Top 15 iOS and Android Smartphone Apps Of The First Quarter
There's An App For That
ComScore released its first-quarter data from comScore Mobile Metrix, including the most popular smartphone apps in the United States on iOS and Android devices for users of ages 18 and up. Their numbers suggest roughly 156,650,700 total people fell into this category in the first quarter.
Not to disappoint, but Snapchat, Candy Crush Saga, Angry Birds or any dating app did not make the cut.
Here are the top 15 most popular smartphone apps of the first quarter.
15. The Weather Channel
The Weather.com app starts off our slideshow with 20.1 percent of the app audience, according to comScore Mobile Metrix. That's more than 31.4 million people.
The Weather Channel app markets itself as having "the most accurate forecast available."
The app offers up-to-date weather news, accurate radar maps, push notifications for severe weather alerts and seasonal tools, such as airport delay information and pollen alerts.
The user interface is aesthetically pleasing, with impressive background photos to match locations.
The social media app pulled in 20.4 percent of Android and iOS smartphone users in the U.S., or more than 31.9 million people, according to comScore Mobile Metrix.
Twitter has grown as a fast-paced informative tool, especially in the media world. Information is posted and spread through the web almost instantly. It allows users to see what the buzz is of the moment with its list of top-trending items. It gives users a continuous personal feed of realtime occurring information that is relevant to them depending on whom they choose to follow.
13. iTunes Radio/iCloud
More than 33.6 million iOS smartphone devices downloaded iTunes Radio for a total of 21.5 percent of the U.S. iOS and Android app market, according to comScore Mobile Metrix.
iTunes Radio is Apple's streaming music feature that is part of iTunes and is in competition with Spotify and Pandora Radio. It allows users to pick an artist and automatically stream music from that artist, or music related to that artist or genre.
12. Apple Maps
With almost a quarter of the U.S. Android and iOS smartphone market, Apple's Maps app comes in twelfth in our slideshow. The navigation app had more than 38.3 million users for 24.5 percent of the market, according to comScore Mobile Metrix.
The Google Maps competitor is not nearly as popular due to major inaccuracies that were apparent in the Apple software when it was released during the launch of iOS 6 in 2012, but since has grown in marketshare as Apple continues to update and improve its navigation app.
11. Yahoo Weather Widget
Yahoo Weather had 26.6 percent of the Android and iOS U.S. smartphone market with more than 41.6 million users, according to comScore Mobile Metrix.
The app features captivating pictures of each location, earning it the Apple Design Award in 2013. The weather app features detailed weather information, including weather maps, wind speed, chance of precipitation, sunrise and sunset, and up-to-date hourly weather forecasts.
10. Facebook Messenger
Number 10 on the list is somewhat of a spinoff app as it is Facebook's messaging feature. The app had 26.7 percent of the U.S. iOS and Android market in the first quarter, good for more than 41.8 million users, according to comScore Mobile Metrix.
On Facebook Messenger, users can message their Facebook friends directly, and they'll get a push notification on their phone, similar to a text. Facebook friends can have group messages, and share videos and images with each other without posting to timelines for the world to see.
The photo-editing social media app has grown quite popular since its release in 2010. Instagram had 29.3 percent of the iOS and Android U.S. smartphone market, according to comScore Mobile Metrix. That's more than 45.8 million users.
Instagram has grown to be the second-most-popular social media app on Android and iOS smartphones, ahead of Twitter, Goggle+ and others.
Instagram lets users easily edit and filter images before posting them for the world to see. Users can gain followers and follow others who are of interest to them to check out the fine work of others.
8. Yahoo Stocks
In the first quarter, this app was owned by 30 percent of the iOS and Android U.S. smartphone app audience, which comes out to close to 47 million users, according to comScore Mobile Metrix.
Yahoo's finance app is a handy tool to stay on top of the market by following your quotes, setting alerts regarding your portfolio, and accessing up-to-date news and investment items. The app sends push notifications on breaking news regarding a user's stocks and quotes. This app makes keeping track of your finances easy while you're on the go.
7. Google Maps
The top navigation app in the U.S. Android and iOS smartphone market was Google Maps with 41.5 percent of the app audience, according to comScore Mobile Metrix, which comes out to more than 65 million users.
With Google Maps, users can find their way to their destinations by car, bike, public transportation or on foot. Google Maps also has the option of finding local businesses such as restaurants, gas stations, hotels and more, giving ratings and customer reviews for each.
Since Google's acquisition of the Waze app, Google Maps even tells users of accident or construction sites along routes.
It's not really a surprise that this app is so high on the list, with so many people owning Gmail accounts. The Gmail app had more than 65.1 million users in the U.S. Android and iOS smartphone market in the first quarter for 41.6 percent of the app audience, according to comScore Mobile Metrix.
With this app, you can check your inbox, receive push notifications of new mail, search through all folders of your email, respond to Google Calendar invites, see profile pictures as part of conversations and more. The Gmail app is the most popular email app in the U.S.
5. Pandora Radio
The most popular music streaming service out there starts out our top five.
According to comScore Mobile Metrix, Pandora Radio garnered 44.9 percent of the U.S. iOS and Android app audience in the first quarter, which comes out to more than 70.3 million users.
That's more than double the marketshare of iTunes Radio.
Users can create personalized stations by entering an artist they love. Pandora will then play the same and similar artists automatically, for a playlist users enjoy. Users can also discover new music on the playlist, and even "like" certain songs, to hear them or similar ones more often.
4. Google Search
It's no wonder that the top search engine on the Internet has a very popular app.
Google Search had 48.3 percent of the U.S. iOS and Android app audience in the first quarter, according to comScore Mobile Metrix. That's good for more than 75.6 million users.
Not only does the Google Search app do everything the Google search bar on your web browser does, but it also automatically gives users information they're interested in, such as weather and sports scores. It also can be set to give reminders for appointments or picking up groceries. Users can vocally ask Google Search questions, and it will speak the answer right back.
The popular video website purchased by Google in 2006 has nearly 50 percent of the U.S. Android and iOS app audience at 49.7 percent, more than 77.8 million users, according to comScore Mobile Metrix.
Users can watch videos on pretty much anything, whether it's on learning to tie a tie, a movie or album review, or just another funny viral video that they don't want to miss out on. The app, just like the website, gives users suggestions for other videos they might like based on what they are currently watching or what they have watched in the past.
2. Google Play
Well, you can't get apps without an app distributor.
No. 2 on our list is Google Play, the app distributor for Android devices. It also runs on iOS devices as it offers books, movies, TV shows and music to iPhones and iPads.
Google Play was on 50.9 percent of the U.S. iOS and Android devices in the first quarter, according to comScore Mobile Metrix. This totals more than 79.7 million users.
Users can browse, search and download applications published by Google along with other media and publication downloads. Users also can buy hardware and accessories from Google.
The popularity of this app may or may not surprise you, but it's really unmatched.
According to comScore Mobile Metrix, the Facebook app was on 74.1 percent of iOS and Android devices in the U.S. in the first quarter, good for more than 116 million users.
Facebook is a social media app that allows users to stay in touch with their friends, share media content with each other, check up on each other and interact.
Facebook's popularity has blown up in the app space as its total users, according to this report, come out to more than 38.3 million more than that of Twitter and Instagram combined.