Half of Adult Cell Phone Owners Have Apps on Their Phones

Nov 02, 2011

The share of adult cell phone owners who have downloaded an app to their phone nearly doubled in the past two years – rising from 22% in September 2009 to 38% in August 2011 – according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.  The share of U.S. adults who purchased a phone already equipped with apps also increased five percentage points in the past year, from 38% in May 2010 to 43% in the current survey. 

When both groups are accounted for—those whose phones came equipped with apps and those who have downloaded their own—fully half of U.S. adult cell phone owners (50%) now have apps on their phones.  In May 2010, that figure stood at 43%.  Looking at all U.S. adults, 42% now have cell phones with apps.

Read the full report, Half of Adult Cell Phone Owners Have Apps on Their Phones, on the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project Web site.

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