*Let’s face it, most of us may own a smartphone, but when it comes to which apps to download, our homepage is filled with useless apps that are doing little more than taking up a lot of storage space.
The Los Angeles Times, quotes a report by¬†Internet analytics firm ComScore, that says 65.5% of U.S. smartphone owners refrain from downloading any new apps each month. That number is surprisingly low, but there are a few reasons that explain why it is.
‚ÄúPeople only have so much storage space on their phones, so they really have to be selective about which apps they download,‚ÄĚ said¬†Adam Lella, a marketing insights analyst for ComScore, explaining that users only add apps that will truly benefit them.
According to the article most of us smartphone users spend almost half of our time on our favorite app, before even opening up our second favorite; so why bother – we seem to get just about everything we need from app #1.
And while Apple and Google stores try to assist with lists of the most “popular” apps, that doesn’t necessarily let you know the quality of those apps. With this in mind L. A. Times writerhas recommended 5 apps you might not know about…
- Waze: Google Maps is great for looking up the address for a business, but it’s not the best when it comes to navigating. I give that distinction to Waze, an Israeli crowdsourcing startup acquired by Google last year. When you ask Waze for directions, it will pull information from other users — such as how fast they’re driving or any accidents or construction that they’ve reported — to calculate and give you the fastest route available. Free for Apple iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
- Duolingo:¬†If you’re looking to learn a second language or practice one you don’t use often, Duolingo is a must-add. The beautifully designed app offers free lessons for English,¬†Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese and Dutch. Free for Apple iOS and Android.
- Songza: This Google-owned app is an Internet radio service, but unlike Pandora, which uses algorithms to guess what music you want to hear, Songza’s playlists are curated by human music experts. Simply tell the app what you’re looking for — such as an energy boost with peppy indie pop from female singers — and it’ll serve it right up.¬†Free for Apple iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
Check out the final two at the L. A. Times.