Ready to hear some oh-so shocking news? Okay, here it comes - Facebook is the most launched app on Android. Well, if you want to get technical about it, Facebook isn't really the most launched app - it actually shows up in the list right behind the Android Market, but considering the Market is the gateway to all other apps (including Facebook, in most cases), it's pretty safe to omit it.

Research firm Nielsen recently dug deep to find which Android apps were launched most often between three different age groups: 18-24, 25-34, and 35-44. Facebook took the number one spot across the board, but the similarities between the three groups end there.


Google Maps, Search, and Gmail totter back and forth for the third, fourth, and fifth spots, with YouTube holding strong at number six. It then becomes apparent that everyone from age 24-44 is more interested in flinging birds at pigs than listening to music or being productive, but that's not much of a surprise.

Not to get all soapbox politician on you, but it hurts my heart to see Advanced Task Killer on this list - across all three categories, no less. When are Android users going to learn that task killers are a complete sham?

I also find it interesting that the list of apps is pretty consistent across all ages, with just a slight displacement of ranking across the three. It really seems that these are the go-to apps across the board for most people; even my own personal usage wouldn't deviate too from these statistics.