Good news: the Fires Near Me app is no longer one of the top five downloaded apps in Australia. The bad news is that it’s been replaced on the list by Centrelink’s app as tens of thousands of Australians seek financial assistance amid the coronavirus pandemic.
According to data from SensorTower, Aussies are downloading communication tools, government services and the exercise app that Chris Hemsworth released for free while gyms are shut down during the crisis.
Last Monday, March 24 2020, Zoom was the most downloaded app in Apple’s app store, followed by video chat app Houseparty and Microsoft Teams. The Australian government’s Centrelink app and myGov ID rounded out the top five.
Teaching tool Google Classroom is also in the top 10, along TikTok, which dropped from the third most downloaded app in November to the sixth in late March.
On Sunday, March 29, the Australian Department of Health App, Coronavirus Australia, was the most downloaded app in the App Store and Google Play store. The app, alongside a government Whatsapp channel, was released yesterday to provide reliable information about the pandemic and counter rampant misinformation campaigns. Developed with Atlassian, the app provides the latest official information on the number of cases in Australia, along with news on restrictions and travel bans.
This compares to November 2019, when Disney+ was the most downloaded non-game app in Australia for November 2019 with more than 1.3 million installs. Macca’s was the second most installed non-game app in Australia and TikTok, Fires Near Me NSW, and DiDi rounded out the top five most installed non-game apps in Australia for the month.
According to data from App Annie there has been strong growth in downloads of medical, productivity, news, education and business apps in Australia amidst the COVID-19 pandemic as businesses enact work from home policies and the government stress social distancing measures.
“We expect given the lockdown announced in NSW and Victoria during the week of March 22, 2020 that we’ll see further increases in apps like gaming, entertainment, social and food delivery as more Australians are forced to stay indoors,” an App Annie spokesperson said.