Although Apple did not make it into the top six mobile apps in 2012, Apple Maps prevented Android-maker Google from capturing all six positions, according to Internet research firm comScore. As it is, the Mountain View, California search firm captured five of the six slots, it’s Google Maps mobile app falling to No. 2 after briefly being dropped by Apple.

Social media giant Facebook claimed the number one spot in a list of top apps for 2012, pushing Google Maps into second place, Internet researchers announced Thursday. CEO Mark Zuckerberg might consider sending Apple a thank-you note, as the iOS Maps debacle is now seen as the reason for Facebook overcoming its rival…

Despite the upset in the No. 1 spot, Google apps were five of the top mobile apps ranked by number of visitors, according to comScore.

Google Play ended 2012 as No. 3, Google Search in No. 4, Gmail in No. 5 and Google’s video-sharing site YouTube rounded out the top six spots.

While Facebook’s app accounts for 23 percent of time spent on mobile apps, Apple’s decision to drop Google Maps for Apple Maps “is largely responsible for the position swap,” report author Andrew Lipsman wrote at the research firm’s blog.

Google Maps has been clawing its way back the past few months after getting reinstated on iOS 6, so look for the competition for the #1 spot to heat up as we head into 2013.

Here’s your chart.


Although Apple only relented and let Google Maps back in the fold after waves of customer complaints, the move has also helped the iPhone maker.

Along with boosting iOS 6 adoption, both commentators and Google itself said Google Maps is better on iOS than Android. Google’s mapping app for iOS even fueled traffic to Apple’s App Store.

Both Facebook and Google accounted for one-third of all time spent in mobile apps, the research said. While Facebook comprised 23 percent of mobile usage, Google’s apps combined account for 10 percent of mobile app time.

The free Gmail app by itself attracted 3 percent of mobile app time, according to comScore.

Apple’s iTunes was the No. 8 most-visited mobile app. By comparison, comScore listed Google Play for Android smartphones in fourth position.

iPhone 5 (App Store teaser, hunderds of thousands of endless possibilities)

Despite the rise of tablets over PCs, smartphones still drive mobile app usage. Mobile apps account for four out of every five minutes spent on smartphones, according to the researcher.

Besides the increasing friction between Google and Facebook, we should see a number of mobile app questions answered in 2013.

This year may be the break-out year for Twitter, Amazon or eBay to make it into the top 10 mobile apps. Also, as people increasingly turn to mobile streaming video services, such as Netflix and Hulu, we could see some competition for YouTube’s place.

“If there is one thing we can all bet on, it’s that the market will look very different a year from now,” Lipsman writes.

  • No that important if only US stats, would like to see for the global market. Also google may have higher rankings but Apple make a higher profit on the App Store than google play.

    • Mohammed Sahib

      Off the topic.

    • maurid

      This has nothing to do with what’s being discussed lol.

      • Yes well this site has nothing to do with droid trolls..,

      • maurid

        I do own an iPad, so as far as I’m concerned I am “””””qualified””””” to be on this site. As for brainwashed people like you, however, I’m not sure.

      • I buy all tech.. that’s what I do. You can never have too much tech in my opinion,Windows based gadgets (surface pro tab coming very shortly), Android (still got a one x and Archos Tab) as well as Apple ( got the lot just about), but I know what the best for me, my opinions are based on first and experience across all platforms, not just hatred for one company like you..,

  • Gerard Hampton

    Who cares. all these apps were pretty obvious anyway. oh no google came second.. plus 4 other spots lol add up the total of google unique users vs the total of any other brand and google wins easily. interesting stats but really doesnt mean much to us, well unless you have shares in these companies.

  • and most of their success is due tok the

    • Tr1pTr0p

      You talk out of your ass way too much. Actually, their search engine, mail, YouTube, maps and other popular services are the reason Google is successful today.

      • you are just sad that android sucks..

      • Tr1pTr0p

        I don’t have to be sad, because Android is perfectly fine. But you sound quite pathetic and insecure trying to lie to yourself by repeating the same thing over and over and over again.

    • maurid

      Think before you say things at least once. ONCE. How could the iPhone possibly be responsible for most of Google’s success? Have you considered that their success is due to their OS being in more than a bazillion phones? Or the fact that their search engine is the biggest one there is/has ever been? Get your head out of your ass, Joe Jonsen.

