Pokémon Go could already be as popular as Twitter in the US

Augmented-reality edition of the popular video game already seems to be more popular than Tinder

New statistics suggest that in the US, Pokémon Go is already as popular as Twitter, and more popular than Tinder.

Released to much fanfare last week, Pokémon Go is an augmented-reality edition of the popular video game franchise which sees the fictional creatures superimposed into real-life settings.

Digital Vision reports that within two days of being released, Pokémon Go had already been installed on 5.16% of Android devices in the US, which makes it more prevalent on these handsets than Tinder.

Some 60% of people who have downloaded the app are using it daily, which means around 3% of Android devices in the US feature an active Pokémon Go app – the same number that featuresan active Twitter app.

Meanwhile, Pokémon Go’s average daily usage time of 43 minutes, 23 seconds is higher than Whatsapp, Instagram and Snapchat.

However, Pokémon Go has also been causing controversy since its launch because of its inbuilt geolocation feature. Police in Australia have issued a warning over gamer safety, urging users to be aware of their surroundings, while it has been reported that a gamer found a dead body while using the app.

Meanwhile, armed robbers in the US have reportedly been using the app to lure “unwitting victims” into areas of “seclusion” before carrying out their crimes.