The blooming usage of smartphones and high-speed internet has taken India to the top spot in terms of downloads on Google Play Store. In 2016, six billion apps were downloaded by Indian users, with the United States and Brazil in the second and third position, respectively. Though the numbers are staggering, still less than 30 percent of its population owns a smartphone. Hence, these numbers are to see a steep rise in the coming years as well.
Owning a smartphone means nothing if it’s not loaded with apps. From video calling with friends and instantly transferring gigabytes of data to watching latest movies, these let you do whatever you wish to do with your device. Social and communication are the two most preferred categories of apps among Indian users; however, those offering video streaming services also enjoy huge traffic.
Checkout this list of 10 most popular Android apps in India that have accomplished a huge user base in India. We have mentioned the apps based on their popularity.
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Boasting more than 1 billion users in more than 180 countries, this app achieved the milestone of 200 million active users in India back in February this year. Another report claimed that about 90 percent of all smartphones in the country have this application installed on them. WhatsApp was recently bought by Facebook for a whopping 19 billion dollars.
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The most downloaded app of 2016, Facebook is undeniably the most popular social networking portal in India. The country is also the second-largest source of advertisements for the social-media giant outside of the US, with its regional net profit doubling in the financial year 2016.
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No list of most popular Android apps in India can be justified if it does not mention YouTube. With every 1 out of 3 people globally on the internet using it, this app proves to be the king as far as video sharing and viewing is concerned. The fact that 60 million Indian users are spending over 48 hours a month viewing content on YouTube is a testament enough of its reach.
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#4. UC Browser
Late last year, UC Browser announced that it had reached 100 million active monthly users in India, becoming one of the most popular Android apps for web browsing. It has allegedly captured 50 percent market share, leaving Google’s Chrome and Opera browser way behind.
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#5. Facebook Messenger
Offering the convenience of texting, voice calling and video calling among Facebook buddies, Facebook Messenger enjoys more than 1.2 billion monthly active users. India loves all Facebook services, be it its flagship app, WhatsApp or Messenger.
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Surprisingly, this phone number search app has come out as the black horse of this race, surpassing Facebook (becoming the fourth most downloaded app in India in 2017) to become the most popular Android apps this year so far. It's features like global caller ID, and spam protection have procured over 250 million users worldwide with more than half of them in India.
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This Wi-Fi-based file-sharing app has more than 500 million users in more than 200 countries, and about 20 percent of it is from India. In just a matter of years, it has become the most trusted file-transferring tool among Indian users.
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#8. MX Player
MX Player undeniably rules the chart of modern and best Android applications in India when it comes to video playing. Its user-friendly interface and multiple convenient features like screen lock and gesture control make it a preferred choice. It plays a wide variety of videos, and its 4.7 rating on Google Play Store speaks volumes about its acceptance among the masses.
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Hotstar started with a bang with around 10 million downloads within the 40 days of its launch. Offering more than 50000 hours of television content along with a plethora of Hollywood and Bollywood blockbusters and live cricket matches, Hotstar also has a lot more subscribers for its premium content than Amazon Prime and Netflix.
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Reliance’s Jio took the industry by storm, and so did its JioTV app which has over 50 million downloads in a matter of months. Its base of 400+ channels in 15 languages and live streaming of IPL matches added to the popularity of the application.
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