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The Canadian App Market has a lot of similarities to the US one, therefore tech companies all over the globe often turn to Canadian to run a soft launch before expanding their app audience. While companies like BlackBerry Limited, VSCO, Kik, and Tango all call Canada home, many other international brands – such as Pandora, Samsung, and ESPN – have all turned to the “Great White North” to handle their mobile development needs.

In this article, we will provide a number of detailed statistics and insights into the Canada Android app market with focus on apps only. We will cover a number of topics, including: how many Canadian app publishers exist on the Google Play Store, how many apps they have released, and how Canadian apps have performed compared to the global average. The data is aggregated based on address, such that only app publishers with valid Canadian addresses on the Android market have been considered. Furthermore, all download statistics are estimates.

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Where Does the Data Come From?

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How Many App Publishers Are from Canada?

There are more than 6,328 Canadian publishers on Google Play out of all 797,343 app publishers. One of the biggest Canadian publishers are ANT+, BBM ., Bitstrips, Kik Interactive, Wattpad.com, Psiphon Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, VSCO, Dumpling Sandwich Software Inc., TextNow Inc. . Less than 1% of all app publishers on Google Play are from Canada. Find the biggest app publishers with our App Market Explorer.

CANADIAN PUBLISHERS

6,328

PERCENTAGE GLOBALLY

1 %


How Many Apps Are from Canadian App Publishers?

There are more than 18,897 apps from Canadian publishers on Google Play out of the 2,717,404 apps. Apps with most downloads of Canadian publishers are SkipTheDishes - Food Delivery, A&W, The Weather Network: Local Forecasts & Radar Maps, Arrive - Package Tracker, PC Optimum, Tim Hortons, Flipp - Weekly Shopping, TD Canada, FoodHero - Fight Food Waste & Save Money, Scotiabank Mobile Banking . 1% of all apps on Google Play are from Canadian publishers. Filter for apps by publisher country with our tool here..

APPS BY CANADIAN PUBLISHERS

18,897

PERCENTAGE GLOBALLY

1%


How Are Apps from Canadian Publishers Rated?

The average rating of 18,897 apps from Canadian publishers on Google Play is 2.96 out of 5 stars. This is less than the overall average rating of all apps of 3.10 stars. Apps from Canadian publishers on Google Play have on average 2,657 ratings. This number is higher than the average number of ratings of all apps, which is 1,103 ratings. Sort by the best rated app or by the app with most ratings directly in our App Market Explorer.

AVERAGE RATING OF CANADIAN Apps

2.96 stars

AVERAGE #RATINGS OF CANADIAN Apps

2,657


How Focused Are Canadian Publishers on Apps vs. Games?

74% of released apps by Canadian publishers are apps and 26% are games. That means the focus is more on apps than on games. Compared to the worldwide market, Canadian publishers focus more on games with 26% of releases compared to all publishers that focus 13% on games. Use our full App Market Explorer to filter for the most successful mobile apps and games.

CANADIAN APPS

74%

CANADIAN GAMES

26%


How Many Downloads Do Apps from Canadian Publishers Get?

Apps by Canadian publishers have an average of 282.19k downloads. Overall they get more downloads than the average of all apps which is 140.63k. We offer also more detailed download estimates for any app.

AVERAGE DOWNLOADS PER CANADIAN APP

282.19k

AVERAGE DOWNLOADS PER APP

140.63k


How Do Canadian Apps Monetize?

23% of apps by Canadian publishers are paid. That is a higher value of paid apps compared to the overall apps, where 4% are paid. 28% of apps by Canadian publishers include ads. That is a lower value compared to the whole world, where 41% have ads. 15% of apps by Canadian publishers make use of In-App Payments to monetize. That is higher than the average of 4%.

PAID

23%

ADS

28%

IN-APP BILLING

15%


Do Canadian Publishers Release on both iOS and Android?

38% of apps of Canadian publishers are available on both Google Play and iTunes. Overall they put more effort in publishing on both stores, compared to the average publisher with 21%. Use our iOS to Android Matching API or Android to iOS Matching API to find the same app across stores.

