One Year on – The Top Grossing UAE iPhone Apps

Almost one year ago I published the top UAE iPhone Apps 2012, so I thought I would revisit this post and see how things have changed. Has any App remained in the Top 10 spots?

Apps are arguably a superfluous addition to our lives, with the occasional app truly adding value to our day to day routine (news feeds / social apps / baby feeding reminder apps!!) and most are downloaded and never touched again.

souq.comFREE APPS: What is truly great to see in 2013 is a local App Souq.com taking the Top Spot of the free apps, followed very closely by two other locals;  Air Arabia and VOX apps.

PAID APPS: Pimp your Screen (“Pimp Your Screen is an award-winning app that helps you customize the look of your device by giving you an exclusive selection of specially designed backgrounds, icon skins, app shelves, neon combos and many other eye candies“) – takes the top spot on paid, with almost all other Apps in the paid sector being games.

GROSSING APPS: Slotomania and Texas Poker remains the only apps throughout that is consistently in the rankings, but slipping down the field.

voxDEVICES: iphone / iPad 

What is truly interesting is the divergence of apps between devices. Granted the apps available a determinant of developers interest (and possible financial gain), but could we also draw some parallels to the divergent type of device purchaser? Are iPad users more interested in games and less interested in social/sharing? Are we doing more connecting  / researching on our smartphones? Are tablets always going to be the 3rd device and unlikely to ever overtake smartphone or laptop?

locojoyAPPS ACROSS BORDERS

Another interesting angle to look at is the types of Apps used by geography. The most obvious fact that no country has the same apps in any sector that are the same. This may seem sensible for local language or location based activity, but even games / social / commerce apps vary quite significantly across countries. The top apps in the USA on iPhone are almost all games (Free, Paid, Grossing), while in Italy there is a considerable amount of communication / sharing or functional apps, with few games. While over in China, there is a localised app economy emerging that differs drastically from the rest of the world (like everything else in the China Digital Walled Garden!) and many of the big brands (Sina Weibo, Baidu etc.) are leading the charge. The sheer size, volume of customer base and demand for mobile connected internet in China makes it a very enticing playground, if you know how to really localise.

Download & Discard!

What is evident by the changing APPS in the top 10 is their download then discard nature, as pertinent in the UAE as the rest of the world. What the analytics don’t tell us (yet!), is the actual engagement levels and thus overall value (however in-app purchasing helps to some extent).

Make it local or fail!

The localisation of Apps (language, location services, local information etc.) are vital for long term success and more so due to the local requirements of the mobile device user accessing and utilising content (and also consider the limited available technology to translate application content dynamically, unlike on web browsers). Simply taking an app that worked in New York exceptionally well, will not necessarily cut it in Dubai. Obviously there are outliers to this thought that have solely delivered in English and been a success, but predominantly these are short lived and throw-away or the app functionality does not require local content. Truly long-term and sustainable apps will continuously develop their product to serve the users local needs, no matter where in the world they are.

App developers are in working an exceptionally fast moving, fragmented and competitive sector, but looking at the constant consumer demand for new “gizmo’s” in your pocket and the viral nature if you are luckily get it right, it can certainly be a financially lucrative sector if you get can it right, just ask WhatsApp (WhatsApp valuation $1Bn).

The Tables

Top  iPhone Apps 2013 – United Arab Emirates 

Free
Paid
Grossing
=Souq Deals & ShoppingSouq.com FZ LLC =Pimp Your ScreenApalon =Clash of ClansSupercell
▲1Coco VoiceInstanza Inc. =Smart Alarm Clock: sleep cycles & noise recordingPlus Sports =Candy Crush SagaKing.com Limited
▼1Air ArabiaAir Arabia ▲18 Ball Pool™Miniclip.com =Top ElevenNordeus
=VOX Cinemas for iPhoneVOX Cinemas ▼1Temple Run: OzDisney =Texas PokerKAMAGAMES LTD
▲1Google EarthGoogle, Inc. ▲4Prince of Persia® The Shadow and the FlameUbisoft =Hay DaySupercell
▲1MBC NOWMBC Group ▲1App IconsMatsvei Tsimashenka =Modern WarFunzio, Inc
▼2Ninja Kid Run by Fun Games For FreeFun Games For Free ▲4Minecraft – Pocket EditionMojang =ممالك الأبطالVekee Games Inc.
▲5Talking SMSOren Avraham =FIFA 13 by EA SPORTSElectronic Arts ▲1Slotomania – Slot MachinesPlaytika LTD
=Despicable Me: Minion RushGameloft ▲1Riptide GP2Vector Unit ▲2Subway SurfersKiloo
▲1Candy Crush SagaKing.com Limited ▲2PicfxActiveDevelopment ▲8Online Soccer ManagerGamebasics BV

Top iPad Apps 2013 – United Arab Emirates

Free
Paid
Grossing
▲2Celebrity DentistBear Hug Media =Minecraft – Pocket EditionMojang =Clash of ClansSupercell
▼1Ninja Kid Run by Fun Games For FreeFun Games For Free ▲1FIFA 13 by EA SPORTSElectronic Arts ▲1Candy Crush SagaKing.com Limited
▼1Skydiving – Mr. Bean EditionNormand Hackett ▲1Riptide GP2Vector Unit ▲1Hay DaySupercell
▲2Super Dad – Baby Care GameRita Haupert ▲1Toca Tea PartyToca Boca AB ▼2Subway SurfersKiloo
=Design & Dress up BoutiqueUmair Javed ▲2Gangstar: Miami Vindication HDGameloft ▲4Modern WarFunzio, Inc
▼2Banana KongFDG Entertainment ▼4Plants vs. Zombies HDPopCap ▼1Slotomania HD – Slot MachinesPlaytika LTD
▲7Best Friends Forever – Dress Up, Makeup, Card Maker & Photo FunKids Fun Club by TabTale ▼1Prince of Persia® The Shadow and the FlameUbisoft ▲1Smurfs’ VillageBeeline Interactive, Inc.
▼1Despicable Me: Minion RushGameloft ▲1Eden – World BuilderKingly Software Inc ▼2Real Racing 3Electronic Arts
=Dr. DrivingSUD Inc. ▼1Monsters UniversityDisney ▲7GameTwist SlotsFunstage Spielewebseiten Betriebsges.m.b.H.
▼2Nail Makeover – girls gamesGeorge CL ▲10Pimp Your ScreenApalon ▼3Battle Beach

