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Germany App Market Statistics in 2020

Germany App Market Statistics in 2020 for Android

Germany has been firmly established as one of the premier mobile app economies in Europe and the world. Berlin is the country’s epicenter for app innovation; and Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Stuttgart make high grades in the European app market generally. While tech and Internet-based companies like SoundCloud, WinRAR, and trivago generally lead the way, many brick-and-mortar retailers, like the global supermarket chain Lidl, have also leveraged the country’s flourishing tech sector to produce mobile apps that supplement their traditional offerings.

In this article, we will provide a number of detailed app statistics and insights into the Germany Android app market with focus on apps only. We will cover a number of topics, including: how many German app publishers exist on the Google Play Store, how many apps they have released, and how German 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 German addresses on the Android market have been considered. Furthermore, all download statistics are estimates.

How Many App Publishers Are from Germany?

There are more than 11,993 German publishers on Google Play out of all 817,478 app publishers. One of the biggest German publishers are Playgendary, FDG Entertainment GmbH & Co.KG, LOTUM GmbH, Popcore Games, HandyGames, Wooga, Deca Games, Kolibri Games, Tivola, Goodgame Studios . Overall 1% of all app publishers on Google Play are from Germany. Find the biggest app publishers with our App Market Explorer.

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How Many Apps Are from German App Publishers?

There are more than 38,598 apps from German publishers on Google Play out of the 2,742,561 apps. Apps with most downloads of German publishers are ZDFheute - Nachrichten, ANTON - Lernen - Grundschule bis Gymnasium, eBay Kleinanzeigen for Germany, Mein dm, Babbel - Learn Languages - Spanish French & More, S-pushTAN, idealo - Price Comparison & Mobile Shopping App, Joyn | deine Streaming App, QR & Barcode Reader, mobile.de – Germany‘s largest car market . 1% of all apps on Google Play are from German publishers. Filter for apps by publisher country with our tool here.

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How Are Apps from German Publishers Rated?

The average rating of 38,598 apps from German publishers on Google Play is 3.17 out of 5 stars. This is better than the overall average rating of all apps which is 3.16. Apps from German publishers on Google Play have on average 1,296 ratings. This number is higher than the average number of ratings of all apps, which is 1,110 ratings. Sort by the best rated app or by the app with most ratings directly in our App Market Explorer.

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How Focused Are German Publishers on Apps vs. Games?

85% of released apps by German publishers are apps and 15% are games. That means the focus is more on apps than on games. Compared to the worldwide market, German publishers focus more on games with 15% 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.

Apps85% Games15%
Apps87% Games13%

How Many Downloads Do Apps from German Publishers Get?

Apps by German publishers have an average of 110.8k downloads. Overall they get more downloads than the average of all apps which is 148.23k. We offer also more detailed download estimates for any app.

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How Do German Apps Monetize?

12% of apps by German publishers are paid. That is a higher value of paid apps compared to the overall apps, where 3% are paid. 21% of apps by German publishers include ads. That is a lower value compared to the whole world, where 40% have ads. 11% of apps by German publishers make use of In-App Payments to monetize. That is higher than the average of 4%.

Paid Apps German Paid Apps12% Overall Paid Apps3%
Ads German Include Ads21% Overall Include Ads40%
In-App Billing German In-App Billing11% Overall In-App Billing4%

Do German Publishers Release on both iOS and Android?

37% of apps of German 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 20%. 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 German Publishers Based on Downloads?

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

1 SoundCloud

SoundCloud is on position 1 of the biggest German app publishers. SoundCloud is the world’s largest music and audio platform. Founded in 2008, it enables users to discover and enjoy a wide selection of music from the most diverse creator community on earth. SoundCloud is renowned for its unique content and features, including the ability to share music and connect directly with artists, as well as unearth breakthrough tracks, raw demos, podcasts, and more. SoundCloud has developed SoundCloud - Music & Audio and SoundCloud Pulse: for Creators. They own 2 apps that have been downloaded together more than 285.8m+ times.

