As Starlink becomes more popular for its high-speed internet services, its popularity on smartphones will also increase. It’s on its way out, according to SensorTower, an app-tracking firm. On Wednesday, the Starlink app was the 54th most downloaded iPhone app for users in the US
The Starlink app, which is free to download, helps customers set up and use the hardware to receive Internet service. It also monitors connection and speed. At the end of the day on Thursday, Starlink dropped out of the top 100 and ranked 107th.
It wasn’t in the top 200 today, but that’s likely to change over time as SpaceX continues to expand Internet service. Wednesday’s ranking was the first for Starlink and Stephanie Chan, An analyst at SensorTower told PCMag That she can only speculate about the cause.
“Why it broke into the top 100 rankings on the iOS Store yesterday, we can only speculate,” she said.
“It’s possible that because Starlink has been in the news recently (e.g. adding more satellites to their network, seeking exemptions so they can serve Iran) that it helped raise awareness or curiosity about Is.”
The tracking firm estimated that Starlink’s total app installations on both the Apple App Store and Google Play is about 2.3 million times globally since January 2021. The top three countries using space-based Internet service are the US, Ukraine and Canada.
Notably, Starlink is not advertised on any network. Starlink isn’t the only product by the company founded by Elon Musk that doesn’t require advertising nor is it the first.
Chan said, “Its largest market by installs is the US with approximately 887,000 installs, or about 38% of total downloads, followed by Ukraine with 806,000 installs (35% of lifetime downloads) and Canada with 209,000 installs (9%). “
Sensortower found that in March, the app saw the most downloads since SpaceX began shipping dishes to Ukraine, which has more than 12,000 Starlink recipes.
Earlier today, Elon Musk announced that he was activating Starlink in response to a tweet by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, announcing the issuance of a general license to give Iranians access to digital communications . He also said last week that Starlink is for peaceful use only.
Starlink is for peaceful use only
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 17, 2022
Teslarati is now on Tiktok. Follow us for interactive news and more,