 18, 2012 Link to comment

    There are a lot of apps I'm surprised aren't on that list;
    Smart Tools
    Real Calc
    Titanium Backup

    Also surprising is there are no remote control apps on the list at all, I know there are many of them but I thougt one of them would dominate enough to have a significant number of downlaods, like Unified Remote or Splashtop Remote.

    Pretty much everyone that has a smart phone also has a computer, if not their own then a family machine, with which they can use their phone for remote access or control.

    I don't use it often, but yesterday, for example, I started a full virus scan and cleanup on my home computer remotely with Splashtop.

  • Dvoraak Oct 18, 2012 Link to comment

    Thanks. I downloaded and installed it but still getting a blue box where videos should be.

  • Eric McBride Oct 18, 2012 Link to comment

    Easy bro..first, go to your phone/tablet settings, go under "security", and tick "unknown sources". Now download the flash apk file from the link below onto your phone:

    Now use a file manager to navigate to the downloaded file, press it, and install it. You can also just press on the notification that its done downloading once you see in the pull down menu that the download has completed.


  • Dvoraak Oct 18, 2012 Link to comment

    Love to! Ummm..... How? This'll be the first time I'm going to use an Android extensively so basically I'm a rank beginner in customizing.

  • Eric McBride Oct 18, 2012 Link to comment

    Why not just sideload flash? It works fine that way. I have it on my Note 2 and it runs like a champ.

  • Dvoraak Oct 18, 2012 Link to comment

    The list is a disappointing reminder that Flash is gone. I love this 10.1 Note. I'd love it more with Flash.