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Facebook used on 86% of iOS devices, Google rules Android

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Facebook used on 86% of iOS devices, Google rules Android
There have been pretty consistent rumors about Facebook developing its own phone, but in the meantime, the company is doing quite well at making sure its app is installed on the current leading smartphone platforms. A new study by NPD has checked what the most popular apps are on iOS and Android, and the top app in the iOS ecosystem is Facebook, which is used on 86% of devices. On the Android side, not surprisingly, the top spots are mostly Google.

Facebook used on 86  of iOS devices, Google rules Android
The study looked at the "reach" of various apps on each platform, which is to say what apps people actually use the most. Facebook not only is at the top of the iOS chart, but it also comes in 4th on the Android chart with 70% reach on the platform. NPD notably did not include app or content stores in the list, and also didn't include stock apps (except for Weather), which skews the results a bit. Because Google apps aren't technically part of the Android OS, they all make the list, and take 5 of the top 6 spots. 

Another surprise on the iOS list is that YouTube comes in at 40% reach, and given that most stock apps aren't counted, it's hard to say if this is the stock iOS 5 YouTube app, or the YouTube app that Google launched in the App Store just before iOS 6 launched. The numbers come from research done in November of 2012, so, if it's the latter, that would mean Google's app took the #3 spot on iOS reach after just two months in the App Store. 

source: NPD

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posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:43 2

1. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6283; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Why is this news? Does anyone even care bout FB? & their phone will fail just like the htc design their crappy fb phone.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:50 9

4. darkkjedii (Posts: 10655; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


dude Facebook has about 1,000,000,000 users I would say somebody cares

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:59 4

6. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5474; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Remember that some people has more that one account, some people has registered but don't use it and some accounts are just scam and spam. I agree that there still is huge amount of "normal" accounts, but it is good for Facebook to publish such big numbers.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 18:26 1

12. jaoowolabi (Posts: 201; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


so if there were no fakes it would be small?

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 18:29

13. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5474; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I already have answered to your question just read my comment #6 again. ;)

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 20:18

20. darkkjedii (Posts: 10655; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's true, but Facebook is huge. His post would've been better aimed at MySpace.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 19:12

15. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


I care.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:48 2

2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5474; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Facebook used on 86% of iOS devices..."

In my opinion Facebook fanatics and iPhone consumers (mostly) are the same kind of people who very like to show off so I'm not surprised about such results.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 18:14 3

10. flower99 (banned) (Posts: 54; Member since: 18 Nov 2012)


you do realise that facebook account 70% on android right? before the bash, lets start the math. assume the ratio on ios to android user is 1:4, if 80% mean 80 user on ios facebook, that mean 70% mean 270 android user on facebook. thanks to the high volume of android around the globe, more facebook fanatics are using android than the ios, did you see the clear picture?

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 18:20 1

11. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5474; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"you do realise that facebook account 70% on android right?"

Do you realise that 70% on Android, but not all Android users use Facebook while Facebook used on 86% of iOS devices?

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 18:45

14. Ninetysix (Posts: 1486; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


I think you failed you math as well as your ability to reason.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 21:05

25. protozeloz (Posts: 5372; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Scores! And the droid goes wild!!!!!! :D

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:50 6

3. cripton805 (Posts: 914; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Android users have a life

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:51 5

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 10655; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


And whats that life? Cuz I see alot of android users on PA attacking I OS users

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 19:17 2

16. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


It's, that's nothing new, that's common even there are loads a Mac haters since the 90s and still persistent. They get bashed hatred and be called names, which is a very big shame and humiliated!

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 19:23 2

18. cripton805 (Posts: 914; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


I also see it the other way around. When Android came out, iOS users bashed on Android like no other. I was here.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 20:19 1

21. darkkjedii (Posts: 10655; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yep some of these iOS users bring it on themselves.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 17:16 2

7. Ninetysix (Posts: 1486; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


70% of Android users disagree.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 17:25 2

8. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5474; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


And many iPhone users are in deny with reality. ;D

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 19:20 1

17. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Very true, they don't like to face reality and likes to be controlled and not liking freedom, Linux.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 21:47 1

27. cripton805 (Posts: 914; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


At least Im not part of this FB fad. I dont even have the app. I also dnt know when was the last time I signed on. Android or iOS its a waste of time. It seems that FB is full of kids and drama and stupid groups.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 17:42 6

9. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


I think Google+ is much better than Facebook... It's too bad that not as many people use it.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 19:30

19. dsDoan (Posts: 216; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


What do you find better about Google+?

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 21:08 1

26. protozeloz (Posts: 5372; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Hangouts are cool bro, also app actually is as good as the page.... Anyone with the app can do 95% of what the page can do, witch I love, post and comments can be easily edited, YouTube cast are awesome and people can share music with you oh and trends.... Sometimes is really cool to know what are open profiles talking about

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 20:26

22. shuaibhere (Posts: 1307; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Very true...

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 20:56

24. networkdood (Posts: 6264; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I agree - it is not as cluttered as Facebook - I turned off my FB account...found it more and more useless.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 20:54

23. networkdood (Posts: 6264; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


G+ comes in my N7 built in, but you have to sign in to use...to be honest, I am not into the whole social site scene and I block the crap on my PC using chrome and an add-on called disconnect.

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