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Sensor Tower's Q3 2021 Data Digest: Worldwide App Downloads Totaled 35.7 Billion Last Quarter

Sensor Tower's Q3 Store Intelligence Data Digest analyzes the state of the global app ecosystem in Q3 2021.

Takeaways from Sensor Tower's Q3 Data Digest

Sensor Tower's new quarterly Data Digest report, available now as a free download, examines the mobile apps, games, and publishers that topped the download charts globally, as well as in the United States, Europe, and Asia during Q3 2021. Many of the leaders from Q2 continued to hold firm in the third quarter, but there are some standout stories to be told.

Our report utilizes Sensor Tower's Store Intelligence data to provide a comprehensive look into the continued normalization of app adoption in the wake of a dramatic shift to mobile in early 2020 for remote work, home schooling, food delivery, and other mainstay needs during the pandemic. For this analysis, we looked at the quarter's app adoption in top categories across the App Store and Google Play, including Games, Utilities, Photo & Video, Entertainment, and more.

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Our Q3 2021 Store Intelligence Data Digest includes the following and more:

  • A look at apps and mobile games that topped the download charts globally and in the U.S, Europe, and Asia for Q3 2021, as well as rankings of the top publishers by downloads in the quarter.

  • Year-over-year trends of top categories like Entertainment, Photo & Video, and Finance.

  • A breakdown of country-specific market performance on the App Store and Google Play.

  • Stories of the quarter, which cover TikTok becoming the fifth-ever app to reach 3 billion global downloads, the U.S. mobile Shooter game market after Fortnite's exit, and the rapid growth of sports betting apps in the U.S.

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Jonathan Briskman

Written by: Jonathan Briskman, Senior Mobile Insights Analyst

Date: October 2021