The Coronavirus Pandemic Leads To 52% Surge In Data Used For Downloading Mobile Apps, Globally

An analysis by Sensor Tower Store Intelligence reveals that a sharp increase in usage of mobile applications during the coronavirus pandemic accelerated a symbolic rise in the consumption of internet bandwidth across the world. The data used for first-time downloads of leading 250 mobile applications across the world in the first quarter of this year increased by 34% from the previous-year quarter to 596 petabytes. This increased by 52% from the three-year average data of 391 petabytes for Q1 2020.

The total internet bandwidth used by the people to download and install the top-ranked mobile applications from Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store was 446 petabyte during the first quarter of the year 2019 which displays a 4% downturn as compared to a total internet bandwidth of 464 petabytes used in Q1 of 2019. The rise in total internet bandwidth used in the last quarter is not directly related to the increased average file size of the top-ranked 100 mobile applications, which increased around 100% YoY from Q1 2019.

The total internet bandwidth of 596 petabytes used by first-time downloads and installations of 250 top-ranked mobile applications were equivalent to approximately fifty-three million hours of 4K resolution quality Netflix streaming or it was enough to entirely fill the data storage on nearly 9.3 million first-class Apple iPhones. You may also note that this figure does not include the internet bandwidth used to download applications from third-party Android stores in regions such as China or anywhere else in the world. The amount of data used for re-installation of applications, updating the applications, downloading the applications in more than one smartphone devices associated with the same Google account or Apple ID is also not included in the total 596 petabytes of data used for first-time installations of 250 top-ranked mobile apps during Q1 2020.

New downloads of mobile applications from Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store reached 33.6 billion during the first quarter of this year. This displays a total year-over-year increase of 20.3% because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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