Consumers are spending 4.2 hours a day on apps amid remote work and learning during the pandemic, as per a report by App Annie. This is an increase of 30 percent when compared to two years prior. The biggest surge was recorded in India where consumers spent 80 percent more time in apps in Q1 2021, compared to Q1 2019. Also Read - Facebook Messenger becomes third non-Google app to garner five billion downloads on Play Store
The daily time spent passed four hours in the US, Turkey, Mexico, and India for the first time in the January-March period this year. It was over five hours in Brazil, South Korea, and Indonesia. Also Read - How to silence autoplay videos on Facebook and Twitter
“If we live in an attention economy, then there’s no doubt where people are currently directing their eyeballs. Our new data for Q1 2021 reveals that consumers are spending more time than ever in apps – and the surges in some countries have sent daily dwell times past five hours,” app analytics firm App Annie said in a report on Thursday. Also Read - Facebook introduces new features for better interactions on Messenger, Instagram
Further, TikTok, YouTube and Facebook were among the top apps by downloads, consumer spend and monthly active users (MAUs) across Apple App Store and Google Play in the January-March quarter.
“In Western markets, we can trace the rise of the two market-leading secure messaging products: Signal and Telegram. Signal places first in the UK, Germany and France, and fourth in the US,” the report mentioned.
Meanwhile, Telegram appears at the ninth spot (the UK), fifth (France) and seventh (the US).
As in so many areas, China’s breakout app chart is unique and quite different from the rest of the world.
“If there’s a theme within it, it’s the emphasis on video sharing and editing. TikTok is at number 1, while Kwai is at 2. Meanwhile CapCut – a video editing app for TikTok is at 7. iQIYI, a video streaming service, places at 3,” the report said.
Indian app MX Takatak, a local alternative to TikTok, was also seen as the fastest growing app by downloads in the quarter.
TikTok led the top downloads chart, followed by Facebook and Instagram.