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90 billion apps were downloaded in 2016 – Apple’s revenue jumps significantly

The rate of app downloads shows no sign of slowing down, even if device sales are. In 2016, ninety billion apps were downloaded across both iOS and Android – an increase of 13 billion over the previous year.

The data comes from major apps analytics company App Annie. Its latest report shows that there was an increase of 40 percent in developer revenue in 2016, though it doesn’t split out exact figures between Google Play store and iOS App Store. However, as the graph below shows, Apple’s jump was far more significant.


Elsewhere, the number of downloads across the stores remain on trend; Google Play’s store shows a more significant jump in downloads making up the majority of the 15 percent increase. Though Apple’s download figures increased as well, it was a more modest trajectory.


Here’s a few more observations from the report:

  1. Revenue across both stores hit $35 billion.
  2. Chinese App Store accounted for 80 percent of growth in downloads
  3. YouTube is top streaming video service in the US, with Netflix in second.
  4. Pokémon Go players contributed to $950 million in spending by the end of 2016.
  5. Time users spend in apps grew by 25 percent in 2016. This was mostly through shopping apps, though total time was highest across messaging and social apps, as previously.