Japanese Translation for Boom Beach Grew Downloads by 17X, Revenue by 4X in Japan

Distimo Supercell Boom Beach app iconAfter months of occupying the shores of Canada in soft-launch, Supercell loaded Boom Beach into a landing craft, and deployed the strategy game on the Apple App Store all across the world on March 27.

While Boom Beach (free) was in soft-launch in Canada and Australia, the strategy title was a chronic app on the top grossing charts. At one point, Boom Beach was generating more revenue in Canada than popular top grossing apps such as King’s Pet Rescue Saga, DeNA’s Marvel War of Heroes and GREE’s Modern War.

Now that Boom Beach is available worldwide, we decided to search through our market intelligence tool AppIQ for some interesting trends.

Top Global App

Distimo top 5 free apps in the Apple App Store April 2014In our Top Global Apps report for April 2014, we revealed that Boom Beach reached the top five on both the Apple App Store’s global top free and top grossing leaderboards for April 2014. Boom Beach was ranked No. 4 on the top free leaderboard, among the likes of apps such as 2048 and Piano Tiles (above).

Distimo top 5 grossing apps in the Apple App Store April 2014On the top grossing chart, Boom Beach snuck in at the No. 5 spot at the expense of another Supercell title, Hay Day, which dropped to the No. 6 rank (above).

Translation Power

After snooping around estimated downloads and revenue from AppIQ for Boom Beach, we discovered that Boom Beach received a Japanese translation in Japan on April 24, resulting in a tremendous lift in downloads and revenue.

distimo-boom-beach-average-daily-downloads-in-japan-increased-by-17x-a-week-after-japanese-translationWhen comparing the average daily downloads for Boom Beach in Japan a week before (April 17 to April 23) it was translated in Japanese to a week after the translation (April 24 to April 30), we found that Boom Beach’s average daily downloads exploded by more than 17 times (above). Continue reading

Scott Reyburn

Taking a Peek at the Amazon Appstore

Amazon Appstore app iconThe Kentucky Derby concluded last Saturday, but there’s another horse race that’s taking center stage. That race is among three mobile app stores — the Apple App Store, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. Get your floppy hat ready because there’s currently no end in sight to this race among these three mobile app stores.

Since the Apple App Store and Google Play already receive a lot of attention, we decided to take a peek at the top categories, apps and publishers on the Amazon Appstore in 2014 so far.

Games Are King on Amazon

Distimo 68 percent of total global downloads were games on the Amazon Appstore v3We first took the temperature of the Amazon Appstore by analyzing the total downloads share by category in the U.S. and the U.K. in Q1 2014. We found that a remarkable 68 percent of total downloads were games in the first quarter of 2014 (above). The No. 2 downloads-generating category was Entertainment, with an 8 percent share. The utilities category came in third, accounting for 3 percent of the total downloads among all categories. Continue reading

Scott Reyburn

Distimo App Now Available on Google Play

We want to put your app store data in the palm of your hand on as many mobile platforms as possible. Today, we’re one step closer to the goal, with the launch of the Distimo App on Google Play.

Following in the footsteps of its iOS counterpart, the Distimo App on Google Play allows for easy access to all of your app market data from the palm of your hand. The best part? You can track your competitors’ estimated downloads and revenue data using our market intelligence tool AppIQ.

Additionally, you can browse among the top charts in any category, globally, among 10 major app stores. Wherever you are, accessing invaluable app data has never been easier.

Like the Distimo app for iOS, our free, comprehensive analytics app for Google Play allows you to track your app’s downloads, revenue, rankings, reviews and leaderboards, along with additional features such as event tracking. For AppIQ subscribers, you can compare your downloads and revenue data against the competition on your Android phone or tablet.


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Top Global Apps April 2014

April is the first month of Q2 2014 and we were excited to take a look at the app stores, curious to find out if there were any significant changes after the mostly stable global performance during Q1 2014. In this blog post we highlight the leading free, paid, and grossing apps for the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore. The charts in this blog post are based on Distimo AppIQ data, covering the full month of April 2014 on a globally aggregated level.