CANADIAN APPS ON BOTH STORES

38%

OVERALL APPS ON BOTH STORES

21%


Who Are the Top 10 Canadian Publishers Based on Downloads?

The following are the top publishers from Canada that accumulated most downloads.

1) ANT+

ANT+ is on position 1 of the biggest Canadian app publishers. They own 8 apps that have been downloaded together more than 1.86b+ times.

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

1.86b+

NUMBER OF APPS

8


2) BBM .

BBM . is on position 2 of the biggest Canadian app publishers. They own a single app that has been downloaded more than 254.08m+ times.

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

254.08m+

NUMBER OF APPS

1


3) Bitstrips

Bitstrips is on position 3 of the biggest Canadian app publishers. They own a single app that has been downloaded more than 184.3m+ times.

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

184.3m+

NUMBER OF APPS

1


4) Kik Interactive

Kik Interactive is on position 4 of the biggest Canadian app publishers. Kik was founded in 2009 by a group of students from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada. It was their mission to develop an app that could enable chat between Blackberry, Android, and iPhone users, which, at the time, was not possible. Kik Interactive is responsible for the app Kik. They own a single app that has been downloaded more than 146.28m+ times.

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

146.28m+

NUMBER OF APPS

1


5) Wattpad.com

Wattpad.com is on position 5 of the biggest Canadian app publishers. It is Wattpad’s vision to entertain and connect the world through stories. Their flagship app is the world’s leading social storytelling platform. Wattpad.com is proudly based in Toronto, Canada. Wattpad.com has developed Wattpad – Books & Stories, Wattpad Beta, and Tap by Wattpad - Interactive Story Community. They own 3 apps that have been downloaded together more than 152.55m+ times.

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

152.55m+

NUMBER OF APPS

3


6) Psiphon Inc.

Psiphon Inc. is on position 6 of the biggest Canadian app publishers. Psiphon Inc. is a Canadian app developer that offers a free and open-source Internet censorship circumvention tool. It is a centrally managed and geographically diverse network of thousands of proxy servers that leverages an architecture geared towards performance. Psiphon Inc. has published Psiphon Pro - The Internet Freedom VPN and Psiphon. They own 2 apps that have been downloaded together more than 114.74m+ times.

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

114.74m+

NUMBER OF APPS

2


7) Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd is on position 7 of the biggest Canadian app publishers. They own 9 apps that have been downloaded together more than 106.17m+ times.

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

106.17m+

NUMBER OF APPS

9


8) VSCO

VSCO is on position 8 of the biggest Canadian app publishers. VSCO is a mobile app developer that focuses primarily on photography. Founded in 2011 by Joel Flory and Greg Lutze, VSCO’s app enables users to capture and edit photos in-app using preset filters and editing tools. VSCO is the developer behind the VSCO app. They own a single app that has been downloaded more than 78.12m+ times.

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

78.12m+

NUMBER OF APPS

1


9) Dumpling Sandwich Software Inc.

Dumpling Sandwich Software Inc. is on position 9 of the biggest Canadian app publishers. Dumpling Sandwich Software Inc. is a Canadian mobile app publisher that specializes in digital photography. It is their passion to develop mobile apps and it is their mission to contribute to mobile technology and innovations by creating easy-to-use apps with great user experiences. Dumpling Sandwich Software Inc. has developed a number of apps, including Pencil Sketch HD, Sketch Master Pro, Pencil Sketch, Water Reflection Mirror Image, and more. They own 9 apps that have been downloaded together more than 66.11m+ times.

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

66.11m+

NUMBER OF APPS

9


10) TextNow, Inc.

TextNow, Inc. is on position 10 of the biggest Canadian app publishers. TextNow, Inc. is a Canadian app publisher that develops technology that saves their users money. Their service leverages a hybrid of Wi-Fi and cellular for texting and calling which means they can offer users low-cost plans with affordable, name-brand smartphones. TextNow, Inc. has developed TextNow: Free Texting & Calling App and 2ndLine - Second Phone Number. They own 2 apps that have been downloaded together more than 63.15m+ times.

