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China App Market Statistics in 2021

China App Market Statistics in 2021

Last update: 04 Mar 2021 CET
China App Market Statistics in 2021 for Android

With a population approaching 1.4 billion people, China is the world’s largest and most lucrative mobile app market. Even more impressive is the fact that nearly 500 million people across the country that Napoleon Bonaparte referred to as the “Sleeping Giant” actively use third-party app stores, with the Android store being by far the most popular. While tech titans like Huawei, Xiaomi, and Alibaba lead the way, other developers, like 360 Mobile Security Limited and PinGuo Inc., have garnered world-wide popularity.

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

How Many App Publishers Are from China?

There are more than 2,804 Chinese publishers on Google Play out of all 939,903 app publishers. One of the biggest Chinese publishers are BabyBus, FT Games, Blockman GO Studio, Droidhen Casual, WAWOO Studio, ZPLAY Games, Beetles Games Studio, Ezjoy, tap4fun, coolstudios . Less than 1% of all app publishers on Google Play are from China. Find the biggest app publishers with our App Market Explorer.

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Chinese
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Publishers

How Many Apps Are from Chinese App Publishers?

There are more than 11,429 apps from Chinese publishers on Google Play out of the 3,012,925 apps. Apps with most downloads of Chinese publishers are Wang VPN ❤️- Free Fast Stable Best VPN Just try it, QQ, Wang VPN Lite Version ❤️- Fresh and Simple Style., 手机淘宝, Alipay, 网易云音乐, 拼多多, 国际新闻 World News & Newspaper, Via Browser - Fast & Light - Geek Best Choice, 京东-京东一下 年味到家 . Less than 1% of all apps on Google Play are from Chinese publishers. Filter for apps by publisher country with our tool here.

Percentage
Globally
Chinese Apps
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Total Apps

How Are Apps from Chinese Publishers Rated?

The average rating of 11,429 apps from Chinese publishers on Google Play is 3.50 out of 5 stars. This is better than the overall average rating of all apps which is 3.40. Apps from Chinese publishers on Google Play have on average 16,283 ratings. This number is higher than the average number of ratings of all apps, which is 1,230 ratings. Sort by the best rated app or by the app with most ratings directly in our App Market Explorer.

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Chinese Apps
3.50 stars
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Chinese Apps
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3.40 stars
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How Focused Are Chinese Publishers on Apps vs. Games?

62% of released apps by Chinese publishers are apps and 38% are games. That means the focus is more on apps than on games. Compared to the worldwide market, Chinese publishers focus more on games with 38% 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.

Apps62% Games38%
Apps87% Games13%

How Many Downloads Do Apps from Chinese Publishers Get?

Apps by Chinese publishers have an average of 2.17m downloads. Overall they get more downloads than the average of all apps which is 172.42k. We offer also more detailed download estimates for any app.

Download Statistics
Average Downloads Per Chinese App
Average Downloads Per App

How Do Chinese Apps Monetize?

7% of apps by Chinese publishers are paid. That is a higher value of paid apps compared to the overall apps, where 3% are paid. 43% of apps by Chinese publishers include ads. That is a higher value compared to the whole world, where 38% have ads. 18% of apps by Chinese publishers make use of In-App Payments to monetize. That is higher than the average of 4%.

Paid Apps Chinese Paid Apps7% Overall Paid Apps3%
Ads Chinese Include Ads43% Overall Include Ads38%
In-App Billing Chinese In-App Billing18% Overall In-App Billing4%

Do Chinese Publishers Release on both iOS and Android?

18% of apps of Chinese publishers are available on both Google Play and iTunes. But overall they put less effort in publishing on both stores, compared to the average publisher with 22%. Use our iOS to Android Matching API or Android to iOS Matching API to find the same app across stores.

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Who Are the Top 10 Chinese Publishers Based on Downloads?

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

1 Xiaomi Inc.

Xiaomi Inc. is on position 1 of the biggest Chinese app publishers. Xiaomi Inc. is a Chinese electronics company founded in 2010. Headquartered in Beijing, China, they make smartphones, mobile apps, laptops, bags, trimmers, earphones, MI Television, Shoes, fitness bands, and many other products. Xiaomi Inc. has developed and published App Vault, App vault, Mi Home, Mi Remote controller - for TV, STB, AC and more; and more. They own 19 apps that have been downloaded together more than 4.49b+ times.

