Stats: Facebook and Google dominate time spent with mobile apps by users

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Facebook and Google apps claim more of U.S. mobile users’ time than any other downloads, and they account for more than three times the total number of minutes spent with all enterprise apps, according to a new report. By CIO

The battle for mobile social supremacy is largely a two-horse race these days as Facebook and Google combine to claim one of every four minutes U.S. users spend on mobile devices, according to a report released this week by Forrester Research. Forrester tracked the app use of 1,721 adult smartphone users in the U.S. during the three-month period ending in December 2014.

Facebook’s collection of mobile apps, including Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp, account for 13 percent of the total people spend using smartphones, according to Forrester. The social media juggernaut also edged out the entire enterprise mobile apps market, which accounted for only 8 percent of time spent on smartphones.

Google’s deeper and more diverse pool of apps, such as Gmail, Chrome and YouTube, took a total of 12 percent of the time the survey respondents spent on their smartphones. Each of the remaining major mobile players — Apple, Amazon, Yahoo, Microsoft and eBay — captured between 1 percent and 3 percent of U.S. smartphone users’ time.

Forrester warns, however, that its mobile-app tracking system doesn’t accurately count the time users spend with preinstalled, native apps, so Google’s share is “substantially undercounted” due to the number of apps that come packaged with the Android OS. So it’s likely that respondents actually spent more time with Google apps than Facebook apps, despite the numbers in Forrester’s report. Read more