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TikTok continues to rule the App Store despite tough times


U.S. investigations of TikTok gather steam.
TikTok enjoyed a great month in August. From a downloads perspective, at least.
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Despite the challenges it continues to face, TikTok was the most downloaded non-gaming app worldwide on iOS and Google Play in August, a new report by app analytics platform Sensor Tower claims.

In total, TikTok was downloaded upward of 63.3 million times during the month. That is a slight increase of 1.6% from the same month last year. Indonesia and Brazil were the most popular growing markets for the app during the month.

Chart-topping success is nothing new for TikTok. In the first quarter of the year, TikTok registered the best three months of any app ever when it comes to downloads. However, outside of strong download numbers it’s been a challenging year for the app. President Trump is threatening to ban the app this month. Trump’s executive order will stop the download of TikTok in the U.S. by September 15 if it is not sold to a U.S. company. The app is reportedly also being scrutinized by the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department. This is for breaching an agreement regarding child-privacy protections.

Just to make things even less stable, TikTok’s CEO Kevin Mayer resigned in August after just three months at the helm. He blamed the “political environment” for his decision to step down.

Top apps August Sensor Tower
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Photo: Sensor Tower

Zoom had a good month in the App Store as well

Zoom also, unsurprisingly, had a great month when it comes to app store downloads on iOS and Android.  It was installed 52.2 million times in August. That’s a whopping 22.2x  the number of downloads it received in August 2019.

Zoom’s fortunes have risen greatly during coronavirus lockdown. Although lockdown conditions are starting to tentatively lift, many people are still working from home. That could very well explain why the video calling app is doing so well.

What has been your most used app this year? Let us know in the comments below.


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