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Sunday 20 April 2014

Appetite for apps worth up to €7.3bn for Apple

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The colourful world of Candy Crush and rapid Snapchat messages have grabbed the attention of Irish app users who numbered these top of their favourites list for the past year.

Worldwide consumers spent €7.3bn on the Apple App Store in 2013, buying €734m worth of apps in December alone making it the most successful month in the store's history.

Candy Crush Saga topped the free apps for Irish iPhones, with the instant message, instant photo Snapchat in second place.

The Minecraft pocket edition and Angry Birds Star Wars took the top slots for paid apps for phones.

Phone users put YouTube, Google Maps, Facebook, Instagram and Skype among the top 10 free app downloads for this country.

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When it came to paying for phone apps, health and fitness brought the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock and the 7 Minute Workout Challenge apps into the top 10. This list also included Temple Run Oz, The Chase, Facetune and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Irish iPad users also chose Candy Crush Saga as their top free app and Minecraft as the top paid one, but after that the choices between phone and tablet users differed slightly.

BBC iPlayer and ITV Player were among the top 10 free choices along with 4Pics 1 Word, eBay for iPad, Despicable Me: Minnion rush and the free Calculator for iPad.

The App Store offered more than one million apps to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users in 155 countries around the world, with more than 500,000 native iPad apps available.

Irish Independent

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