Apps & Software

10 Most Downloaded Free Apple Apps

The most downloaded apps at Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) iTunes don’t change much. They are dominated by games and software from America’s largest tech companies. These are the ten most downloaded free apps

    1. Bitmoji – Your Personal Emoji a piece of software which allows users to create their own avatars. Often used with Snapchat. Made by Bitstrips. Company bought by Snap in 2016 for $100 million.
    2. Instagram. Picture sharing software. Has over 600 million active users. Works on a number of social media platforms. Also has video sharing setting. Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) bought in $2012 for slightly less than $1 billion
    3. Messenger. Facebook product. Instant messaging software. Grandchild of decades old AOL instant Messenger. Can be used for text and voice.
    4. Snapchat. Owned by Snap (NASDAQ: SNAP), which is about to launch IPO to raise $2 billion with valuation of as high as $25 billion Parent revenue growth from $59 million in 2015 to $205 million in 2016. Image instant messenger app. Used for chat and event distribution.
    5. YouTube. Alphabet’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) massive video site, by far the largest in the world. Large enough to make meaningful contribution to Alphabet revenue based on its advertising revenue
    6. Google Maps. Another Alphabet product
    7. Facebook. The world’s largest social network. Parent is so successful its has market cap of $387 billion which makes it 6th most valuable pubic corporation in the world. Fourth quarter 2016 revenue hit $8.8 billion, up from $5.8 billion in the same quarter a year ago.
    8. Uber. World’s largest ride transportation network. Currently available in over 60 countries, and over 500 cities, according to the company. Bloomberg reported that company had revenue of $1.7 billion in third quarter of last year and lost $800 million. Valuation of company has been put as low as $16 billion, and as high as $62 billion which may make it most valuable private company in the worl
    9. Ball pool. The only game on the list. Parent Miniclip make money on upgrades to basic game. Most popular upgrade prices range from $.99 to $9.99  Base app allows users to play pool. Miniclip is large maker of mobile games.
    10. Gmail. Alphabet’s email application. One of the most widely used in the world.