YouTube, Google Maps top list of most downloaded apps on Christmas Day

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Given the fact that millions of iPhones, iPads and iPod touches were given as gifts this year, and that a number of apps and games were on sale, it’s no surprise that there was a huge spike in app downloads on Tuesday.

In fact, app analytics firm Distimo found that daily downloads in the App Store increased by 87% on Christmas Day compared to the December 2012 average. So what was everyone downloading? Read on to find out…

According to Distimo’s data, the top 10 most popular apps (in 40 countries) on Tuesday were:

1. YouTube

2. Google Maps

3. ElfYourself by OfficeMax

4. Where’s My Holiday?

5. Skype for iPad

6. Subway Surfers

7. Flow Free

8. Furby

9. Instagram

10. Emoji & Unicode Icons – Special Symbols For Messages & Email

Numbers 1 and 2 aren’t really surprising, as they were once stock iOS apps. Skype at number five and Instagram at number nine aren’t shockers either. But the other apps are kind of a toss up — there’s a few there I’ve never used.

Distimo also found another interesting statistic: iPad downloads and revenues rose by a staggering 140% and 83% respectively on Christmas day, suggesting that the iPad was a very popular gift this holiday season. A quick look at Twitter confirms this, as Apple’s tablet was a trending topic for much of the day.

At any rate, did you get a new iOS device for the holidays? What were the first apps you downloaded?