With Shein installs surging in Q1 2023, for the first time four of the top five most downloaded apps in the U.S. are published by Chinese owned companies. Shein continued its rapid ascent on the world stage, as well, making it the 11th most downloaded app, worldwide. Attack Hole broke into the global top ten games for the first time, accumulating nearly 37M worldwide downloads.
Looking at the top markets by downloads on the App Store, Japan was able to buck the trend of declines in the top 5 markets, achieving a small bump of .7% growth in Q1 year over year. With the rest of the top 5 seeing from 1 to 8.6% declines, this was a remarkable achievement. On Google Play, the situation was even more dire, with declines across the board, ranging from 3% to nearly 9% in each of the top 5 markets.
In Q1 2023, apps promoting AI functionality rose to prominence in the mobile app market. Touting sophisticated image editing capabilities and lifelike interactive chat functionality, apps in the category are on a path of rapid growth. The top app by both downloads and revenue in Q1 was AI Chatbot, by Vulcan Labs, at 9.5M downloads, and $3.3M in gross revenue. Released in early February, the Bing: Chat With AI app became a hit, reaching 7.3M downloads in the quarter. Now, with the release of the official OpenAI ChatGPT app on the App Store, competition is going to get fierce in this area, with new entrants needing to compete with much larger, well funded publishers with a significant stake in their success.
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