YouTube is the UK’s most popular video streaming app

New data from App Annie reveals that YouTube still tops the SVoD platforms when it comes to time spent streaming in the UK via apps.

Precise metrics aren’t offered, but we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that YouTube was miles ahead of the rest. Not only is it free, but many people, especially children and teenagers, actively prefer the kind of user-generated content they find there to high production-value proper telly and movies.

Netflix is next, which also comes as no surprise, followed by the BBC’s catch up service – iPlayer – and then Amazon video, which is free to anyone who already has an Amazon Prime subscription. In at number 5 is MX Player which, we have to confess, we had to look up. It’s an Indian SVoD platform, so clearly there’s a lot of demand for content from that part of the world in the UK.

Rounding off the list we have a bunch of other catch-up apps and Twitch, which is mainly used to stream computer games. Another data point that would have been interesting to see is total time spent on streaming apps compared to previous quarters. There must surely have been a significant increase.

Video conferencing app downloads go through the roof

Mobile app tracker App Annie reports that downloads of business apps, especially video conferencing one, have exploded in recent weeks.

It’s already becoming redundant to explain why exceptional events are occurring these days, but to avoid all doubt it’s coz of coronavirus. In the week of 14-21 March there were 62 million business apps downloaded worldwide, according to an App Annie blog, which was 45% up on the previous week and a 90% increase on the equivalent week a year ago. That was the week in which many countries introduced compulsory lockdowns for the first time.

Of those four video conferencing apps seems to have led the way: Google Hangouts Meet, Microsoft Teams, Zoom Cloud Meetings and Houseparty. As you can see from the chart below, all four experienced massive spikes in demand, compared to a year ago.

“As people face uncertain timelines for the length of social isolation, video conferencing apps have the potential to vastly influence our daily habits — breaking down geological barriers and fostering the ability to work and socialize relatively seamlessly,” concluded the blog

“It is an unprecedented time for the world and an incredibly dynamic time for mobile — we are seeing shifts in consumer behavior surface daily across virtually every sector. We will continue to report on the vast impact coronavirus is having on the mobile economy as it charts a new path forward for our mobile habits.”

Mobile games account for the majority of all global gaming software spend

Mobile analytics firm App Annie has published its latest annual state of the market, which reveals the mobile gaming market is going from strength to strength.

Global spend on mobile games reached 56% of all game software in 2019, according to the report. Other notable findings include a forecast that mobile advertising spend will increase by 26% this year, 95% of spending on non-gaming apps coming from subscriptions and that Gen Z has 60% more sessions per user in the most popular apps when compared to older generations.

“In 2019, consumers downloaded 1.7 billion Business apps and spent over $500 million in them, up 10% and 25% year over year, respectively — an indication of both increasing demand for business apps and willingness to pay for the value they provide,” said Lexi Sydow, Senior Market Insights Manager at App Annie.

“In 2019, companies with mobile as a core focus to their business had an 825% higher average valuation than non-mobile companies. While many of the companies focused on B2C, the consumption habits are clear: consumers are spending 25% of their waking hours on their mobile devices each day — clocking in at 3 hours and 40 minutes per day. Mobile is a vital channel for interacting with consumers, and companies that succeed in mobile are reaping financial rewards.”

App Annie provided loads of charts and even an infographic (remember them?), so we’ll let them do the talking on both global and UK app trends.

UK mobile commerce sales value jumped 85% in 2H 2017

Digital agency Visualsoft has done a bit of number crunching and come to the conclusion that the value of UK commercial transactions over mobile almost doubled in the second half of last year.

Visualsoft got the data from over 1,600 UK retailers that it helps with their e-commerce. It found that the value of mobile commerce sales increased by 85% year-on-year in 2H 2017 and that the volume of mobile commerce transactions increased by 78%. Black Friday experienced sales value three times higher than the average for the period.

“Mobile sales are booming as consumers increasingly look for the convenience and flexibility offered by shopping on-the-go,” said Visualsoft Chief Sales Officer Tim Johnson. “However, if a potential customer visits a mobile site which is difficult to use, it’s unlikely that they will make a purchase. Retailers must therefore take steps to ensure they are developing fully-optimised mobile sites to take advantage of this growth.

“Harnessing the power of social media is also critical. Huge numbers of consumers use phones and tablets to browse apps such as Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat on a daily basis, so a strong brand offering on these platforms, with a simple and effective click-through journey can provide a massive boost to sales.”

Meanwhile App Annie has also released its data for Q4 2017, which also pointed towards a booming mobile economy. In that quarter people downloaded more apps than ever before at nearly 27 million across iOS and Google Play worldwide, a growth of 7% year over year. The value of those downloads rose by 20% y-o-y to $17 billion worldwide.

The two charts below provide great illustration of the contrasting demographic between Android and iOS. Android is the clear leader in download volume but iOS is still way ahead in value, indicating that iPhone users are, on average, far more affluent than Android ones. This is hardly surprising when you consider how much more expensive iOS devices are than average Android ones, but impressive nonetheless.

App Annie Q4 2017 downloads


App Annie Q4 2017 spend