Facebook dominates mobile apps, survey says

Almost half of mobile phone users polled by CIRP singled out Facebook as one of their three most used apps.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg James Martin/CNET

Facebook is tops among mobile users, at least based on the results of a recent survey.

In a report released Wednesday, research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners asked mobile phone users for the names of the three apps they use most frequently. Facebook scored the top spot, ranked by 45 percent of those polled. Twitter came in second at 13 percent, followed by Candy Crush at 11 percent.

"Facebook just dominates mobile phones, in terms of most frequent use, not just downloads," CIRP partner and co-founder Mike Levin said in a statement. "For most other apps, including some well-known ones like YouTube and Pandora, fewer than 10 percent of phone buyers included them among the most frequently used."

CIRP

Facebook also topped the charts as one of the most popular app developers. The company's Instagram app landed in fourth place at around 8 percent. Among those polled, 54 percent put the Facebook app, the Instagram app, or both on their most frequently used list.

Google fared well in the report with 28 percent of those surveyed citing YouTube, Gmail, Chrome, and Google Maps as one of their three most used apps.

CIRP's data is based on a poll of 500 people in the US who activated a mobile phone during the third quarter.

About the author

Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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