Made in India apps with a million+ downloads on Android

Mobile is eating the world and we haven’t left any stone unturned in telling the world about it. Mobile first strategies and mobile applications are on a huge upswing. There are challenges with respect to monetization but the one thing looks clear is that the future is going to be mobile. The wave has received impetus because of the huge number of takers in upcoming markets like India and Brazil. India has more than a 100 million mobile data users and smartphone sales are also on a high. The entrepreneurial community has also kept pace with the trends and we’ve seen many great apps being built from various parts of the country.

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We decided to hunt down these apps and make a categorical list of apps with a million+ downloads on Android (being the most popular OS in emerging markets) and we were pleasantly surprised to see the numbers. Here is the list of apps that have a million+ downloads according to the numbers on the PlayStore:

Travel 

redBus (1 million+): Online bus ticketing service (redBus coverage over the years)

ixigo Indian Rail train: An app for Indian Railways (IRCTC) information, it now also has insights. (what has ixigo been up to?)

MakeMyTrip (1 million+): Flight, bus and hotel booking (IPO success story and more)

Cleartrip (1 million+): Flight, bus and hotel booking (take a tour of Cleartrip’s office and more)

Goibibo (1 million+): Flight, bus and hotel booking app

Entertainment

BookMyShow (5 million+): BMS is a movie ticket booking application that has expanded into plays, theatres and events in general. Users also find utility in checking show timings and schedules. (BMS stories)

Saavn (5 million+): Music streaming application (Saavn over the years)

Gaana.com (1 million+): A music streaming application. (read about the tussle between music streaming services in India)

Hungama (1 million+): Collection of more than 2 million songs across genres

News 

Newshunt (5 million+): It is a mobile newspaper app that brings together news from 100+ regional newspapers in 11 languages. It also has a large collection of regional language ebooks from the world. (read their story)

Cricbuzz (5 million+): App for the latest in the world of cricket.

Cricinfo (1 million+): An app to stay abreast with all the happenings in the cricketing world.

NDTV (1 million+), TOI (1 million+) and ET (1 million+): General news portals

Payment 

Paytm (5 million+)- An app for mobile & DTH recharge + new mobile shopping experience with a the concept to bargain for a product before a user buys it. (stories on Paytm)

Mobikwik (1 million+)- Mobile Recharge, DTH Recharge and Bill Payments. (MobiKwik coverage)

FreeCharge (1 million+)- Mobile Recharge, DTH Recharge and Bill Payments. (FreeCharge over the years)

Gaming

Teen Patti- Indian Poker (5 million+)- Teen Patti is a popular Indian card game (gambling) that has been brought on the mobile by Noida based company Octro. It also has other games like Indian Rummy which have garnered more than a million downloads. (read their story)

Parking Frenzy (5 million+): A ‘driving and parking’ experience game that is the most popular game from the stable of Games2win. (read about the founder, Alok Kejriwal)

Car Run (1 million+): A car racing app developed by Noida based gameadu.

Dhoom 3 (5 million+): The official game of the Bolly Wood movie Dhoom 3 which was released in 2013. The app was developed by 99Games.

F&B

Zomato (1 million+): Search and discovery app for good places to eat. (Zomato’s funding stories and more)

Health and Fitness

LoveCycles (1 million+): Developed by Plackal Technologies, LoveCycles is an easy and fun to use menstrual cycle calendar.

MCommerce 

Flipkart (5 million+): India’s largest online store. (read Flipkart coverage)

Snapdeal (1 million+): Online shopping store. (read more about SnapDeal)

Utility 

OLX (10 million+): Online classifieds application for India that helps users buy and sell products. (OLX coverage)

Hike (10 million+): A messenger app that competes with WhatsApp and also has the ability to send a message offline. (all about Hike)

Just Unfollow (5 million+): A Twitter and Instagram friend management app.  (read all about the high growing app which is also a TechSparks company)

Just Dial (1 million+): A local search engine (JD coverage)

Quikr (1 million+): Online classifieds (Quikr on YourStory)

SMS Blocker (1 million+): Helps users keep their text inbox on the phone clean.

Mobile Number and Phone Location (1 million+):  Built by MobiSpark, the app enables a user to know the location of incoming calls, mobile contacts, mobile numbers and any phone number.

m-indicator (1 million+): An application built by Mobond, m-indicator is a travel guide for Mumbai.

Social and Miscellaneous

Chaitimity (1 million+): A chat room application.

Love and Romance Quotes (1 million+): A collection of love quotes. (people sure are getting mushy)

VithU (1 million+): An emergency App that, at the click of the power button 2 times consecutively begins sending out alert messages every 2 minutes to contacts that a user feeds into the app.

Meet many more such potential success stories at India’s largest technology entrepreneurial summit, TechSparks. Also, do point out apps that we have missed out on and the post will be updated.

Jubin Mehta

Jubin Mehta

Jubin is an old timer at YourStory. Deeply entrenched in the Indian startup ecosystem, he has written about more than 1000 startups. With an engineering background and a keen interest in data analysis, his passion for writing and entrepreneurship makes him a perfect match for Yourstory. He operates from the mountains in Dharamshala where he also runs a hackbase. He can be reached on Twitter @jub_in and on mail at jubin@yourstory.com