Published: Sat, December 31, 2016
Hi-Tech | By Merle Christensen

Top Mobile Apps Of 2016, Facebook And Google Dominate The List

Top Mobile Apps Of 2016, Facebook And Google Dominate The List

Despite the growth of other social media services, Facebook saw growth of 14 percent from past year, with more than 146 million average unique users each month. The app's user base grew by 18 percent year over year to a monthly average almost 89 million unique users.

Amazon saw insane growth, seeing a massive 43 percent year-over-year gain.

The glorified titans in the world of networking, Google and Facebook, have once again proved their dominance.

A new trend study published by Nielsen this week looks into the top smartphone apps of 2016, as well as the operating systems that the apps were downloaded on. Instagram had more than 74 million average unique users in 2016. The research firm disclosed that mobile apps from the two companies dominated the fresh list of the current year's most used apps. Most of these apps are utility apps, with the exclusion of YouTube and (to such extent) Google Play, showing that this is a category where Google excels. Facebook Messenger scores the third spot. Facebook messenger was actually second, with 129 million users, followed by YouTube at 113 uniques a month. The survey conducted is a majority of smartphone owners use Android devices (53 percent), while 45 percent use IoS phones.

Top Mobile Apps Of 2016, Facebook And Google Dominate The List

Facebook holds the first, second, and eighth spots - remember, the company owns Instagram too.

Trailing far behind, 2% of USA smartphone owners used a handset that operated on a Windows phone, followed by 1% on a BlackBerry. Google took everything else, dominating with YouTube, Maps, Gmail, Search, and the Play Store.

Google's Android mobile operating system also edged out its rival Apple in 2016, with 53 percent of United States smartphone owners running on Android, compared to 45 percent of owners using iOS.

"Nielsen's Electronic Mobile Measurement is installed with permission on panelist smartphones (approximately 9,000 panelists ages 18+ with Android and iOS handsets)".

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