China and the United States continue to dominate the App Store market in the third quarter of 2021. According to the latest figures released by SafeBettingSites.com, China and the United States recorded 1.93 billion and 1.86 billion downloads, respectively. There was a shift in the top two spots as China overtook the US market in terms of downloads.
China regains top spot in app store market
China witnessed 1.93 billion downloads on the App Store during the third quarter of 2021. This figure places China ahead of the United States, which recorded 1.86 billion downloads. The Chinese market saw a 5.3% increase in year-on-year growth. Meanwhile, the US market was down 9.4% from 2.05 billion downloads during the same quarter last year.
The rise in numbers from China is particularly interesting as the mobile apps / games market witnessed a massive boom in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The digital market is seeing a readjustment this year in most regions, but China has reversed the trend. Growth in the Chinese market also propelled the country to the top spot after lagging behind the US market for more than a year. The report mentions that from the fourth quarter of 2014 to the first quarter of 2020, China had been a leader in the App Store market, but lost its place to the United States in the second quarter of 2020. However, the latest figures suggest that US dominance over the App Store has come to an end after a period of five quarters. Additionally, the 9.4% decline seen by the US market was the largest among the top five App Store markets.
Japan, the UK and Russia completed the top five on the App Store during the third quarter. In third place, Japan, an East Asian country, registered 406 million downloads on the App Store. The Japanese market experienced a 4.4% year-on-year drop from 424 to 406 million downloads.
In fourth place, the UK market also saw a year-on-year decline from last year. The number of downloads fell from 331 million to 313 million, a decrease of 5.6%. Russia completes the top five with 254 million downloads during the third quarter of 2021. Like China, Russia also defied the trend, as it witnessed an increase in its numbers from last year. In fact, the Russian market grew by 6.8%, a more significant increase than that of China. The number of downloads went from 254 million to 271 million.
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