Top ranking Smartphone Apps South Africans find useful

Having recently written an article on what one learns from investigating the top ten most used Smartphone apps, I turned my attention to the top 20 apps downloaded in South Africa during 2017

Next to each Smartphone app, is the tasks or needs that Smartphone apps fulfils. When one begins to look at how often the need comes up, an interesting view of the South African psyche unfolds

Smartphone apps related to Connection account for 40%, Entertainment 25%, Sharing 15%, finance 15% and safety 5%

Comparing this to the international trends in Smartphone apps usage, I found that there are more similarities than differences in all but one area, finance. Three finance apps made the top 20 and one made the top 10. This might have to do with how much further advanced South Africa is with online banking than many first world countries as well as our high expectations of service level. Having worked on many Fintech products, I am proud to see that there is such a great uptake.

Again, Twitter was missing, as well as any news media. 2017 was an overwhelming year, no matter what side of the fence you are on, and with the volume of entertainment and sharing apps, one can safely assume that mobile devices are predominately about connection and escape.

*Please note that the ranking might have changed since publishing.

WhatsApp | Connection

Website: www.whatsapp.com
Android Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whatsapp
iOS App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/whatsapp-messenger/id310633997

Shareit | Connection

Website: www.ushareit.com
Android Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lenovo.anyshare.gps
iOS App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id725215120

Messenger | Connection

Website: www.messenger.com
Android Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.orca
iOS App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/messenger/id454638411

Opera Mini | Sharing

Website: www.opera.com/mobile/mini
Android Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.opera.mini.native
iOS App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id363729560

Facebook Lite | Sharing

Website: www.facebook.com/lite
Android Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.lite

Wish | Entertainment

Website: www.wish.com
Android Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.contextlogic.wish
iOS App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/wish-shopping-made-fun/id530621395

Facebook | Connection

Website: www.facebook.com
Android Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.katana
iOS App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/ke/app/facebook/id284882215

Capitec | Finance

Website: www.capitecbank.co.za
Android Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=capitecbank.remote.prd
iOS App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/capitec-remote-banking/id843243879

Joox Music – Free streaming music | Entertainment

Website: www.joox.co.za
Android Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tencent.ibg.joox
iOS App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/com.tencent.joox/id914406371

Instagram | Sharing

Website: www.instagram.com
Android Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.instagram.android
iOS App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/instagram/id389801252

Uber | Connection

Website: www.uber.com
Android Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?hl=en&id=com.ubercab
iOS App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/uber/id368677368

Luno Bitcoin | Finance

Website: www.luno.com
Android Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?hl=en&id=co.bitx.android.wallet
iOS App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/bitx-wallet/id927362479

Taxify | Connection

Website: taxify.eu
Android Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ee.mtakso.client
iOS App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/taxify/id675033630

Snapchat | Connection

Website: www.snapchat.com
Android Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.snapchat.android
iOS App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/snapchat/id447188370

Remote for DSTV | Entertainment

Android Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.osfunapps.remotefordstv

DSTV Now | Entertainment

Website: now.dstv.com
Android Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dstvmobile.android
iOS App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/dstv-now/id467168196

Truecaller | Safety

Website: www.truecaller.com
Android Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.truecaller
iOS App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/truecaller/id448142450

Messenger Lite | Connection

Android Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.mlite

FNB Banking | Finance

Website: www.fnb.co.za
Android Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=za.co.fnb.connect.itt
iOS App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/fnb-banking-app/id450094779

Subway Surfers | Entertainment

Website: www.kiloo.com/support/subway-surfers
Android Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kiloo.subwaysurf
iOS App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/subway-surfers/id512939461

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