According to recent data, Google Play hit 28.3bn downloads in the third quarter of 2020, three times more than App Store, jumping 31% Year-over-Year.

The Covid19 pandemic, and elements of lockdown still being at play in the majority of the world have led to an uptick of Apps for use across, productivity, working at home, and gaming. In the first quarter of 2020, Android users downloaded 24.3bn apps from Google Play. By the end of the third quarter, this figure rose to 28.3bn, a 31% jump year-over-year.

In the first quarter of 2017, Google Play reached 16.7bn downloads, revealed Sensor Tower data. App Store reporter 6.5bn downloads in the same period, 2.5 times less than its leading competitor. During the next twelve months, these figures jumped to 17.4bn and 7.7bn.

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The growing number of app downloads among the Android users continued in the following months, with Google Play reporting 20.1bn downloads in the fourth quarter of 2018. However, iPhone users downloaded 7.2bn apps between October and December 2018, a 5% drop in three months.

In the fourth quarter of 2019, the combined number of app downloads in both app stores hit 28.7bn, with Google Play accounting for almost 73% of that figure.

28.3bn Downloads in Q3 2020

The year 2020 delivered a record number of downloads in both app stores, driven by a surge in mobile apps usage amid the coronavirus lockdown.

App Store downloads peaked at 9.3bn in the first three months of the year. However, the number of downloads has been falling since then, reaching 8.2bn in the third quarter of 2020.

2.7 Million Apps in Q2 2020, iOS Apps Dropped Down

Besides leading in the number of downloads, Google Play also represents the app store with the biggest number of available apps. As of the second quarter of 2020, Android users could choose between 2.7 million apps, a 5.85% increase compared to the previous quarter.