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comScore: Facebook ends 2012 as #1 mobile app in the USA

comScore: Facebook ends 2012 as #1 mobile app in the USA

According to the latest comScore Mobile Metrix ranking working with the audiences of the top mobile apps in the USA, Facebook has taken a relatively massive leap ahead of Google Maps through 2012 to become the top app in the USA. This listing includes polling of users aged 18 years or older on both iOS and Android devices with a time frame between March and December of 2012, and you'll find that this isn't the first month in which Facebook has taken the lead. Google Maps and Facebook have been nearly neck-and-neck since the earliest results from March of 2012, with Google Maps in the lead until September where usage of Google's mapping solution appears to take a bit of a fall off of a cliff while Facebook continues to steadily rise.

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Nexus Q “no longer available” according to Google Play listing

Nexus Q “no longer available” according to Google Play listing

It's been quite some time since we last heard from the Google Nexus Q, but the reason the media streaming device is making its way back into the news today isn't very good. After months of silence, Google has at last changed the Nexus Q's Google Play listing to say that the device is "no longer available for sale." For those who have forgotten, the Nexus Q hasn't been available for purchase since July, so why Google is just now getting around to changing its Play Store listing is anyone's guess.

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Google Play adds free digital subscription option for print magazine subscribers

Google Play adds free digital subscription option for print magazine subscribers

Both the digital and print versions of magazines have their own perks; the digital version, for example, is easy to enjoy on-the-go without lugging around the weight of physical rags, while the print editions are tactile and enjoyable on a quiet evening indoors. Until now, print magazine subscribers had to pay for a secondary digital subscription to get the magazine on their Android device. That inconvenience ends today.

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ABI ranks Apple App Store tops at start of 2013

ABI ranks Apple App Store tops at start of 2013

In a mix of user interface usage, number crunching, and good ol' analytics, the group known as ABI Research has revealed that Apple's App Store has their top score in the mobile application storefronts category here at the start of 2013. The report they've released ranks stores based on both implementation and innovation with Apple winning the overall combined score over both the Google Play app store and Microsoft's Windows Store, Google's working for Android and Microsoft's working for Windows Phone devices.

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Google lists best Android apps of 2012

Google lists best Android apps of 2012

With Apple recently releasing a list of what it considers to be the best iOS apps of 2012, we've been waiting with bated breath for Google to reveal its own list. The wait is over, as today Google named the best apps to land on the Google Play Store in 2012. The apps range to ones that probably everyone has installed on their Android device to ones that will be relatively unknown to the mainstream crowd, so you could potentially use Google's list to discover your new favorite app.

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Instagram iOS and Android update adds new filter, support for 25 languages

Instagram iOS and Android update adds new filter, support for 25 languages

Undoubtedly wanting to put the recent Terms of Service debacle behind it as quickly as possible, Instagram is directing our attention toward a new update for its Android and iOS apps. Most importantly, this update adds support for 25 different languages to the app on both platforms. There's also a little surprise waiting for users who can't ever have enough filters to apply to their photos.

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