Top Free Apps

After the ‘flappy’ trend from February, two more new apps were so popular that a lot of developers showed their appreciation in the form of imitation. Far ahead of all, 2048 led the free field of the Apple App Store. Over 80 percent of the downloads were generated on the iPhone platform, and the United States was the leading country, followed closely by China. Rank two represented the other popular imitation topic of April: Piano Tiles, being similar to Don’t step the white tile. Pleasing for Chinese developer HU WEN ZENG, most downloads were generated in China.
The bike racing game Trials Frontier raced up to rank three, being likewise supported by Chinese fans, who downloaded the game most during April 2014.
The fourth ranked app was Supercell’s Boom Beach, which surprisingly also generated most downloads in China during April. The game was made available globally in late March, after being soft-launched in only a few selected countries before, such as Canada and Australia. In the first weeks of the more global availability, the download volume in China was higher than the United States, which speaks for China as being one of the nations who explore new games the quickest.
Behind these top performers, the number three app from March, YouTube landed on rank five in April.

Top 5 Free Apps in the Apple App Store Publisher
1. 2048 Ketchapp
2. Piano Tiles HU WEN ZENG
3. Trials Frontier Ubisoft
4. Boom Beach Supercell
5. YouTube Google, Inc.

On Google Play, Instagram continued its upward trend from March and reached rank four. As only remarkable change, Skype – free IM & video calls returned to the top five free apps, ending the presence of Clean Master (Cleaner) – FREE in the top five which had lasted for the first quarter of 2014.

Top 5 Free Apps on Google Play Publisher
1. Facebook Facebook
2. WhatsApp Messenger WhatsApp Inc.
3. Facebook Messenger Facebook
4. Instagram Instagram
5. Skype – free IM & video calls Skype

Frozen Free Fall (Kindle Tablet Edition) ‘fell free’ one rank down to rank two, making room for ZeptoLab’s Amazon version of Cut the Rope 2. Candy Crush Saga did not move from rank three, but Sonic Dash had to give way to Viewer+Downloader vTube for YouTube.

Top 5 Free Apps in the Amazon Appstore Publisher
1. Cut the Rope 2 ZeptoLab
2. Frozen Free Fall (Kindle Tablet Edition) Disney
3. Candy Crush Saga King
4. Viewer+Downloader vTube for YouTube Voyage Apps
5. Sonic Dash Sega of America

Top Paid Apps

In the Apple App Store, Minecraft – Pocket Edition celebrates a half year of being the number one paid title. Monjang’s adventure game has been leading the paid global charts on iOS since November 2013, even though in April 2014 a new competitor got close: the beautifully designed adventure-puzzle game Monument Valley by ustwo™ showed a strong initial month of April, reaching global paid rank number two. Rank three showed a familiar face with Heads Up!, reentering the top five again. Maybe due to his ‘web-sling skills’, Gameloft’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 landed in the global paid charts on rank four, after only being released in late April. This sleek performance caused Afterlight to move down to rank five.

Top 5 Paid Apps in the Apple App Store Publisher
1. Minecraft – Pocket Edition Mojang
2. Monument Valley ustwo™
3. Heads Up! Warner Bros.
4. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Gameloft
5. Afterlight Simon Filip

Taking a look at the Google Play paid global charts, we can report, that not only for the first quarter, but also for the complete first third of 2014, the following titles remained in the same positions, presenting a very stable situation on Google Play.

Top 5 Paid Apps on Google Play Publisher
1. Minecraft – Pocket Edition Mojang
2. SwiftKey Keyboard SwiftKey
3. Poweramp Full Version Unlocker Max MP
4. Titanium Backup PRO Key ? root Titanium Track
5. Nova Launcher Prime TeslaCoil Software

The paid section of the Amazon Appstore continued with two familiar names, but also featured some new names in April again. Similar to the Apple App Store and Google Play Minecraft – Pocket Edition kept the leading position in the Amazon Appstore. The newer title Card Wars – Adventure Time from February 2014 fought its way up to rank two while on rank three Plex proved to play a successful strategy of a price change. A price drop for a selected date range during April from $4.99 to $0.99, resulted in rank number three for the Entertainment app. Plants vs. Zombies (Kindle Tablet Edition) on the other hand, lost to ranks and settled on rank four during April. Rank five was conquered by the newly released puzzle game Tipping Point by Barnstorm Games. Notable about this performance is that the downloads only came from the United Kingdom, where the app is priced at £1.49, but this was still enough to capture the global rank number five.

