Distimo’s new monthly blog post series titled “Top Global Apps” named GungHo Online’s Puzzle & Dragons as the top grossing app worldwide as of March.
Before digging into the rest of the top revenue generating apps for iOS and Android, Distimo first listed off the top five free apps for iOS and Android based on downloads worldwide. For iOS, the most downloaded free app in March was King’s Candy Crush Saga, which is a match-3 puzzle game that was all the rage at the 2013 Game Developers Conference a couple of weeks ago. On Google Play, Facebook was the No. 1 free app in terms of global downloads. Interestingly, four of the top five apps for Google Play were communication or social networking apps, with Temple Run 2 as the one exception. On the other hand, three of the five apps for the Apple App Store were games, while the other two apps were Google-published apps — YouTube and Google Maps.
Moving on to the top five paid apps for iOS and Android based on downloads worldwide, messaging app WhatsApp Messenger came in first for the Apple App Store and keyboard app SwiftKey Keyboard for Google Play. According to a report from Digital Trends, WhatsApp is rumored to be in acquisition talks with Google, a deal that would be “close to” $1 billion. The remaining four paid apps for the Apple App Store were games. For Google Play, four of the five apps were utility apps — including SwiftKey Keyboard — with Minecraft – Pocket Edition as the lone game.
Aside from Puzzle & Dragons, which was already alluded to as the top grossing app worldwide, on the Apple App Store, Finnish developer Supercell’s Clash of Clans grabbed the No. 1 spot and Hay Day took the No. 3 spot on the top five revenue generating apps chart for iOS. While apps from all of these charts generated most downloads in the U.S., the top five revenue generating apps for google Play included apps that were localized in Asia, hence generating most revenue from countries like Japan and Korea instead of the U.S. The puzzle and RPG hybrid title Puzzle & Dragons was No. 1, while three of the remaining four apps on the top five revenue generating apps chart for Google Play were games from Korea including WeMade Entertainment’s 윈드러너 for Kakao and CJ E&M’s 다함께 차차차 for Kakao. Candy Crush Saga was the one game that was generating most of its money from English-speaking territories like the U.S., Australia and large European countries.
All the data from Distimo’s blog post came from its premium subscription-based service AppIQ, which allows its customers to see how many downloads and how much money almost any Android or iOS app makes.