Russia among top 5 countries for downloaded applications

Russia among top 5 countries for downloaded applications

Read about this and other research findings from AppAnnie in our review. As a bonus there is information about videos being tested in image search and a new useful function called Google Assistant.

Russia entered top 5 countries for downloaded applications

This data is provided in AppAnnie’s annual report 2016. Other leaders include India, Brazil, the USA and Indonesia. The total number of downloads in the whole world has reached 90 billion, the majority of which accrues to Google Pay (especially in developing markets).

The most popular applications in Russia include WhatsApp, Viber, VK, Sberbank Online, and Odnoklassniki. An average Android device owner spent around 2 hours on applications every day last year.

Mobile traffic share in online stores comprised 44% in 2016. Mobile devices were used to make online purchases in 31% of cases.

Google tests YouTube videos in image search

English-speaking users have spotted that Google started showing YouTube videos in image search results for mobile devices. They appeared in queries for clothes and were marked with a «New Look on YouTube» sign.

Videos without sound launch automatically, and cannot be hidden. Tests are done in a limited way.

Google Assistant to start handling payments

Google Assistant is preparing to a big update. One of the most important new features will be the possibility to accept and process payments following the example of the Amazon Alexa. It is expected that users will be able to make payments via various devices, using voice control if desired.

LinkedIn announced plans to return in Russia

Company’s vice president Allen Blue told about the intentions to resume operations in Russia. It’s early to speak about some successes, but LinkedIn representatives have already started negotiations with the Russian authorities.

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