Top 5 Paid Apps in the Amazon Appstore Publisher
1. Minecraft – Pocket Edition Mojang
2. Card Wars – Adventure Time Cartoon Network
3. Plex Plex, Inc.
4. Plants vs. Zombies (Kindle Tablet Edition) PopCap Games, Inc.
5. Tipping Point Barnstorm Games

Top Grossing Apps

After the past five months from November 2013 to March 2014, the Apple grossing charts did not offer much to report about. The month of April has stirred things up. While the big two players Clash of Clans and Candy Crush Saga remained in their long-term leading positions, but Japanese Puzzle & Dragons made a move up to rank three. In the Japanese store the game received several features in categories such as ‘Great Role-Playing Games’ or ‘Great Free Games’. Game of War – Fire Age caught up as well, still behind Puzzle & Dragons, being a close follower since five months. Supercell’s Hay Day could not keep up with these competitors in the top five during April and dropped out to rank six. Instead it looks like Supercell’s Boom Beach stepped into Hay Day’s shoes. After the global launch in late March 2014, Boom Beach steadily gained ground in the grossing charts, accompanied by various Apple App Store features, in categories such as ‘Best New Games’, ‘Great Free Games’, and even got its own feature category: ‘Boom Beach’. All this resulted in an additional title within the global top five grossing apps in April 2014 for Supercell.

Top 5 Grossing Apps in the Apple App Store Publisher
1. Clash of Clans Supercell
2. Candy Crush Saga King.com Limited
3. Puzzle & Dragons GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc.
4. Game of War – Fire Age Machine Zone, Inc
5. Boom Beach Supercell

On Google Play, Supercell remained as well in the lead with its top grossing app: Clash of Clans. In line with the move in the Apple App Store, パズル&ドラゴンズ(Puzzle & Dragons) also showed an upward trend. On Google play though, this push was strong enough to conquer global grossing rank number two, before Candy Crush Saga.
クイズRPG 魔法使いと黒猫のウィズ, which just re-entered the top five last month, further increased its position to rank four and switched ranks with Supercell’s Hay Day. Boom Beach is not available on Google Play, yet. If it does become available, it will be interesting to analyze its impact on Hay Day’s Android performance.

Top 5 Grossing Apps on Google Play Publisher
1. Clash of Clans Supercell
2. パズル&ドラゴンズ(Puzzle & Dragons) GungHoOnlineEntertainment
3. Candy Crush Saga King.com
4. クイズRPG 魔法使いと黒猫のウィズ COLOPL, Inc.
5. Hay Day Supercell

The month of April apparently not only brings changes to the weather. With lots of new apps and different trends on established apps, even the grossing charts showed some movements.

Market Growth in April 2014

Continuing the high-level analysis on the major app stores, April shows a different picture from March. The graph below covers the past six months, showing the development of the relative market shares in terms of revenue for the Apple App Store and Google Play.*


The whole market grew by about 1.5 percent from March to April. At this point one may also note that April is a one day shorter month compared to March, with only 30 days. But still, both stores showed a positive growth. For the first time, since we have been doing this analysis though, the market share of Google Play did not increase steadily – compared to March 2014, it even dropped by 1 percent point. The current market share distribution is at 39 percent for Google Play, while the Apple App Store increased its share to 61 percent. This result is in line with a stronger growth of the Apple App Store during April:
2 percent vs. only 1 percent for Google Play.
Apple’s stronger growth was partially supported by a revenue increase in Australia and South Korea during April. In Australia, this was mainly caused by new apps such as Zynga’s new FarmVille 2: Country Escape, but also by Supercell’s Boom Beach.
Boom Beach had as well an impact in South Korea, next to new Kakao titles such as
블레이드 for Kakao and 불멸의 전사 for Kakao.
Considering both stores in terms of market share relative to November 2013, Apple led with 63 percent compared to Google Play with 37 percent. Over the past six months the market shares hence did not change much. Looking at the separate stores in terms of growth during the past half year, the Apple App Store increased its revenue by over 27 percent, while Google Play showed a gain in revenue of around 38 percent.

* This analysis is based on comparing the revenue generated from the app stores of the following 34 countries:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea,
Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey,
United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam. These countries are chosen for this analysis, as revenue is generated for both stores in each country.

For those of you interested in data about the most popular free, paid and grossing applications on a daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis, Distimo’s leaderboards are a great resource for further research. These leaderboards list applications and publishers per country and per category for the Apple App Store for iPhone, the Apple App Store for iPad, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

Combining the data from the monthly leaderboards across all countries with enriched Distimo AppIQ data allows us to analyze the most successful apps worldwide as presented in this blog post.

