Apps vs Web Tools: Key Factoids To Know About Both Options

Using smartphones and tablets in the classroom isn’t necessarily innovative anymore. For some schools it is the norm, still others are just jumping on the bandwagon of using mobile devices (both in BYOD environments and in scenarios where schools supply the technology).

That isn’t to say that a lot of classrooms aren’t using desktop and laptop computers anymore, but a lot of data is pointing to the fact that apps are the future, not the web. The handy infographic below takes a look at some interesting statistics on apps vs. web tools.

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Apps vs. Web Tools: Who Wins?

  • There are about 7.3 billion mobile devices worldwide – for 7 billion people
  • About 1.5 billion of these are smartphones
  • It took 2 years to sell 1 million iPods
  • 1 million iPhones were sold in 74 days (at the release in 2007)
  • 90% of US workers use their personal mobile devices for/at work
  • Nearly 40% of internet time is spent on mobile devices
  • 50 billion Apple apps have been downloaded
  • 48 billion Google apps have been downloaded
  • 1 in 4 apps are downloaded and never used again
  • There are over 2 million apps in the Google play and Apple apps store
  • GetJar claims to be the largest independent app store
  • Kik, What’sApp, WeChat, Line, Tango, Message Me, Viber, Hike, Nimbuzz, and Kakao Talk are all free messaging apps, many with well over 100 million users (plus)
  • The most popular free, paid and highest grossing app categories are dominated by games
  • Other popular apps are YouTube, Vine, Pandora, and Google Maps
  • 86% of mobile time is spent on apps, 14% on browser
  • It is expected there will be 4.4 billion mobile app users by 2017
  • By 2016, more than 50% of apps will be hybrid (for different types of devices)



1 Comment

  1. Andrew Walls

    July 7, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I’m not sure that there has to be a binary debate between web tools and apps. In my experience I used a blend of both and students have the confidence to move between tools. Our VLE is browser based, but it is so touch screen friendly it might as well be an app. Padlet I can get students to use through a browser. At times I rely on them accessing apps such as Socrative.

    As long as learning is the driving force, the tool the teacher selects must be right for purpose. Whether that is browser or app based isn’t really a consideration for me.