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WhatsApp was recently crowned as the most popular non-gaming mobile app with the highest revenue. Analytics company Sensor Tower confirmed on 7 December 2020 that the app was installed 58 million times a month.
TikTok, who was the champ from January through to October, was downloaded approximately 55 million times during November. As per Sensor Tower, the information was gleaned from top downloads during November 2020.
The analysers also exclude pre-installed Apple apps and Google apps.
“Our estimates include downloads for the App Store and Google Play worldwide between 1 November 2020 and 30 November 2020. […] We report unique installs only”.
Approximately 30% of all installations are from India; while the country with second-most installs (or roughly 10%) was confirmed to be Nigeria. Following WhatsApp, the top five include TikTok, Facebook, Weather & Radar USA, and Instagram.
Zoom, which was in the Top 5 when the previous report was released, has now dropped down to sixth place, followed by SnapChat, Messenger, Telegram and SnackVideo in the Top 10 Overall Downloads.
The top 10 non-gaming downloads from Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play are as follows:
As for Top Mobile Publishers worldwide, Sensor Tower’s top ten overall downloads are as follows: Google, Facebook, Voodoo, AppLoving, Bytedance, Microsoft, Azur Interactive Games, Grazy Labs, Outfit 7 and Tencent.
Google reigned supreme as top download from both Apple and Android app stores, while Facebook landed in the third spot for Apple users and second place for Android users.
The top grossing app worldwide for November 2020 was @tiktok_us with more than $123M in user spending, 3.7x its revenue in November 2019. @YouTube, @Tinder, @disneyplus, and @TencentVideo rounded out the top 5: https://t.co/5ynAyXVTkN #mobileapps #mobilegrowth #tiktok pic.twitter.com/jdcQBOmYtN— Sensor Tower (@SensorTower) December 2, 2020
For the month of November, @WhatsApp surpassed @tiktok_us as the most downloaded app worldwide with close to 58M installs. @Facebook, @WeatherRadarUS, and @instagram rounded out the top 5: https://t.co/XB7Nk9RNKA #mobileapps #whatsapp #tiktok pic.twitter.com/JetcxYST5w— Sensor Tower (@SensorTower) December 3, 2020
WhatsApp developers are constantly working to upgrade the most-used messenger app. Here are some of the upcoming features to look forward to.
The Read Later feature is currently in its beta testing phase. Testers report that it allows users to archive chats and switch off notifications for any new messages.
Arriving in a new beta version, the Read Later will allow users to archive chats; you won’t receive new notifications while this feature is enabled. It’s similar to the Vacation Mode.
The disappearing messages feature was first mentioned back in October 2019, when WhatsApp rolled out a work-in-progress version of the feature through its Google Play Beta Program.
At the time, trusted WhatsApp analyst and tester WA Beta Info, also confirmed that users would be able to select a “self-destruction” for messages. WA Beta explained:
“The user can mark the chat as ‘disappeared’ enabling the option ‘Disappearing messages,’ in Group Info (when the feature will be available for everyone).”
Furthermore, WhatsApp is improving the current Fingerprint Lock feature for Android users. Do note, however, that the feature won’t work if your device doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor.
As reported by trusted WhatsApp tester, WA Beta Info, the Biometric Lock feature is reliant on the fingerprint. Even if your phone has a Face Recognition system but no fingerprint sensor, it still won’t work.