4.49b+
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2 Huawei Internet Services

Huawei Internet Services is on position 2 of the biggest Chinese app publishers. Huawei Internet Services is a subsidiary of the Chinese multinational technology company, Huawei. They provide telecommunications equipment and sell consumer electronics, such as smartphones. Founded in 1987, they are headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong. Huawei Internet Services has published the apps HiCare, Phone Clone, HUAWEI Video, Huawei Mobile Services, and more. They own 7 apps that have been downloaded together more than 3.15b+ times.

3.15b+
7
3 UCWeb Singapore Pte. Ltd.

UCWeb Singapore Pte. Ltd. is on position 3 of the biggest Chinese app publishers. UCWeb Singapore Pte. Ltd. is a subsidiary of the Chinese multinational conglomerate holding company, Alibaba Group. Founded in 2004, they are a leading provider of mobile Internet software technology and services. UCWeb's mission is to provide better mobile internet experiences to billions of users around the world. UCWeb Singapore Pte. Ltd. has created: UC Browser- Free & Fast Video Downloader, News App, UC Mini- Download Video Status, Movie, Funny Video, and UC Browser Turbo- Fast Download, Secure, Ad Block. They own 3 apps that have been downloaded together more than 1.36b+ times.

1.36b+
3
4 Huawei Internet Service

Huawei Internet Service is on position 4 of the biggest Chinese app publishers. Huawei Internet Services is a subsidiary of the Chinese multinational technology company, Huawei. They provide telecommunications equipment and sell consumer electronics, such as smartphones. Founded in 1987, they are headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong. Huawei Internet Services has published the apps HiCare, Phone Clone, HUAWEI Video, Huawei Mobile Services, and more. They own 11 apps that have been downloaded together more than 943.45m+ times.

943.45m+
11
5 Best Free Video Editor & Video Maker Dev

Best Free Video Editor & Video Maker Dev is on position 5 of the biggest Chinese app publishers. Best Free Video Editor & Video Maker Dev is a Chinese mobile app developer. They are primarily focused on the creation of keyboard theme apps. Best Free Video Editor & Video Maker Dev has developed and published: GO Keyboard - Cute Emojis, Themes and GIFs; GO Keyboard Lite - Emoji keyboard, Free Theme, GIF; GO SMS Pro - Messenger, Free Themes, Emoji; GO Keyboard Pro - Emoji, GIF, Cute, Swipe Faster; and more. They own 12 apps that have been downloaded together more than 850.15m+ times.

850.15m+
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6 Shalltry Group

Shalltry Group is on position 6 of the biggest Chinese app publishers. Shalltry Group is a China-based mobile app developer and distributor. Shalltry Group has developed: Phoenix Browser -Video Download, Private & Fast; XOS Launcher(2019)- Customized,Cool,Stylish; Phone Master - Quick Clean Booster, Battery Cooler; HiOS Launcher(2019)- Fast, Smooth, Stabilize; and more. They own 13 apps that have been downloaded together more than 841.87m+ times.

841.87m+
13
7 Xiaomi MIUI

Xiaomi MIUI is on position 7 of the biggest Chinese app publishers. They own a single app that has been downloaded more than 635.86m+ times.

635.86m+
1
8 Alibaba Mobile

Alibaba Mobile is on position 8 of the biggest Chinese app publishers. Alibaba Mobile is a subsidiary of Alibaba Group Holding Limited, a Chinese multinational conglomerate holding company specializing in e-commerce, retail, Internet, and technology. Founded in 1999, they are based in Hangzhou, Zhejiang. Alibaba Mobile has published AliExpress - Smarter Shopping, Better Living; Alibaba.com - Leading online B2B Trade Marketplace; AliSuppliers Mobile App, and iTao. They own 4 apps that have been downloaded together more than 617.6m+ times.

617.6m+
4
9 Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. is on position 9 of the biggest Chinese app publishers. Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. is a subsidiary of the Chinese multinational technology company, Huawei. They provide telecommunications equipment and sell consumer electronics, such as smartphones. Founded in 1987, they are headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong. Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. has published Themes, LinkHome, Huawei Technical Support, Huawei Learning, and more. They own 14 apps that have been downloaded together more than 600.87m+ times.

