Ranked: The World’s Most Popular Apps by Downloads
In our fast-paced, tech-centric world, mobile apps have become integral to our daily lives. The world’s most popular apps have transformed the way we work, interact with others, and entertain ourselves.
However, this ever-evolving digital world requires apps to stay on top of the latest trends to survive growing and often-changing competition. For example, the COVID-19 pandemic forced people indoors, leading to a rise in demand for online dating, fitness, and work-related apps.
In this treemap, Truman Du highlights the most popular apps in 2022 using download data tracked by Business of Apps.
The Most Popular Apps in 2022
TikTok was the most popular app worldwide by downloads in 2022, maintaining its title for the fourth consecutive year. The video platform had 672 million downloads in 2022, with the company also doubling its annual revenue to $9.4 billion according to Business of Apps.
|20||Candy Crush Saga||Games||138M|
|21||Race Master 3D||Games||128M|
|23||Amazon Prime Video||Entertainment||123M|
|28||Merge & Fight||Games||110M|
|29||Garena Free Fire||Games||109M|
|45||Toca Life World||Education||72M|
|47||Google Pay||Money Transfer||69M|
|67||Where is my Train||Travel||46M|
|73||DANA Dompet||Money Transfer||42M|
|75||Airtel Thanks||Money Transfer||41M|
|80||Caixa Tem||Money Transfer||38M|
|82||Beat Maker Pro||Music||36M|
|84||Baby Panda's Supermarket||Education||36M|
|95||Baby Panda's Clubhouse||Education||28M|
|99||Six Pack in 30 Days||Health||27M|
|111||Plenty of Fish||Dating||11M|
Interestingly, TikTok is the only app from a Chinese company to see this level of success in international markets. And that’s despite being banned from countries including India and, for a short period, Pakistan.
Otherwise, social media apps fill the remaining four of the top five most-downloaded spots. Meta is the most prominent there with Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp, while Facebook Messenger tied with the shopping app Meeshu for 10th place.
Meanwhile, Telegram, the cloud-based instant messaging service created with the intent of challenging Facebook Messenger, placed 5th with 310 million downloads.
AI Apps Are Gaining Popularity, Fast
In 2020 and 2021, many essential business apps including Zoom and Microsoft Teams grew quickly and saw massive success.
While downloads for these apps fell in 2022, many other travel, food, and shopping-centered apps including Google Maps, McDonald’s, and Shein helped fill the void.
However, it was artificial intelligence apps including Lensa AI and ChatGPT were the ones that saw the greatest spike towards the end of last year. Could these same AI-infused apps help lead the pack in terms of downloads for the most popular apps of 2023?
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Ranked: The World’s Top 10 Electronics Exporters (2000-2021)
Here are the largest electronics exporters by country, highlighting how electronics trade has increasingly shifted to Asia over 20 years.
Top 10 Electronics Exporters in the World (2000-2021)
From personal computers to memory chips, the electronics trade plays a vital role in the world economy. In 2021, global electronics exports reached $4.1 trillion according to McKinsey Global Institute.
This graphic shows the 10 largest electronics exporters in the world, based on data from McKinsey, and how they’ve changed since 2000.
Ranked: The Top 10 Exporters of Electronics
Which countries are the leading exporters of electronics, and how has this shifted over the last two decades?
|Rank||Country||Share of Total 2021||Share of Total 2000|
|3||🇰🇷 South Korea||7%||5%|
|7||🇺🇸 United States||4%||16%|
We can see in the above table how global electronics trade has become more concentrated in Asia, specifically China and Taiwan. As an electronics powerhouse, 34% of the world’s electronic goods in 2021 came from China, representing $1.4 trillion in value.
Home to leading firms like TSMC, Taiwan also plays a major role due to its prowess in semiconductor manufacturing—highlighting the island’s global importance.
But not all of Asia has been thriving. In 2000, Japan was a global electronics powerhouse responsible for 13% of the industry’s exports, but has seen its share shrink to 4% in 2021. The U.S. has also sheen its electronics lead shrink, with exports down from 16% of the global total in 2000 to just 4% in 2021.
Several factors have driven this shift. Instead of manufacturing electronics domestically, the U.S. has outsourced technology to countries where manufacturing, production, and labor costs are lower. However, recently, the U.S. is focusing on reshoring semiconductor production specifically given its role in national security, as seen through the $52.7 billion CHIPS Act.
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