Following the past months, we present the top performing applications for August 2013 in this blog post. We highlight the leading applications of the grossing category in both major stores, Google Play and the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad. The findings presented in this blog post are based on data covering the full month of August 2013 on a globally aggregated level.
In addition to this blog post, we provide a more detailed analysis of the mobile markets during August 2013 in our monthly report. The report covers the best performing free and paid apps as well as the top publishers in the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore and gives additional insights about the global development of the mobile markets in August 2013. You can download the full report here.
Top Grossing Apps – August 2013
In the Apple App Store, the long-standing battle between Candy Crush Saga and Clash of Clans continued. Clash of Clans conquered the top grossing charts again in August 2013, besting Candy Crush Saga, which had been holding on to rank one for the previous two months. The month of August brought more revenue for Clash of Clans, while Candy Crush Saga experienced a slight loss compared to July 2013, resulting in a switch in ranks for August. Supercell was in addition still successful with its other top title, Hay Day, which defended its rank number three position against Puzzle & Dragons at rank number four. The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth remained unchanged at rank number five.
|Top 5 Grossing Apps in the Apple App Store||Publisher|
|1.||Clash of Clans||Supercell|
|2.||Candy Crush Saga||King.com Limited|
|4.||Puzzle & Dragons||GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc.|
|5.||The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth||Kabam|
On Google Play, Candy Crush Saga remained at rank number one, and パズル＆ドラゴンズ(Puzzle & Dragons) was at rank number two as in July. With LINE Pokopang, a new player reached the top grossing charts at rank number three. The puzzle game was released in May 2013, but increased its revenue in August significantly compared to July. This move pushed 모두의마블 for Kakao and LINE: Free Calls & Messages down one spot to the fourth and fifth rank, respectively.
|Top 5 Grossing Apps on Google Play||Publisher|
|1.||Candy Crush Saga||King.com|
|2.||パズル＆ドラゴンズ(Puzzle & Dragons)||GungHoOnline-Entertainment|
|3.||LINE Pokopang||LINE Corporation|
|4.||모두의마블 for Kakao||CJ E&M corp.|
|5.||LINE: Free Calls & Messages||LINE Corporation|
The top grossing apps across the Apple App Store and Google Play did not have much in common in the month of August. The only shared titles in both app stores were Candy Crush Saga and GungHo’s Puzzle & Dragons. Looking at the big picture, the top grossing apps were dominated by games in August 2013. On Google Play, the communication app LINE: Free Calls & Messages was the only non-game app listed among the top ranks.
Top Global Publishers – August 2013
The top five publishers in the Apple App Store remained unchanged once again in August 2013. Even the top grossing apps behind their success did not change in the global top five. Supercell remained in the leading position with revenue from both of its top titles: Clash of Clans and Hay Day. King.com Limited ranked number two in August 2013. The most revenue was generated from the United States for four of these publishers, while LINE was mostly profitable in Japan, supporting the high rank of the NAVER Japan Corporation.
|Top 5 Publishers||Best Grossing App – August 2013|
|1.||Supercell||Clash of Clans|
|2.||King.com Limited||Candy Crush Saga|
|3.||Electronic Arts||The Simpsons™: Tapped Out|
|4.||NAVER Japan Corporation||LINE|
|5.||Kabam||The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth|
For Google Play, the LINE Corporation remained at rank number one and increased its total revenue mainly based on LINE Pokopang. A strong presence of Japanese and Korean developers was visible in the top charts, with King.com as the only exception in the global top five.
|Top 5 Publishers||Best Grossing App – August 2013|
|1.||LINE Corporation||LINE Pokopang|
|2.||CJ E&M corp.||모두의마블 for Kakao|
|3.||GungHoOnlineEntertainment||パズル＆ドラゴンズ(Puzzle & Dragons)|
|4.||COLOPL, Inc.||プロ野球PRIDE [登録不要の無料本格プロ野球ゲーム]|
|5.||King.com||Candy Crush Saga|
Revenue distribution by country and platform in August 2013
In August 2013, all markets showed a positive growth contributing to the overall market growth. (This analysis is only covering the Apple App Store and Google Play.)
The United States is still the big spender in the app market overall, followed by Japan and South Korea. For this month’s analysis we added China to the list. Please note that there is no paid content offered in China on Google Play. Therefore, the estimated revenue for China only relies on the iOS platforms iPhone and iPad. Despite this fact, China is still ranked fifth in August 2013.
The combined revenue from both iOS platforms iPhone and iPad was the largest in the United States, followed by Japan and the United Kingdom. For Google Play it was interesting to note that after the most dominating countries Japan, South Korea, and the United States, Germany had the fourth biggest revenue portion in August 2013.
General growth of the Apple App Store and Google Play
In August 2013, the market share distribution was at 35 percent for Google Play, compared to 65 percent for the Apple App Store. This picture was different a half year ago: In March 2013, Google Play was only responsible for 25 percent, while Apple’s share was at 75 percent. Looking at the store level for August 2013 we conclude: The Apple App Store is still leading in terms of total revenue. However, Google Play’s piece of the pie is consistently increasing month over month.
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For those of you interested in data about the most popular free, paid and grossing apps on a daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly level, Distimo’s leaderboards are a great resource for further research. These leaderboards list apps and publishers per country and per category for all major app stores including the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore. Enriching the data from monthly leaderboards across all countries, Distimo AppIQ data allows us to analyze the most successful apps worldwide, as presented in this blog post.Christel Schoger