Facebook closed out 2012 with good news on the mobile front: Ranked by audience size, Facebook captured the No. 1 spot from Google Maps as the top US mobile app as of December 2012, according to data from the comScore Mobile Metrix.
Facebook, which surpassed Google Maps in October 2012, held onto its lead through end of the year, attracting some 85.6 million unique visitors in December, while second-ranked Google Maps captured 74.6 million visitors:
Apple's decision to replace Google Maps with Apple Maps on iOS 6 operating system drove much of the decline in Google Maps use in October and was largely responsible for the position swap, according to comScore; however, since being reinstated on iOS 6, Google Maps has recovered some lost ground.
Though tablets are gaining steam at a rapid pace, smartphone apps are still key drivers of media consumption in the post-PC paradigm: Most mobile Web access occurs via smartphones and roughly 4 out of every 5 minutes spent using smartphones is done so via apps, according to the report.
Below, additional findings from comScore Mobile Metrix.
Top 10 US Mobile Apps
Despite losing the No. 1 spot, Google maintained strong leadership in the app market as of December, accounting for 5 of the top 6 ranked apps.