A massive 66% of US smartphone owners download zero apps per month, Samsung is still the most popular Android brand
1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3541; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
I see sideloading via Bluetooth, MMC, etc. being the other option for this zero downloads.
2. timukh (Posts: 273; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Another disadvantage of android (and developpers)....
PS- I am an android fan
3. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3541; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Disadvantage? How come? It saves data and money.
6. timukh (Posts: 273; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Imagine u are a developper and ur app costs $1. Now will u consider this as an advantage?
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For us users its great but is disadvantage for developers.
10. techspace (Posts: 930; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
it's not great for the users because that will reduce the developers' interest...and the sideloaded app also makes the phone more vulnerable to malware.
9. techspace (Posts: 930; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
downloading free apps from the play store is easier than sideloading....it's like the second option for those who already download a lot of apps from the play store.
Most of the users sideload apps because they don't want to pay for them in the play store....so it is a disadvantage for the developers.
15. timukh (Posts: 273; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Thank you for getting my point. Life of a developer is very hard, trust me when I say this.
24. techspace (Posts: 930; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
I always tell the same thing to everyone...you can't expect the developers to work for free...
But don't expect everyone to be as sympathetic
11. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1675; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
I would be willing to bet that the numbers are so insignificant that they fall well within the margin of error.
4. Veigald (Posts: 266; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)
This should actually not be surprising to anyone. Most people use their smartphones to make calls, send messages, do some Facebook-ing and occasionally use their browsers.
5. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 721; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)
Not as extreme a number as the one for the UK, but close - a perfect example of why the app-argument against WP is extremely overused; most people will not, or only to a miniscule extent, be affected by the app gap...
21. JC557 (Posts: 1239; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Also WP comes with a lot of software that many people use already anyway. I was using the maps app on the One M8 for Windows and it was pretty much just as good as the Google Maps on my M8. Then there's the office suite included with WP as well as email and social media clients. One app I rely on the most would be a transit status app for NYC and lo-and behold I found one in the WP store and it works just as well as the many related apps I have on my M8 (many of which are longer updated).
7. nlbates66 (Posts: 320; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)
think this number doesn't mean much to be honest, you buy phone, put apps you want on it and then stop downloading apps, is that so strange? :/
13. blitzkreig (Posts: 103; Member since: 18 Aug 2014)
2 quick points..
1. The supposed disparity in income statement was unwarranted. The sample size studied is not known & neither is it clear on what basis was the sampling technique chosen. Assuming that the statement is true, it represents only the US market. Such statements only reinforce the mis(conception) that iphone/ipad users are rich & those using other platforms(android) are poor. This in to downright insulting comments being traded between fanboys on such sites.
2. An average android smartphone/tablet user is more than covered out of the box as far as apps are concerned. There are usually 2 office suites, 2 or more browsers & the like pre installed along with a lot of bloatware. This negates the need for an average joe to go app hunting.
14. elitewolverine (Posts: 3496; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
How is that unwarranted? It was from data collected.
Android lovers harp on cheap 5xx series of windows phone and call it the easy poor/old mans phone. But when it is iphones favor now it just presents a misconception?
Over 60% of android phones account for 'cheap' phones.
2. but the app count matters...;)
16. Augustine (Posts: 963; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
It's a mature market. Once people get a set of apps that meet their needs, they don't go out of their way searching apps with solutions to problems they don't have.
17. Awalker (Posts: 986; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
The apps are becoming redundant. There's a few core apps I found early on and I rarely deviate from that.
19. Augustine (Posts: 963; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Besides, many standard Android apps have adopted what other apps did well.
18. Gemmol (Posts: 658; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
This just show me when I was using my google note 3, I do not download apps like majority of people, and I do mess with my phone changing so much from launchers, to custom rom, to rooting and etc......by not doing much of those it was very easy for me to switch to Windows cause I still do the same with my windows, but now my pictures come out better, thanks to Nokia and Microsoft, and Cortana seems to have a lot more benefit to me then Google Now.....at least this show the people who read the comments not everyone use the phones in the same way, since I do not have galaxy note anymore I do keep a LG G2, but it only have music on it from google music that I got stored to beats music program, so you can say I still use android
20. elitewolverine (Posts: 3496; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
Google music website works in IE in desktop mode
23. Gemmol (Posts: 658; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
I have my music cached on my Lg G2, so I do not need internet connection, beats is offline too, no need for internet connection to play my songs. With both together offline I save data and I get to play so many songs that I lose count and just use my 1520 for other use
22. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Android needs a real app store, not the haphazard mess Google offers.
A high quality third party app store would just sell apps, not install all sorts of insidious spyware on your system, aka "Google Play".
Same thing goes for Apple, but they have different problems. One of which is trying very hard to force people to give a credit card number to buy free/cheap apps.
25. parthoman (Posts: 80; Member since: 18 Aug 2014)
well this is hurting the developers , but sadly not more apps are needed , just innovate something or keep updating your good apps timely to keep your users happy.
Nowadays The Core OS contains all the apps you need. then you go download an extra app or two.