The U.S. App Store has surpassed China’s for the first time since 2014. According to Sensor Tower’s Second Quarter 2020 Report released today, the U.S. App Store grew 27.4 percent year-on-year in the quarter, while China’s App Store grew 2.1 percent year-on-year. In the quarter, the App Store added 2.22 billion new installations in the U.S., while China’s 2.06 billion downloads returned to the top of the list. It then translates to the U.S. beating China in consumer spending at the App Store.
The reason for this shift is the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on China and the United States. The company found that the U.S. overtook China in installing capacity from April and continued into June. Meanwhile, China’s unusually high downloads in March and April also fell in the second quarter due to the impact of COVID-19. But as its downloaddata began to normalize, the epidemic was wreaking havoc in the United States, which was hit a little later.
This has led to a surge in downloads in the United States, as suddenly people have to work from home, stay home, and entertain themselves in home apps, games and streaming services. Sensor Tower told TechCrunch that the growth in U.S. business and education applications was particularly significant in the second quarter, so it’s important. These categories are the largest contributors to U.S. installations over China. Business app downloads increased by 133.3% in the second quarter, followed by education (84.4%), health and fitness (57.7%), news 44.9% and social networking (42.4%).
Zoom, the video conferencing app, in particular, made a breakthrough this quarter, even breaking the App Store installation record, with a single-quarter total of nearly 94 million downloads. The previous record was set by TikTok, which downloaded 67 million downloads in the first quarter of 2020. Sensor Tower points out that no other non-gaming apps have installed more than 50 million in a single quarter.
TikTok’s performance on Q2 remained strong, with nearly 71 million App Store downloads in the quarter, up 154% year-on-year. The top two download markets are the United States and China, where TikTok is known as “Shake Sound.” Mobile games are also popular in the United States because people stay at home under a government blockade. The top mobile games by App Store downloads include Save the Girl, Roblox, Go Knots 3D, Coin Master, Tangle Master 3D, Fishdom, ASMR Slicing, Call of Duty: Mobile and more.