If 2020 has benefited someone, it must be Google. Recent statistics show that there is another feat that tech giants have achieved in the name of huge downloads in the third quarter. And to my surprise, they beat Apple again.
According to a report published by Sensor Tower, the Google Play Store had 28.2 billion downloads in the third quarter of 2020, three times Apple’s 8.2 billion downloads in a similar quarter.
Google has had a pretty good year in the app store, and more and more people are staying indoors and spending more time outside of work, bringing the total number of apps downloaded from the Play Store to 80.6 billion. On the other hand, Apple has downloaded only 26.6 billion times in total.
Much of Google’s success is due to the fact that the platform hosts the largest portfolio of apps, including 2.7 million apps (which in itself is an increase of 5.85 percent from the previous quarter). Looking at the breakdown of the number of downloads, 13.49% is from game fans. Education-related downloads accounted for 9.11%, and the third on the list was business-related apps at 6.95%.
Apple increased downloads in the first three months of 2020, but that moment didn’t last for the rest of the year, as numbers dropped to 8.2 billion this quarter. This difference makes a lot of sense given the fact that Apple hosts only 1.82 million apps that users can download.