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Google Play Store Turns 5 Today with a Billion Active Users

I remember when I got my first Android phone, it came with Android Market; a pretty basic version of today’s Play Store. It was re-branded in 2012 to include apps, games, movies, TV shows, music and books.

Today, Google is celebrating the 5th birthday of Play Store and in just 5 years it managed to get more than 1 billion active users in 190 countries.

The open nature of Android does allow side-loading applications, you can just download the apks and install them on your phone, but Play Store has become the main requirement for most of Android users.

To mark the occasion Google has published a list of its top 5 downloads in various categories from the Play Store. How many of these apps and games you have also downloaded? share in comments section below.

TOP INSTALLED GAMES

  1. Candy Crush Saga
  2. Subway Surfers
  3. Temple Run 2
  4. Despicable Me
  5. Clash of Clans

TOP INSTALLED APPS

  1. Facebook
  2. Facebook Messenger
  3. Pandora Radio
  4. Instagram
  5. Snapchat

TOP SELLING SONGS

  1. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  2. Lorde – Royals
  3. Taylor Swift – Blank Space
  4. Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  5. Pharrell Williams – Happy

TOP SELLING MOVIES

  1. The Interview
  2. Frozen
  3. Deadpool
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy

TOP SELLING BOOKS

  1. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E L James
  2. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
  3. A Game of Thrones, by George RR Martin
  4. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
  5. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

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