Distimo Tracks Launch Amazon Fire TV Apps From the Amazon Appstore

Amazon Fire TV Fire standingAmazon entered the streaming media player thunderdome with the unveiling of Amazon Fire TV on April 2.

Amazon is now in a battle royal versus existing streaming media device contenders, including Roku, Apple TV and Google Chromecast.

Amazon’s Fire TV is a set-top box ($99) that features a wide-variety of streaming content, including movies, TV shows, games and more. Most of the content is delivered via apps from the Amazon Appstore that are compatible with Fire TV.

With the help of Distimo App Trends, we identified many Fire TV-compatible apps. There’s both standalone apps from the Amazon Appstore that are made for Fire TV as well as existing apps that were either updated with Fire TV compatibility or released as a separate app that’s designed for Fire TV.

Here’s some interesting Fire TV apps and trends we found via Distimo App Trends:

Entertainment Apps

Entertainment apps were the cream of the crop among the Fire TV apps, as expected.

Streaming media giant Netflix released a separate app on the Amazon Appstore that’s just for Amazon’s Fire TV (Trends here for the existing Netflix app). Check out it’s ranks in the Amazon Appstore top entertainment free chart below:

Netflix Fire TV Amazon Appstore Distimo App Trends Continue reading

Scott Reyburn

Microsoft Unveils Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad, Engulfs iPad Global Charts

iPad users rejoiced afters years of no Microsoft Office app support for Apple’s tablet.

Microsoft unveiled Office for Apple’s iPad on March 27 in the form of three separate apps — Microsoft Word for iPad, Microsoft Excel for iPad and Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad.

From March 28 to April 10, the suite of Microsoft Office apps for iPad have completed a clean sweep of the top three places on the U.S. iPad top overall free chart, with Microsoft Word at the No. 1 rank everyday, Excel at No. 2 everyday and PowerPoint at No. 3 everyday.

At their peaks, Word ranked No. 1 on the iPad top overall free chart in 122 countries on April 1, Excel ranked No. 2 in 90 countries on March 29 and PowerPoint ranked No. 3 in 87 countries on March 29.

So which Office app monetized the best? To answer that, we measured downloads and revenue estimates with our app market intelligence tool AppIQ.

Word Racks Up the Most Revenue

Total global revenue share Microsoft Word leads with 55 percent v2In a seven-day period from March 27 to April 2, we analyzed daily combined revenue worldwide between Word, Excel and PowerPoint, discovering that Word accounted for a 55 percent share of the total global revenue between the Office apps for iPad (above). Continue reading

Scott Reyburn

Dropbox Launches Mailbox for Android, New Photo Sharing App Carousel

Carousel logoFile hosting service Dropbox expanded its mobile app portfolio yesterday, announcing Mailbox for Android and Carousel, a new photo and video archive and sharing service.

Email app Mailbox (free), which originally launched on iPhone in February 2013, made its way to Google Play yesterday. The Android version works much in the same way as its iOS counterpart, featuring gesture-based controls and a minimal design.

For background on Mailbox, we took a look at Mailbox’s ranking data on Distimo App Trends. Over the past four weeks, Mailbox for iPhone ranked around the top 100 on the iPhone top free productivity chart (below).

Mailbox productivity free iPhone Distimo App TrendsCarousel is an app that allows you to store and share photos and videos through any platform, including mobile (iOS and Android). Essentially, Dropbox took its existing photo and video storing capabilities and spun those capabilities out as a standalone app.

Stay tuned to the Distimo blog to find out if Mailbox makes a splash on Android and if Carousel becomes the next photo storing service of choice.

Scott Reyburn

Social Casino Gaming Report Part 3: Measuring the Casino Category on Mobile App Stores

As we’ve revealed in the first two parts of our social casino gaming report, social casino games are a key cog in the global market for mobile apps.

There are 20 publishers of social casino games among the top 100 grossing publishers worldwide on the Apple App Store, and 19 publishers among the top 100 on Google Play (see Social Casino Gaming Report part 1).

And there are 13 social casino games among the top 100 grossing apps globally on both the Apple App Store and Google Play (see Social Casino Gaming Report part 2).

For the final leg (part 3) of this report, we’ve examined the casino category on both the Apple App Store and Google Play from a macro perspective, peering into the category as a whole.

All data estimates in this report were extracted from Distimo AppIQ.

