Google Play Turns Five: The Most Popular Downloads Include 'Candy Crush,' Facebook And Adele’s '25'
Google is celebrating the fifth birthday of its app store, revealing that since its launch Google Play has grown to now have over one billion active users in 190 countries.
And since reaching this major milestone, Google Play is looking back at its top downloaded content, which includes titles like the mobile game Candy Crush Saga that continues to be a top played game among Android users, along with top installed apps like Facebook.
Launched on March 6, 2012, Google Play is the one stop shop for Android users looking for new games, apps, music, movies, TV shows and books that can be access on their mobile devices, laptop, or TVs.
Google Play is highlighting the best of the best in its digital store in top 5 lists for its various categories.
While Candy Crush is the top downloaded game, Subway Surfers takes second place, followed by the other endless runner Temple Run 2, with Despicable Me and Clash of Clans rounding out the top five.
When it comes to apps, Facebook has been the top title. Interestingly enough, Facebook Messenger holds the crown for the second top app, followed by Pandora Radio, Instagram and Snapchat. This top 5 list only includes those apps downloaded by users, not those that are pre-installed on Android devices.
Android users streamed The Interview the most, making it the top selling movie in the Google Play Store over the past five years. Frozen holds the second place title on this list, followed by the superhero flick Deadpool, the huge blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and another superhero film, Guardians of the Galaxy.
Adele's album 25 won Grammys and is also crowed the top selling album in the Play Store, with Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP2 (Deluxe) coming in at number 2. Also on this list is Taylor Swift's 1989, Drake's If You're Reading This It's Too Late and Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly.
While Adele holds the top album spot, it's Ed Sheehan's "Thinking Out Loud" that is the top selling song. The list continues with Lorde's "Royals," Taylor Swift's "Blank Space," Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk," and Pharrell Williams' "Happy."
Those who read on Android devices picked up Fifty Shades of Grey the most, followed by The Hunger Games trilogy. Other popular books include George RR Martin's A Game of Thrones, John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, and Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl.
With new content released each month, it will be interesting to see how these titles change in the next five years.