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Facebook, Google Top Year-End App List 30

Nerval's Lobster writes: New data from research firm Nielsen shows that — surprise, surprise — Facebook, Google, and Apple dominated the list of most-used mobile apps. Facebook's core app took the top spot on Nielsen's list with 126 million unique users per month, followed by YouTube with 97 million, Facebook Messenger with 96 million, and Google Search with 95 million. This is partially a consequence of the mobile world essentially becoming a duopoly between Google Android and Apple's iOS, meaning that the core apps produced by those companies are always front-and-center (and thus always in use) for the majority of mobile users. But not every app launched by these companies succeeds: While Facebook dominates, for example, the company is notable for some app misfires, including Paper and Facebook Home. That might be cold consolation to indie app developers trying to build up a significant audience.
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Facebook, Google Top Year-End App List

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  • Is it that time of year again?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    unless your phone is rooted, most android phones come with Facebook built-in. I don't think it's up there by choice.

    • This is not correct at all. For example, it's not true with any of Samsung's devices and Samsung is the largest Android manufacturer by far.

      • Not in the stock manufacturer ROM.

        If one buys on a 24 month plan however, carriers will often add their own selection of apps, including facebook.

    • unless your phone is rooted, most android phones come with Facebook built-in. I don't think it's up there by choice.

      My HTC has Facebook built-in, but that doesn't mean I use it. If I don't have a facebook account or don't enter my account details, what is it going to do?

      Perhaps I'm wrong, but I assumed these figures were based on people who are actually using the apps, not just on the number of installations.

      Oh, and yes I know I should root the phone and delete all the crap, but I just can't be bothered. It's a phone with a couple of useful gizmos, not something I want to spend time on.

  • 126 million only? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Crowd Computing ( 4269575 ) on Monday December 21, 2015 @06:29AM (#51157531)
    I thought Facebook had > 1 billion users. Does this mean most users are still accessing the site via their laptops or desktop computers, or are most of them fake accounts made by bots or cyberstalkers? Third option is many sign up but rarely visit.
    • I thought Facebook had > 1 billion users. Does this mean most users are still accessing the site via their laptops or desktop computers, or are most of them fake accounts made by bots or cyberstalkers?

      I use facebook, but I'm not dumb enough to load their app onto my hardware. Bad enough I have to trust them to run scripts.

  • I must not be "with it", because I didn't know Apple and Google were apps. I sure don't have them on my phone. Of course I knew Facebook has an app, but putting it on your phone is about the biggest mistake one can make. It is worse than some viruses.
  • Friends don't let their friends use Facebook.

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