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

63.15m+

NUMBER OF APPS

2


What Are the Most Used SDKs by Canadian Publishers?

The following shows which SDKs are most used by Canada app publishers. To find out which apps integrate the following SDK use our App Market Explorer. We have also aggregated the worldwide Top Ad Network SDKs and other categories.

1) Android Support Library V4

60% of apps from Canadian publishers have Android Support Library V4 integrated. In total 8,581 apps. Android Support Library V4, developed by Google’s Android team, is a platform that helps app developers manage the release of new API versions. Rather than developing code to handle the provisioning of new features on earlier releases, developers can leverage Android Support Library V4 to provide that compatibility layer.

PERCENTAGE

60%

NUMBER OF APPS

8,581


2) Firebase

56% of apps from Canadian publishers have Firebase integrated. In total 7,948 apps. Firebase is a mobile and web application development platform SDK that gives app builders the ability to develop their apps faster, without worrying about infrastructure. It includes functionalities like analytics, databases, messaging and crash reporting so developers can move quickly and focus on their users.

PERCENTAGE

56%

NUMBER OF APPS

7,948


3) Google Ads AdMob

39% of apps from Canadian publishers have Google Ads AdMob integrated. In total 5,532 apps. Google Ads AdMob is a mobile advertising platform that enables users to monetize their mobile applications via in-app advertising. AdMob is based on the Google Mobile Ads SDK and serves over 200 billion ad requests a month, with over 1 million advertisers and 1 million apps currently running on the AdMob mobile ad network.

PERCENTAGE

39%

NUMBER OF APPS

5,532


4) Android Design Support Library

38% of apps from Canadian publishers have Android Design Support Library integrated. In total 5,486 apps. Android Design Support Library, developed by Google’s Android team, provides app developers with an API to support adding material design components and patterns to their apps. The Design Support library helps app developers address various material design components and patterns, such as navigation drawers, floating action buttons, snackbars, and tabs.

PERCENTAGE

38%

NUMBER OF APPS

5,486


5) gson

31% of apps from Canadian publishers have gson integrated. In total 4,491 apps. Gson is a Google-developed Java library that app developers can leverage to convert Java Objects into their JSON representation, and vice versa. It works with arbitrary Java objects, including pre-existing objects of which developers do not have the source-code.

PERCENTAGE

31%

NUMBER OF APPS

4,491


6) Google Analytics

28% of apps from Canadian publishers have Google Analytics integrated. In total 4,064 apps. Google Analytics is an analytics SDK that enables app developers to measure user interactions on their app. It is designed to give developers the tools necessary to collect, configure, and analyze data in order to reach the right audience.

PERCENTAGE

28%

NUMBER OF APPS

4,064


7) Firebase Cloud Messaging

28% of apps from Canadian publishers have Firebase Cloud Messaging integrated. In total 3,997 apps. Firebase Cloud Messaging is a cross-platform messaging solution developed by Google that lets app developers reliably deliver messages at no cost. With Firebase Cloud Messaging, app developers can notify a client app that new email or other data is available to sync, and drive user re-engagement and retention with notification messages.

PERCENTAGE

28%

NUMBER OF APPS

3,997


8) Google Cloud Messaging

25% of apps from Canadian publishers have Google Cloud Messaging integrated. In total 3,510 apps.

PERCENTAGE

25%

NUMBER OF APPS

3,510


9) Fabric Crashlytics

24% of apps from Canadian publishers have Fabric Crashlytics integrated. In total 3,439 apps. Fabric Crashlytics is the most powerful, lightest weight crash reporting SDK on the market. App developers that leverage Fabric Crashlytics are able to spend less time finding crashes and more time fixing them.

PERCENTAGE

24%

NUMBER OF APPS

3,439


10) Facebook

23% of apps from Canadian publishers have Facebook integrated. In total 3,250 apps. Facebook offers an SDK that helps app developers build engaging social apps and get more installs. The SDK enables everything from powerful analytics, to Facebook’s secure login feature, to Facebook ads.