600.87m+
14
10 VideoShow EnjoyMobi Video Editor & Video Maker Inc

VideoShow EnjoyMobi Video Editor & Video Maker Inc is on position 10 of the biggest Chinese app publishers. VideoShow EnjoyMobi Video Editor & Video Maker Inc is the developer behind Shanghai Enjoy Information Technology, a company focusing on the development and distribution of mobile video products. They have a young, energetic team, experienced in video processing and mobile Internet products. VideoShow EnjoyMobi Video Editor & Video Maker Inc has developed and published: VideoShow Video Editor, Video Maker, Photo Editor; Video Maker of Photos with Music & Video Editor; Screen Recorder, Video Recorder, V Recorder Editor; Video Player & Media Player All Format for Free, and more. They own 16 apps that have been downloaded together more than 560.33m+ times.

560.33m+
16

What Are the Most Used SDKs by Chinese Publishers?

The following shows which SDKs are most used by China 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 Google Firebase

43% of apps from Chinese publishers have Google Firebase integrated. In total 4,421 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.

43
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2 Google Ads AdMob

42% of apps from Chinese publishers have Google Ads AdMob integrated. In total 4,330 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.

42
4330
3 OkHttp

32% of apps from Chinese publishers have OkHttp integrated. In total 3,315 apps. OkHttp is an open source project designed to be an efficient HTTP client. It's also easy to use. OkHttp’s request/response API is designed with fluent builders and immutability. It supports both synchronous blocking calls and async calls with callbacks.

32
3315
4 gson

31% of apps from Chinese publishers have gson integrated. In total 3,231 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.

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5 Android Support Library V4

28% of apps from Chinese publishers have Android Support Library V4 integrated. In total 2,873 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.

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6 Glide

22% of apps from Chinese publishers have Glide integrated. In total 2,332 apps. Glide is an open source media management and image loading framework for Android that supports fetching, decoding, and displaying video stills, images, and animated GIFs. Glide includes a flexible API that developers can plug in to almost any network stack.

22
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7 Google Analytics

17% of apps from Chinese publishers have Google Analytics integrated. In total 1,795 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.

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1795
8 ZXing

17% of apps from Chinese publishers have ZXing integrated. In total 1,760 apps. ZXing – also known as “zebra crossing” – is an open-source, multi-format barcode image processing library implemented in Java, with ports to other languages. It supports 1D product, 1D industrial, and 2D barcodes.

17
1760
9 EventBus

17% of apps from Chinese publishers have EventBus integrated. In total 1,751 apps.

17
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10 Firebase Cloud Messaging

16% of apps from Chinese publishers have Firebase Cloud Messaging integrated. In total 1,687 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.

16
1687

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

The following shows which android permissions are most frequently request by China 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. 100% of the apps from Chinese publishers use the Internet Access permission. Total 16,635 apps.

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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. 100% of the apps from Chinese publishers use the Network Information Access permission. Total 16,071 apps.

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16071
3 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. 100% of the apps from Chinese publishers use the Phone Sleep Mode Preventation permission. Total 12,090 apps.

100
12090
4 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. 100% of the apps from Chinese publishers use the Write External Storage permission. Total 11,960 apps.

100
11960
5 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. 95% of the apps from Chinese publishers use the Wifi Information Access permission. Total 10,850 apps.

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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. 72% of the apps from Chinese publishers use the Read External Storage permission. Total 8,202 apps.

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8202
7 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. 62% of the apps from Chinese publishers use the Vibration permission. Total 7,032 apps.

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8 Phone State Access

android.permission.READ_PHONE_STATE enables apps to access the internal features of user devices. This makes it possible for apps to determine user phone numbers and device IDs, whether a call is active on a user’s device, and the remote phone number of those calling the user. 59% of the apps from Chinese publishers use the Phone State Access permission. Total 6,728 apps.

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9 Billing

The com.android.vending.BILLING permission is required for the integration of billing in android applications. 58% of the apps from Chinese publishers use the Billing permission. Total 6,619 apps.

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10 Install Referrer

Apps often advertise other apps. By leveraging com.google.android.finsky.permission.BIND_GET_INSTALL_REFERRER_SERVICE apps can make sure that installs of other apps launched via their ads are properly attributed. 52% of the apps from Chinese publishers use the Install Referrer permission. Total 5,983 apps.

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What Are the Top 10 Highest Ranked Apps in China?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The following shows the official Google Play shopping top chart of China. 13% of the top shopping apps in China are from Chinese app publishers. See the full chart here.

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

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

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

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