Despite bans by some countries around the world and legal battle in the US, short-video making app TikTok has become the highest-grossing app globally in 2020 with $540 million in profit.
Chinese originate app was also the most downloaded app in 2020, with 850 million downloads.
TikTok is no surprise here at the top of both listsApptopia said.
Tinder a dating app came second with a grossed $513 million, while YouTube was third with a grossing $478 million, followed by Disney+ at $314 million and Tencent Video at $300 million in 2020, according to the index released by app analytics firm Apptopia.
The firm data also shows Netflix app at the 10th spot with grossing $209 million worldwide.
All data is combined iOS + Google Play, except for data from China which is iOS only. If an app has a ‘lite’ version, that data is included in the respective app’s dataApptopia said in a statement.
WhatsApp came as the second most downloaded app with 600 million followed by Facebook at 540 million and Instagram downloads 503 million downloads respectively.
Zoom came fifth with 477 million downloads in a pandemic-hit year where video calling became paramount for millions.
Facebook Messenger was sixth with 404 million downloads in the top 10 list.
“Sadly, there are no real surprises here. Four of the apps are Facebook-owned. Newcomers include Zoom and Google Meet, enabling us to have remote meetings,” the company said.
“The last three apps in the global list received most of their downloads in the second half of 2020 as TikTok was banned in India. MX TakaTak, Josh Videos, and Moj are also social short-form video apps popular in India,” the company said.