Facebook applications, including Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, dominated the top spot in the global app download rankings (excluding games) in the first quarter of this year.
Phone Arena reported quoting a survey of mobile app analyst ‘Sensor Tower.’ The survey compares the Google Play Store, the Apple App Store, and the entire app market.
The Facebook app was the most downloaded in the Google Play Store. The Facebook Messenger app was # 1 in the Apple App Store. WhatsApp ranked second in both stores and ranked # 1 in overall download rankings. Instagram was ranked fourth overall. Four apps on Facebook dominated the first to fourth place in the app market.
In the first quarter of this year, excluding gaming, gross profit for the app market grew to $2.19 billion, up about 63 percent from last year’s $13.34 billion.
Phone Arena and other media were concerned about Facebook monopoly. “Exclusivity is only good when you are a monopoly.”
“If someone is trying to find a better app than Facebook, it’s just going to be in front of a” good enough “app that many people are using,” says Phone Arena. “If you are in 2023, you may be complaining about the pre-installed Facebook kitchen app to run a ‘smart oven’ app.”
Phone Arena also predicted that people would not be able to find their VR content outside of Facebook or log in to Facebook and play their favorite games.
On the other hand, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he will enter the AR (augmented reality) market based on his dominance in the app ecosystem. “Facebook will be the world’s first AR platform company,” he emphasized at the recent Facebook Developer Conference in McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, CA.