Tech Watch: Mobile Apps More Popular Than Websites

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Japanese man tweets with his mobile phone. (AP)

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(KCBS) – A new report claims that for the first time, people are spending more time using mobile apps than browsing the web.

CNET Editor-at-Large Brian Cooley said he’s not surprised by this new trend reported by research firm Flurry.

“The first trace of this was last year when smartphones began to outsell PCs,” Cooley explained. “So there’s the hardware device and as soon as you get more of those in people’s hands, they start to discover apps.”

The most popular type of apps are games, such as Words with Friends and Angry Birds, and social apps like Twitter and Facebook.

“The web was never built for these small devices. While they do a much better job of rendering or portraying it than they used to, it’s still a weird fit,” Cooley reasoned. “Apps are built from the ground up to work on little devices and they’re very focused. The web is always this wide open thing – you can get distracted and wander off. An app kind of grounds you in one activity and you intend to stay and spend more time on it.”

You can hear his Tech Watch report Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:50 P.M. on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM.

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