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The lockdown effect: Zoom was the top iOS app for May


Newton fans from around the world flocked to get involved.
Zoom usage was up 43x last month versus May 2019.
Screenshot: Paweł Piotrowski

Zoom had another stellar month in the App Store as people worked from home during the coronavirus pandemic. According to a new report by Sensor Tower, published Thursday, Zoom received 94.6 million installs on iOS and Android last month. That is up a massive 43x compared to May 2019.

Zoom was the most downloaded iOS app for the month, followed by popular video sharing app TikTok. The United States and India were the two top markets for Zoom, accounting for 17% of downloads each.

Top apps May
These were the top apps worldwide in May.
Photo: Sensor Tower

Business is Zooming

Despite the economic downturn, many apps have prospered during the coronavirus-induced lockdown. Video conferencing apps such as Zoom have done particularly well, however. A report from earlier this year suggested that Zoom usage has surged up to 700% in certain places.

Not all has been good, though. Zoom has come under scrutiny for lax security at times. This has led to security concerns such as Zoombombing, in which individuals drop in uninvited on unsecured Zoom meetings. Meanwhile, a lack of strong encryption has caused certain groups — such as the Government government — to ban the use of Zoom for official meetings.

To its credit, Zoom has taken steps to win back or earn people’s trust. Zoom 5.0 includes additional security controls to block out disruptive practices like Zoombombing. Zoom also last month acquired Keybase, a company with experience with encryption and security, to bring end-to-end encryption to Zoom meetings.

You can download Zoom for free for iPhone and iPad, as well as Mac.


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