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The Most Popular Android Apps and Games of All Time

Dave Parrack 06-03-2017

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Since 2012, Google Play has grown to serve 1 billion active users in 190 countries. Millions of apps, games, books, movies, songs, and albums are available from Google’s digital retail park. And thanks to a post on Google’s The Keyword blog, we now know the most popular content.

The Top Fives of Google Play

What follows are the top fives of Google Play across a number of categories. The lists of apps and games only take downloads into account, so any that are pre-installed on Android devices are excluded. Which is why no Google apps make the cut despite being generally brilliant.

The Most Popular Apps

  1. Facebook
  2. Facebook Messenger
  3. Pandora Radio
  4. Instagram
  5. Snapchat

The Most Popular Games

  1. Candy Crush Saga
  2. Subway Surfers
  3. Temple Run 2
  4. Despicable Me
  5. Clash of Clans

The Most Popular Books

  1. Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James
  2. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  3. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
  4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Most Popular Movies

  1. The Interview
  2. Frozen
  3. Deadpool
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy

The Most Popular Songs

  1. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
  2. Royals by Lorde
  3. Blank Space by Taylor Swift [No longer available]
  4. Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars
  5. Happy by Pharrell Williams

The Most Popular Albums

  1. 25 by Adele
  2. The Marshall Mathers LP2 by Eminem
  3. 1989 by Taylor Swift
  4. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late by Drake [No longer available]
  5. To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar [No longer available]

Popularity Breeds Contempt

There are very few surprises here. Because, let’s face it, Facebook, Instagram, Candy Crush, Fifty Shades of Grey, Star Wars, Taylor Swift, and Adele were always going to figure. Still, it’s nice to know that what we all assume is popular is what’s actually popular.

Have you downloaded any of the apps, games, books, movies, songs, or albums listed above? How do you rate the overall Google Play experience? What one thing do you wish Google would change about Google Play? Please let us know in the comments below!

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Related topics: Android, Google, Google Play, Mobile Gaming.

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