America’s Most Used Apps Revealed

New research has revealed that the most used mobile apps in America are Facebook, YouTube and Facebook Messenger.

The findings from ComScore also revealed that the average adult mobile phone user spends around 2.3 hours every day on their mobile apps.

When the data is analysed, apps account for 87% of the time used, while the mobile web is used for 13% of the time.

However, the most popular apps that have been placed on the home screen for quick access are: Facebook, Gmail, Google Maps, Amazon and Facebook Messenger.

The findings also reveal that millennials, those people aged between 18 and 24, spent two thirds of their digital media time using a mobile app – more than any other group.

Millennial’s hate uncool app designs

Comscore’s findings also reveal that Millennials are often left unimpressed with an app’s design and are killing them off at an unprecedented pace.

They will delete the app if they don’t like how it appears on the screen and logos also matter.

The firm adds that Snapchat is closing in on Instagram for popularity.

Spyware fears leads to apps removal

The fear over spyware has led to Google removing more than 500 apps from its online store.

The move follows findings from security firm Lookout which revealed that the apps could spread spyware on the user’s Android phone.

The software has the ability to siphon a user’s personal data without alerting them or the app creator. Indeed, most of the app developers were unaware of potential security flaws.

Among the apps to cause potential problems are SelfieCity and Lucky Cash – both of these have now been fixed.

Mobile phone satnav use could lead to ban

Drivers in the UK who use their mobile phone as a satnav could be facing hefty penalties.

The government has warned motorists that they will be breaking the law if they run a navigation app on their phone while driving.

The crackdown on drivers using their mobiles while behind the wheel began in April.

However, it appears that the message has not entirely reached everyone and drivers are being warned they face prosecution if they use a mobile phone while at the wheel of a car.

In addition to a £200 fine, drivers can also be banned from driving.

Android Oreo begins roll-out

The new OS for Android, Oreo, will be rolled out over the coming weeks for Nexus and Pixel phones.

There are various cosmetic updates and new features for Oreo and the OS will be, Google claims, more popular than Nougat which is used on 15% of Android devices.

The firm says phone makers look set to launch or upgrade their new devices to Android 8.0 Oreo by the end of the year.

This is the eighth major release for what is the world’s most popular mobile OS.

In other Miratrix mobile phone app news …

Facebook has revealed that its users can take 360° photos using its app and use them as a cover image. The capability is now being rolled out and users can tag friends and also zoom into the image.

Repairing the damaged screen of a mobile phone could lead to hackers gaining control of the device. An Israeli university says hackers can plant spyware in the screen and users are warned to avoid third-party screens for their replacement since these can connect to chips in a mobile device and allow hackers access to apps and the phone’s camera.

Kaspersky Labs says there’s been an unusual spike in activity for mobile Trojan clickers to steal cash from Android users using WAP (wireless application protocol) billing. There are now thousands of affected users around the world including Russia and India.

App for fed-up parents

One fed-up dad in the UK has unveiled an app that prevents his son from using his mobile phone when ignoring texts.

Nick Herbert has revealed that the app will lock his son’s smartphone when he ignores any text messages.

The 13-year-old was playing games regularly on his smartphone rather than responding to his dad’s communications.

Now, after eight months developing the app, other parents can enjoy the ReplyASAP app to encourage their children to respond to their messages.

The app works by sounding an alarm and blocking the screen with a message which prevents the mobile phone being used until the user responds.

In addition, the parent will be notified that the user has seen their message.

Parking apps are criticised

Motorists who use parking apps on their mobile phones are being fleeced, one website says.

Resolver says that despite the convenience being offered by the apps to pay for parking and find spare car parking spots, they can also offer a range of ‘sneaky extra’ charges.

This means that the overall costs can be increased by up to one third and include paying for text messages.

A spokesman for the site said: “These apps, rather than being helpful, are anti-consumer and with unnecessary charges for services the users do not ask for or need – they are ripping off motorists.”

However, the AA says that despite the growing popularity of parking apps, fewer than 20% of drivers who have them on their phones actually use them.

New app deters speeding

A new app from Toyota Europe will help deter teens from using their phones while driving and also from speeding.

The Safe and Sound needs to be downloaded by the teen driver as well as their parents and then paired.

Essentially, when the vehicle moves at speeds of more than 9mph it will use Google Maps API technology to block off every social media notification as well as incoming calls.

More importantly, the free app for Android will switch off music and play the parents’ Spotify playlist until the teen stops touching their mobile phone or returns to the road’s speed limit.

Uber users warned of malware

Customers of Uber have been warned that a virus could steal their bank card information, according to Kaspersky.

The security firm says that malware called Faketoken imitates Adobe Flash Player and disguises itself in games.

Essentially, victims are responding to a prompt to update their Flash plug-in when watching a video on their smart phone and this then downloads the malware.

Among the apps that have been hit include the Uber ride sharing app with the malware creating a fake window to steal the user’s bank card details as they are being typed in.

In other Miratrix mobile phone app news …

A British mobile only challenger bank called Starling is attracting attention with its business model that is likely to force a rethink in the UK’s financial services sector, say reports. Without any physical branches, the bank relies entirely on its mobile phone app and those behind it say there are opportunities for other fintech firms to enter the sector.

Google has announced that its Android app will now play video previews in search results for those using mobile phones. The new offering is also available on Chrome though for those users who don’t want to watch a video start automatically, the service can be cancelled.

A new mobile phone app that enables users to jump the queue at their favourite clubs and pubs has been unveiled by three businessmen in Manchester. Viper also enables the user to buy drinks before they arrive in the venue.

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