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TikTok and Disney+ top download charts in Q4 2019

Disney+ was far and away the most downloaded app this quarter. (Image via Disney)
Disney+ was far and away the most downloaded app this quarter. (Image via Disney)
The Disney+ mobile app has been downloaded more than 31 million times since its release in mid-November, giving a hint as to the early success of Disney's streaming service. The controversial video-sharing app TikTok came in second amid continuing discussion over the app's potential security and privacy risks.

One way to measure the success of a mobile app is by the number of times it has been downloaded. Using that metric, Disney+ completely dominated the U.S. market in Q4 2019. However, another app that has stirred quite a bit of controversy claimed the second spot.

Disney+, which is Disney’s new streaming service, has seen wild success in the United States. Since its launch in mid-November, the app was downloaded more than 31 million times across both iOS and Android handsets. That report comes from Sensor Tower, a company that monitors mobile app trends and metrics.

While not a perfect measure of the success of Disney+ (as one subscriber may download the app on multiple devices), these numbers still give a good idea as to how wildly successful Disney’s streaming service has been. To give some perspective, the Disney+ app was downloaded more than twice as much as the second most downloaded app, TikTok.

TikTok, the controversial video-sharing app, claimed silver with almost 15 million downloads in both the Apple App Store and Google’s Play Store. TikTok has come under heavy fire amid accusations of users’ data being sent to China. The United States Navy ultimately declared the app a national security risk and has banned federal employees from downloading the application on government-issued mobile devices. TikTok has also been scrutinized for its lax protection of underage users; several allegations claim TikTok is used as a platform for child predators to communicate with younger users.

Rounding out the top 10 this quarter are Facebook Messenger, Facebook, YouTube, Netflix, Instagram, Amazon, Snapchat, and Spotify. The full report can be viewed at Sensor Tower.

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Sam Medley, 2020-01-15 (Update: 2020-01-15)