Google Play Top Charts in March 2020: Best Apps
Apps for smartphones and tablets are designed to make your working weeks more productive and holidays more relaxing. Using Android and iOS apps, you can be aware of the news, play cool games, share any files with people who are far from you, and do many more things. In March, people around the entire planet stayed at home to prevent the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic.
Such conditions led to the rise of average smartphone usage time. Similarly to February, in March, users spent more time on apps for private communication and conferencing. As many as 13 apps of 20 most popular ones are messengers that support textual, audio, and video chatting. The rest of the apps are mostly large entertainment platforms. Let’s take a look at the chart:
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|18||LINE: Free Calls & Messages|
First of all, we should note that some apps have disappeared from the chart since February. Amongst them are Arknights by Yostar Limited, Gmail by Google, Google Home, and SHAREit. The fall of all 4 apps doesn’t mean that they’ve lost a notable amount of the userbase, but it shows that the demand for communication services grew dramatically because of the COVID-19 self-isolation measures.
The first position of the chart is still occupied by the YouTube app. Its booming popularity is due to the simplicity of access to most types of informational and amusing video content. People worldwide use it to watch daily news bulletins related to COVID-19, stream music mixes, and watch content made by their favorite bloggers in self-isolation. Next goes Google Chrome that has been rising for the last 2 months. It replaced the BlockSite app. Chrome growth shows that people use the browser more often to read the news and solve ongoing tasks on their remote jobs.
Positions 4-7 are taken by popular messengers, such as WhatsApp Messenger, Telegram, Instagram, and Zoom. Zoom is the new app on the chart that has become even more popular than Google Photos. Zoom is very popular amongst corporations for the ability to host large online meetings on mobile devices and computers. Remote work today is not just a trend, but a necessity, and Zoom helps employers and employees to get in touch. Similarly to YouTube, Instagram (#7) combines features of an information source, messenger, and entertainment video hosting.
Google Classroom takes the 8th position, moving Facebook Lite down to the 12th line. Such a booming growth of the app’s userbase is caused by the quarantine at schools all over the world. Now teachers utilize Google Classroom to provide students with the needed learning materials and homework.
Despite the communication app usage growth, the Gradient: DNA Test app moves such giants as Viber, Facebook Lite, and Google Authenticator down the chart. This fun app has conquered hundreds of millions of users due to an option to make a DNA Test using the smartphone camera. The app exploded social networks with numerous memes that feature celebrities and politicians.
Microsoft Teams has removed Google Home from the chart, showing a growing demand for remote collaboration tools. It’s an excellent alternative to Zoom and Slack as it lets users exchange messages and files within a secure and clear digital environment.
Gmail, VK, and Google apps have also disappeared from Google Play Top 20 chart, giving way to more advanced communication and entertainment apps. The quarantine gave a large boost to Hangouts and Hangouts Meet, which are favored by businesses all over the world. Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and LINE moved down a bit, but still in the top 20. Finally, TikTok has risen from line 19 to line 15, revealing the growing demand for amusing content during the COVID-19 isolation period.
Although most social networks and messengers grow during the quarantine, their incomes keep falling down because advertisers are pushed to cut their budgets. However, all of them are more useful for private and corporate communication than ever, which makes them totally immune to the pandemic. Tell about the apps that you use the most during the quarantine in the comments and wait for our new list of apps in April. Keep safe!