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Here are the Top Apps for Your Mobile Platform

From Nielsen are some interesting stats regarding mobile app usage and popularity, based on the app download habits of 4,200 people based in the US. Turns out games are the most used category of smartphone apps for last May 2010 (no surprise, actually), with news/weather and maps/navigation/search a relatively far second and third respectively.

On practically all smartphone platforms, Zuckerberg's baby is a clear winner. For iOS, Blackberry OS, and "other" devices, the corresponding Facebook app is a clear leader in terms of usage. The odd platform out was the Android OS, with its users using Google Maps more.

Last but not least is the average number of apps installed by platform. Apple's mobile OS is a clear winner at 37, with Blackberry bringing up the rear at 10. Windows Mobile slightly fares "better" at 13, followed by "Palm" with 14. Android comes second at 22.

How does your own mobile app usage correspond to Nielsen's averages? Let us know through the comments below.

The State of Mobile Apps

  • djtronika
    plants vs zombies ftw.
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  • g-thor
    Boy do I lag behind in the number of apps on my Android (HTC Magic). I guess I better get busy downloading. I only have twelve apps on it. I'm just not a very good consumer :(
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  • foscooter
    By the name of the article, I thought they were going to tell us the "Top Apps" not top catagories for Apps. wtf

    Like is "RadarNow" better than the "WeatherChannel" app?

    Yet another misleading article title, but they do it to get you to read it, so who is the real dummy?

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  • fulle
    I have like 70 apps on my Droid... but under Apps Organizer it feels like I could easily triple that and still have things well under control. I go under games, and there's like 5, like 5 things categorized under productivity, like 10 under internet, and so on.

    What's interesting, is out of my 70+ apps, only 5 of them cost money, and 4 of the 5 cost me less than 5 dollars. I feel like I'm making out like a bandit... to the point that I started donating to free app developers, to support projects I want to see have continued success...
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  • IFLATLINEI
    foscooterBy the name of the article, I thought they were going to tell us the "Top Apps" not top catagories for Apps. wtfLike is "RadarNow" better than the "WeatherChannel" app?Yet another misleading article title, but they do it to get you to read it, so who is the real dummy?
    Dont turn this around on the reader. The reader has a thirst for usefull information. Its not their fault bait and switch tactics were used. Put blame were it rightfully belongs on Rico Mossesgeld. You can even blame Toms for allowing him to use their site for implementing his cheap tactics.

    Personally I dont care anymore. This is the kind of journalisim ive come to expect from tech sites. How many times are they going to rehash the Verizon iPhone story? They hang onto these stories and when they finally get a story worth printing they dont provide the information people want. Well if I need to do all this research about certain things Im interested in why am I reading their crap?
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  • razercultmember1
    fulleI have like 70 apps on my Droid... lets see how many thumbs down i can get for noting your excessive use of the word "like" >:P
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  • SlickyFats
    Facebook is the worst App I have ever used. The mobile site loads much quicker, the App is flawed at every turn.
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  • hpram99
    It's still sad to see how important marketing is to the industry. Palms terrible (former) marketing firm almost killed what could have been an amazing comeback.
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