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How Victorians use mobile apps & what they really want

Victorians spend a significant amount of time on their phones, and understanding what apps they use and why is crucial for developers.

To gain insights into this dynamic market, Elegant Media conducted the Most Elegant App Survey, exploring the intricate tapestry of app preferences among Victorians. This survey not only unveils current trends but also sheds light on the future of mobile app development and its impact on businesses and retail applications.

Evolution of App Usage

The proliferation of mobile apps has reshaped the fabric of our daily lives. As revealed by our survey, Australians are spending an average of 5 hours per day engrossed in mobile applications. This heightened engagement underscores the profound impact apps have on modern society.

Love-Hate Relationship with Social Media

Social media apps, ubiquitous in our digital lives, evoke a paradoxical sentiment among users. While platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok command significant user bases, they also draw a notable share of disdain. Our survey highlighted that 30% of respondents detest Facebook, mirroring a sentiment echoed across various social media platforms. This dichotomy underscores an opportunity for businesses to craft more nuanced and user-centric social experiences.

The Paradox of Necessity and Irritation

Beyond social media, utilitarian apps such as Public Transport Victoria (PTV) App showcased a peculiar phenomenon. Despite being indispensable for daily commutes, the PTV App emerged as the most despised non-social media app. This underscores the importance of user experience and functionality in app design, especially for utilities deeply integrated into users’ routines.

Divergent Preferences Across Platforms

The schism between iOS and Android users surfaced prominently in our survey. WhatsApp, a staple for communication globally, garnered starkly different reception among users of these platforms. While Android users exhibited a strong affinity for WhatsApp, iOS users showed a tepid response, emphasising the need for platform-specific app strategies tailored to divergent user behaviours.

The Advent of Paid Social Media

The traditional ad-supported model of social media apps may be reaching an inflection point. Our survey revealed a willingness among Victorians to pay up to $10 per month for an ad-free social media experience. This signals a shift in user expectations and presents an opportunity for businesses to explore alternative revenue streams while enhancing user satisfaction.

The Decline of Lockdown Favorites

The upheaval brought by the pandemic catalysed shifts in app preferences, with platforms like Netflix witnessing a surge in popularity during lockdowns. However, as life returns to normalcy, the allure of entertainment apps wanes, signalling a return to pre-pandemic consumption patterns.

The Quest for Innovative Solutions

Amidst the plethora of existing apps, Victorians yearn for novel solutions to everyday challenges. From messenger-like features for Instagram to health monitoring applications, users seek innovation that addresses unmet needs. This underscores the importance of creativity and problem-solving in app development endeavours.

Drawing from our survey insights, several trends are poised to shape the mobile app landscape in 2024 and beyond:

  1. Personalisation and User-Centric Design: Apps that prioritize customization and user experience will resonate strongly with discerning consumers.
  2. Platform-Specific Strategies: Tailoring app features and marketing approaches to the distinct preferences of iOS and Android users will be crucial for maximising engagement.
  3. Diversification of Revenue Models: The rise of subscription-based and freemium models presents opportunities for businesses to monetize apps while delivering enhanced value to users.
  4. Integration of Emerging Technologies: Incorporating augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies will unlock innovative app experiences and redefine user engagement paradigms.
  5. Solutions-Oriented Innovation: Future app development endeavours should focus on addressing user pain points and delivering solutions that enrich daily lives.

The landscape of mobile applications is in a state of perpetual flux, driven by evolving user preferences and technological advancements. As we navigate the dynamic terrain of app development, it is imperative for businesses to remain attuned to user needs, embrace innovation, and chart a course towards creating elegant solutions that stand the test of time.

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Anushka Bandara

Anushka Bandara

Anushka is a dynamic entrepreneur who is interesting in tech and online businesses. He has Co -Founded Elegant Media, Melbourne base software company in 2010.

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