Google Play celebrates its 5th birthday: Here are most installed apps and games


21 Jun 2013
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Google’s Play Store turned five this week. As a return gift to all the Android app lovers, Google has released a list of its top-selling content on the Play Store of all time. The content is spread across categories including apps, games, movies, music, and books. And yes, as always the colorful puzzle Candy Crush Saga tops the charts in the gaming category.

The list, specific to the US, does not count the content which is pre-installed on Android devices. In the top installed games list, the second most installed game is Subway Surfers, followed by Temple Run, Despicable Me, and Clash of Clans.

With a user base of over a billion, Facebook is the most loved social networking channel and the Google Play Store statistics suggest the same. The main Facebook app tops the chart of most installed app followed by its own Messenger app. In the third position is Pandora Radio, followed by Instagram, and Snapchat. This takes the total number of Facebook-owned content topping the charts to three.

The Google Play Store is also home to tons of music and movies. Ed Sheeran topped the Google Play Store chart with his ‘Thinking Out Loud.’ This is followed by ‘Royals’ by Lorde, ‘Blank Space’ by Taylor Swift, ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, and lastly ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams.

In the most installed music albums category in the last five years, Adele’s ‘25’ tops the charts followed by ‘The Marshall Mathers LP2 (Deluxe)’ by Eminem, 1989 by Taylor Swift, ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ by Drake, and ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ by Kendrick Lamar.

The top selling movies on the Google Play Store include the ‘The Interview’, ‘Frozen’, ‘Deadpool’, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ For the book lovers, E L James’ erotic novel ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ has been the most installed book of all times through Google Play Store.

‘The Hunger Games Trilogy’ by Suzanne Collins is the second most installed in the books category followed by ‘A Game of Thrones’ by George R R Martin. In the fourth position is ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green and on the fifth position is ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillin Flynn. Interestingly, all of these books have been adapted into either a movie or a television series but none of these feature into the top selling movies category, indicating how the written narration is evidently better than the on-screen narration.

In the last five years, the Google Play Store claims to have grown to over a billion active users across 190 countries. The Android app store boasts millions of apps, 40 million songs, 5 million books, and thousands of movies. From Android-based smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks and smartwatches, the Google Play Store now extends to Google’s virtual reality platform Daydream.

From Candy Crush Saga to Facebook: Here are the most downloaded Android apps of all time
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