The ranking uses each app's total number of user ratings as a proxy for number of downloads (which the app stores don't disclose.) Most of these apps have ratings of at least four stars. When companies offer more than one app (like Kayak or SCVNGR), I included stats for only their most popular app.
Weight-loss app that claims it has helped its users shed more than seven million pounds.
Total # of Ratings on iTunes & Android Market: 309,055
Boston, MA (now owned by PayPal)
Discover restaurants, stores, and things to do near you, and access special offers.
Total Ratings: 98,457
Update your Facebook status, send text messages, or search the web by speaking.
Total Ratings: 98,380
Info and user reviews of hotels, restaurants, and activities in hundreds of cities.
Total Ratings: 77,093
Headquartered in Stamford, CT, but mobile apps developed in Concord, MA
Searching for prices of airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars.
Total Ratings: 57,929
Games and social networking for mobile phones.
Total Ratings: 41,574
Free texting and photo messaging.
Total Ratings: 41,133
Note-making, organization, and reminders.
Total Ratings: 26,719
Game that encourages you to earn points (and discounts) by checking in or doing location-based challenges.
Total Ratings: 19,966
Keeping track of your runs, bike rides, or other exercise, and sharing stats with others.
Total Ratings: 19,467
About Scott Kirsner
Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched Boston.com in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Variety. Scott is also the author of the books "Fans, Friends & Followers" and "Inventing the Movies," was the editor of "The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England," and was a contributor to "The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston." Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and Future Forward. Here's some background on how Scott decides what to cover, and how to pitch him a story idea.
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