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10 Of The Most Popular Android Apps In India

10 Of The Most Popular Android Apps In India:


India is one of the fastest growing countries in the world. The digital platform and internet sector is also growing fast day by day in India. As of 2017, the numbers of internet users in India grew more than 31% and reached 420 million and it is expected to reach 750 million by the year 2020.

Nowadays, smartphones become a major part in our daily life. According to a report, the average spending time of Indians is 28 hours on mobile as compared to 4 hrs on television per week. Where 45% of time we spent on entertainment and 34% time we spent on search, social media and messaging.

Mary Meeker's annual internet trend report of 2017 is out. In case you didn't know, Mary Meeker is an internet guru and market moving growth expert held from California, USA. Every year, she publishes a slide presentation on internet trends. Well the 2017 report focuses on the India's fastest growing digital platform and internet sector. According to her report, we spend most of the times on our android smartphones. Between 2014-16 we have spend 150 billion hours . We are also the biggest app downloaders from google play store with more than 6 billion downloads between 2014-16. She has also released a list of most downloaded android apps in India. However the list is mostly dominated by social, utility and messaging apps. There are four USA based facebook owned apps among the top 10. Two Indian and two Chinese apps also made their name in the top 10.

According to her report, here is the list of most popular android apps in 2017 -



With over 1 billion users ,WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app in the world right now . It is also the most downloaded app in India. The app is owned by Facebook. In Feb, 2014 they acquired the app from the founders Jaun Koum and Brian Acton for US$19 billion. In India, WhatsApp has over 200 million active users. The main features of this app are text message, voice & video calling, media & document share, end to end encryption and WhatsApp web. India tops the list in terms of video callings in WhatsApp.

2.Facebook Messenger


One of the Facebook owned apps, Messenger is the 2nd most popular app in India. The app was originally developed as Facebook Chat in 2008. As of April 2017, the worldwide user base of this app is more than 1.2 billion. According to the report, the app has jumped one place as compared to last year's 3rd position. The latest features of the app are voice and video calling, game-playing through the app, secret conversations, reactions and mentions and messenger day etc.. The app is loved by the Indians.



3rd on the list is a utility app named SHAREit. In 2012, the Chinese app was first launched and known as anyshare. the main features of this app are super fast file transfer, control PPT directly, CLONEit etc.. The speed of the transfers is higher than NFC. The app has jumped up two spots, if compared to its last year's 5th position. With over 1 billion registered worldwide users, right now SHAREit is one of the fastest growing mobile web companies. In transfer apps field, it has beat its close competitor Xender also.



The next app is a dialer app from Sweden, Truecaller. It was first launched by BlackBerry in 2009. Now it is available for all major operating systems. With the 4th position the app has showed a rise this year, if compared to last year's 11th position.The main features of the app are global phone directory and reverse directory that has caller ID, social media integration, SMS and flash messaging, share photos  and call blocking. In India, where public data is not available, it uses crowd sourced data. It has also launched its SMS app called True messenger in India. The app has 150 million users in India.

10 Of The Most Popular Android Apps In India:



Facebook, the world's no.1 social network is at 5th position on this list. The active users of Facebook is 2 billion per month. India ranks no. 1 position with 241 million users in term of highest users by country. Well the app has tumbled down three places from its last year's 2nd spot. Might because there is lite version also launched for the low end devices. The latest features of the app are Live broadcast, reactions, instant articles etc.

6.UC Browser


The next on this list is a popular Chinese web browser called UC Browser. The app was first launched in 2004 and it is owned by the Alibaba group. It is the 6th most popular app in India with over 100 million active users. It had first beat opera in 2013 in India. The main features of this app are HTML5, download management, data compression, cloud system, ad blocking and sharing. The app is available for all major mobile operating systems.

7.MX Player

The next app on the list is a Korean video player app called MX Player. The app has showed a rise this year as compared to last year's 13th position. The app is developed by J2E Interactive. The features of this app are plays all formats, Multi core decoding, background playing and subtitle feature etc. Currently it is the 7th popular android app in India.



The first Indian app to be on this list. HotStar is an online video streaming app owned by Star India. The app was first launched on Feb, 2015 right before the ICC cricket world cup 2015. The app garnered over 340 million views during the world cup. It offers more than 50k tv hours and movies across eight languages. The app is mostly used to watch ICC cricket matches, IPL matches and ISL matches. It also telecasts some original programs like On Air With AIB, Bol Viru Bol, Sarabhai vs Sarabhai etc. exclusively. It is the 8th most popular android apps in India with over 50 million users.



Another Indian app to be on the list, JioTv is a live TV channel app owned by Reliance Jio. The app has showed a huge rise as compared to its last year's 301th position. It has registered the record of highest jump for any app within a year. The app supports more than 450 channels with multiple categories like news, sports, movies, music, entertainment, infotainment, kids and lifestyle etc.. In one word, it is a revolutionary app in the digital platform of India. Currently, JioTv is the 9th popular android app in India.

10.Facebook Lite


Another Facebook owned app, the lite version for fb is the 10th most downloaded or popular android app in India. Facebook lite is very useful and effective for the low end devices. The size of the app is below 2 MB and it takes below 10 MB storage only after initialization. Another great feature of this app is it works perfectly with poor network connectivity. The user is able to browse fb even on 2G network through this app. The latest feature of the app is the reactions button. Right now, Lite is the 10th most popular android app in India.


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