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STORE INTELLIGENCE · JULIA CHAN · JANUARY 2019

Top News Apps for 2018 by Downloads

See the top news apps by downloads worldwide and in the U.S. for 2018 according to Sensor Tower data.

Top News Apps for 2018 Worldwide by Downloads

The top news app in 2018 by worldwide downloads was Toutiao, with close to 40 million installs. First-time installs of the app grew 97 percent year-over-year from 2017. The full ranking of the top 10 most downloaded news apps worldwide is above. App download estimates are from Sensor Tower’s Store Intelligence platform.

Dailyhunt was the second most downloaded news app worldwide last year with a more than 29 million installs, of which 78.5 percent were from India. The next most downloaded app was Cricbuzz, followed by NewsDog, and TopBuzz.

Top News Apps by Downloads in the U.S. for 2018

In the United States, News Break was the most installed news app with close to 11 million downloads, representing a 156 percent increase from 2017. TopBuzz was the second most downloaded news app with more than seven million installs, followed by CNN, Fox News, and SmartNews.

Store Intelligence users can see app revenue and app download estimates for the above apps in addition to historical performance metrics on the Sensor Tower platform.


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Julia Chan

Written by: Julia Chan, Mobile Insights Analyst

Date: January 2019

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