Facebook for Android has more average daily users than Facebook for the Apple iPhone

Facebook for Android has more average daily users than Facebook for the Apple iPhone
Stats compiled by AppData show that for the first time since the Android app was launched in September 2009, the average number of daily Facebook visitors viewing the site from their Android phone are outnumbering the average tally of daily viewers checking out the site on the Apple iPhone. The data reveals that Facebook for Android draws in 58.3 million average daily users versus an average of 57.4 million daily readers that are viewing the app on an Apple iPhone. As recently as November 17th of this year, the iPhone app had 2 million more users than the Android version on an average day. Users of the Android Facebook app have recently showed some great momentum with 1.4 million average readers a day being added in the last week compared to a 600,000 average daily viewer gain for the iPhone's Facebook app.

The recent surge in Android users might have to do with the 550,000 activations per day for the green robot. It also could be due to the recent update to the Android version of the app which includes the Timeline feature, something that is currently missing on the iPhone's Facebook app. Until the feature is added to the App Store app,some iPhone users might decide to use the HTML5 powered mobile site from their Safari browser. Another reason for Android overtaking Apple in daily Facebook readers is that since the Apple iPad received its own Facebook app in October it now has 5.5 million average daily users, with some of those coming over to the iPad app from the unoptimized iPhone version and others switching from unofficial third party apps.

The numbers show that when it comes to monthly viewers, the Facebook app for the Apple iPhone gets 99.1 million average users against the Android figure of 85.4 million. But the monthly stats do not have the weight that "stickiness" does. This is the number of monthly viewers that return to the site every day. With the Android figure at 68.2% versus 57.9% for the Apple iPhone, that explains why Android has the lead in daily readers of its Facebook app even though it trails iPhone viewers on a monthly basis.

Why does this matter? These numbers are important because they could play a part in determining where Facebook and other developers decide to put new features and apps first. And if more features like Timeline are written into Android apps before the iPhone gets them, that could help phone buyers make a choice about which platform to buy. As far as the competition is concerned, BlackBerry's Facebook app gets 29.9 million average daily users while Windows Phone's app reaches 360,000 people a day on average.

source: AppData via TechCrunch


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20 Comments

1. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

So much numbers. oO Small mistake: "from their Safati browser" didn't you mean Safari browser?

2. Martine

Posts: 102; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Android user here and I have long uninstalled facebook app even the new version sucks!!!

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Dunno I kinda like it. Its faster and better looking. Still use friend caster more

8. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

I agree the FB app is annoying on android. Slow I mean its better than it was before but damn its slow and kinda retarded at times. For the iPad it works a lot smoother but then it has a tendency to crash like all the time. I really prefer using the web browser on both platforms.

11. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

I have an android and a iphone... the app sucks on both...

3. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Windows Phone doesn't even need the app, it is already fully integrated within the system.

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

New FB features will not be enjoyed in there bud unless you get a OS update that enables it

12. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

True. But I still haven't downloaded the FB app for WP7 because I can already do what I need to do (read the news feed, like/comment, post status updates, check in, post on people's walls, chat via messenger, etc.).

14. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I guess most phones are already doing what most people would like FB to do, Still think its a nice addition if something that you like comes out on a official app and you can get it right away tho. specially if the app has the pros of your built in system app.

6. nuadar1

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

It's still horrible(app and even network) and i will never use it

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the app is still subpar. you would think that one of the most used apps would be a class leading app instead of junk with some duct tape on it. Dont know about iOS, but on android there are lots of alternatives plus of course the mobile,touch, and full version in the browser. I use the main app out of laziness more than anything, but i find myself having to go to the full browser far too often to get something done.

9. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

how can that be everyone ''loves'' iphone its just one product and androids are more but still iphone is ''better''

16. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

if u r trying to incite and android vs ios anrgument, at least make something somewhat legible… and i dont see how this is shocking when android has double the amount of ios users to begin with.. it seems like common logic

10. DKMDROID

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

Of course android would have a bigger number then iOS because if you think about it theres hundreds if not thousands of different Android handsets on the market whereas only a handful of iOS devices so in fact the numbers for android should be much greater but because of a poor facebook app people tend to use theirs browsers and come to think about it, its actually shocking to know that the numbers between iOS and android are so close even taking into account that there are so many different android devices and only and handful of iOS devices

17. xray174

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

u mad?

19. MYTHiKAL unregistered

That is actually surprising knowing that iOS has been available much longer then Android has.. In my case, I use both the Android version Facebook and FriendCaster on my SGS2 Skyrocket for my Normal Self and My other Real Self profiles.. :)

13. EMIRATES_GUY

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

coz android app always doesnt work and lots of lags in it .. in every update still the same problem

15. Netolic

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

so people do not use regular computers or laptops to go to facebook anymore?

20. MYTHiKAL unregistered

Apperantly not as much,, just to convinient to do it on ur phone this days, specially when ur screen size is 4 inches or bigger.. :)

18. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And in a followup, this just in: The Apple App store has more Apple users than Android users. We need more phone/tech news to happen, so these blogs can print something that's newsworthy.

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