Mobile Apps, Gaming Now Bigger Than THE ENTIRE INTERNET!

14 Jul 2011

We recently came across a great post over at Flurry that reveals some striking facts about apps, mobile devices and the future of gaming. Like Bob Dylan once said, the times, they are a-changin. For the first time in history, mobile devices are selling more than PC's. It seems the desktop is on its way out and mobile computing is on the rise.

And when it comes to smart devices, people love them some apps. Gaming applications account for almost half of the time people spend with apps, while social networking takes up a third of app usage.

Along with smartphone adoption, app usage has exploded. In just the past 12 months, the time people spent using apps has quickly overtaken the time spent browsing the web. That means that people spend more time playing Angry Birds (and using other apps) than they do on the rest of the Internet. That's both desktop and mobile browsing. That's amazing. Quoting from the article:

“For the first time ever, daily time spent in mobile apps surpasses desktop and mobile web consumption.  This stat is even more remarkable if you consider that it took less than three years for native mobile apps to achieve this level of usage, driven primarily by the popularity of iOS and Android platforms.  Let’s take a look at the numbers.”

We mentioned some of these trends in an earlier post, but it's nice to have data to back up our ideas. This shift toward mobile app based computing is significant for us (and Sphero) for several reasons. First, our application-driven robotic ball sits at the intersection of several new tech sectors - mobile computing, mixed reality and robotic gaming. As notions of what “games” are change (moving from the console - to the phone - to the physical world), we hope to impact the future of play significantly in the coming years. And we're thrilled to have a team of passionate individuals, all of whom share an undying enthusiasm for consumer robotics and hi-tech fun.

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