The most popular category of apps downloaded by cell phone and tablet users are ones that provide regular updates on news, weather, sports or stocks. Nearly three-quarters (74%) of app downloaders have used an app that serves one or more of these functions.

Other types of popular apps include those that help people communicate with friends or family, learn about a topic that interests them, or helps them obtain more information about a topic. Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.