Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Mobile preferences show generational divide as younger smartphone users choose apps over Web browsers

New Parks Associates Mobile Cloud Report Shows App Preferences for Gen Xers and Millennials Changing Industry

New research from Parks Associates finds preferences for mobile apps over Web browsers are growing among younger demographics, impacting the market for mobile content and accelerating the flow of advertising dollars to app-based content services.

"Consumers under 35 are starting to ditch browsers in favor of mobile apps, where they don't have to type in a Web address or contend with slow browser speeds. They are also put off by Web pages that do not fit the small phone screen, whereas the mobile app is native to the platform," said Harry Wang, Director of Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates.

Parks Associates’ new survey Mobile Cloud Media and Access Platforms finds the majority of consumers who prefer to use apps over mobile Web browsers are under 35 years of age. Mobile apps are already the dominant medium for access to Internet radio (including Pandora), maps, social networks, navigation (including Google Maps), and games. Netflix has developed an app for the iPad and iPhone which could increase video use as well.

Mobile Cloud Consumer Research

While mobile apps will not completely replace Web browsers, content owners and distributors that rely too much on mobile Web might lose audience and revenues.

"The mobile experience is all about convenience and instantaneous access," Wang said. "The advantages of mobile apps could lead to a new content distribution environment for paid and ad-supported media services."

For information on Mobile Cloud Media and Access Platforms, visit http://www.parksassociates.com or contact 972-490-1113, sales@parksassociates.com.

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates, a woman-owned and woman-led internationally recognized market research and consulting company, specializes in emerging technology solutions serving the consumer and small to medium business (SMB) markets. Celebrating its 35th year in 2021, Parks Associates is a partner to companies navigating the changing consumer technology landscapes through data-driven market insights, extensive consumer and industry intelligence, custom marketing services, and executive networking experiences and conferences.

The company's expertise includes home automation, control systems and security, digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, internet and video services, connected health and independent living solutions, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer electronics, and energy management solutions.

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