If you had any lingering doubts about the enduring popularity of apps and how they are ingrained in our smartphone habits, these will be dismissed when you discover that there were 65 billion Android app installs during 2016 alone.
Some apps have even made it to the exclusive one billion install club, which is some achievement.
Here is a look at some of those massively popular apps, including details of how they make the list and why they hit the spot for so many users. There is also a peek at a gaming app developer that rules the roost.
No surprises who hit the target first
When you have an app that can be found on almost every single Android device that has ever been around, it should come as no surprise to learn that Google Play made it to the billion club before anything else.
You might argue that the place where you download things like a weather app for Android doesn’t really count as an app in its own right, but you are unlikely to get Google to withdraw their claim to this exclusive club.
Following closely behind back in 2014 was the Facebook app, and not to be outdone, Google Chrome managed to cross the two million installs line close to the end of 2016.
It is worth pointing out that not only is the one billion club an exclusive place that not many apps manage to join, no matter how good they are, but it is entirely dominated by Google and Facebook.
Gmail, Google Maps, and YouTube are just some of the billion plus qualifiers and yes, however hard you try you can’t find any app that isn’t part of the Google and Facebook family.
Different story when it comes to money
Seeing as you most likely have most of these hugely popular apps on your phone already it is worth taking an alternative look at the most popular apps around when it comes to revenue.
When you look at income generated from downloaded apps you get an entirely different set of apps appear. They might not have made it to the billion downloads club but their popularity is certainly not open to question.
LINE has accumulated well over 300 million users and LINE PLAY and LINE Manga mean they occupy the top three spots when you rank apps by revenue.
Pandora Radio is expanding rapidly and will surely achieve worldwide coverage at some point with its free personalized internet radio and makes it next on the list of apps that dominate revenue stream lists.
For the gamers
Some apps offer tools and services that you want to have on your smartphone in order to make your life a bit easier but it is hard to argue with just how popular games are too.
King of the game apps when it comes to revenue at least is Gree and the various offerings they tempt their loyal followers with.
Dragon Soul, Knights and Dragons, plus Crime City, and Modern War are all games that are helping Gree to enjoy a consistently high-income stream, so they must be getting it right with their offerings.
It goes to show that there is more than one way to quantify popularity. Whether it is the number of downloads, the amount of money generated, or anything else you want to measure success by, apps are a big part of the smartphone experience.
Thomas Binch works as a programmer and is a typical nerd really! He writes tech articles for an online audience covering beginner and advanced topics.