Top iPhone apps: WhatsApp Takes the Lead

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The Kohl’s store app tops US charts after customer Candace Payne’s Chewbacca mask video goes viral, French iPhone users search for active fuel stations, cute puzzle game Mekorama wins over German users, UberEats opens in Singapore and Starbucks launches its app in Japan.

More details on these iPhone apps by country for the week, by number of downloads and recorded on May 26th, 2016, can be found below.

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USA

Kohl’s (Shopping)
Department store Kohl’s followed up on a May 19 viral video featuring a customer in a Chewbacca mask (147m views on Facebook); company reps arrived at her house with gifts for the rest of the family (32m FB views). Ahead of Memorial Day weekend, the Kohl’s app rose to #1 overall.
itunes.apple.com/app/id472014516

Tecno Spark Go

UK 

WhatsApp Messenger (Social Networking)
Messaging and voice calls via wifi or carrier data, integration with phone contacts, and support for group chats. A new Desktop App for computers, launched May 10, requires mobile phone registration to work properly.
itunes.apple.com/app/id1046846443

WhatsApp Messenger

Australia

iTunes U (Education)
Billed as the world’s largest collection of free education content, iTunes U rises to the top of Australia’s overall free app chart as universities’ autumn semesters draw to a close and exam period begins. Coincidence?
itunes.apple.com/app/id490217893

China

幸运夺宝 (Shopping)
Online shopping app featuring a wealth of goods purchased via a virtual currency of Lucky Beans.
itunes.apple.com/app/id1059383662

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Germany

Mekorama (Games)
Guide a tiny robot through 50 puzzle levels. Fan-made levels spread via QR codes from Facebook, Twitter, and other players’ devices. Contains a tiered “pay what you want” option.
itunes.apple.com/app/id1079464948

France

Essence (Navigation)
Protests at French refineries have disrupted national fuel supply. Essence’s map shows which gas stations have fuel and which don’t. “Gasoil Now” is the country’s #2 free app.
itunes.apple.com/app/id459724569

Canada

Messenger (Social Networking)
Facebook’s multimeia messaging app that works over WiFi or data connection, with groups or personal chat, integration with existing phone contacts lists as well as Facebook friends.
itunes.apple.com/app/id454638411

Facebook Messenger

South Korea

Friends Run for Kakao (Games)
Don cute costumes, choose a course, and get your character running left to right in a race for three players.
itunes.apple.com/app/id1038356454

Japan

Starbucks (Food and Drink)
Launched in Japan on May 25, the Starbucks app offers new product information, store locations, payments via the app, and electronic gift cards.
itunes.apple.com/app/id1113037275

Singapore

UberEats (Food and Drink)
Singapore becomes the first Asian city to receive ride company Uber’s expansion into food delivery. UberEats launched locally on May 25, currently limited to Singapore’s Central Area.
itunes.apple.com/app/id1058959277

Malaysia

Messenger for WhatsApp (Social Networking)
Unofficial app that uses legitimate web interface WhatsApp Web to adapt WhatsApp for iPad, for 2 phones, or puts 2 WhatsApp accounts on the same phone.
itunes.apple.com/app/id1085836849

India

WhatsApp Messenger (Social Networking)
itunes.apple.com/app/id310633997