Top seven percent of smartphone owners account for nearly half of all app downloads

By Shawn Knight ยท 10 replies
Aug 22, 2014
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  1. It's hard to imagine that just six years ago, mobile apps weren't even a thing. Now, mobile platforms from Apple, Google and Microsoft are literally overrun with millions of apps that have transformed how we go about our daily lives.

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  2. SirGCal

    SirGCal TS Maniac Posts: 365   +137

    As I see it, no app is free... They farm data and that's the cost.

    However, as far as people doing apps constantly, what is the point? I get my phone, put the apps on it I need and own, then that's pretty much it. I do not do games on it cause of the permissions involved with them. (I do have plenty though should I need permission-free entertainment).

    But users who just get every free everything are a gluten for punishment and data farming. Hopefully MOST users are too smart to be caught up in that.
  3. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    So let me get this straight, the top 7 percent of the worlds richest account for nearly half of all app downloads?

    I download atleast a minimum of 300k apps a month so I am guessing im the top 7 percent?

    What you guys dont know is that there is 400% more downloads then comscore has accounted for but hey they just check 1000 people instead of the actual number of people...
  4. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,188   +470

    To answer your question, no. Check the article again and you'll see that income levels of smartphone users are not a factor and were not mentioned.
  5. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    "The top 7% of smartphone owners" the top 7% to anyone that sounds like the top 7% of people that have the most smartphones, "The top 7% of pc owners account for nearly half the game downloads" Tell me what does that sound like to you?
  6. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,188   +470

    The top 7% of smartphone owners could mean the smartest 7% or the heaviest or anything you want it to be, not necessarily the richest. Upon reflection the standalone phrase "top 7% of smartphone owners" might not really mean anything to me. Too ambiguous. After reading the article, however, my take is that it is saying that 7% of smartphone owners account for nearly half of all app download activity. Using the word "top" just confused matters but probably was intended to mean the 7% most active app downloaders. You may disagree but, since you asked, that is what it sounds like to me.
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  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,025   +2,557

    This probably would have been less ambiguous worded , "only a tiny 7% of smartphone owners download 50% of the total number of apps.

    Or perhaps, ''7% of smartphone owners account for 50% of total application downloads".

    The whole "top" qualification needs to go. What are, "top smartphone owners"? Are they the ones that also make the most phone calls?

    Or God forbid, are they the ones that paid the most for their phones?
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    A lot of journalism is taking the real story, and crafting a clickable headline, and then filling the text of the article with something that isn't a complete plagiarism of the original. So in trying to avoid a direct copy and the problems that come with that, detail is lost, especially if the author doesn't fully understand the topic.

    And we end up here.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,025   +2,557

    Did you mean here: [​IMG]
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  10. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +651

    I have about a dozen apps that did not come with my device. Other than when an app pops up that appears interesting, that I download, then delete, I'd fall into the doesn't download arena.
    I'm not a gamer. My phone is 80% a business device.
  11. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I download tons of apps per month! I am the 2.4%! Woot!

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