Users spent nearly 325 billion hours on Android apps in Q3/2017

Android is currently the most used mobile operating system that powers more than 50 percent of all phones out there. Google has been working hard to improve its own operating system to compete with Apple iOS. The biggest search engine on Earth regularly rolls out new updates in an attempt to improve user experience on Android.

One of the best things when it comes to Android lies in its large collection of apps. There are a ton of apps for Android-powered devices that cover all the categories like TV shows, games, music, and much more.

According to the latest data, Android users spent nearly 325 billion hours using their apps on smartphones during the third quarter of the year, marking a 40 percent increase when compared to the same period last year. Sources say that app downloads for both iOS and Android officially hit 26 billion in Q3/2017, an 8 percent rise when compared to the same period last year. The number doesn’t include reinstalls or app updates.

Sources say that in-app purchases made up nearly $17 billion in the third quarter of the year, a 28 percent rise over the same period of 2016. Tech experts say that Apple was winning the fight in terms of in-app purchases, as iPhone and iPad owners spent more than $30 billion purchasing items within their apps.

Last year, the Google Play Store had more than 80 billion app downloads, setting a new record. The Play Store now has over 2.7 million apps so far, making it the biggest app store in the world. However, security and duplicate apps are still among big concerns when it comes to the Google Play Store. Google has been working on removing false apps from its store. Tech experts say that app downloads will hit 240 billion for both Android and iOS in 2021.

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