Half Of U.S. Smartphone Users Aren't Downloading Apps, Data Shows

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New data from analytics company comScore shows that during a three-month span between April and June, 49 percent of U.S. smartphone users did not download any apps during each month. (Carl Court/Getty Images)
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The often-used phrase, “there’s an app for that,” may have reached its limit.

New data from analytics company comScore shows that during a three-month span between April and June, 49 percent of U.S. smartphone users did not download any apps during each month.

That is bad news for both Apple’s App Store and Google Play, which depend on sales of downloads and ads on the apps. It’s also bad news for app makers, because it may reflect a shift in consumers from app-hungry to app-apathetic.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson hears more about how users are interacting with apps from Recode’s Dan Frommer.

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Dan Frommer, editor in chief of Recode. He tweets @fromedome.

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