When you’re using technology for work, pleasure, and communication, do you prefer using apps or web tools? A new infographic by Edudemic shows that apps win by a wide margin for many people. Let’s have a look at the numbers.
If you combine the apps on the Google Store and Apple store then you get over 2 million apps. This is a mind-blowingly gigantic number, especially considering how recent a phenomenon mobile apps truly are.
More than 50 million apps have been downloaded through the Apple store. Google’s apps come second with about 48 million apps being downloaded so far. It is also estimated that out of all these app downloads only 75% of them are actually used. Some are not used even once after they’re downloaded.
Estimates suggest that by the year 2017 there will be more than 4.4 billion users of mobile applications. So where does that leave web tools usage?
When it comes to Ed tech, students and their educators seem to opt for a combination of the two. Web tools offer more feature-rich content, enhanced capabilities, and the advantage of being more reliable. On the other hand, mobile apps provide variety and easy access, and they tend to be, well, mobile.
As many major web tools, platforms, services, and communication tools already have corresponding mobile apps, it is becoming evident that the future belongs to the app world. Apps are irresistible, handy, powerful tools. By contrast, people often find that web tools are more burdensome and inflexible.
Given that popular services like Google Maps, Pandora, YouTube, and a wide range of games dominate both the Apple and Google stores’ top downloads, it comes as no surprise that web tools will slowly morph into apps and our access to Internet tools and resources will eventually be primarily app-based.
Care to weigh in? Tell us which you prefer – web tools or apps?