New data from Sensor Tower shows that mobile app downloads surged by 52% during the COVID-19 epidemic (a three-year average). At the same time, data usage for the first time installed an app increased by 34% from a year ago. Specifically, in the first quarter of 2020, people spent 596 million gigabytes of data on downloading apps.
(From: Sensor Tower)
Clearly, the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the new corona virus has dramatically changed the way people look for new social and entertainment forms at home, with a surge in first-time app downloads.
The new report notes that consumer adoption of mobile apps rose sharply in the first quarter of 2020, resulting in a significant increase in global Internet bandwidth overhead.
Compared to the same period last year, the volume of data on mobile apps used to download 250 bits worldwide increased by up to 34% to a staggering 596 petabytes (596 million GB).
That’s up 52% from the three-year average, and the figure for the first quarter of 2019 is down 4 percent from the first quarter of 2018.
596PB, equivalent to 53 million hours (6050) of 4K Netflix movies, is enough to fill 9.3 million top-of-the-world iPhones.
But Sensor Tower adds that the growth can’t be entirely due to the larger size of app files, after all, the app’s bloated level has grown by 10% year-on-year since 2019.
It should be noted that the above data does not include downloads, reloads, and updates to the same app installed on multiple devices by the same account, and is therefore considered quite conservative.
According to official app market data, the App Store and Google Play installed more than 33.6 billion new apps in the first quarter of 2020, up 20.3% from last year.