Google Play Store: A decade-long journey

Madhu Balaji | | Updated on: Jul 25, 2022
Google Play was launched in 2012

Google Play was launched in 2012 | Photo Credit: cueapi

Google Play Store replaced Android Market and others in 2012

Google has released a timeline of apps and games that transformed the lives of individuals over the last 10 years. Google Play was launched in 2012, uniting Android Market, Google Music, Google eBookstore and Google Movies under a label. As per the Android Authority report, Google Play had over 4,50,000 apps and games at the time of its launch.

Android Market by Google surfaced in August 2008, and it added support for paid apps in 2009 in the US and UK, which later expanded to international markets in 2010.

Networking, shopping & entertainment apps

Google listed some apps and games that represented 10 years of its journey. Apps including WhatsApp, Hotstar, JioSaavn, Amazon India and Paytm have “defined a generation of Play,” according to the tech giant. The instant messaging platform WhatsApp has over 5 billion downloads on Google Play Store and an OTT service provider MX Player has over one billion downloads.

Apps with over 500 million downloads

Truecaller

Hotstar

Apps with over 100 million downloads

JioSaavn

Amazon India

Paytm

PhonePe

ShareChat

Flipkart

Gaming apps

The tech giant listed gaming apps which shaped a decade of Play, including Candy Crush Saga (with over 1 billion downloads), Clash of Clans, Subway Surfers, 8 Ball Pool and Lords Mobile: Tower Defense.

Candy Crush Saga - 1 billion downloads

Subway Surfers - 1 billion downloads

Clash of Clans - 500 million downloads

8 Ball Pool - 500 million downloads

Ludo King - 500 million downloads

Lords Mobile: Tower Defense - 100 million downloads

Call of Duty: Mobile Season 6 - 100 million downloads

Battlegrounds Mobile India - 50 million downloads

World Cricket Championship 2 - 50 million downloads

Real Cricket - 10 million downloads

Google’s focus

The company has recently redesigned its logo with higher resolution and updated colouring, 9to5 Google reported. Google is also rolling back its app permission list on its Play Store, which was removed due to its Data Safety Labels.

Published on July 25, 2022
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