Which Are the Top Android Apps in South Africa?

According to Vodacom’s data, Android dominates South African market with 72% of their users using this operating system. Android owes this success to more affordable devices in comparison to the runner up iOS. The leading android and overall phone brand is Samsung. We should note that South African start up ONYX Connect is attacking the market with $30 android cell phones.

The most popular android app in South Africa is WhatsApp, based on current installs and active users – a ranking system developed by SimilarWeb. It is interesting to note that Viber is not even in the top 50! (The exact same situation is in the Apple App Store).

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The most popular browser on android devices is Chrome (number 4 overall), followed by Opera Mini (13th overall), and Samsung Internet Browser (14th overall). Opera Mini just recently climbed up from 17th spot, so it is a question whether it will stay in front of Samsung Browser or not. Samsung browser has a clear advantage with new Samsung phone users being a default browser.

The top ten android apps in South Africa are dominated with Facebook and Google apps. Here is the list:

  1. WhatsApp
  2. Facebook
  3. Google Play
  4. Chrome
  5. Google search
  6. YouTube
  7. Facebook Lite
  8. Instagram
  9. Messenger
  10. Truecaller

If we look at paid apps only, the number one app is Xperia Arc Launcher, followed by Minecraft, Cross Dj Pro, Next Launcher 3D Shell, GTA: San Andreas, Temple Run: Oz, Need for Speed – Most Wanted, jetAudio HD Music Player Plus, Geometry Dash, and Wipeout.

Android Apps in South Africa with the biggest increase in usage are LabTrack Barcode Scanner, Alarmy (Sleep If U Can) – Pro, Threema, Sync for reddit (Pro), Shadow Fight 2 Special Edition.

Apps that are trending down are jetAudio HD Music Player Plus, MX Player Pro, Stickman Legends: Shadow Wars, Toca Hair Salon 3, Automatic Call Recorder Pro.

Gaming and online gambling is also quite popular in South Africa. Nowadays gambling on the move has swiftly taken to mobile telephone software platforms through many game apps. Many casino online websites, bingo rooms, sports betting shops and online poker rooms are offering mobile gaming services. Top 30 android casinos include SpringBok Mobile Casino, Slots Garden, Thunderbolt Mobilne and other known brands.

Considering that Android phones recently became the number one method for people to access the web (suppressing Windows PCs) it is no surprise they are dominating South African market as well. In the future we can expect more money transactions over Android apps, as well as future development of android gaming industry.

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