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News hardware & software 16 July 2021, 12:52

TikTok Achieved Something Only Facebook has Managed Before

Latest figures show that TikTok, the popular short video creation app, has surpassed 3 billion downloads on Google Play and App Store.

TikTok is certainly one of the biggest social media phenomena of recent years. The app debuted in 2018, so it only took it three years to reach the 3 billion downloads threshold. This makes it the most popular app in the world not owned by Facebook. Despite bans in some countries (temporarily in the US, now in India) and various legal issues, the app by ByteDance still does not go off the top of the most downloaded apps on smartphones. So far, the limit of three billion installations has been surpassed by Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp.

According to SensorTower, in the first half of this year, TikTok was second to none, reaching 383 million installations, which was the best result in the stated period (excluding mobile games). However, this is not the pinnacle of what it can do, as the Chinese giant's app was downloaded 318 million times in the first quarter of 2020 alone.

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TikTok download results by quarter; Source: SensorTower

It should be noted that this result consists of the numbers of downloads of TikTok from Google Play, App Store, as well as downloads of Douyin, the version designed exclusively for the Chinese market. In the second quarter of 2021, ByteDance's app saw a big increase in consumer spending - in other words, it earned $535 million in revenue. TikTok's total revenue since the app's debut amounts to about $2.5 billion. So far, only apps like Tinder, Netflix, YouTube and Tencent Video have boasted similar earnings.

TikTok's quarterly financial results; Source: Sensor Tower

Michal Ciezadlik

Michal Ciezadlik

A semi-pro musician whose passion began in childhood and lives on to this day. When he was a kid, he thought he would become a rock star (and to this day still has a little hope that this will come true). He played in several bands during his high school and college years, but was not successful with any of them, however, he makes his living in part from music – unfortunately, playing pot-boiler kind of music at weddings. He is studying journalism and took his first steps in radio, but he did not stay there long, preferring to look for something else. He took on various jobs, often completely unrelated to his profession; for several years, he even was a bartender. He came Gamepressure in December 2020 and has been a loyal padawan of the Newsroom ever since, although he also worked with Friendly Fire, where he was in charge of its TikTok.

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