The U.S. is the Most Lucrative Country in the Social Casino Market

We began our analysis of the casino category by highlighting the top 10 countries that generated the most revenue in the Games-Casino category on the Apple App Store.

Top 10 countries by revenue in Games-Casino categoryIn 2013 (from January to December), the U.S. was the most lucrative country for social casino games in the Games-Casino category on iOS (above). In total, four out of the five countries among the top five most profitable countries were English-speaking countries, including Australia, Canada and the U.K. Continue reading

Scott Reyburn

A Truly Global Market Perspective – Additional AppIQ countries

The world just got more transparent. Distimo is excited to announce the addition of a host of countries to our AppIQ product.  AppIQ lets users access the most accurate daily download and revenue estimates for any app, straight from a web interface or the Distimo App.

In order to continue our pledge to Solve The App Puzzle, we have added a plethora of new countries to our iOS and Google Play data points, allowing us to report on the download and revenue metric for the entire global app-ecosystem.

With the addition of new countries such as Malaysia, which ranks at # 17 in revenue share in Asia on Google Play, we are proud to boast the truest global perspective for market data in the industry.


In an effort to provide insights into highly localized and unique markets, we’ve added countries with comparably smaller markets such as: Cambodia, Macao, Nigeria, Cyprus, Estonia and more.

To give our clients better insight into the rising Eastern European market, we now also support countries like: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Poland and more. These additions allow for a holistic view of the global app eco-system; no matter what your app data needs, AppIQ will be able to provide the most accurate global insights. The countries we support generate over 98% of the global revenue on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

With the addition of these Eastern and Central European countries Distimo AppIQ now supports almost all of Europe for iOS and Google Play.

If you are interested in learning more about AppIQ, please reach out to us by filling out this short contact form.

Tanisha Gupta

Top Global Apps March 2014

We are already more than one quarter of the way through 2014 and now in early April, it is time to look at March 2014 and the new globally top performing apps. 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 March 2014 on a globally aggregated level.

Top Free Apps

The ‘flappy wave’ from February seems to be over in March, at least there is nothing remotely flappy visible at the top of the global charts in the Apple App Store anymore:

Top 5 Free Apps in the Apple App Store Publisher
1. Smash Hit Mediocre AB
2. YouTube Google, Inc.
3. Farm Heroes Saga King.com Limited
4. Facebook Facebook, Inc.
5. Google Maps Google, Inc.

Instead of more clones, we saw a completely new game smashing its way to the top of the free charts of the Apple App Store: Smash Hit. As we reported previously, the action game was the most downloaded game during last month, being found on the number one spot of Apple’s free charts almost every day in March 2014. After the United States, the game was most popular in China and Japan, while in these three countries alone were responsible for more than half of the March downloads. The creators of the game at Mediocre AB (who were seen before in the top charts with their initial app success: Sprinkle Islands), were also lucky enough to receive lots of features in the Apple App Store globally, in categories as ‘Best New Games’ or ‘Fun Runners’, among others.

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Christel Schoger

Distimo SDK Plugin Now Available for PhoneGap Build

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Developers using cloud-based app development framework PhoneGap Build can now start using Distimo Conversion Tracking in their apps, enabling you to measure the effectiveness of your marketing campaigns for your apps. The insights gained from using Distimo Conversion Tracking help you identify the lifetime value of users.

To get started, simply add the Distimo Conversion Tracking SDK plugin, which is available here on the white-listed selection of PhoneGap Build plugins.

Once added, follow the JavaScript instructions on the bottom of the Distimo SDK support section for PhoneGap (Distimo App Analytics login required to view this page) to enable the SDK for your app. When the Distimo SDK is enabled, you have access to Distimo Conversion Tracking for your iOS and Android apps that are developed in PhoneGap Build.

On top of the PhoneGap plugin that’s now available in PhoneGap Build, we also have a Distimo SDK plugin for Adobe Air and Appcelerator, and native versions of the SDK for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

If you have any questions, feel free to shoot us a message on Twitter or Facebook. Happy app building!

Scott Reyburn

Social Casino Gaming Report Part 2: The Top Social Casino Games Worldwide

Social casino gaming is big business in the mobile app market, as evidenced by part 1 of our Social Casino Gaming Report.

In part 1, we discovered on the AppIQ Apple App Store top overall grossing publishers leaderboard globally (in a seven-day period from March 17 to March 23) that one-fifth of the publishers in the top 100 publish at least one social casino game.

