List of Top 10 downloaded apps in Q1 shows our supercharged smartphones are basically Facebook machines

Ever felt like there's too much Facebook in your apps?

Ever felt like there's too much Facebook in your apps?


The smartphone you are reading this on might not be the latest and greatest model. It could cost $100, or $1000 – doesn't matter. It's guaranteed to be at least several hundred times more powerful than the computer in the Apollo 11 that took mankind to the Moon over 40 years ago. So, how does humanity make the most of this immense computing capacity?

In SensorTower's Top 10 most downloaded apps in Q1 for Google Play and the Apple App Store, the Facebook app is the #1 download on Android; Messenger tops iOS downloads; WhatsApp is the most popular app overall, and Instagram is number four. The most powerful electronic device to ever fit in one's pocket is a glorified Facebook machine.

Is that a problem? Well, smartphones are much more capable than this, and all these ambitious developers pushing increasingly clever algorithms know it. Even if their innovative apps don't get to dethrone Facebook, or ever make it to the Top 10, they can still get tens of millions of installs if they work as promised and aren't boring or redundant. The incredibly, almost disappointingly mundane ways in which we use these elegant devices isn't stifling technological progress. So here's a real problem.

For all the flack Facebook gets, its products are disproportionally omnipresent. And for a company that has no clue how to make a phone, Facebook sure knows how to take over yours. Mark Zuckerberg successfully conquered reality before it even came down to augmented or virtual reality, and he's completely open about his intentions to dominate these – and other emerging mediums – as soon as possible.

Your reluctance to seek potentially better alternatives to Facebook's apps, because everyone else is using them and they are "good enough" is putting way too much power in this person's hands, way too easily. If it's 2023 and you are complaining that your smart oven or whatever came pre-loaded with an obnoxious Facebook for Kitchen app you cannot remove; struggle to find quality VR content outside Facebook or any of the services it bought; you can't play a game you like without logging onto FB first; you can't use the darn oven without logging onto FB first, and otherwise feel Zuck'd out on life – hey, guess what, you have only yourself to blame.

Any other interesting, mildly ominous takeaways from the ranks? Apparently, people keep believing Clean Master works. UC Browser is still a thing. Apple users are downloading Google Maps instead of using Apple Maps because... honestly, no idea. Snapchat users are bored. And what's a Faceu? It sounds like... nevermind!

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11 Comments

1. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

What a stupid article. Of course one uses Facebook and other social apps more than anything. I have hundreds of apps installed on my phone but Facebook is the most used for the simple it's the most dominant social app. For example, I use many other apps that smart things like banking, reading, investing, among other things but you can only use those for so long in a given day. Their purposes are not be used all day long, as opposed to Facebook. Also you are raising an issue you don't offer solutions for. What should people be doing with their powerful smartphones?

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3944; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I don't facebook whatspp or messenger, because they are trash. I do have insta but I don't really use it....two photos for the win lol.

5. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Well FB is convenient for messaging and browsing memes

11. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3944; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I can search memes from iMessgae and I keep twitter, snap, and insta for convenient messaging because unlike the main FB app and FB massager they don't drain you battery.

8. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

I only go to Facebook for some quick laughs and some news from families and friends. The rest I try to ignore like fake news and click bait.

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Clean Master works. I use it for freeing up storage space. The other features are BS, after I clean I force stop it so it won't be bothersome. I also saw Quickpic's descent, it's not on the top anymore after the buyout.

4. torr310

Posts: 1625; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Highly Recommend "Friendly" app to replace: Facebook、Messenger、Instagram.

6. neon8

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 23, 2017

Personally for me one and only app beside phone, sms and Viber is Termin3 which I use to remind my clients for haircut. No Facebook. No Insta. :-)

7. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Is this even surprising? Most people aren't even tech enthusiasts. They just want a way to connect to other people and accomplish tasks productively while on the go.

9. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

The irony is that in order to run fb, messenger smoothly you actually need a flagship phone...

10. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1521; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Recent update has made Facebook feel like my S7 is on dial up, only app that makes my phone crawl. Haha

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