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:

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 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:

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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, and Mobango. According to App Annie Amazon Appstore boasts already 75 000 Android apps and continues fast growth of downloads in 2013.