Facebook and Google dominate Apple’s ‘Most Downloaded Free Apps of 2016’ list

Apple has released the ‘Top 10 Most Downloaded Free Apps of 2016’ list in early December. The list clearly shows how two American tech firms dominate Apple’s top 10 free apps list. Keep aside the Snapchat and Pokemon Go, three most downloaded iPhone apps in the list comes from the house of Mark Zuckerberg.

Despite being so popular around the world the smash hit Super Mario Run is out of this list, as Apple has published this list in early December. Now, if you or your friends have got the iPhone or using the iPad then try these free apps.



Snapchat has shot to popularity in last five years. First released in September 2011, this app is an image messaging and multimedia mobile application created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown, former students at Stanford University. The app is available for free on both the Android and iOS platforms.


In very short span after first release this app became so popular that Facebook attempted to buy it for $3 billion back in 2012. To stomp out Snapchat Facebook built multiple clones of the app, including Poke and Slingshot. Now Snapchat is reportedly working on the integration of effects from Prisma. It has added Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia ‘Star Wars’ filter and artistic overlays from Van Gogh to Edvard Munch.

Facebook Messenger




This is something we all are well aware and it comes for free like the Facebook app and Whatsapp. The instant messaging service shot into popularity after being launched in August 2011. This very popular app offers the users to send and receive texts and voice messages along with images and it also lets users make video call.

In April, 2014 the Facebook removed the messenger from the main Facebook app and forced the users to download and install the Messenger app instead. Interestingly, Facebook users can send money through this app as well, but this feature is only available in the United States at present. In 2015, Facebook introduced video calling feature in the Messenger app. Another interesting fact is that, anyone can install and use the app even if he or she doesn’t have any Facebook account.

Pokémon GO


Pokémon GO is a free to play, location based augmented reality game that was released in July 2016 and shot into popularity rapidly. This game has been developed by Niantic for iOS, Android and Apple Watch devices. It offers the users in-app purchase options. And because of its vehement popularity in very short span after release, Apple has given this app a place in its top 10 most downloaded list.

In the Pokémon GO game, the player needs to create an account and therefore create and customize his own avatar. The avatar is displayed on a map that uses the player’s current geographical location. The map in the game includes features like PokéStops and Pokémon gyms. The PokéStops provide the players with items like eggs, Poké Balls, berries and potions. This app has been criticized for causing several accidents on road as well, but that didn’t actually affected the popularity.



One of the most popular photo sharing apps in the world developed and released by the Facebook is the Instagram, which was first launched in 2010. This app lets the users to take pictures and share them either publicly or privately on the app. It also lets the users to share these pictures through several social networking platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler and Flicker.

Post its introduction in October 2010, this app became very popular in very short span. Within April 2012, more than 100 million active users started using this app and the number shot to more than 300 million by December 2014. It is available on both the Android and iOS from both Google Play and Apple App Store. It is also available for Windows phones as well.



No wonder, this is the most popular and most used social networking site for quite long time around the world. Facebook rose into popularity in very short span after its launch in 2004. Initially it was launched in US only and later it became available for the rest of the world. This $49.407 billion company also the parent concern for Whatsapp and Instagram as well.

Which was started with Orkut, was revolutionalized by the Facebook. Presently, this app is available in 140 languages around the world. The app is available for download for free. The users of iOS, Android and Windows can download this app for free. It lets the users post picture, video, and texts. Also you can like share other user’s posts.



YouTube is the most popular video sharing website in the world at present. This was launched in 2005 and became popular very quickly. It comes as one of the services provided by Google. Apart from the very popular YouTube website it is also available in app version for the Android, iOS and Windows mobile users. The app ois free to download from Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Users can have their own account in YouTube and share videos for free. Apart from that, who doesn’t have Google account can also watch videos from here. Not only that, YouTube users can earn money by posting and sharing videos as well through the AdSence.

Google Maps

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Another very useful, popular and free app from the house of Google available for download for free. Among several map apps available in the web world, the Google Map is the mostly used and most popular one. It is available for free download for both the iOS and Android users. It was introduced in February 2005 and became popular in very short span.

Google Map offers satellite imagery, street maps, 360° panoramic views of the streets known as Street View, real-time traffic conditions known as Google Traffic. It also gives the users option of route planning by foot, car, bicycle or public transportation. Apart from that, you can activate the app to deliver notifications like traffic condition near your place.



Pandora is an internet radio service, which offers music streaming and automated music recommendation service. It is powered by the Music Genome Project and operated by the Pandora Media Inc. It is available in Australia, New Zealand and United States. The app lets the users to listen to musical selections of a certain genre based on the user’s selection.

This app lets the users to give positive or negative feedback for songs chosen by the service. It is available for download on both the iOS and Android platforms for free. Also, it can be accessed using the user’s personal computer as well. It was launched in January 2000 for the first time and became quite popular within few years. It offers in-app purchases as well.



Gone are the days, when people used to watch movies in theatres and TV shows in televisions. Now a days, people uses Netflix for the movies and television shows. This app comes for free at both Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The users required to do a subscription with which they can watch the movies, television shows on the go in this app.

Such an on the go facility has helped this app to become popular. In 2016 only, the Netflix has released around 126 original television series or films, which was more than any able network in the world. It offers a library called Netflix Original, from where the users can choose and select from a range of TV shows and films.

Spotify Music


Spotify is a Swedish music, podcast and video streaming service. It was first launched in October 2008 by the startup Spotify AB. This app is available for download for free from Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The service is available in most of the Europe, America, Australia and New Zealand. It is available in some Asian countries also.

The Spotify provides access to more than 30 million songs. It comes with new music added almost every day. In June 2016, the Spotify had 100 million monthly active users and in September 2016, the app had 40 million paying subscribers.

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