The research firm Nielsen just published the results of their study on the most popular Android apps. They found that the most popular app for android users, after the Android Market app, is the Facebook app.
Interestingly enough, the Facebook app was the only social networking app to make it into the top 10. The second largest social networking site, Twitter, didn’t make it into the top 10. Neither did LinkedIn, Ning, or Google Plus.
After the top two (Android Market and Facebook), Gmail, Google Search, Google maps, and Google’s YouTube all were in the top six in all the age groups that were surveyed. Not in that exact order across eacy group, but close.
After that it splits up a bit. In the 18 to 24 age group, Pandora radio ranks as number seven, followed by Advanced Task Killer Free, Words With Friends, and Angry Birds.
Angry Birds fares much better and the 25 to 34 and the 35 to 44 age groups. It ranks number seven in both. Then, in the 25 to 34 age group, the top 10 finishes out with Pandora Radio, Quickoffice, and Advanced Task Killer Free. Following Angry Birds in the 35 to 44 age group are Quickoffice, Advanced Task Killer Free, and the Amazon AppStore. Words With Friends came in at number eleven for both these age groups.
Nielsen has been challenged by some of the readers of their study. Several comments posted on their site voice doubt in the findings because twitter is not included in the top 15 in any age group. One commenter said “I suspect there’s some sort of sampling bias.”
But Nielsen is standing by the results of their survey, saying that they based their research on the use of apps of participating owners over the past 30 days. “Nielsen analyzed usage data from its proprietary device meters on the smartphones of the thousands of consumer panelists who agreed to be part of Nielsen’s ongoing Smartphone Analytics research,” Nelson posted in their response.