Facebook, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram were the four most downloaded apps of the decade according to new research by App Annie.
All four apps are owned by Facebook, with the social media giant’s eponymous app being the most downloaded app between 2010 and 2019, followed by the company’s Messenger app.
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WhatsApp came in third and Instagram fourth.
Snapchat, Skype, TikTok, Alibaba’s UC Browser, YouTube and Twitter completed the top ten compiled by App Annie.
Looking at the most downloaded apps of the decade, Facebook has dominated the mobile space representing the four most downloaded apps of the decade with Facebook, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram,” commented App Annie.
“Communication and social media apps are consumer favourites, accounting for 7 of the top 10 apps by downloads this decade.”
The research comes as the UK government moves to create a technology watchdog to police large tech firms including Facebook.
Sources involved with the process speaking to the Financial Times said the regulator will be given power to implement a range of rules including an enforceable code of conduct.
The decision comes after former US president Barak Obama’s chief economic advisers Jason Furman led a review into the “emergence of powerful new companies” in the tech sector and recommended a dedicated regulator.