1 500 000 apps on MetricsCat

1 500 000 apps on MetricsCat

Last week Apple App Store was celebrating its 5th birthday. We have something to celebrate as well: we added more than 1 500 000 apps to our MetricsCat database. To do that we spent about 3 month of hard work!

1 500 000 apps include apps from Apple App Store and Google Play. It means we have info on 98% of all apps in Apple App Store and Google Play. (Do you want to know how many apps are there at all? Read our blog post.)

We add about 3000 new apps to MetricsCat from Google Play and about 1000 new apps from Apple Appstore every day.

Would you like to see more apps from Amazon Appstore, Windows Marketplace, Blackberry World or maybe Getjar? Let us know.

With that many apps it’s a big challenge for us to help you find the apps you’re looking for specifically. Try out the search on our service now: type in any app name, company name or app type (e.g. alphabet games) and discover more great apps.

p.s. Here’s some nice infographics with key numbers from Apple shared on its 5-year anniversary. http://i.imgur.com/Dw4bwGb.jpg Find out how many devices, apps and downloads Apple Appstore has.

Reviews Timeline that makes you purr

Have you ever wondered how and when people start reviewing your app more?

Does the review number correlate with new updates or marketing campaigns? What reviews prevail – good or bad? When has your app suddenly started to get bad reviews?

All these questions and many more can be answered by Reviews Timeline at MetricsCat–  a mobile app reviews analytics tool that makes you purr.

Let’s review this feature by example of Real Racing 3, one of the most popular racing games on Apple App Store.

First we observe the Reviews view, it’s the default one. It gives you an understanding of how the number of reviews has changed over time. Very simple, but very informative as well:

All Reviews on MetricsCat Reviews Timeline

The number of reviews peaked on April, 13 when the app got 599 reviews. That’s a lot!

Peak number of reviews for Real Racing 3 on Reviews Timeline

But let’s see the recent app performance.

Has the app been reviewed positively or negatively in the recent weeks?

Let’s select the recent dates to zoom in the chart and enable “Good Reviews” and “Bad Reviews” on the button panel to see the comparison of good and bad reviews between June24 and July 6:

Good and Bad reviews number on Reviews Timeline

Note that the number of bad reviews exceeds the number of good ones after July 2.

Why did people start to react negatively?

Bad reviews for Real Racing 3 on Reviews Timeline

The answer can be seen below: let’s scroll down and read the reviews from July, 3:

Users complaints about Real Racing 3 on MetricsCat

The users are definitely confused by the app update that happened on July2. They started complaining about the new progression system that makes them spend even more money.

This is sad to hear, but Electronic Arts, the publisher of Real Racing 3, has a solid reputation of a money-maker in game development indeed. 148apps calculated that you have to spend either 500 hours of gameplay time or 500$ to progress through Real Racing 3. Now, after app update, it seems to be even more…

On the other side, app developers have to make money somehow. Sometimes they introduce money sinks as a result. However, this is quite a risky decision to make when your app is already published and popular. Trying to get more money out of less users is a strategy that results in a lot of negative reviews.

People are complaining about in-app purchases in games very often. “It’s hard to grind in-game currency” is one of the most popular reviews for a lot of games.But if the game is unique and fun, the reviews can be still quite positive. One of the leaders of the top grossing chart in Apple App Store, Clash of Clans, was able to find this balance, between user satisfaction and monetization. But this is a subject of a separate blog post.

Watch your app’s Reviews Timeline on MetricsCat and keep purring!

Most reviewed apps on Apple App Store in May 2013

Have you ever wondered what apps other people review most?

Apple App Store ranking is great but it does not provide this information. Well, we at MetricsCat Mobile Analytics know the number of reviews for any moment and also ratings. Today we introduce MetricsCat AppStats: monthly tops for the iOS App Store and Google Play are now available on our website: http://metricscat.com/tops

Games are most downloaded and reviewed category on the App Store. Data from MetrisCat shows that out of 50 most reviewed apps 36 are games. Candy Crush Saga, the most downloaded game in May 2013, also tops the review chart with 57 893 reviews added during a month. In total the game has already 674 688 reviews.


What is surprising is that Candy Crush Saga from King.com was rated only with 2.94 stars in May while in March the average rating given by 49 560 reviewers was 4.67. The reason? Read here what reviewers say about the game (bad emotions filter is used).

You can sort Top 50 by ratings or by the number of reviews written in the given month. Here is the iOS App Store Top sorted by ratings:

top10_apps in Appstore in May2013_624

Besides games Instagram, Gmail and Tumblr apps made it to Top 10 highest rated & most reviewed apps in the iOS App Store. Other non-game apps in Top 50 are Spotify, Facebook Messenger, Vine, Twitter, eBay, Kik Messenger, Facebook, Calorie Counter, Path, Whatsapp Messenger and Viber.

SourceMetricsCat AppStats 

How many apps are in major app stores?

MetricsCat has compiled information about the number of apps in 4 main app stores. We estimate that Google Play and Apple App Store both have around 900 000 apps currently. In January Sociable predicted Google Play will hit one million apps already in June. Find the latest officially announced numbers below:

  1. Apple App Store              800 000 apps (January 28, 2013)
  2. Google Play                 > 700 000 apps (March 6, 2013) *
  3. Windows Phone Store   145 000 apps (May 10, 2013)
  4. Blackberry World           100 000 apps (March 21, 2013)

* Google announced reaching 700 000 Android apps in October 2012.

Considering the large number of apps it seems obvious that all of those app stores should satisfy users. After all an average user downloads into her phone about 80 apps. However, the question is if most popular apps that largely constitute that “80 apps” are available in all app stores. The answer is that some top apps such as Instagram are still not available on other platforms than iOS and Android. Windows Phone Store and Blackberry World are growing but it remains to be seen if they can attract new cool apps to their platform.

Users care about the quality of apps. It is fair to say that Android Market/Google Play has been less strict with quality standards than Apple. Reviews by other users have been one way for users to assess the quality of apps. Google is raising the bar now, it removed 60 000 low quality Android apps from Google Play in February 2013.

Android apps are available in many other stores such as Amazon Appstore, GetJar, Baidu App Store, Yandex.Store, Opera Mobile App StoreSlide ME, F-Droid, App Brain, Handango, Soc.io and Mobango. According to App Annie Amazon Appstore boasts already 75 000 Android apps and continues fast growth of downloads in 2013.