Indeed, mobile app publishers are generating a significant amount of revenue from social casino games through the app stores.

In short, publishers of social casino games are proving successful that they can generate gobs of revenue from traditional in-app purchases on mobile, without the need for a real-money gambling component.

For part 2 of our report, we will divulge the top social casino games on the Apple App Store and Google Play. All data estimates in this report were extracted from Distimo AppIQ.

13 Social Casino Games in the Top 100 Grossing on Both App Stores

Following in the footsteps of the publishers of social casino games owning a sizable chunk of land in the top 100 of the top grossing publishers leaderboards, social casino games also took up over a dozen ranks on the top grossing apps leaderboards globally on both app stores.

In a seven-day period from March 17 to March 23, we pinpointed 13 social casino games — which included games that fell under casino (slots, poker and bingo), slots, poker or bingo — among the top 100 apps on the AppIQ Apple App Store top overall grossing apps leaderboard globally. On a corresponding leaderboard for Google Play, we distinguished 13 social casino games as well.

To go one step further, we examined the top 10 apps in the casino category on both the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Top 10 Social Casino Games on the Apple App Store

Global revenue share among top 10 apps in Games-Casino categorySlotomania possessed the No. 1 rank in a seven-day period from March 17 to March 23 on the AppIQ Apple App Store top Games-Casino grossing apps leaderboard globally. Slotomania accounted for 20 percent of the total global revenue among the top 10 apps (above). It was déjà vu for Big Fish Games, as it’s social casino game Big Fish Casino was at the heels of Slotomania with an 18 percent share of the total revenue, just like on the top publishers leaderboard with Playtika at No. 1 and Big Fish Games at No. 2. DoubleDown Casino from DoubleDown Interactive rounded out the top three, nailing down a 13 percent share of the total global revenue. Continue reading

Scott Reyburn

Distimo App Update: Saved Views, App Store Integration and More

Updates keep rolling in for the Distimo App. Today we’re lifting the lid off version 1.8 of the Distimo App, which is loaded with new features for you.

For the uninitiated, the Distimo App allows Distimo App Analytics users to track downloads, revenues, ratings, reviews and rankings, for their apps. Additionally, users with an AppIQ account can also compare their download and revenue data versus data from any competitor. You can also search the top free, paid and grossing apps, in any category globally for ten major app stores. With that out of the way, let’s get to the new features!

Saved Views

Tired of having to tinker with all the filters to quickly get the data you want? Fret not! We’ve added saved views to version 1.8 of the Distimo App, which allows you to save your favorite filters for speedier access to the same view over and over with one tap.

Saved views

Have you already set up saved views in Distimo App Analytics? All your saved views from Distimo App Analytics will transfer over to the Distimo App.

App Store Integration

Haven’t heard of that new app on the top apps leaderboards? Simply tap an app’s title on the Apple App Store leaderboards, and we’ll redirect you to an app’s App Store page for additional information.

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Events Tracking

Also we’ve supercharged events tracking. The Distimo App now allows for large sets of events so no highlight in your app’s lifecycle goes unseen.

Cherry on Top

To put a cherry on top of version 1.8 of the Distimo App, we included major optimizations for accounts with many apps and/or AppIQ apps. We also made a slew of small, but very useful, additions to the leaderboards.

As always, we love to hear your feedback. Have you got any tips, feature requests or things you want to see done differently? Don’t hesitate to get in touch via Facebook, Twitter or our website.

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Koen Jacobs

Distimo Webinar: Unveiling the Secrets behind App Store Category Dynamics

On Thursday, April 3rd 2014, we hosted a webinar, following up on our latest publication: Unveiling the Secrets behind App Store Category Dynamics.

In addition to what was covered in the publication, we also showed some of the most successful apps behind the development of various categories in February 2014. It was interesting to note that most of these apps were in fact at the top of the global charts in February 2014.

We also investigated in detail which categories attracted most new apps in February 2014. As shown in the graph below, Education and Entertainment were very active in collecting new apps in both Google Play and Apple App Store.


In this webinar, we also showed a live demo of Distimo AppIQ, with some examples from the Sports, Finance and Education categories in both Google Play and Apple App Store.

The slides presented in the webinar are available on slideshare and we would like to share these with all of you below. The webinar has also been recorded and you can watch it here in full length, including the AppIQ session.

We wish you all a great weekend!
If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to contact us.

Melania Calinescu