Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Aug 2014 16:09 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Mobile apps have skyrocketed in popularity and utility since Apple introduced the iPhone App Store in the summer of 2008. Apps now represent 52% of time spent with digital media in the US, according to comScore, up from 40% in early 2013. Apple boasted 75 billion all-time App Store downloads at its developers conference in June, and followed up by declaring July the best month ever for App Store revenue, with a record number of people downloading apps.

Yet most US smartphone owners download zero apps in a typical month, according to comScore's new mobile app report.

Companies like Apple like to boast about the 'app economy', but in reality, the situation is a whole lot less rosy and idealistic than they make it out to be. I think most smartphone buyers download the bare essentials like Facebook, Twitter, Candy Crush, and their local banking application, and call it quits.

Together with the problematic state of application stores, the 'app economy' isn't as sustainable as once thought.

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Do I get bonus points...
by WereCatf on Fri 22nd Aug 2014 16:36 UTC
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

..for being one of these people?

EDIT:

I think most smartphone buyers download the bare essentials like Facebook, Twitter, Candy Crush, and their local banking application, and call it quits.


I only have the banking application of those, I guess I'm not one of these people then after all :/

Edited 2014-08-22 16:47 UTC

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RE: Do I get bonus points...
by Morgan on Fri 22nd Aug 2014 17:31 in reply to "Do I get bonus points..."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

If you're still on your Note 2, you've got a lot of features built into TouchWiz that obviate downloading standalone apps. I liked a lot of the Samsung features on the Note 2 I had, and I really only gave that phone up to go to a CDMA carrier and Windows Phone.

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RE[2]: Do I get bonus points...
by WereCatf on Fri 22nd Aug 2014 17:48 in reply to "RE: Do I get bonus points..."
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I never had Note 2, I had the original Note 1. And no, I'm not on it anymore, I'm using LG G2 these days. I don't use any of LG's stuff on it aside from the default caller, SMS- and launcher-apps. I have downloaded a small selection of apps from Play Market, like e.g. AquaMail, Firefox, KeepassDroid and such, but those are all the kinds of apps that, once installed, stay there on the phone indefinitely. I don't play games on my phone, I don't see the point in constantly running after the "next cool app" on Play Market or stuff like that, so once I've gotten my most-used apps set up the way I like them I touch Play Market only to update them.

Looking at this news article I suppose there are plenty of others like me out there.

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RE: Do I get bonus points...
by JLF65 on Fri 22nd Aug 2014 22:50 in reply to "Do I get bonus points..."
JLF65 Member since:
2005-07-06

I've had a smartphone for over a year and still haven't downloaded a single app. The most I've done with it besides calls is using the browser to access google a few times. It's primary usage is a replacement for my landline, with the secondary usage of being able to look up something online while out of town.

If I want to run an app, I have a computer that's 100X more powerful and easy to use than a handheld phone. The reason behind the fact that many people don't download apps is that phones can't do anything useful that can't be done better using your PC. Most people use the phone for calls, texts, playing music, taking photos, checking the time, checking social media, and maybe some light browsing. All of that is built into a modern phone, so no apps are needed. Throw in one or two one-time downloads of a game like Angry Birds and you can clearly see why the average is zero.

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pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

I have a computer that's 100X more powerful and easy to use than a handheld phone


Indeed, but what about the times when you are not near your computer or you're to lazy to start it or go to it?

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RE: Do I get bonus points...
by glarepate on Fri 22nd Aug 2014 23:35 in reply to "Do I get bonus points..."
glarepate Member since:
2006-01-04

+1

There's a bonus point for you for not being one of those people.


I actually have a few apps (102, including my local banking app, 4.25 GB) but of the top 25 I have:

YouTube. Never updated from stock.

Google Play, but it is disabled, both Games and News Stand.

Google Search, updated but not to the latest ver.

Google Maps, updated.

G Mail, updated.

G+, not updated.


Garshk! Am I saying that mine is shorter?

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Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

I have a 105 iPad apps and 67 iPhone apps. Most of those apps I either don't load on the device (because I found something better doing the same sort of thing) or I only load episodically (such as for holidays).

I have a lot of different off-line mapping apps always loaded because I find off-line mapping apps to vary a lot and none do everything perfectly so I keep several in a folder. Ditto several London transport and traffic apps, Ditto several astronomy apps. Then there are a handful of very useful apps I use a lot such as Say It Mail It which I use to send myself an audio notes via email whilst out an about, and various reference apps. I tend to load and unload apps for specific periods or events quite a lot, travel guides, medical guides, photography apps etc.

The single greatest innovation in the app revolution was the very low average price which makes impulse buying so very unproblematic.

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RE: Do I get bonus points...
by bassbeast on Sun 24th Aug 2014 14:21 in reply to "Do I get bonus points..."
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Don't feel bad, I don't even having the banking app so I must be an extra bad smartphone user :-(

But I'm shocked that a callblocker isn't listed because at least here in the states that is usually one of the first apps added.

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RE[2]: Do I get bonus points...
by WereCatf on Sun 24th Aug 2014 16:01 in reply to "RE: Do I get bonus points..."
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

But I'm shocked that a callblocker isn't listed because at least here in the states that is usually one of the first apps added.


Here in Finland it's not really needed. We have a lot of regulations on all the various kinds of telemarketing systems and the likes, we're a small nation, almost no one outside Finland even speaks Finnish and so on. I get a telemarketer trying to get me to order this or that magazine once every three months or so, but that's about it.

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