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2 TeamViewer

TeamViewer is on position 2 of the biggest German app publishers. TeamViewer offers a proprietary software application for remote control, desktop sharing, online meetings, web conferencing, and file transfer between computers. The company was founded in Göppingen, Germany in 2005. TeamViewer has published: TeamViewer Pilot, TeamViewer QuickSupport, TeamViewer for Remote Control, Add-On: Samsung, and more. They own 176 apps that have been downloaded together more than 114.5m+ times.

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3 RARLAB (published by win.rar GmbH)

RARLAB (published by win.rar GmbH) is on position 3 of the biggest German app publishers. RARLAB is a branch of win.rar GmbH, a company best known for their trialware file archive utility. This utility is capable of creating and viewing archives in RAR or ZIP file formats, and unpacking numerous archive file formats. RARLAB (published by win.rar GmbH) has published the app RAR. They own a single app that has been downloaded more than 99.71m+ times.

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4 Jaumo

Jaumo is on position 4 of the biggest German app publishers. Jaumo, which was founded in Germany in 2011, offers a variety of global dating apps. The company was founded by two long-time friends and social tech entrepreneurs who were lucky enough to find their own life partners through online dating services. The word Jaumo is Aramaic for “a new day.” This name was selected because it promises authentic moments in a new era of global connection. Jaumo has developed a handfull of apps, including Casual Dating & Adult Singles - Joyride, Dating for 50 plus Mature Singles – FINALLY, Lovely - Your Dating App, Lesbian Chat & Dating - SPICY, and more. They own 7 apps that have been downloaded together more than 109.76m+ times.

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5 trivago

trivago is on position 5 of the biggest German app publishers. trivago is a German technology company that specializes in internet-related services and products focused on the hotel, lodging, and meta search fields. The company was first conceptualized by three university friends in Düsseldorf, Germany in 2005. trivago has published the app trivago: Compare hotel prices. They own a single app that has been downloaded more than 72.41m+ times.

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6 GK Apps

GK Apps is on position 6 of the biggest German app publishers. GK Apps is a mobile app developer and publisher based in Germany. They focus primarily on creating language translation apps. GK Apps has published numerous apps, including Spanish English Translator, Spanish English Translator Pro, French English Translator, Tagalog English Translator, and more. They own 156 apps that have been downloaded together more than 65.58m+ times.

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7 LOVOO GmbH

LOVOO GmbH is on position 7 of the biggest German app publishers. LOVOO is a mobile app developer whose eponymous app was designed specifically to help single people find romantic matches. First launched in 2012, LOVOO makes it easy to meet people with the same interests and a similar lifestyle nearby. LOVOO believes that it is about more than just nice profile pictures. They are interested in people and their stories. LOVOO GmbH has developed LOVOO and LIVE Video Stream App. They own 2 apps that have been downloaded together more than 64.37m+ times.

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8 Babbel

Babbel is on position 8 of the biggest German app publishers. Babbel, which was founded in 2007, is one of the world’s premier language learning apps. Babbel’s meticulously designed courses guarantee that users’ will be able to develop language skills they can use right away. Babbel has published: Babbel – Learn Spanish, Babbel – Learn English, Babbel – Learn French, Babbel – Learn German, and more. They own 15 apps that have been downloaded together more than 56.16m+ times.

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9 Thalia Spiele und Anwendungen

Thalia Spiele und Anwendungen is on position 9 of the biggest German app publishers. Thalia Spiele und Anwendungen is a team of creative individuals who use their talents and skills to make top-notch apps. They focus primarily on mobile personalization and photo editing applications and take pride in their work. It is their aim to guarantee that their users enjoy their apps as much as they enjoy creating them! Thalia Spiele und Anwendungen has developed many apps, including Make me Old Camera, Diamond Zipper Lock Screen, Couple Photo Blender Mixer, Glitter Love SMS Themes, and more. They own 41 apps that have been downloaded together more than 55.73m+ times.

