We’ve been told there’s an app for that, and we’ve downloaded accordingly.
A survey released by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project concludes that half of U.S. adults pack a phone with either a pre-loaded or downloaded application. (We’d like to meet somebody who has a smartphone that isn’t crammed with at least a dozen, if not dozens, of apps.)
The portion of cell phone owners who downloaded an app to their phone nearly doubled over the last two years, Pew says, from 22 percent in September 2009 to 38 percent in August 2011. And the share who bought phones with pre-loaded apps ticked up 5 percent in the last year, from 38 percent to 43 percent.
“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 now have apps on their phones,” according to the survey’s summaray. “In May 2010, that figure stood at 43 percent.”