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Google Maps and Yahoo Weather are Britain's most popular apps, industry data reveals.

According to research from comScore on behalf of GSMA, Google Maps - which comes pre-loaded on most Android devices - was accessed by 6.4m unique users in April 2011, while Yahoo Weather hit second with 3.57m.

Considering we spend most of our day moaning about rain, and a good chunk of it navigating the route home among streams of arse-to-mouth traffic, the news is of little surprise.

The penchant for social networking is growing though and, somewhat predictably, Facebook was high in the popularity rankings sitting in third place. Astonishingly, despite its worldwide popularity, Angry Birds didn't even make the top 20.

Here's a list of the ten front runners:

Total Connected App Users - 8,753,197
1. Google Maps - 6,419,503
2. Yahoo! Weather - 3,567,047
3. Facebook - 3,456,442
4. Google Mobile - 2,554,329
5. YouTube - 2,438,348
6. eBay - 1,195,496
7. Sky Sports Live Football Score Centre - 1,004,085
8. Yahoo! Stocks - 959,289
9. WhatsApp Messenger - 798,656
10. Sky News - 732,374

I always thought our obsession with weather spurred from a lack of trust in weather forecasters, although it turns out we've been moaning for centuries. Historically, discussing the weather has its roots in social networking of a medieval kind, being a neutral topic to engage with 'womenfolk', and ever since the age-old weather talk has been interwound in our DNA like crumpets and a perfect cup of tea.

The transition into modern meteorological tech was surely as inevitable as a change in the weather. ®

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