Here is the quick overview of the app market in Korea. As of September 19th, Kakao Talk, Facebook, and Facebook Messenger are still securely holding their places on the chart, with few new apps making onto the list in both Google Play Store and iOS Apple Store.
Google Play Store
Top 5 Free Apps
1. DolyDoly Pooh for Kakao
Released on September 7th, DolyDoly Pooh for Kakao takes over the first place in just one week. This puzzle game is inspired by Disney’s popular animation Winnie the Pooh. Similar to already popular games like Bejewled and Candy Crush, players match characters of same color to pop and score. Unlike the other games, though, players must match four of the same characters.
2. KakaoTalk : Free Calls & Text
3. Facebook Messenger
4. V3 Mobile Plus 2.0
Developed by AhnLab Inc., V3 Mobile Plus 2.0 is the number one anti-virus mobile vaccine in Korea. Most of the mobile banking apps in Korea require V3 Mobile app on the device. With growing demand in mobile finance apps, V3 Mobile has made it to the Top 20 Free Apps for months now. As the new mobile payment system KakaoPay, which also requires V3 Mobile for the security, was introduced last week, V3 Mobile re-entered Top 5 since last February. AhnLab Inc. is the developer of Korea’s number one PC anti-virus vaccine program V3.
Similar to Facebook, KakaoStory is a SNS developed by Kakao Inc., which is the second most popular SNS in Korea after Facebook. Users can share pictures, set background music for their profile, and react to other users’ posts with more than just a “like”.
iOS App Store
Since iOS 8 has been officially released this week, many apps that are featured with iOS 8’s new features such as widget, keyboard, and touch ID enter the chart.
Top 5 Free Apps
1. KakaoTalk Messenger
2. 1Password – Password Manager and Secure Wallet
1Password is a password manager that creates and remembers user’s passwords securely. With the release of iOS 8, the app updated with the touch ID enabled to make authentication much easier than the normal password, which is now free to download.
Apple’s video editor app iMovie went through its first update this year with the iOS 8 release. The app now supports iCloud Drive, ten new Apple-designed filters, changing speed of clips, and much more.
4. Facebook Messenger