PERCENTAGE

23%

NUMBER OF APPS

3,250


What Are the Most Used Android App Permissions by Canadian Publishers?

The following shows which android permissions are most frequently requested by Canada app publishers. Use our App Market Explorer to filter the Google Play Store by apps with specific permissions.

1) Internet Access

android.permission.INTERNET makes it possible for app publishers to create network sockets and use custom network protocols within their apps. This permission is not required for internet connection however, as the mobile browser provides all apps with the ability to send data to the internet. 97% of apps from Canadian use the Internet Access permission. Total 18,296 apps.

PERCENTAGE

97%

NUMBER OF APPS

18,296


2) Network Information Access

The android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE permission can be leveraged by app developers to enable their apps to view information about network connections. This information includes such things as which networks exist and which already have connections. 89% of apps from Canadian use the Network Information Access permission. Total 16,749 apps.

PERCENTAGE

89%

NUMBER OF APPS

16,749


3) Write External Storage

android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE makes it possible for app developers to enable their apps to modify or delete the contents of users’ SD cards. 62% of apps from Canadian use the Write External Storage permission. Total 11,769 apps.

PERCENTAGE

62%

NUMBER OF APPS

11,769


4) Phone Sleep Mode Preventation

android.permission.WAKE_LOCK gives apps the ability to prevent the phone they are running on from going into sleep mode. This is good for apps, like YouTube, that get extended periods of engagement that do not necessarily require the user to touch the screen or otherwise interact physically with the device. 58% of apps from Canadian use the Phone Sleep Mode Preventation permission. Total 10,886 apps.

PERCENTAGE

58%

NUMBER OF APPS

10,886


5) Push Notification

com.google.android.c2dm.permission.RECEIVE can be used within apps to allow them to accept cloud to device messages sent by the app’s service. It should be noted however, that using this service will incur data usage, and malicious apps could cause excess data usage. 48% of apps from Canadian use the Push Notification permission. Total 9,002 apps.

PERCENTAGE

48%

NUMBER OF APPS

9,002


6) Read External Storage

The android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission allows app developers to enable their apps to read the contents of user SD cards. 43% of apps from Canadian use the Read External Storage permission. Total 8,145 apps.

PERCENTAGE

43%

NUMBER OF APPS

8,145


7) Wifi Information Access

App publishers can leverage android.permission.ACCESS_WIFI_STATE to enable their app to view information about Wi-Fi networking. This includes whether Wi-Fi is enabled and the names of the connected Wi-Fi devices. 36% of apps from Canadian use the Wifi Information Access permission. Total 6,752 apps.

PERCENTAGE

36%

NUMBER OF APPS

6,752


8) Billing

The com.android.vending.BILLING permission is required for the integration of billing in android applications. 33% of apps from Canadian use the Billing permission. Total 6,243 apps.

PERCENTAGE

33%

NUMBER OF APPS

6,243


9) Vibration

android.permission.VIBRATE makes it possible for app builders to give their apps control over the vibrating function of the devices they are running on. 33% of apps from Canadian use the Vibration permission. Total 6,160 apps.

PERCENTAGE

33%

NUMBER OF APPS

6,160


10) Course Location Access

App publishers can use android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION within their apps to give them the ability to generate the approximate location of the devices they are running on. This location is generated by a combination of location services, including network location sources such as cell towers and Wi-Fi. Similar to the android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION permission, these location services must be enabled by the user for the app to use them. 28% of apps from Canadian use the Course Location Access permission. Total 5,357 apps.

PERCENTAGE

28%

NUMBER OF APPS

5,357


What Are the Top 10 Highest Ranked Apps in Canada?

The following shows the official Google Play apps top chart of Canada. There are no apps from Canadian publishers. See the full chart here.

