The weekly Eurointn feature This Week in Apps reviews the most recent developments in mobile OS news, mobile apps, and the app ecosystem as a whole.
The first half of 2022 saw a small increase in global app expenditure to $65 billion from $64.4 billion in the same period of 2021, as the pandemic-fueled hypergrowth abated. But generally, the app industry is still expanding. According to several year-end statistics, the combined iOS and Google Play stores saw a record amount of downloads and consumer expenditure in 2021. Consumers downloaded 143.6 billion applications last year, spending $133 billion worldwide between iOS and Google Play.
With the most recent information from the world of apps, including news, updates, startup fundings, mergers and acquisitions, and much more, This Week in Apps provides a means to keep up with this rapidly changing business in one location.
Scoreboards for Year-End Apps
The first to publish a full-year retrospective of the top applications worldwide is Apptopia. With the exception of data from China, which is only available on iOS, the app analytics business this week released 33 top charts based on data from iOS and Google Play combined. The information was gathered between January 1 and December 20, 2022.
To emphasize applications that don’t yet have their own app store category, like quick-serve restaurants, the business even established its own categories. Here, McDonald’s outperformed Starbucks.
Overall, the company discovered that TikTok, with 672 million installations, was the most popular app worldwide. Instagram, WhatsApp, CapCut (which capitalized on TikTok’s popularity), Snapchat, Subway Surfers, Facebook, Stumble Guys, and Spotify came after it.
TikTok was able to surpass Netflix as the most-downloaded entertainment app this year thanks to Apptopia’s decision to classify it as entertainment rather than social networking.
In addition to Subway Surfers, an infinite runner that debuted in 2012 (! ), earlier titles like Candy Crush Saga, 8 Ball Pool, and Among Us have demonstrated their longevity.