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Facebook Beats Out Google Maps as 2012’s Most Used App Thanks to iPhone 5

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During the early parts of 2012, Google Maps was doing great. It led the top ten pack of monthly unique visitors against some stiff competition, mostly themselves, but there was still Facebook, Pandora, and Yahoo! Messenger (somehow). Out of the top ten most used apps in 2012 on iOS and Android, Google owns five of them, which is pretty impressive to say the least. 

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Now what makes any of this interesting is that like I mentioned, things went South for Google Maps about the same time the iPhone 5 was released. With the launch of Apple’s new flagship, they dropped Google Maps in favor of their proprietary Maps app, which dropped Google down to second in terms of usage. Since being reinstated on iTunes, they still have not been able to come back, but in time they should have no problem doing so with download of Google Maps on iTunes through the roof.

What is even more funny is that with the Facebook app for Android being super buggy and us hearing usually nothing but complaints about it, that people continue to use the official app instead of alternatives. I don’t seem to have nearly half of the issues that others report, but we can all agree that the Facebook has come quite a long ways since what it used to be.

Via: comScore

  • Nathan Thomas

    Can we please stop talking about apple and talk about what matters. ANDROID!!!!!

  • Obvious Sarcasm

    comScore should fire their stat people. Why release a graph that doesn’t take into account the fact that G Maps was unavailable when the iPhone 5 launched. While they’re at it they should fire their accountants too. I bet they’re fudging numbers to the IRS too!

  • Trevor

    Maybe it’s just that Maps has been so popular, there aren’t any “unique” users left. Everyone’s already tried it, loved it, stuck with it.

  • Raven

    I had no idea that Cooliris was so big either. I think a big part of it can be the shear number of pictures that it can grab after a search. I use the DroidIris variant on my tablet.

  • kkloster

    From this graph it looks like Facebook only scored higher in October, November, and December. So, in the final months of 2012, the Facebook was seeing more usage than Google Maps was, but in total usage for the whole year (essentially the integral of these functions), it looks like Google Maps wins.

  • Capt. Crunch

    Kind of surprised YouTube wasn’t more popular. It’s definitely on of my most used apps.

    • S2556

      Top 6 is pretty good I think!

  • TheWenger

    I’m developing an alternative Facebook app right now because the official one is so bad, and other third-party ones, while better, have lots of things I would change about them. I’m still really new at Android coding and I’m teaching myself in my spare time. I’m alpha testing right now, but if DL staff and readers are interested I’d be happy to do a public beta.

  • Most used does not mean most useful.

  • Abhijeet Mishra

    “What is even more funny is that with the Facebook app for Android being super buggy and us hearing usuallynothing but complaints about it, that people continue to use the official app instead of alternatives.”

    While I barely use Facebook now, I think the reason for that is that no other app comes close to having an experience closer to the official app. Friendcaster and another app that I recently tried are good, but not close enough for me to use them. The official app only needs to adopt Holo guidelines or at least remove that old Gingerbread menu button from the onscreen navigation buttons, and it should be good enough.

    As for the issues, I have none on my Galaxy Nexus in my usage, though a friend says it fails to load images/comments sometimes on his Galaxy S3 and Nexus 7, so I wonder what’s up. Maybe they aren’t testing well enough on all devices.

    • Friendcaster will not pull many of my friends’ statuses and photos which renders it completely useless. If it doesn’t do 100% of what the official app does, it’s useless to me I don’t care how much faster and prettier it is.

      • TheWenger

        Facebook’s SDK is pretty flakey and doesn’t always show everything you would see if you were on Facebook’s app or web site. I’m sure that Facebook doesn’t use their SDK in making their app and that they have a more direct access to their database.

  • Tony Byatt

    Well, seeing that five of the top six apps are Google Apps, I think we can count this data as a win for Google…

    • michael arazan

      I would love to see the Google+ numbers, how many people are using it now since it first started, the first week it came out it had 50 K users.

  • schoat333

    I’d like to see a stat for how many iPhone users downloaded the new Google maps app the day it came out.

    • angermeans

      There was a report I read a few weeks back and it’s stayed number one free app since its release. It was a lot ill try and find it for ya.

  • This can’t be right…the chart shows people still using Yahoo Messenger.

    • Jonathan Williams

      There are still people around that have a Juno account. *cue The Twilight Zone music*

    • Abhijeet Mishra

      One of my friends chatter on Yahoo! chat rooms till they closed them down this year (or was it last month). He’s 27 and has been doing it for 7 years. So yeah, I guess there are people still using those. Refusal or no interest in moving on to other services maybe?

    • and no twitter?