1) Disney+
by Disney
10,000,000+ downloads

2) TikTok - Make Your Day
by TikTok Inc.
500,000,000+ downloads

3) Amazon Shopping - Search...
by Amazon Mobile LLC
100,000,000+ downloads

4) Messenger – Text and Video...
by Facebook
1,000,000,000+ downloads

5) Google Home
by Google LLC
100,000,000+ downloads

6) Netflix
by Netflix, Inc.
500,000,000+ downloads

7) Wish - Shopping Made Fun
by Wish Inc.
100,000,000+ downloads

8) YouTube Music - Stream...
by Google LLC
100,000,000+ downloads

9) Amazon Prime Video
by Amazon Mobile LLC
100,000,000+ downloads

10) Spotify: Listen to new...
by Spotify Ltd.
500,000,000+ downloads

What Are the Top 10 Apps in Canada's Grossing Top Chart?

The following shows the official Google Play Grossing top chart of Canada. 7% of the top grossing apps in Canada are from Canadian app publishers. See the full chart here.

1) Disney+
by Disney
10,000,000+ downloads

2) Google One
by Google LLC
10,000,000+ downloads

3) Tinder
by Tinder
100,000,000+ downloads

4) DAZN Live Fight Sports:...
by DAZN
10,000,000+ downloads

5) BIGO LIVE–Live Stream,...
by BIGO TECHNOLOGY PTE. LTD.
100,000,000+ downloads

6) Bumble — Date. Meet...
by Bumble Holding Limited
10,000,000+ downloads

7) Udemy - Online Courses
by Udemy
5,000,000+ downloads

8) Headspace: Meditation & Sleep
by Headspace for Meditation, Mindfulness and Sleep (Canadian)
10,000,000+ downloads

9) Netflix
by Netflix, Inc.
500,000,000+ downloads

10) Google Drive
by Google LLC
1,000,000,000+ downloads

What Are the Top 10 Highest Ranked Social Apps in Canada?

The following shows the official Google Play social top chart of Canada. 13% of the top social apps in Canada are from Canadian app publishers. See the full chart here.

1) TikTok - Make Your Day
by TikTok Inc.
500,000,000+ downloads

2) Instagram
by Instagram
1,000,000,000+ downloads

3) Snapchat
by Snap Inc
1,000,000,000+ downloads

4) Facebook
by Facebook
5,000,000,000+ downloads

5) Pinterest
by Pinterest
100,000,000+ downloads

6) LinkedIn: Jobs, Business...
by LinkedIn
100,000,000+ downloads

7) Text Me: Text Free, Call...
by TextMe, Inc.
10,000,000+ downloads

8) Facebook Lite
by Facebook
1,000,000,000+ downloads

9) BIGO LIVE–Live Stream,...
by BIGO TECHNOLOGY PTE. LTD.
100,000,000+ downloads

10) Wishbone - Compare Anything
by Science Mobile LLC (Canadian)
5,000,000+ downloads

What Are the Top 10 Highest Ranked News Apps in Canada?

The following shows the official Google Play news top chart of Canada. 27% of the top news apps in Canada are from Canadian app publishers. See the full chart here.

1) Reddit
by reddit Inc.
10,000,000+ downloads

2) Twitter
by Twitter, Inc.
500,000,000+ downloads

3) CBC News
by CBC Mobile (Canadian)
1,000,000+ downloads

4) Google News: Top World &...
by Google LLC
1,000,000,000+ downloads

5) Apps for Chromecast - Your...
by i-art
5,000,000+ downloads

6) Radio-Canada Info
by Radio-Canada (Canadian)
500,000+ downloads

7) Quora — Questions, Answers,...
by Quora, Inc.
10,000,000+ downloads

8) Canada Breaking News &...
by Safe Apps Inc
100,000+ downloads

9) CTV News
by Bell Media Inc. (Canadian)
500,000+ downloads

10) Podcast Player & Podcast...
by Castbox.FM - Radio & Podcast & AudioBooks
10,000,000+ downloads

What Are the Top 10 Highest Ranked Travel Apps in Canada?

The following shows the official Google Play travel top chart of Canada. 27% of the top travel apps in Canada are from Canadian app publishers. See the full chart here.