      • iphone beats all android phones in web usage..FACT

      • Do your research troll bitches… the official fact is below:

        Google earns 80% of its mobile revenue from iOS, just 20% from Android

      • Don’t believe it? Just research on Google 😛

  • dady king

    Google say thanks to apple ..

    • This is very true… Most of the revenue google make from search engines on mobile device comes via iOS. Tut tut 2 the apple hating trolls.

      • Hyr3m

        Riiiight… because that figure is so important compared to all the other revenues Google has…

      • However you want to look at it the fact is if Google wasn’t on iOS devices it would reduce revenue… Fact!

      • Hyr3m

        It would indeed reduce Apple’s revenues. Look at the iPhone1’s keynote; Apple would be nothing without Google! (I know that’s not what you meant but you’re completely wrong and you actually made a revealing lapsus ^^)

        Also, your “fact” is pretty near-sighted… because you don’t realize that if iOS didn’t have any app from Google, Android’s marketshare would be much, much bigger than Apple’s and as such, Google would make a lot more money through licensing its OS to android-phone makers.

      • maurid

        Spot on.

      • Hyr3m

        IKR 😛

      • That Bollocks, people don’t buy Apple because of Google Apps. People but Apple because of iOS, the quality App offering, the well built, beautifully designed products they produce. Remember if Apple didn’t create the iPad then tablets would have never taken off. If apple hadn’t released the iPhone all these touch screen droid phones would never have emerged the way they have, these are facts. APPLE kicked off a new revolution without which you would still be using a samdung

      • A Samdung clamshell*

      • Hyr3m

        So I’ll be answering to you answering to yourself…

        I’m paraphrasing but “not because of Google apps but because of iOS and its quality app offering” -> Have you even read this article we’re commenting on ? iTunes is the only one in there and that’s because it’s at the core of Apple’s strategy since the iPod and that (imho immoral) strategy had a great impact on Apple’s success (and imho successive demise) ! They’re trying to get Apple Maps up there but you know what happened to Apple Maps (at least for now)… 5 of top 6 are from Google.

        “tablets would never have taken off” … “never”… such wishful thinking… No but you’re right, no other technology seen in science fiction universes has ever been somehow or somewhat brought to life.

        “androids would never have emerged the way they have” -> wrong again but only because of the “never”. The fact is indeed that androids wouldn’t have emerged as they have… Yeah, it would’ve been much better than having to fight with a giant jock-douche with a lot of charisma and “strings”; Most smartphone owners would know what computing really has achieved and which era it had brought upon us… an era which btw is now rapidly being supplanted by a new one brought about by commercial entities (used by the same people that control the poison you eat, drink and breathe; the governments of most so-called democracies; what most people think, what some do or how long they live (or dont)) that now make money on the back of a lot of software developers; it’s somehow now become the norm, like in music before, that creators should somehow give an important percentage of what they earn to humongous corporations (which btw provide any info requested by intelligence agencies from “friend”-countries).

        The revolution you talk about is one of mass manipulation, closed doors, overpricing, betrayal and sheer stupidity. Well… none of that is new… they just brought it to the mobile tech world and pwned a bit of the home pc with it too. Really sad when you think about it…

      • Yes I agree with you, sad you are for sure, spending your time bashing Apple on an Apple blog…

      • Hyr3m

        I really like the argument you’ve just brought forward! I think I’ll agree with the OP and say Google says thanks to Apple (for stopping to be a threat after having become excessively retarded)

      • Google benefits from Apple, Apple benefited from Google. Both companies want more control and a bigger slice of the pie.

        So long as I can use great apps and services on either platform, I don’t really care about which company was more essential to the other’s success.

  • Hyr3m

    “Hundreds of thousands of endless possibilities” : definitely one of the funniest and most ridicule ads I’ve ever seen! Same as saying “Countable of uncountable possibilities”

    What’s next Apple ?

    “A freezing amount of heat”

    “Conceptualized in a very dark and obscure well-lit room”

    “The most intelligently stupid thing since the previous iPhone” (that one is actually pretty accurate)

    “Smart stuff made for oxymorons” (pun intended, also somehow true)