Apps developed by China-based developers have been gaining popularity in India and became the dominators in the Indian App market last year as it was reported that 44% of the Top 100 apps in India were developed by Chinese firms.
In 2019, the dominance of Chinese apps was challenged by the local developers and gained popularity in the Indian App market and as reported by app analytics and marketing firm AppsFlyer, 41% of the top 200 apps in the Indian editions of Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store in Q2 and Q3 this year were developed by Indian developers and local firms.
The report also adds that the share of apps from Indian firms was 38% in 2018 and the Chinese apps have dropped to 38% from 43% in 2018. Chinese and Indian apps dominate the list with a combined 79% in all top 200 apps.
Indian companies launched apps in the payments, gaming, news, and entertainment categories in the last one and a half years that led to the increase in numbers of Indian apps in the top 200 list and the report says that there were 6.5 billion installs of these apps in the second and third quarters of this year.
The number of Indian apps has increased but the Chinese apps are not far behind and will continue to give an impressive fight to the Indian apps in each category.
China-based firms dominate the smartphone market in India with Xiaomi sitting at the top with a big margin against South Korea’s Samsung and many Chinese firms including ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok which has amassed over 200 million users in India.
The report also reveals that for each install travel apps had to spend about 170 Indian rupees ($2.4), Food and drink app makers spent 138 Indian rupees ($1.9) while gaming apps cost 13.5 Indian rupees.