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Application search woes

Only 25 per cent of the application users gets the application they want using the app search facility.

Searching an application is one of the most difficult issues smartphone users are facing today as most of the actual stores do not provide the desired results upon an app search request, according to a study.

Getjar, a third party application store who did the study, found that only 25 per cent or just 1/4th of the total app users are able to find the application they are searching for using an app store search.

Half of the respondents say that they discovered applications while browsing the internet and 17 per cent came to know about an application from friends and other sources.

Even though the sources are scattered at the moment but people are showing interest in applications with almost 34 per cent of them spending more than an hour daily on applications, the poll has found.

The growing popularity of applications also indicates that smartphones are slowly but gradually getting popularity. The growing popularity of smartphones has also been confirmed by Ovum, an independent research agency.

Ovum has recently said that smartphones will constitute almost 40 per cent of the global mobile phone market by the year 2016.

Meanwhile, the GetJar study has also found that gaming apps are the most popular, followed closely by social networking apps.

It also said that the amount of free apps and the ease of search are the two most important things that users are looking for in an app store.

“The cost of an app was also the biggest deciding factor in whether to download an app or not,” says Getjar.

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