Tuesday, 7 March 2017

The top-selling Google Play Store content of all time is exactly what you think it is


Google’s Play Store was first released five years ago today, on March 6th, 2012. To celebrate, Google released a roundup of the best selling apps, games, movies, music, and books in the US since its launch.
If you’ve consumed any culture or downloaded an app in the last five years, the results probably won’t surprise you. The most installed apps are topped by a seemingly obvious list of popular social networks, and while top songs look like a complication of the biggest radio earworms from the last half-decade. Notably, many of the songs, albums, and movies are all recent releases, which speaks both to the popularity of that content, but also to increased Android growth (and therefore, Play Store usage) in recent years. It’s an interesting look back at how we consume media as a whole over the past half-decade.
The full list of the top Play Store content is included below:
Top Installed Games (does not count those pre-installed on Android devices)
  1. Candy Crush Saga
  2. Subway Surfers
  3. Temple Run 2
  4. Despicable Me
  5. Clash of Clans
Top Installed Apps (does not count those pre-installed on Android devices)
  1. Facebook
  2. Facebook Messenger
  3. Pandora Radio
  4. Instagram
  5. Snapchat
Top Selling Songs
  1. Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
  2. Lorde - Royals
  3. Taylor Swift - Blank Space
  4. Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
  5. Pharrell Williams - Happy
Top Selling Albums
  1. Adele - 25
  2. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP2 (Deluxe)
  3. Taylor Swift - 1989
  4. Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
  5. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
Top Selling Movies
  1. The Interview
  2. Frozen
  3. Deadpool
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy
Top Selling Books
  1. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
  2. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
  3. A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin
  4. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
  5. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn