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Most popular Android apps of 2011

If you're aged 35 and over, Angry Birds might be more your thing. But no matter what your age is, you’re more than likely using a range of Google-made apps like Gmail, Maps and Search, and social networking app Facebook on your Android device, says market researcher Nielsen in his latest research on smartphone usage in the US.

business Updated: Dec 14, 2011 18:28 IST
AFP

If you’re aged between 18 and 24, you’re probably using YouTube to watch videos, playing social word game Words With Friends and listening to Pandora radio. If you're aged 35 and over, Angry Birds might be more your thing.



But no matter what your age is, you’re more than likely using a range of Google-made apps like Gmail, Maps and Search, and social networking app Facebook on your Android device, says market researcher Nielsen in his latest research on smartphone usage in the US.



"Facebook’s popular app is the most active among Android owners 18-24 and 25-34, who both hover at around 80 percent active reach. Additionally, more than three quarters of users aged 35-44 used the app recently as well," said Nielsen.



Google’s social network Google+ was more popular with those aged 25 and above than with younger users but did not make it into the top 15 most-used apps ranking.


Google’s own video-sharing app YouTube is a popular choice for Android owners with 64 percent of 18-24 year-olds using the app during the last 30 days.



“A preference for media apps with a social dimension (e.g. Words with Friends) among the 18-24 set is also reinforced by their sizable usage of music and video apps (e.g. Pandora) compared to older demographics,” noted Nielsen.



Angry Birds is more popular with users aged 35-44 than younger generations. In the last 30 days, 24 percent of those aged 35-44 fired up the app while only 22 percent of 18-24 year-olds and 29 percent of 25-34 year-olds battled against those nasty green pigs.



Angry Birds was popular with iPhone users too this year. Apple announced that application had topped its list of most popular paid iPhone apps for 2011 during the company’s annual Rewind recap.



Facebook was also extremely popular with iPhone users and grabbed the first place in Apple’s top ten free iPhone apps for the year. Pandora Radio, Words With Friends and Twitter were ranked second, third and tenth respectively.



Mobile Application Reach, by age, according to Nielsen:



18-24

1. Android Market


2. Facebook


3. Google Search


4. Gmail


5. Google Maps


6. YouTube


7. Pandora Radio


8. Advanced Task Killer Free


9. Words With Friends


10. Angry Birds


11. Quickoffice


12. The Weather Channel


13. Adobe Reader


14. Amazon AppStore


15. Yahoo! Mail



25-34

1. Android Market


2. Facebook


3. Gmail


4. Google Maps


5. Google Search


6. YouTube


7. Angry Birds


8. Pandora Radio


9. Quickoffice


10. Advanced Task Killer Free


11. Words With Friends


12. Amazon AppStore


13. Adobe Reader


14. The Weather Channel


15. Yahoo! Mail



35-44

1. Android Market


2. Facebook


3. Gmail


4. Google Search


5. Google Maps


6. YouTube


7. Angry Birds


8. Quickoffice


9. Advanced Task Killer Free


10. Amazon AppStore


11. Words With Friends


12. Yahoo! Mail


13. Pandora Radio


14. Adobe Reader


15. The Weather Channel

First Published: Dec 14, 2011 12:48 IST