China’s mobile internet users reached 1.14 billion in Jun 2019; and, Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu, and ByteDance dominate China’s mobile app stores in the first half of 2019. WeChat continues to top the chart of mobile apps by monthly active users, followed by QQ, Alipay, Taobao, iQiyi, Tencent Video, TikTok, Gaode Maps, Sogou Input, and Baidu in the top 10.
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Top 25 Mobile Apps
Top 25 mobile apps by MAU in Jun 2019 also include Weibo, Baidu Maps, Youku, Wifi Master, Kwai, Pinduoduo, QQ Browser, Tencent News, UC Browser, JD, Kugou Music, Meituan, Toutiao, Tencent App Store, and Huawei App Store, according to data from QuestMobile.
Related: Dossier: Mobile Apps
Top Mobile apps in Low-Tier Cities
Top 5 mobile apps by MAUs in low-tier cities are TikTok, Pinduoduo, Kwai, Gaode Maps, and Weishi (Tencent’s short video app).
Top growing entertainment mobile apps categories in low-tier Chinese cities are short videos, reading, games, music, and humor.
Top 5 Mobile App Categories by MAU Growth
Among apps with over 50 million MAU, the fastest-growing categories are government apps, education tools, ringtone, video tools, and public transport.
Short videos apps contributed over 65% of the usage time growth in June 2019, followed by MOBA (games), e-commerce apps, Weibo, payment, and news apps.
Top Mobile App Categories by Average Daily Opens
The most frequently access mobile apps are social networking apps and short video apps, followed by those in literature, anime, living, video, transport, audio, etc, according to data from TrustData.
Top Mobile App Stores in China
Tencent’s Android app store Yingyongbao leads the race with 290 million monthly unique devices, followed by 360 and Baidu distribution apps. Apple’s App Store saw 170 million monthly devices while other local smartphone vendor’s Android app stores, such as Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi, and Vivo, were also popular.
Game centers distributing mobile games apps were dominated by Vivo, Oppo, Xiaomi, Huawei, and Meizu in H1 2019.
Top Apps in Travel, Shopping, News, Social Media, and Payment
Ctrip, Qunar, and Alibaba’s Fliggy leads travel vertical with 86 million, 35 million, and 21 million monthly active mobile users.
Taobao continues to lead mobile shopping apps market, followed by Pinduoduo and JD.
Top social apps include WeChat, QQ, Weibo, Momo, Xiaohongshu, Zhihu, Baidu Tieba, ByteDance’s Duoshan, Tantan, TIM, and Qzone.
Alipay and Unionpay together have over 80% mobile payment market. WeChat Pay is not considered a payment app and hence not included in this. See a comparison of top mobile payment.
Is Instagram a Chinese app?
It might be a strange question to you. But many internet users are wondering whether Instagram is a Chinese app. Well, it is not. It’s a mobile app owned by Facebook.