South Korea ranked #1 in global app usage, Asia dominates


South Korea has beaten other major countries when it comes to using mobile apps, with smartphone owners in the country spending the majority of their time on social messenger and chat apps, a report showed on Thursday.

South Korea crazy about mobile apps

The index which gauged the mobile data usage by South Korea smartphone users scored the country 125 points in the first quarter of this year, ahead of the United States’ 100 and 90 by the Japanese, according to the latest report by global app tracker App Annie. In fact the report found that Asians love their smartphone games, with the Japanese and South Korean gamers dominating.

Britain and Germany trailed the charts with a score of 80 and 70 respectively, the report says. South Korean smartphone users spent more than half of their time on mobile devices using communication and social media apps, according to the figures.

KakaoTalk AppIn Korea, the most widely used mobile app was the very popular KakaoTalk, the instant messenger app run by Daum Kakao Corp. Users consumed the most data unsurprisingly when they used YouTube and similar video streaming apps.

On Android smartphones, YouTube and Naver, the largest Internet portal in South Korea, were runners up after KakaoTalk, while Naver and Facebook were the country’s top apps for iPhone users.

LINE, which is operated by Naver’s Japanese subsidiary Line Corp, was the most popular app among iPhone users in Japan, and it’s also the top social chat app in Thailand.

SOURCE: The Korea Herald


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