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Google Play Store Turns 5 Years Old

Today’s a special day for Google. Five years ago to date, the company’s Play Store launched, opening a new platform for developers to publish apps, artists to promote their music, studios to sell digital copies of movies, publishers to provide news content and magazines, and even authors to sell their books and novels. It’s become one of the most popular platforms of all time thanks to Android, with more than 1 billion active users in 190 countries.

To celebrate, Google has compiled a few lists of the top 5 best performing content creations in their respective categories, from games to music to movies. You can view them below.

TOP INSTALLED GAMES

  1. Candy Crush Saga
  2. Subway Surfers
  3. Temple Run 2
  4. Despicable Me
  5. Clash of Clans

TOP INSTALLED APPS*

  1. Facebook
  2. Facebook Messenger
  3. Pandora Radio
  4. Instagram
  5. Snapchat
    *Download only. Does not include pre-installed apps on Android devices.

TOP SELLING SONGS

  1. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  2. Lorde – Royals
  3. Taylor Swift – Blank Space
  4. Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  5. Pharrell Williams – Happy

TOP SELLING ALBUMS

  1. Adele – 25
  2. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP2 (Deluxe)
  3. Taylor Swift – 1989
  4. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  5. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

TOP SELLING MOVIES

  1. The Interview
  2. Frozen
  3. Deadpool
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy

TOP SELLING BOOKS

  1. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E L James
  2. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
  3. A Game of Thrones, by George RR Martin
  4. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
  5. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

To celebrate, you can also score some pretty sweet discounts on popular Daydream VR content from the Play Store via the links below (via 9to5Google).

Google’s goal with the Play Store was to deliver one place where you could manage all of your media. Whelp, it looks like they’ve done that, with the additions of Android Wear and Daydream over time alongside the expansion to Chromebooks. It’s almost becoming a more organized version of iTunes if you will. In other words, it’s literally become one place for all kinds of content to live. I can’t see it going away anytime soon since it’s become so necessary for Android users, so here’s to the next 5 years.


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Max Buondonno is a technology enthusiast who has been working as a journalist in this industry for more than two years. He has grown up in the age where everyone has a smartphone which has influenced his decision to become a professional technology writer, his passion in life. He's dipped his toes in the development of websites, while you can ask him anything about Apple, Google, or Microsoft and he's bound to give you an answer. He's reachable on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and email.

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