Did you know that most US smartphone owners download exactly zero apps monthly?

According to a comScore survey, a whopping 65.5% of users don't bother trying out a new app, while a comparatively miniscule 2.4% download more than 8 apps a month. So, apparently 34.5% of US smartphone users account for 100% of the app download activity in a month...
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42 Comments

26. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

And I'm sure the vast majority downloading zero apps will be iPhone owners since I've always said most iPhone owners do little more than check Facebook and play Angry Birds meaning they might as well have just burned that $800 they spent.

27. rsiders

Posts: 1866; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Well if they don't really download or need a billion apps, Microsoft's mobile offering is a nice place to land. These are the people Microsoft needs to target all while pushing their bridge recompiler efforts to satisfy the needs of those that do.

30. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Even if I can like using the OS the hardware is so unexciting compared to something like Sony Z5 Premium. As for the bridge apps I guess that explains why new versions of PC Office have such a bland interface now. They must be designing for the weakest platform which is phones.

32. rsiders

Posts: 1866; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Yeah I'm with you on the hardware argument as the new flagship renders don't seem to be devices worthy of over a year long layoff from the premium space. However I will reserve my final judgment until October 6. Any scenario not excluding T-Mobile means I will most likely be upgrading to one of the flagships mainly on the strength of my love for Microsoft even with my first year away from the platform since it debuted. If the Xperia Z5 somehow gets another chance with T-Mobile, Microsoft will really have to wow me to come back though.

28. HASHTAG unregistered

Wow. Now that I'm thinking about it, I haven't downloaded any apps for months!

29. UglyFrank

Posts: 2189; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This tells us most iphone users are tech illiterate

31. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Do you mean they don't know how to install apps? Or do you mean they don't understand apps enough to know they need them? I would think the "tech illiterate" would be downloading lots of mostly useless stuff.

34. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

No, that it does not. It tells us that most people use their smartphones for a limited set of functions that are satisfactorily achieved with a limited set of apps. It's actually a good thing in my opinion as it means that usage and usability is still more important than just features and apps.

33. epdm2be

Posts: 816; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

all those app-nonsense is ridiculous since many of these apps do nothing more but fetch web-content. If they just supply a proper webbrowser (with flash) then most of these apps could be deleted. This is especially true for iPhones. The majority of iOS apps only exist to circumvent the limitations of Safari. And Google followed through by crippling Chrome in later Android versions. Anyway who cares about apps, most of them are garbage anyway. Then there's the tech savy and tech illiterate, were the majority of the latter is only interested in calling and texting. Not to mention that he (or she) who spend no money on (smart)phones obviously isn't going to spend additional cash on apps.

43. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I agree for the most part. Dedicated apps allow some extra control instead of relying on a web standard, and don't require internet connection. In cases like my bank, their android app is a web wrapper, so its pointless, just go to the website. However, my game shouldn't be played in a browser

39. dlsnhuff

Posts: 111; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

and MS wanna adds them, geez

41. lylee73

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

I wanted to download apps, but since I didn't get my phone yet, I couldn't get one.
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