Christel Schoger

Microsoft vs. Google: Battle of the Productivity Apps

Google Docs app iconGoogle last week unbundled features from its Google Drive app into two new standalone apps for the Apple App Store and Google Play — Google Docs and Google Sheets (Slides coming soon).

The word processor app Docs and spreadsheet app Sheets allow you to both create and edit documents. Also, both apps allow you to store your content offline or on Google’s cloud storage service Google Drive.

More than a month ago, Microsoft launched Microsoft Office for Apple’s iPad in the form of three separate apps — Microsoft Word for iPadMicrosoft Excel for iPad and Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad.

With both Microsoft launching their productivity suite of apps on the Apple App Store and Google unbundling features from its Google Drive app into separate apps, we decided to sift through estimated downloads data from AppIQ to see which word processor and spreadsheet application reigned supreme on iOS.

Both Microsoft Word for iPad and Microsoft Excel for iPad generated more global downloads in its first four days of availability than both Google Docs and Google Sheets in its first first four days of availability. Keep in mind that Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel are only available for iPad, while Google Docs and Google Sheets are universal apps, with compatibility for iPhone and iPad.

Note that although both Google’s and Microsoft’s apps are available for free, the Microsoft Office suite of apps for iPad require an Office 365 subscription to unlock all of the apps’ functionalities.

distimo-launch-comparison-microsoft-word-generated-181-percent-more-global-downloads-than-google-docsMicrosoft Word for iPad, in its first four days of availability from March 27 to March 30, generated 181 percent more global downloads than Google Docs (above) did in its first four days of availability from April 30 to May 3.

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Scott Reyburn

Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Generates the Most Downloads in China

Hearthstone app iconBlizzard dealt its digital collectible card game (CCG) Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to iPad worldwide on April 16 (and three weeks before Activision Blizzard reports its Q1 2014 earnings tomorrow), after recently soft launching the title in early April in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Hearthstone, which first launched on PC and Mac worldwide in March (Hearthstone was in beta for months), becomes the Irvine, Calif.-headquartered Blizzard’s first game to be available on mobile.

In Hearthstone, Blizzard took its popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) World of Warcraft, and created a CCG that features characters and creatures from World of Warcraft canon.

Hearthstone is free, generating revenue via in-app purchases in the form of card packs. The same concept in the physical world of buying packs of randomized cards, such as Pokemon, Magic or baseball cards is the same principle used in Hearthstone.

We traversed through estimated downloads and revenue data from AppIQ to find out if Blizzard performed well in it’s first stab at a free-to-play mobile game with Hearthstone.

Downloads: China is No. 1

From Hearthstone’s worldwide release on April 16 to April 30, Hearthstone accumulated the most downloads in China. Blizzard launched two versions of Hearthstone on April 16 one version just for China, which features simplified Chinese language support, and one version for all other countries. China accounted for a whopping 29 percent of Hearthstone’s total global downloads from April 16 to April 30 (below).

Hearthstone downloadsNow Blizzard does have a long history in China. Blizzard’s games on PC and Mac are relatively popular in the country. Blizzard’s top franchises, such as World of Warcraft and StarCraft, have a large player base in China. In short, Hearthstone’s instant success in China shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.

Revenue: China is No. 2

China was the No. 2 revenue-generating country for Hearthstone from April 16 to April 30, attributing to 11 percent of Hearthstone’s total global revenue (below). Another Asian country, South Korea, stood out to us because it’s another country where Blizzard games are popular. Actually, the word popular might be an understatement for Blizzard’s popularity in South Korea. Blizzard games, such as StarCraft II, are bonafide professional sports. Hearthstone collected 4 percent of its total global revenue from South Korea, making the country the No. 7 revenue-generating country.

Hearthstone revenue v2Even though Hearthstone was only available for  half of the month of April, the CCG landed at the No. 12 spot on our global iPad top overall grossing AppIQ leaderboard for April 2014 (below). Hearthstone ranked higher than top social casino games Bingo Bash HD and GSN Casino, and higher than Microsoft Office for iPad.

Top 15 Grossing Apps on iPad – April 2014 Publisher
1. Clash of Clans Supercell
2. Candy Crush Saga King
3. Game of War – Fire Age Machine Zone
4. Hay Day Supercell
5. Farm Heroes Saga King
6. Boom Beach Supercell
7. Big Fish Casino Big Fish Games
8. DoubleDown Casino Double Down Interactive
9. Pet Rescue Saga King
10. TurboTax 2013 Intuit
11. Slotomania HD Playtika
12. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Blizzard
13. Microsoft Word Microsoft
14. Bingo Bash HD BitRhymes
15. GSN Casino Game Show Network

With a new add-on, Curse of Naxxramas, and an Android version in the works, Hearthstone could remain in the iPad top grossing charts for the foreseeable future. Find out by keeping it locked to the Distimo Blog!