Top iPhone Apps 2013 – United States


Despicable Me: Minion Rush
Gameloft
=djay 2 for iPhonealgoriddim =Candy Crush SagaKing.com Limited
=Bus DerbyDimension Technics =Smart Alarm Clock: sleep cycles & noise recordingPlus Sports =Clash of ClansSupercell
=Candy Crush SagaKing.com Limited =Where’s My Mickey?Disney =Pandora RadioPandora Media, Inc.
▲1Colormania – Guess the ColorsGenera Mobile =Heads Up!Warner Bros. ▲7Big Fish Casino – Free Slots, Blackjack, Roulette, Poker and More!Big Fish Games, Inc
▼1Celebrity DentistBear Hug Media =Minecraft – Pocket EditionMojang ▼1Hay DaySupercell
=VineVine Labs, Inc. =AfterLightSimon Filip ▲2MARVEL War of HeroesMobage, Inc.
=SnapchatSnapchat, Inc. ▲1Contra: EvolutionPunchBox Studios ▼1Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the NorthKabam
▲13RdioRdio ▲2Free Music Download Pro – Mp3 DownloaderASPS Apps ▼3Modern WarFunzio, Inc
▼1Rivals at War: 2084Hothead Games Inc. ▲5Kick the Buddy: No MercyCrustalli ▼2DoubleDown Casino – FREE Slots, Blackjack & Video PokerDouble Down Interactive
▼1Ask.fmAsk.fm ▼3Grand Theft Auto: Vice CityRockstar Games ▼1The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-iearthKabam

Top iPhone Apps 2013 – Italy

Free
Paid
Grossing
(new)Radio Live! deluxeEric MILLET =Smart Alarm Clock: sleep cycles & noise recordingPlus Sports =Candy Crush SagaKing.com Limited
▲1WeChatWeChat ▲1PouPaul Salameh =Clash of ClansSupercell
▼2TuttoCittà MAPSEAT Pagine Gialle S.p.A ▼1djay 2 for iPhonealgoriddim =Top ElevenNordeus
▼2Battery Saver – Improve the Battery LifeKS Mobile, Inc. =InstaWeather Probyss mobile ▲1Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the NorthKabam
=Banana KongFDG Entertainment =Pimp Your ScreenApalon ▼1Hay DaySupercell
(new)PhotoVivaLamina Design =FoxTube – YouTube Playermix1009 =Pet Rescue SagaKing.com Limited
=Red Bull Urban FutbolRed Bull ▲1Running for Weight Loss PRO: training plan, GPS, how-to-lose-weight tips by Red Rock AppsGRINASYS CORP. ▲8MegapolisSocial Quantum
▼2InstaWeatherbyss mobile ▼1FIFA 13 by EA SPORTSElectronic Arts ▲2Online Soccer ManagerGamebasics BV
▲1Significato dei Nomi – NomixNomix s.a.s. =Akinator the GenieElokence ▼1The Simpsons™: Tapped OutElectronic Arts
▼2Monsters University: Catch ArchieDisney =iTheme – Themes for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touchnovitap GmbH ▼1Skype for iPhoneSkype Communications S.a.r.l

Top iPhone Apps 2013 – China

Free
Paid
Grossing
=Despicable Me: Minion RushGameloft =AA Ringtone Maker ProLI SI MIN =我叫MT OnlineLOCOJOY.,LTD
=Sango FightLogic Ball =画个火柴人Hitcents.com, Inc. =Clash of ClansSupercell
=WiFi免费通747 =暖暖环游世界:搭配研习生RUNHAO YAO =扩散性百万亚瑟王Meiyu Information and Technology Co.,ltd
=看图猜成语Bin Wang =Phone Numbers Reverse Search LocationQIU CHAO =大掌门Air&Mud Studio
=Banana KongFDG Entertainment =植物大战僵尸PopCap =陌陌Beijing Momo Technology Co., Ltd.
▲2百度视频(影音版)Beijing Baidu Netcom Science & Technology Co.,Ltd =Color Message Text ProsLi Pu ▲2神仙道PinIdea Co., Ltd.
▲3Who Calls Me?Tinnientec Inc. =Temple Run: OzDisney ▲4王者之剑LineKong Entertainment Technology Co.,Ltd
▲1Tiny PopCom2uS USA, Inc. =Contra: EvolutionPunchBox Studios ▼1萌江湖:Q版武侠Shanghai Youzu Information Technology Corporation Limited
▲2美图秀秀Xiamen Meitu Technology Co., Ltd. =Asphalt 7: HeatGameloft ▼3我叫MT Online (國際版)LOCOJOY.,LTD
▲3WeChatWeChat =Riptide GP2Vector Unit ▼1龙之力量com.digitalcloud

Source: App Annie. Data accessed July 31 2013. Paid – refers to both App and in-App purchases. App Annie reports on rankings dynamically, meaning that App rankings can change frequently. 

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