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Flurry: mobile app use outpacing the web

updated 10:45 am EDT, Mon June 20, 2011

Flurry finds apps now preferred to web on phones

Use of mobile apps has grown to where they're now overtaking the web as the preferred format on phones, Flurry said in a new study on Monday. Where the web was still the most used in a given day a year ago at 64 minutes per day versus 43, the situation has now reversed. As of this month, phone owners spend about 81 minutes in apps per day and an increased but still lower 74 minutes on the web, marking the first time the web wasn't the main avenue.

The data was based on about a half-billion transactions per day and included Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone, and the feature phone-oriented J2ME.

The reversal stemmed mostly from the rapid rise of Android and iOS apps, both of which soared in popularity over the past year. Many were switching their devices on more often rather than using them for longer stretches of time.

On the mobile web, Facebook was the most frequent platform of choice and accounted for about 14 minutes, even with the existence of a native app on virtually every major platform. The interest may help explain Facebook's decision to launch Project Spartan, which would put many Facebook games on the HTML5-based web and take attention back from apps.

Among apps themselves, games were still the dominant factors at 47 percent of all time spent, or about 38 minutes. Social networking like Facebook was important in itself at 32 percent (26 minutes), with news, general entertainment, and everything else making up the remaining 21 percent.

The data suggested an increasing tug of war between apps and the web where both sides are fighting for primary control. The web has usually been the open and most flexible platform where native apps are often much more heavily optimized for touch and don't need to be used exclusively online. Apple has been the strongest advocate of apps, both because it can profit from sales in iTunes as well as because it steers users away from plugins controlled by a single company, like Flash.

By Electronista Staff


  1. cmoney

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 2000



    "because it steers users away from plugins controlled by a single company, like Flash."

    So it steers users away from one proprietary system to another?

  1. MyRightEye

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    Why are there SO MANY stupid people??

    HTML5 is not proprietary.

  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009


    re: Irony

    >>>So it steers users away from one proprietary system to another?

    Yes exactly. More FUD and word twisting from the macnn Editards.
    Yes, use our proprietary format. Not someone elses...

  1. mytdave

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    Joined: Aug 2000


    web vs internet

    People are noticing that native apps for any particular platform perform better than java/flash/whatever in a web browser. Especially games. People are still connecting while using these apps. Maybe folks are starting to understand what the internet really is - just a big, big network. The "Web" is not the Internet.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: web vs internet

    And yet all the browser makers and HTML standards folks, including apple, keep pimping up new features to make the web a more robust experience.

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