Scott Reyburn

Snapchat vs. Facebook Messenger on a Global Scale

Snapchat app iconSnapchat yesterday updated its iOS and Android apps, adding ephemeral text chat and video calling features. The new version of Snapchat harmoniously blends photos, texts and videos that feel immediate and disappear after they’ve been viewed.

The aptly named “Chat” feature in the new Snapchat allows you to text your friends, and once you leave the conversation, the messages self-destruct.

Additionally, you can instantly initiate video calls with friends, without the need for dialing.

With the introduction of these new features, Snapchat is now competing, in a way, against messaging app juggernauts, including Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp (which Facebook acquired).

Facebook, the company that Snapchat reportedly rejected a $3 billion acquisition offer from, recently updated it’s Facebook Messenger app with Snapchat-like features such as video messaging and speedier photo uploads.

We took a peak at estimated downloads and device installs data from Distimo AppIQ in an effort to benchmark Snapchat against one of its new competitors, Facebook Messenger, on a global scale.

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Scott Reyburn

Zynga Incubates New Words With Friends in Soft-Launch

New Words With Friends app iconZynga is full speed ahead with its plans to revamp select franchises on mobile. Zynga already delivered on one of the three games it planned to launch in the coming months, releasing FarmVille 2: Country Escape on April 17 globally on the Apple App Store and Google Play. So far, FarmVille 2 is performing well.

Another game that is part of Zynga’s plans to reboot its franchises is New Words With Friends.

With the help of Distimo App Analytics, we spotted New Words With Friends in soft launch in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Canada, on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Words With Friends is Zynga’s Scrabble-like word game that has been a cornerstone title for Zynga. New Words With Friends is said to be sleeker and smarter experience, boasting new features such as a dictionary functionality, new leaderboards, new player profiles, and even more social integration.

As is evidenced by Distimo App Trends, New Words With Friends was first seen on March 16 on Google Play, and on March 27 on the Apple App Store.

We identified New Words With Friends in mid March in Ireland, New Zealand and Singapore. New Words With Friends on Google Play later made its way to Canada in early April.

On the Apple App Store, New Words With Friends appeared in Singapore, Ireland and New Zealand, in late March. Then New Words With Friends on the Apple App Store landed in Canada in early April.

New Words With Friends Games-Word free iPhone Distimo App TrendsNew Words With Friends on the Apple App Store is performing the strongest in the iPhone Games-Word free category, ranking within the top five for a majority of time in all four soft-launch countries (above).

New Words With Friends Google Play Word Free Distimo App TrendsOn the Google Play Word free category, New Words With Friends is consistently ranked within the top five as well (above).

Scott Reyburn

Cheers! Distimo Turns 5!

Two wine glassesWe are thrilled to announce that today is Distimo’s five-year anniversary. Over the course of five years, we’ve come a long way. It’s been an amazing journey so far, and we are pumped to keep going further.

On this awesome day, we wanted to give an inside look at Distimo, and share some of our most exciting and memorable moments with you!

We moved into an amazing office in our European headquarters in Utrecht, Netherlands:

officeWe opened our North American headquarters in San Francisco, with a passionate and talented team. We expanded into Asia with offices in South Korea and Japan, and plan to continue growing.


We’ve thrown some great parties!

Distimo Party

We’ve eaten a lot of pie (we love pie … a lot).

And all the while, we’ve continued to work hard to bring the most accurate app market data to the industry.

“What a ride it has been so far. And what a huge adventure ahead of us.” -Vincent Hoogsteder, CEO

Tanisha Gupta

Distimo Webinar: The Impact of Being Featured in an App Store

Yesterday we hosted our webinar following up on our latest publication:
The Impact of Being Featured in an App Store.

In addition to some highlights from the publication we added some insights on multilple app store features and highlighted a few apps that even received several app store features. We also covered some data points on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore in our live demo of Distimo AppIQ.

The slides presented in the webinar are available on slideshare as well as below in this post. The complete webinar has been recorded and you can watch it here, including the AppIQ session.

If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to contact us.

Tiuri van Agten