App downloads reached a record 17.2 billion during the first three months of 2016, and games represented the biggest category in the overall top 20 apps during this time. The download numbers were 8.2% higher than the same period in 2015, according to data presented by Sensor Tower, an app intelligence company, in its Q1 2016 Data Digest report.
Games were downloaded 3.8 times more than other apps on iOS
Games were already the largest category by downloads, according to Sensor Tower’s report, but the lead increased substantially. For iOS, game downloads rocketed up by 14% over this time last year, reaching nearly 2 billion. It easily beat Photo and Video apps into second place, racking up 3.8 times as many downloads. Other categories remain relatively consistent.
Google Play showed minimal growth in game downloads
Over at Google Play, games had five times the download numbers over other categories, but with only 1% growth, the overall number stayed close to 4.7 billion. Like iOS, the other categories also saw minimal growth, aside from second place Tools almost reaching a billion downloads.
Splitting the download numbers from all categories between the iTunes App Store and Google Play also reveals the App Store had higher total growth, with app downloads growing by 12%, while Google Play’s numbers altered by 6.7%.
Games took 8 of the top 20 download spots worldwide
Examining the top 20 apps sees Facebook’s apps take the top three spots, with WhatsApp dominating, and Facebook and Messenger coming a close second and third. Instagram came in fifth, overtaken by the top ranked game, Piano Tiles 2. It’s one of 8 games in the top 20. King Software’s most recent release, Clash Royale, is already a top 10 hit.
To view the entire report, visit Sensor Tower’s website here.