What's the most downloaded smartphone app of all time?

What's the most downloaded smartphone app of all time? Complete guess: Facebook?

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 8, 2014 at 16:06


spruceyb  Aug. 8, 2014 at 18:10


On Android Facebook has 500,000,000 - 1,000,000,000 Installs
Youtube has 1,000,000,000 - 5,000,000,000

and on iOS you can see here that YouTube ranks significantly higher than Facebook

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 8, 2014 at 18:41

Ah... Of course.

spruceyb  Aug. 8, 2014 at 20:09

Although, if we're saying ALL TIme then maybe Opera could be in with a shot as I'm sure pretty much everyone who used Symbian UIQ would have downloaded that along with all the WIndows Mobile users, plus it's still got a good amount of installs on Android & iOS but it's incredibly hard to find enough data from that far back.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 8, 2014 at 20:19

True... Opera Mini must have seen plenty of downloads in its glory days.
Also: I know I asked before, and promptly forgot: those app downloads for the like of Youtube etc - i.e.apps that were onboard out of the box, anyways: do they count every update downloaded?

That aside: I find it slightly irrelevant. E.g. - can you compare free staples such as Youtube and apps that people gladly pay for? Or apps with fewer downloads but that is used much much more per downloader? How many people actually played Flappy Bird for more than 10 minutes?

spruceyb  Aug. 8, 2014 at 20:43

"Both Apple and Google tabulate unique downloads of apps per user account. This means that they count only one download of an app no matter how many devices that you install that app on after you purchase it. Neither company counts updates in its app download numbers. These are purely single downloads from their stores"

"Both companies told me that they do not count pre-installed apps among their numbers.

Many Android devices come with apps pre-installed that can also be downloaded via the Google Play store, but those do not count towards Play Store downloads. Only apps downloaded from the Play Store with a user account are counted."

taken from here:

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 8, 2014 at 21:02

If they don't count pre-installed apps, then wassup with Youtube? For years that was pre-installed on iPhones while, say, FB and Twitter weren't. It's pre-installed on many many Android phones.


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