9 Most Downloaded Android Apps in 2020
2020 has been a rough year. It has led to rapid changes in almost every facet of our lives. Thankfully, just like every bad thing, we are nearing its end. It’ll go down in history as one of those years, all of us will gladly forget about.
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There were a few good things about this year. Among the few good things this year, our access to the Internet through smartphones helped us out a lot. The importance of a smartphone was placed on full display throughout the year as smartphones made quarantines easier. What made smartphones even better was our access to mobile apps – new & old.
Throughout the year, various mobile apps helped people cope with lockdowns and quarantines. A few of these apps were essential during the height of the pandemic and will certainly continue to be as we go into 2021.
Keeping that in mind, we have compiled a list of the most downloaded Android apps in 2020. A similar list for iOS is coming soon! Sign up for our newsletter to receive a notification once it is out!
Compiling the Most Downloaded Android Apps List
One of the key challenges we ran into while compiling this list is the fact that popular apps are downloaded worldwide all the time.
Let us take the example of Facebook. The Facebook app is downloaded on almost every new smartphone and can also be included as pre-installed bloatware on cheaper smartphones.
Many other apps fall into this category. Apps such as Instagram, Whatsapp, Spotify, YouTube, Messenger, etc follow a similar pattern making them ‘perennial top-charters’.
These apps have been dominating the top charts for at least half a decade.
We wanted to make a list of the most downloaded apps for 2020 that didn’t involve the perennial top-chart apps. We also wanted to mention the apps that gained popularity throughout the year and were downloaded across the world in 2020. In fact, here are some statistics for the most downloaded Android apps for the year 2020.
9 Most Downloaded Android Apps in 2020
- Tik Tok
- Google One
- Genshin Impact
- Microsoft Teams
- Google Meet
- HBO Max
Tik Tok was the de facto chart-topper for the year and the most downloaded app worldwide in 2020. An extension of the short video concept of Vine, Tik Tok allows users to create short-form videos.
Lockdowns and quarantines around the world saw many people using Tik Tok as a medium of entertainment and a showcase for creativity all around. Tik Tok continued to be a popular choice among every age group. However, Tik Tok faced many controversies and was even banned in a few countries, which made its future uncertain. All in all, Tik Tok is a great example and a fantastic execution of a unique app idea.
2020 was also a year for online streaming or OTT platforms. In the initial months of the pandemic, Netflix(popular OTT) often crashed due to the sheer number of active users on the platform. Almost all streaming platforms have been successful this year as people consumed content at an unfathomable rate.
However, if there was a ‘breakout’ streaming platform, it has to be Disney+. With a significant collection of popular culture and attractive new shows, it has become one of the best streaming platforms available. Disney+ is the way!
Since much of the workforce around the world moved to a work-from-home model, video conferencing became standard practice for most businesses.
Zoom won the draw and won it so big that the conferencing platform has experienced a 300% growth by the end of Q2 2020. The mobile app Zoom had followed this trend and some sources said the app gained 3 million downloads in the month of April 2020,
Google One was a recent launch in the app space. However, the platform is already experiencing massive growth amid the pandemic. Google One is the bonafide replacement for Google Drive. Google still offers 15 GB of free storage and One is meant for consumers looking to increase their storage capacity.
At $1.99 a month, Google One is one of the most affordable cloud-storage solutions available online.
A technical marvel for smartphones this year, Genshin Impact is a chart-topper in all rights. One of the only games to be released on PC, Console and Mobile simultaneously, Genshin Impact is an open-world RPG video game. It allows players to explore and play through an extensive storyline.
What makes Genshin Impact different is the sheer size of its world, the gameplay, and the graphics for a mobile game. Since its release in September, it has earned nearly 500 million dollars in revenue. Genshin has gone on to become the second-largest launch in the history of mobile gaming.
Collaboration software followed a positive growth curve over the year. Leading the charge is Microsoft Teams followed closely by Slack.
Just like its PC counterpart, Teams’ mobile app saw a massive positive growth throughout the year. Teams is currently the most downloaded collaboration software on Android.
Just like Zoom, another video conferencing platform that saw massive growth throughout 2020 is Google Meet. Google Meet is a conferencing app that can be had as a part of the GSuite.
Google Meet offers various tools to make video conferencing a breeze. If you are a business looking for a way to make video conferencing easy and affordable, you can check out Google Meet.
You can also create a video conferencing app of your own. Appy Pie AppMakr provides the right tools needed to create a video calling app! The best part? You can do it all without coding! Check it out today!
CashApp is an online payment service app that allows you to transfer money directly through a mobile app. CashApp has enjoyed massive success, particularly in the US, during the 2020 pandemic.
The success of CashApp can be narrowed down to its unique reward system that provides them coupons and rewards when they transfer money.
Last but not least, our yearly list ends up with the second-most popular streaming service after Disney+. HBO Max has received a lot of buzz among adults for its more mature show offerings.
That was our list of the most downloaded Android apps for 2020. The best part about this list is the fact that many of these apps were unique app ideas that blew up. If you have a unique app idea of your own, we would like to tell you a very simple and affordable way to turn it into a proper mobile app!
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