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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RE: Depends on the OS
by whartung on Fri 22nd Aug 2014 23:22 UTC in reply to "Depends on the OS"
whartung
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I can't speak for iOS as I haven't used it past version 6, but when I use a Windows Phone device, I don't have to download nearly as many apps as I do on most Android devices, because so much functionality is baked in to the OS.


Basically it's a testimony to what's already coming bundled on the machine, plus the raw capability of the browsers.

I counted, I have 11 apps on my iPhone, including a banking app (that I only used once to deposit a check). I've had an iPhone since the 3GS hit. They consist of a few games, Google Authenticator, and one of those star map apps that you can point in the sky.

I am either in the browser, or iBooks (reading free ePubs I find). I am content with the built in apps for Weather, Notes, Contacts, Mail, etc. etc. etc.

It even works pretty good as a phone.

My needs are simple, and my "don't mess with it" philosophy grounds it. I don't mess with it, I don't want to mess with it, I don't want to fiddle with it, hack it, root it, "manage media" with it, etc. Only time it touches iTunes is if I need a new book, and perhaps the semi-annual music sync with my all told 700 songs.

I have a 4S, I look forward to the iPhone 6.

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RE[2]: Depends on the OS
by Morgan on Sat 23rd Aug 2014 14:09 in reply to "RE: Depends on the OS"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

My needs are simple, and my "don't mess with it" philosophy grounds it. I don't mess with it, I don't want to mess with it, I don't want to fiddle with it, hack it, root it, "manage media" with it, etc.


This is one of the reasons I prefer a Windows Phone device to Android as my primary device. I do have fun fiddling with Android on other phones in my collection, but for daily use I don't want something hacked together, I want something designed from the ground up to be a phone/communication device first, a toy second. I think that is a real advantage iOS and WP devices have over Android, but obviously I'm in the minority in that opinion.

And that being said, these days if you get a good enough Android phone and don't tinker with it, you have something reliable and usable as a phone.

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