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Top ten most downloaded apps of the decade revealed

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From the iconic Snake game on the Nokia 6110 to the launch of Apple's iPhone and App Store in 2008, the mobile app has been on quite a journey. In the past decade, the app has become a piece of life we can't live without - so much so that in 2010, 'app' was made word of the year (opens in new tab) due to the swell in popularity for this downloadable software. 

To wrap up the decade, app analytics company App Annie (opens in new tab) has launched the top ten most downloaded apps of the decade. 

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Facebook comes out on top here as the parent company behind the four most downloaded apps, and it's clear that social media and communication apps have stolen the show this decade with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat all featuring in the top ten.

A testament to its somewhat recent rise in popularity, the video-sharing social network TikTok comes in at seventh place - ahead of YouTube and Twitter.

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Subway Surfers was the most downloaded mobile gaming app of 2010-2019, followed by favorites such as Candy Crush and Fruit Ninja. 

Although there are some throwbacks in these lists, App Annie (opens in new tab) insists that apps are very much still on the rise. 

In 2019 alone, people worldwide will download record 120 billion apps, which is a 5% increase from 2018. What's more, 2020 is set to be even bigger with consumer spend projected to be over $30 billion on apps and nearly $80 billion on games. This massive industry will be sticking around well into the next decade. 

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Millie is a former staff writer for the Top Ten Reviews brand who now works across Future's Home portfolio. Her spare time is spent traveling, cooking, playing guitar and she's currently learning how to knit. Millie loves tracking down a good deal and keeping up-to-date on the newest technology and kitchen appliances.