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Facebook zooms past Google Maps to become the most used phone app in the US

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ComScore released its latest Mobile Metrix report on Jan. 23, which ranked the top mobile application in the US by audience. Results from Android and iPhone show that Facebook has taken the No.1 spot as the most used mobile app of 2012. Google Maps has slid into second place. The rankings use data from as far back as March 2012 when considering the apps.

Facebook shot ahead of Google in October and kept climbing, reaching more than 85 million users by December.

“Of course Apple’s decision to replace Google Maps with Apple Maps on iOS 6 also caused a decline in Google Maps usage in October, which is largely responsible for the position swap. Meanwhile, 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,” wrote ComScore VP of Industry Analysis, Andrew Lipsman, in a blog post.


Though Google Maps sat in second place, Google managed to take five out of the six top mobile apps spots in the US for 2012. Google Play, Google Search, Gmail, and YouTube were the other apps, in respective order. Combined, all five apps give Google the largest amount of visitors total.

According to a report on CNET.com, Facebook had 85,574 unique visitors using the app in December alone. Facebook also dominates in the amount of time visitors spend on the app.


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