Most Downloaded Mobile Apps of the 2010s (Decade)

Here's a list of the most downloaded apps and games in the last decade or 10 years (between the year 2010 and 2019).

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Over the past 10 years, technological developments in the world have progressed. During that decade a variety of new technologies were born which changed human lives.

The smartphone is one of them. This device has now become one of the most needed gadgets. Human dependence on smartphones cannot be separated from the size of the ecosystem and the number of applications available. For the past 10 years, there have been a lot of smartphone applications popping up.

Recently the mobile application analysis company, App Annie, released a list of the most downloaded apps and games in the last decade or 10 years (between the year 2010 and 2019).

There are four categories released by App Annie, i.e the most downloaded application, the application with the longest duration of use, the most downloaded games, and the longest played games.

For the most downloaded application categories, applications made by Facebook Inc. are the most dominating. Even the top four of the 10 most popular applications over the past decade are owned by Facebook Inc.

whatsapp and facebook

First in the list is Facebook’s social media, then second is Facebook Messenger, third is WhatsApp, and fourth is Instagram.

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WhatsApp and Instagram are the two applications that were each acquired in 2014 and 2012. Some observers even say WhatsApp and Instagram are the two best acquisitions made by Facebook.

App Annie also released a list of applications that are most commonly used by smartphone users. Most of the applications included in the list are video and music streaming services.

There are at least four video streaming applications, Netflix sits in the first place, Tencent Video in fourth place, YouTube in eighth place and HBO NOW in ninth place.

Then for music streaming services, there is Pandora Music which is ranked second and Spotify which is ranked seventh.

According to App Annie, video and music streaming applications over the past decade did dominate as the application most frequently used by consumers.

While for the game category, there is no PUBG Mobile, Free Fire, Call of Duty Mobile, or Mobile Legends on this list.

Game with simple gameplay such as Subway Surfers is in the top position as the most downloaded in the last 10 years.

Subway Surfers

The game Clash of Clans made by Supercell has become the most frequently played mobile game in the past decade.

This game is indeed quite addictive. Players are required to build a stronghold that can be attacked by enemies at any time. In addition, players can also attack other players’ castles with a number of different characters and weapons.

According to Annie’s Market Insight App Director, Amir Ghodrati, for this decade social media and entertainment applications have become the best-selling.

Here is a complete list of best-selling apps and games for the past decade released by App Annie:

The most downloaded applications

The most frequently used applications

  • Netflix
  • Tinder
  • Pandora Music
  • Tencent Video
  • Line
  • iQIYI
  • Spotify
  • YouTube
  • HBO NOW
  • Kwai

Most downloaded games

  • Subway Surfers
  • Candy Crush Saga
  • Temple Run 2
  • My Talking Tom
  • Clash of Clans
  • Pou
  • Hill Climb Racing
  • Minion Rush
  • Fruit Ninja
  • 8 Ball Pool

The Most Played Games

  • Clash of Clans
  • Monster Strike
  • Candy Crush Saga
  • Puzzles & Dragons
  • Fate / Grand Order
  • Honor of Kings
  • Fantasy Westward Journey
  • Pokemon GO
  • Game of War – Fire Age
  • Clash Royale

What do you think about this list of best-selling apps and games for the past decade (between the year 2010 and 2019)?

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