With numerous launching including smart phones, tablets, as well as the taking over of Motorola, it is clearly that 2013 was the year for Google. The American giant hit 500 million Android devices worldwide by September 2012, and, only one year later, at the beginning of September 2013, there were already more than 1 billion Android devices activated globally. But the reason why Google’s Android is so popular has much to do with the millions of applications, it offers free of charge for every user. Let us take a look at the top ten most downloaded Android apps in 2013:
Top ten most downloaded Android apps:
10. Temple Run
Developed by Imangi Studios, this endless running game was first created in 2011, being downloaded more than 200 million times. Basically, the game depicts the adventures of an explorer who is chased by demonic creatures after stealing a totem from a temple. Temple Run also received a second version, which was officially launched on Android devices in January 2013.
9. Street View on Google Maps
Coming on the 9th position of our top ten most downloaded Android apps is this Google-developed version that enables people to see real-time satellite pictures of the streets throughout the world. Since its official launching in 2007, the Google Street View was expanded even to the rural areas across the globe. This app displays panoramas of pictures taken by Google specifically designed and adapted automobiles.
8. Fruit Ninja Free
On our 8th position of the top ten most downloaded Android apps lies the game developed by Halfbrick Studios, and which was already downloaded over 200 million times on Android-based devices alone. The Australian developers released the Android version of the game back in 2010. This game appeals only to those using smart phones (or tablets) with a touch-screen technology, as the purpose of the game is to slice as many fruits as possible using a Ninja sword.
7. WhatsApp Messenger
The seventh of our top ten most downloaded Android apps is this extremely popular instant-messaging app for all smart phones with Internet access. Apart from the instant text messages, users of WhatsApp can send each other pictures, videos, as well as audio media contents. In June 2013, the company announced, on their official Twitter account, that they just reached a new worldwide daily record of processing 27 billion messages.
The sixth position of our top ten most downloaded Android apps requires no further description, as it is globally known as the best video call-integrated system to use. It is one of Microsoft’s multimillion inventions and has been around for more than a decade. The best thing about Skype is that it can connect landline phones and mobile phones to computers in order to engage in a broad conversation at very reasonable costs. The app was downloaded for around half a billion Android-based devices.
Developed by Mark Zuckerberg, this billion-dollar socializing website requires no further explanations. The company already reached the milestone of 1 billion accounts by mid 2013, becoming the most popular socializing platform ever. Its Android version has also been downloaded more than 500 million times, although plenty of the new Android-based devices come with the pre-installed version.
Describing the service in 140 characters max, Twitter is a social networking allowing users to share small thoughts and opinions about anything. Twitter had over 500 million registered users by 2012, being described as the “SMS for the Internet”. Throughout its short history, the service was used in many purposes and by various categories of people, from calling out riots and revolutions to official announcements of celebrities.
3. Google Maps
Google Maps represents the most complete service of worldwide mapping in the world right now, serving over 1 billion Android devices and iOS iPhone mobiles. The app allows people to visualize maps, satellite images of the Earth, and even to return lost objects. The app was originally launched on smart phones in 2006, only one year after its official launching. At the beginning the program used Java, but it soon became available for all those running on the popular Android service.
The second position from our top ten most downloaded Android apps is held by one of Google’s subsidiaries, YouTube. It is estimated that there are currently over 2 billion videos uploaded on YouTube, and more than 300 million worldwide accounts. The Android version allows its users to easily search for their desired content, watch HD and ultra-HD videos directly through their Internet streaming, create favorite playlists, send videos to friends, or directly upload a video on one of the user’s socializing pages.
It comes as no surprise that the Gmail application developed by Google has been downloaded over 800 million times, becoming the number one of our top ten most downloaded Android apps. The platform allows instant messaging, as well as sending and receiving e-mails, apart from other useful services. The new Android-based version is created to be more intuitive than ever, allowing users to manage multiple accounts at one time or view and save received attachments directly onto their phones.
Here are the most downloaded Android apps, although the exact number of downloads for each and every app is not extremely accurate. Moreover, most of these top-ten Android apps already come pre-installed with an Android device, such as Facebook, YouTube, Gmail, or Twitter, and many websites do not consider them as apps per se.