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10 WetterOnline GmbH

WetterOnline GmbH is on position 10 of the biggest German app publishers. WetterOnline is one of Germany’s largest meteorological service providers. They offer in depth weather information, including the current weather conditions and travel weather worldwide. WetterOnline GmbH has produced Weather & Radar USA and Weather & Radar USA Pro: ad-free. They own 4 apps that have been downloaded together more than 55.39m+ times.

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What Are the Most Used SDKs by German Publishers?

The following shows which SDKs are most used by Germany 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

56% of apps from German publishers have Android Support Library V4 integrated. In total 15,967 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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2 Firebase

51% of apps from German publishers have Firebase integrated. In total 14,562 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.

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3 Android Design Support Library

34% of apps from German publishers have Android Design Support Library integrated. In total 9,728 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.

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4 gson

31% of apps from German publishers have gson integrated. In total 8,897 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 Google Analytics

29% of apps from German publishers have Google Analytics integrated. In total 8,350 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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6 Google Ads AdMob

27% of apps from German publishers have Google Ads AdMob integrated. In total 7,756 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.

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7 Firebase Cloud Messaging

26% of apps from German publishers have Firebase Cloud Messaging integrated. In total 7,527 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.

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8 ZXing

22% of apps from German publishers have ZXing integrated. In total 6,278 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.

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9 Google Cloud Messaging

22% of apps from German publishers have Google Cloud Messaging integrated. In total 6,210 apps.

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10 Facebook

21% of apps from German publishers have Facebook integrated. In total 6,125 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.

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

The following shows which android permissions are most frequently request by Germany 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 German publishers use the Internet Access permission. Total 40,049 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. 93% of the apps from German publishers use the Network Information Access permission. Total 35,749 apps.

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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. 72% of the apps from German publishers use the Write External Storage permission. Total 27,852 apps.

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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. 68% of the apps from German publishers use the Phone Sleep Mode Preventation permission. Total 26,163 apps.

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5 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. 54% of the apps from German publishers use the Read External Storage permission. Total 20,863 apps.

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6 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. 53% of the apps from German publishers use the Push Notification permission. Total 20,615 apps.

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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. 42% of the apps from German publishers use the Vibration permission. Total 16,247 apps.

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8 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. 39% of the apps from German publishers use the Wifi Information Access permission. Total 14,937 apps.

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9 Fine Location Access

With android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION apps can find the precise location of the devices they are running on. In other words, apps can figure out where their users are. This is achieved using GPS or network location sources, like Wi-Fi and cell towers. However, in order for these location services to function, users must turn them on. 39% of the apps from German publishers use the Fine Location Access permission. Total 14,894 apps.

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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. 35% of the apps from German publishers use the Course Location Access permission. Total 13,691 apps.

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What Are the Top 10 Highest Ranked Apps in Germany?

The following shows the official Google Play apps top chart of Germany. 20% of the top apps in Germany are from German app publishers. See the full chart here.

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

The following shows the official Google Play Grossing top chart of Germany. 40% of the top grossing apps in Germany are from German app publishers. See the full chart here.

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

The following shows the official Google Play social top chart of Germany. 20% of the top social apps in Germany are from German app publishers. See the full chart here.

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

The following shows the official Google Play news top chart of Germany. 67% of the top news apps in Germany are from German app publishers. See the full chart here.

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

The following shows the official Google Play travel top chart of Germany. 47% of the top travel apps in Germany are from German app publishers. See the full chart here.

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

The following shows the official Google Play shopping top chart of Germany. 40% of the top shopping apps in Germany are from German app publishers. See the full chart here.

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

The following shows the official Google Play lifestyle top chart of Germany. 33% of the top lifestyle apps in Germany are from German app publishers. See the full chart here.

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

The following shows the official Google Play business top chart of Germany. 13% of the top business apps in Germany are from German app publishers. See the full chart here.