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What were the 10 most downloaded apps of 2016?

This list of the most downloaded apps of 2016 is iOS only as www.Apple.com was nice enough to make it cleanly available to everyone, not a lot of surprises here with media darlings like Pokemon Go, SnapChat, and Instagram dominating the top of the list:

1. Snapchat
2. Messenger
3. Pokémon GO
4. Instagram
5. Facebook
6. YouTube
7. Google Maps
8. Pandora
9. Netflix
10. Spotify Music

This year’s list will stand the test time much more effectively than the 2015 most downloaded apps did which included such flashes in the pan as Dubsmash, Trivia crack, and crossy roads. As we see a maturation of the app market you’ll see more and more big names and sustained media darlings enter these lists. That leads me to a couple of assertions – we all thought the purchase of Instagram for 1 billion was a little over the top the day it happened – in retrospect we were fairly wrong about that one. Another common prognostication that is likely premature at the moment is the death of facebook as year in and year out the continue to hold steady in the top 10 most downloaded apps of 2016 and beyond; that is even as at this point most of those are users upgrading their phones not net-new so they are still as sticky as ever. Curious about what the most popular apps of today are? Check our feed of the top iOS apps.

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