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Snapchat’s Bitmoji is the No. 1 most-downloaded app in five top markets

Uber makes the list, too.

Rani Molla is a senior correspondent at Vox and has been focusing her reporting on the future of work. She has covered business and technology for more than a decade — often in charts — including at Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal.

Facebook and Google have long dominated the app store, but they’re losing ground to younger tech upstarts.

Snapchat, which went public in March, became a top 10 most-downloaded app in eight of the 10 biggest app markets this year, according to data from app analytics company App Annie.

But Snapchat’s biggest growth comes from Bitmoji, the personal emoji app Snapchat parent Snap acquired last year. At the time, Bitmoji wasn’t in any of these top 10 rankings. Now Bitmoji is the No. 1 most-downloaded app in five top markets: The U.S., U.K., France, Canada and Australia.

Uber’s ride-sharing app also made the top 10 list in three countries — the U.S., Brazil and Australia — for the first time this year.

For the most part, though, Facebook, Google and Snapchat own the top apps:

This study uses only data from iOS, since many Android devices come preloaded with Google apps, meaning download data from Android wouldn’t accurately show user interest. The data was collected from Jan. 1 to March 29 of 2017 and excludes games.

Note that in China, the world’s biggest app market as of 2015, Google is banned, so you won’t see its apps there. Facebook has also been banned in China at times and faces steep competition from homegrown player Tencent.

If you don’t recognize the app icons above, here’s a key:

Download down-low

Rank China United States Japan United Kingdom Russia France Germany Canada Brazil Australia
Rank China United States Japan United Kingdom Russia France Germany Canada Brazil Australia
1 Tencent Video Bitmoji Google Translate Bitmoji Youla Bitmoji WhatsApp Bitmoji Uber Bitmoji
2 Faceu Facebook Messenger LINE WhatsApp WhatsApp Snapchat YouTube Messenger WhatsApp Messenger
3 ofo YouTube AbemaTV Messenger Sberbank Online WhatsApp Snapchat YouTube Messenger Spotify
4 QQ Snapchat DELISH KITCHEN PRANKDIAL VK Messenger Pinterest Spotify Facebook Netflix
5 Mobike Instagram SNOW YouTube AliExpress YouTube Bitmoji Facebook Instagram YouTube
6 Alipay Facebook Yahoo! JAPAN Snapchat Instagram Facebook Messenger Netflix YouTube Facebook
7 Taobao Google Maps Instagram Facebook Viber Instagram Instagram Snapchat FGTS Uber
8 iQIYI Netflix Akinator the Genie Instagram YouTube Pinterest Google Maps Instagram Spotify Snapchat
9 Youku Uber Google Maps Spotify Avito Google Maps eBay Kleinanzeigen Google Maps Netflix Google Maps
10 WeChat Spotify YouTube Google Maps Snapchat Spotify Facebook WhatsApp Snapchat Instagram
Note: Most-downloaded apps in the top 10 iOS download markets, Jan. 1-March 29, 2017. Excludes games. Top download countries listed by 2016 rank. Source: App Annie

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