The latest statistics shared from the analyst firm Sensor Tower Store Intelligence confirm the impressive increase in bandwidth consumption, generated by the download of applications during these months in which we have experienced an exceptional situation. Specifically, the data used by mobile application downloads increased by 52 percent during COVID-19.
According to the report, the amount of data used for the first installations of the top 250 mobile applications worldwide in the first quarter of 2020 grew by 34 percent over the previous year’s quarter to 596 petabytes, or 596 million gigabytes, and increased by 52 percent from the three-year average of 391 petabytes for the first quarter.
The shared figures reverse the trend of the previous year. The total bandwidth used to download the top 250 App Store and Google Play applications worldwide in the first quarter of 2019, 446 petabytes, represented a 4 percent decrease from the total 464 petabytes for the same period in 2018.
Although several video streaming applications collaborated in the first months of the pandemic, following suggestions to decrease the transmission quality to avoid bandwidth overload, controlling application download consumption has been a bit more difficult, but an expected result considering the higher number of users.
Apple’s new mobile application installations and Google Store totalled $33.6 billion in Q1 2020 , growing by 20.3 percent year-on-year due to the adoption by COVID-19.
Regardless of video game apps, one of the most favored during the pandemic, social networking and messaging applications such as Tik Tok and WhatsApp are leading app downloads this 2020 .