App store optimization company Sensor Tower released its Data Digest for the first quarter of 2016, analyzing application downloads and trends on iOS and Android. In Q1 2016, apps were downloaded 17.2 billion times worldwide on the iTunes App Store and Google Play combined. This is an increase of 8.2 percent year-over-year.
Of those 17.2 billion app downloads, 11.1 billion were for Android apps, while 6.1 billion were for iOS. In terms of worldwide game downloads specifically, the quarter saw users download more than 6.7 billion games on iOS and Android combined, up from 6.4 billion in Q1 2015.
For Q1 2016, the top 10 iOS and Android gaming apps by worldwide downloads were:
- Piano Tiles 2
- Candy Crush Jelly Saga
- Color Switch
- Clash Royale
- Subway Surfers
- Traffic Rider
- Clash of Clans
- My Talking Tom
- Candy Crush Saga
- Temple Run 2
On iOS specifically, the top three games by worldwide downloads were Piano Tiles 2, Color Switch and Clash Royale, while the top three Android games by worldwide downloads were Piano Tiles 2, Candy Crush Jelly Saga and Subway Surfers.
For non-games, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Facebook were the top three iOS and Android apps by worldwide downloads. Facebook Messenger, Facebook and YouTube led iOS downloads specifically, while WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Facebook were the top three apps on Android by worldwide downloads.
Overall, games were the top category on both iOS and Android by worldwide downloads in Q1 2016. On iOS, games were followed by photo and video apps, entertainment apps, social networking apps and utility apps. On Android, games were followed by tools, photography apps, communication apps and entertainment apps.
Sensor Tower’s complete Q1 2016 report is available here.