It has taken a few years but Android seems to finally have matured as a platform.
There is a consistent design language, more and more apps are adhering to Google’s design guidelines and the OS is smooth and slick to use.
What however of the apps that are being used?
Something else that has taken a while is the maturation of the Google Play store. Where there was once a market flooded with apps that had less than reputable names that tended to involve anatomical pictures there is now an app store containing banking apps, shopping apps and reading apps and a whole host of useful utilities.
Indeed, a recent survey carried out by Nielsen has confirmed that between May and October 2012, the list of fastest growing apps in the UK on Android contains only one game. The fastest growing app is actually the Amazon appstore followed closely by the banking app from HSBC. Flipboard is next with Tesco coming in fourth place.
This data goes a long way to show that Android is now being taken seriously as on OS not just by the kids but by those that really count, the ones who spend the money.
UK usage of Android apps, May to October 2012
Growth in Total Time Spent
Reach #(Oct 2012)
Time per user [mins] (Oct 2012)
|Amazon AppStore||Digital Store|
|HSBC Fast Balance||Banking|
|Google+||Social Network/ Messaging|
|Google Play Movies & TV||Digital Store|
|Lloyds TSB Mobile Banking||Banking|
|Google Books||Digital Store|
|Social Network/ Messaging|
Source: Nielsen; May to October 2012
Also of interest is that the Google Play store is used by 95.5% of Android users and is actually THE most used app.
Of the top 10 most used apps 7 are Google proprietary apps. The list in full is below.
Most-popular UK Android apps by reach, Oct 2012
Source: Nielsen; October 2012
Nielsen managing director for digital in Europe David Gosen comments:
Apps have grown up. The list shows that consumers are now seeking apps which help them with real-world tasks, not just fun gimmicks and games.