Yahoo says the average Android user has 95 installed apps, but only uses 35

Yahoo says the average Android user has 95 installed apps, but only uses 35
The Aviate launcher has made its reputation (even before being bought by Yahoo) by dynamically changing your home screen based on context, and offering the apps you use most and need when you need to have them. Obviously, to do this, the app has to track what apps you open and when. Today, Yahoo showed off some of the data that it has gathered from its users and figured out some interesting information about app usage among its users.

According to the data, the "average Android user" has 95 apps installed, but only uses 35 of them on a daily basis. We're not quite sure what to take from that exactly, because this data is quite obviously skewed. This is in no way indicative of the "average Android user", because the average user doesn't use a launcher alternative, and even those who do use an alternative likely don't go for something as advanced as Aviate. Still, Aviate is in the 1 million to 5 million download range, so the data is certainly giving good info on the average Aviate user. 

The vast majority of the other data is made of things that you probably could have guessed, like transportation app usage peaking at 8AM and 5PM, weather app usage peaking in the mornings and evenings, media and video apps peaking after dinner, or phone and SMS used most during work hours. 

It's hard to say how useful this data is on its own, but it is certainly very useful in making contextually-aware apps like Aviate smarter. 

Yahoo says the average Android user has 95 installed apps, but only uses 35

source: Betanews

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15 Comments

1. rantao333

Posts: 345; Member since: May 21, 2013

should be "the extremely geeky user sed 35 apps?" btw, i dont used any launcher. im consider myself average users.

7. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

35 apps in a day? Nah . More like 15 less.

8. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I counted it up and I have 161 apps installed on my phone, and I use about 24 on a daily basis. If you add in my tablet, the number of apps used daily would go up to 27. And, I write about this stuff for a living. Not sure how the average Aviate got is 35.

11. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Some would be using close to 50, so average is 35.

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

So there is an average of 60 apps worth of bloatware on Android devices? Sounds about right.

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Including carrier-installed bloatware, there is some space that is being wasted….

3. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

I just use nova launcher and some rooted apps.. like 3 games/instagram/picture editor. . Debloated stock note 3 ..

4. wilsong17 unregistered

Do they count the pre install app there are 200 app on my note 3 that I don't need I just deleted them

5. wolverinexmen9

Posts: 112; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Sounds about right lol

6. joey18

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

is not true i have 100 apps on my phone i'm only used at day no more than 5 so what are others 30 maybe people they dont have shiet to doo

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I doubt my app daily usage is that high as well. I've 70 odd apps installed an and I use around 10-15 a day. But the others get used when needed, just not daily.

12. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Does this figure of "95" include all the bloatware that comes along with the phones?

13. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

sounds about right... I have downloaded over 800 apps, I have only about 70 currently installed, games included and I use around 20 on a daily basis. In actuality, nobody needs more than 1000 apps... especially if the functionality is built in the os.

14. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

Many of the apps I download are for 1 time things that I usually dont need afterwards but keep just in case. I use my banking and messenger apps alot but things like "Video flipper / resizer / photo editing apps" I keep around just in case.

15. TBomb

Posts: 1095; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I'd like to see the numbers for the other OSes to see if there is anything worthwhile here

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