The growing popularity of dating apps for mobile phones has been underlined with news that around one in four Britons use these apps even when they are in a relationship.
The study by phone maker HTC found that Brits kept their dating app profiles active even when they began a relationship though the figure rises to 34% for dating app users in Northern Ireland.
This survey also revealed that 25% of Brits admit to having at least one or more mobile phone dating apps installed.
It does appear though that mobile phone dating apps do work, with 35% of respondents saying they have met a partner from using an app and 35% of Scots said they found a meaningful relationship from using a dating app.
The report also reveals that the exponential growth of dating apps for mobile phones has seen them overtaking many dating websites that have been popular in recent years.
Unused mobile phone apps recommended for installation
Google’s Play Store will soon be suggesting which of a user’s unused apps should be uninstalled for creating more space on their phone.
Play Store will automatically suggest a list of the apps that are used less frequently so that a big app can be downloaded with sufficient free space.
Women enjoy more time on their phones than men
It’s not going to be the most startling survey you’ll read this week, but apparently women are more likely to use the internet on their phones than men are.
They will spend their time interacting with social media, games and retail sites.
The research was conducted by online audience measurement body UKOM who found that 49% of women’s internet time is spent on a smartphone.
This figure rises to 59% of women who are aged between 18 and 24.
However, just 39% of the time men spend online is with a mobile phone.
The use of a laptop or PC is the device of choice for going online for 48% of men.
UKOM says its data will help advertisers target more effectively the platforms of those they want to reach and it is also useful for mobile phone app developers too.
Google records your conversations
Did you know that Google was recording many of the conversations that users of its products have? They have been doing it for years, apparently, and users can listen to the recorded conversations.
The problem has been highlighted because the Google voice search function is recording conversations in a bid to boost its language recognition abilities.
It’s possible, however, to visit Google’s history page and inspect their list of recordings which will also highlight where users have been on the Internet.
The portal was launched last June and may contain recordings from a user who may have believed what they were saying was private.
A report on the Independent’s website gives details of how to find the recordings and delete them.
Mobile ad blocking use rockets
The numbers of people using mobile ad blocking software has rocketed over the last year, according to new figures.
App tracking firm, Priori Data says that numbers have soared by 90% compared to the same period last year.
From their data, around 420 million mobile users around the world are blocking ads. That’s every fifth person using a mobile phone.
However, the use of ad blockers is more popular in China, Pakistan and India than it is in Europe and North America but, the firm points out, ad blocking is growing in popularity in the West too.
New mobile phone app makes it easy to enrol in clinical trials
The brains behind a new mobile phone app have their fingers crossed that it will now become easier to recruit patients for clinical trials when testing new devices or treatments.
Since it takes around 17 years on average for a laboratory breakthrough to reach a patient, there is huge potential for the app.
The app has been developed by the University at Buffalo with the aim of boosting clinical trial recruitment.