In the first quarter of 2022, more apps were downloaded from the Google Play Store than ever before, and unsurprisingly, TikTok was the app that led the charge.
Se nsorTower reports reports that in just the first quarter of 2022, there were 28.3 billion total app downloads from the Google Play Store. Comparing that to the same period last year, when there were about 28 billion downloads, there has only been a modest gain. However, Google’s number outpaced Apple’s, with the App Store only producing 8.6 billion downloads in the same time period.
Naturally, the most popular apps on both platforms were exactly what most people would anticipate. As of Q1 2022, TikTok was leading the way with 3.5 billion cumulative downloads across the Play Store and App Store. Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram took the following three positions as metas. The last of the top five most downloaded apps in Q1 2022 is Telegram, with the great bulk of new users coming from Android downloads.
However, when those figures are broken down by Android only, Instagram and Facebook still lead the pack with only 120 million downloads each. With well under 120 million downloads during the first quarter, TikTok ranked third among Android apps. TikTok, however, held a commanding market share in the United States.
Additionally noteworthy, Google for the first time since 2020 lost its position as the top publisher across Google Play and the Apple App Store. Even though the total number of downloads for Google-owned apps and Meta was only four million more, according to this report, Meta experienced a higher number of downloads.
Mobile games continued to be the most popular download genre in Q1 2022, with a 2.1% increase on Google Play reaching 12.03 billion game downloads. Garena Free Fire, Subway Surfers, and Merge Master were the three most played games in the first quarter.
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