1) Expedia Hotels, Flights &...
by Expedia
10,000,000+ downloads

2) Airbnb
by Airbnb, Inc
50,000,000+ downloads

3) PRESTO
by Metrolinx (Canadian)
100,000+ downloads

4) Air Canada
by Air Canada (Canadian)
1,000,000+ downloads

5) Google Earth
by Google LLC
100,000,000+ downloads

6) WestJet
by WestJet (Canadian)
1,000,000+ downloads

7) Hopper - Book Flights
by Hopper Inc. (Canadian)
10,000,000+ downloads

8) Yelp: Food, Shopping,...
by Yelp, Inc
10,000,000+ downloads

9) Booking.com: Hotels,...
by Booking.com Hotels & Vacation Rentals
100,000,000+ downloads

10) Maps - Navigate & Explore
by Google LLC
5,000,000,000+ downloads

What Are the Top 10 Highest Ranked Shopping Apps in Canada?

The following shows the official Google Play shopping top chart of Canada. 33% of the top shopping apps in Canada are from Canadian app publishers. See the full chart here.

1) Amazon Shopping - Search...
by Amazon Mobile LLC
100,000,000+ downloads

2) Wish - Shopping Made Fun
by Wish Inc.
100,000,000+ downloads

3) Arrive - Package Tracker
by Shopify Inc. (Canadian)
500,000+ downloads

4) Kijiji: Buy, Sell and Save...
by eBay Classifieds Group
5,000,000+ downloads

5) PC Optimum
by Loblaw Companies (Canadian)
1,000,000+ downloads

6) Flipp - Weekly Shopping
by Flipp Corporation (Canadian)
10,000,000+ downloads

7) Poshmark - Buy & Sell Fashion
by Poshmark, Inc
10,000,000+ downloads

8) Rakuten Ebates - Cash Back,...
by Rakuten Rewards
5,000,000+ downloads

9) Wayfair - Shop All Things Home
by Wayfair, LLC
10,000,000+ downloads

10) Amazon Assistant
by Amazon Assistant
10,000,000+ downloads

What Are the Top 10 Highest Ranked Lifestyle Apps in Canada?

The following shows the official Google Play lifestyle top chart of Canada. 13% of the top lifestyle apps in Canada are from Canadian app publishers. See the full chart here.

1) Google Home
by Google LLC
100,000,000+ downloads

2) Lucky Go - Get Rewards...
by Lucky Go Team
1,000,000+ downloads

3) Globe Suite
by Globe Electric
50,000+ downloads

4) SmartThings
by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
100,000,000+ downloads

5) Tinder
by Tinder
100,000,000+ downloads

6) Fantastic Face – Aging...
by VIPTOP DATA LIMITED
10,000,000+ downloads

7) OLG Lottery
by OLG (Canadian)
1,000,000+ downloads

8) Nest
by Nest Labs Inc.
5,000,000+ downloads

9) AIR MILES® Reward Program
by AIR MILES Reward Program (Canadian)
1,000,000+ downloads

10) Bumble — Date. Meet...
by Bumble Holding Limited
10,000,000+ downloads

What Are the Top 10 Highest Ranked Business Apps in Canada?

The following shows the official Google Play business top chart of Canada. 7% of the top business apps in Canada are from Canadian app publishers. See the full chart here.

1) Indeed Job Search
by Indeed Jobs
100,000,000+ downloads

2) Microsoft Authenticator
by Microsoft Corporation
10,000,000+ downloads

3) ZOOM Cloud Meetings
by zoom.us
10,000,000+ downloads

4) Uber Driver
by Uber Technologies, Inc.
50,000,000+ downloads

5) Microsoft Teams
by Microsoft Corporation
5,000,000+ downloads

6) QuickBooks Accounting:...
by Intuit Inc
1,000,000+ downloads

7) Adobe Scan: PDF & Business...
by Adobe
10,000,000+ downloads

8) Tangerine Mobile Banking
by Tangerine Bank
100,000+ downloads

9) Scanner App To PDF -...
by Smart media
10,000,000+ downloads

10) Slack
by Slack Technologies Inc.
10,000,000+ downloads

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