Google Maps beats Facebook by a mile to bag the number 1 position
Mumbai : Today, owing to the ever-increasing smartphone user consumer base, several smartphone apps are available in the market, suiting the varied needs of different users. From news apps to social networking apps, from lifestyle and fashion, to games and utility apps, you name it, and you have the app. So with the large number of apps available globally today for different platforms, GlobalWebIndex has listed the top 10 apps most actively used by the 969.49 million strong global smartphone population.
According to the data released by GlobalWebIndex it’s no surprise to see that Google Maps is No. 1 with 54% of the global smartphone population in the last month, using the app. Apple Maps has somewhere got lost and is nowhere to be seen, but Nokia’s Ovi Maps is used by 9% of smartphone users and ranks No. 11 in GlobalWebIndex chart.
What comes as a surprise is that, although the popular social networking site Facebook is widely used by smartphone users, it ranks at number 2, with just 44% of global smartphone users using the app, 10% behind Google Maps.
For Google, the victory doesn’t stop here, after topping the list with Google Maps, Google also occupies the 3rd place with YouTube (35%) and the 4th place with G+ Mobile App (30%). A tremendous achievement for Google!
On number 5 we have the Chinese-based service Weixin / WeChat, which is being actively used by the 27% of the global smartphone population. It’s an impressive performance considering that is basically used only in China, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
At No. 6 is Twitter’s Mobile App with a 22% active usage number, followed by Skype (number 7) and Facebook Messenger (number 8), which both score the same active usage number, according to GlobalWebIndex list.
In the past few years, online messaging service WhatsApp has gained popularity and dominance over other messaging apps in India, but it is used by merely 17% of the global smartphone population and takes the 9th spot in the list.
Finally at No. 10 is Facebook-owned vintage picture app Instagram, which has been actively used by the 11% of the global online population in the last month, but growth since Q1 2013 has been rather stagnant.
Twitter’s video-sharing app Vine still has a long way to go compared with Instagram and is also behind Foursquare, Shazam, Flickr and Yelp. Vine is ranked at number 17 and is used by only 2 per cent of the global smartphone population.
Top ten apps
1) Google Maps
4) Google plus
5) Weixin / WeChat
8) Facebook Messenger