Social Travel Apps Thrive as App Store Hits 40 Billion Downloads

By Devon Glenn 

Apple announced today that its App Store customers have downloaded more than 40 billion apps. It was a record-breaking year, the company said, with nearly 20 billion apps downloaded in 2012 and two billion downloads in December alone.

Aside from popular social networks like Facebook and Twitter, social applications for travelers are doing especially well. On AppData’s leaderboard for iOS apps, Yelp is ranked #2 among travel apps (just behind Google Earth), with TripAdvisor at #12, Uber at #15, and Airbnb at #21.

Uber and Airbnb now have millions of users on iOS, according to Apple. Uber rolled out changes to its iOS app in December that included an improved interface, fare estimates, and location data from Foursquare. Airbnb also got an upgrade in June with a beautiful new design, traveler wish lists, and curated lists.

Overall, there are 775,000 apps for iPhone, iPad,and iPod touch; and 300,000 native iPad apps in 23 categories. Apple counts 500 million active accounts in 155 countries worldwide.

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