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List of most popular iOS and Android apps is dominated by Facebook and Google

Most Popular Smartphone Apps

Whether you’re an iPhone user or partial to Android, one thing smartphone users across the board can enjoy equally is an absolutely endless selection of apps. Today, both the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store each house more than 1.5 million applications. Even better, the days of top applications being exclusive to one platform or the other appear to be winding down.

That said, if we look at a list of the most popular apps, it quickly becomes apparent that the mobile app experience is still dominated by big time players.

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Comscore this week released data covering the top 15 smartphone apps across both iOS and Android as of the end of 2015. Not surprisingly, more than 50% of the app listings originate from just two companies: Google and Facebook.

The number one smartphone app, with a reach of 76.8%, is Facebook. Following not so closely behind are Facebook Messenger, YouTube and Google Play with respective reaches of 62.5%, 61.3%, and 51.9%.

Interestingly enough, Apple Music already managed to garner a reach of 32.2%, an impressive feat which speaks to the unparalleled value of being included as a stock app on iOS.

The full list can be seen below.

From this list of 15, Facebook properties account for 3 listings while Google properties account for 5.

A life long Mac user and Apple enthusiast, Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 6 years. His writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and most recently, TUAW. When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City.