Apps serve many functions, from communication to information gathering, productivity and entertainment. The current survey asked app downloaders if they had ever downloaded apps for any of nine different purposes. Overall, apps that provide regular updates about everyday information news, weather, sports, or stocks and those that help people communicate are the most commonly downloaded. Figure 11 shows which demographic groups are most likely to download each of the nine types of apps asked about.
U.S. cell phone owners who have downloaded apps 2013, by gender
Mobile App Usage Greatest Among Young Adults
Half of U. However, having apps does not necessarily mean using apps so it's important to ask which apps are preferred and how often they are used. The rate of app downloading has seen a steady increase since The survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center in August , also included questions about mobile app use on tablet computers. The current survey asked the app users a sample size of if they had ever downloaded nine different types of apps. For instance, African-Americans and young adults are more likely than others to download apps that help them communicate with friends and family.
The share of U. When both groups are accounted for—those whose phones came equipped with apps and those who have downloaded their own—fully half of U. Looking at all U. In addition to examining mobile app use on cell phones, the current survey included questions about mobile app use on tablet computers. These findings are from a survey conducted from July August 26 among 2, adults ages 18 and over, including surveys in English and Spanish and on both landline and cell phones.