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Smartphone penetration has surged over recent years, in particular since the launch of the Apple iPhone in 2007 and, even more so, since the start of 2009 when rival devices really started to take hold in the market and smartphone handset prices started to fall to mass market levels - with current penetration levels of smartphones sitting at 60%. Tablets are also becoming increasingly popular with technology lovers. 17.4mn tablets were activated worldwide on Christmas day 2012 – around five were sold every second at one retailer! According to new figures out at the start at January 2013, tablet revenue is quickly catching up to that of smartphones and is expected to overtake them in 2013.
The UK app market is by far the biggest app market in Europe. It outnumbers its European neighbours in terms of revenue generated by app downloads and in-app advertisement as well as the sheer number of downloads and users. With well over 1million apps available from various app stores, we need to look at how they can be used to aid Food & Grocery retailing.
This report will look at:
-Current smartphone and tablet statistics (ownership and usage)
-The app market in the UK and around the world
-How shoppers find new apps
-Apps currently available, and how many shoppers have them on their smartphone/tablet at this time in relation to UK grocery retailers, recipes, vouchers and shopping lists
-See what features shoppers say they would like to have in a grocery shopping app