NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nielsen, the leading global provider of information and analytics around what consumers buy and watch, today released the first mobile media rankings based on audience measurement data from the company’s new Nielsen Smartphone Analytics. This new service uses metered data from thousands of Android and iOS smartphones in the United States to report actual consumer behavior.
“Metered insights are instrumental to the growth of mobile media,” said Jonathan Carson, general manager of Digital, Nielsen. “Publishers and media companies can finally get the audience measurement metrics they need to price and sell their advertising inventory, while advertisers and marketers can better define winning strategies for leveraging the power of mobile.”
Nielsen Smartphone Analytics provides audience measurement metrics and ratings, including frequency, duration, and total audience measures. Nielsen currently has meters installed on more than 5,000 smartphones used by consumers who have chosen to be a part of this smartphone panel. (These consumers understand Nielsen is only interested in sharing anonymous, aggregate data and not any personally identifiable information.)
First Android App Ratings Released
According to the first mobile audience measurement data from metered smartphone usage, after the Android Market app itself, apps for Facebook, maps and mail had the highest active reach among U.S. Android users above the age of 18. (“Active reach” is defined as the percentage of Android owners who used an app within the past 30 days.”)
While many of the top 20 apps showed similar active usage by both male and female Android smartphone owners, there were notable differences in active reach for social apps. Facebook's mobile app saw an active reach of 81 percent for women Android smartphone owners compared to just 69 percent for male Android smartphone owners. Twitter also reached more women (16.5%) than men (13.4%). However, Google+, the newest social network, had more than twice the active reach among men (15.8%) than women (7.2%).
Outside of social media, apps like Kindle and Words With Friends had higher active reach among women, while Quickoffice Pro and the Amazon App store had higher active reach among men. Google Maps had a higher active reach among men, too: 77 percent active reach among men compared to 71.8 percent among women.
Top 20 Android Apps in the US
Source: Nielsen Smartphone Analytics, Device-meter data from July 2011, Android Smartphone Users, 18+
|Android App Name||Overall Active Reach|
|Advanced Task Killer Free||26.1%|
|The Weather Channel||17.8%|
|Words With Friends||16.0%|
|Talk – Text to Voice||16.0%|
|Angry Birds Rio||13.6%|
|Android App Name||Male Active Reach|
|Advanced Task Killer Free||24.2%|
|The Weather Channel||18.3%|
|Talk – Text to Voice||16.7%|
|Angry Birds Rio||13.5%|
|Words With Friends||12.2%|
|Android App Name||Female Active Reach|
|Advanced Task Killer Free||28.3%|
|Words With Friends||20.3%|
|The Weather Channel||17.2%|
|Talk – Text to Voice||15.1%|
|Angry Birds Rio||13.8%|
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