Angry Birds was the most downloaded app for smartphones and tablets in 2011 ahead of Facebook and Skype according to a new report by research firm Distimo.
Distimo, which tracks app store activity, reports that Angry Birds was downloaded more than any other app worldwide across all major stores for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Nokia devices. The only major platform missing was from the report was Blackberry which Angry Birds was not available for until recently and only on select devices. However, Blackberry’s App World is included in other report findings such as app store growth.
Rovio dominates the leaderboard as Angry Birds Rio is fifth on the list behind Skype, and Angry Birds Seasons is seventh, giving the Finnish games publisher three apps in the top ten. It appears that the app market has a passion for killing green pigs with birds.
The report spans data collected from January to November of 2011 and reveals a number of interesting and notable findings. According to the report the Apple App Store is generating four times more revenue than Google’s Android Market app store. Surprisingly China is catching up to the US in proportion of downloads from the Apple App Store, especially for the iPad.
The app store with the fastest growth in number of apps available is Amazon’s Appstore for Android, which became the fifth largest store in only five months since launching. The Windows Phone Marketplace is also growing fast, increasing the number of apps by 400 percent since last year, and is now the fourth largest. Apple App Store for the iPhone is still the top app store with Android Market second. Apple App Store for the iPad is third.
The report also analyzes free versus paid apps and revenue generated from the freemium business model. A PDF version of the report is available for download from Distimo (opt-in required).