World’s top ten smartphone apps announced

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GoogleMaps is the world’s most widely used smartphone app. It is used by 54 per cent of the world’s 969.49 million smartphone user population.

This number is based on a new survey by GlobalWebIndex that asked users worldwide about their favourite smartphone apps. Communication and social media apps dominated the top ten list.

Social networking giant Facebook’s Mobile App took the runner-up position with a strong 44 per cent of the vote. Google’s products are also pretty popular, with YouTube and G+ Mobile App in the third and fourth spots with 35 per cent and 30 per cent, respectively.

Interestingly, Chinese-based Weixin/WeChat landed in fifth position, with 27 per cent of the global smartphone population using the service. The app’s strong ranking is quite impressive considering that its patronage is mainly in the Asian countries of Malaysia, Hong Kong and China.

Twitter’s Mobile App, Skype and Facebook Messenger occupied the sixth to eighth places with numbers close to 22 per cent, a sign that smartphone users want to always be updated and connected even while on the go.

Moreover, online messaging service WhatsApp clinched a 17 per cent share of the total smartphone population and is number nine on the list. Facebook’s Instagram rounded out the list with 11 per cent.

Some of the apps that did not make the top ten but were part of the top 20 include location sharing app Foursquare, photo sharing app Flickr and media app Shazam.

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