ANALYSIS: Robinhood and Duolingo IPOs8 min read

Robinhood and Duolingo, two of the most popular app-based businesses in the United States and globally, are set to go public. Eyeing IPOs of 35 and 3 billion U.S. dollars respectively, the companies have obviously enjoyed great success on the global app markets. So, in this article, we’ve leveraged our app intelligence solutions to analyze the following: 1. Robinhood App Analysis 1. Download Estimates (July 23, 2019 - July 22, 2021) 2. Analysis of User Review Sentiment 3. Analysis o

The Top 7 Neobanking Apps Based in the United States8 min read

We’ve ranked the top seven American neobanking apps based on downloads and compared them to some of the most popular mobile offerings from traditional banks. One of the hallmarks of the modern fintech landscape is an underlying anxiety stemming from the impact of events like the great recession and the COVID-19 pandemic. This disquiet played a pivotal role in the Wall Street Bets fiasco [https://bit.ly/3uwJqOe], where unsophisticated investors on Reddit and Twitter undermined short positions h

COVID-19 Launched a Video Conferencing Revolution8 min read

During the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, we here at 42matters wrote a number of blog posts dedicated to tracking the performance of the video conferencing app market. We noted that platforms like Microsoft Teams, ZOOM, and Skype were well positioned during the pandemic since they enabled businesses to remain productive while employees were required by law to work from home. At the time, we examined the correlation between government-mandated lockdowns and the adoption of video confere

How WhatsApp’s Privacy Updates Impacted Telegram and Signal6 min read

With WhatsApp’s new privacy policy set to take effect on June 19th, we decided to take a look at how Telegram and Signal have performed since the changes were announced in January. This past January, WhatsApp updated its privacy policy and terms of service to facilitate better integration with other Facebook offerings. Notably, these revisions raised some concerns around how the American messaging app intends to share information [https://bit.ly/34EwWsV] with Facebook and its subsidiaries goin

NEW: SDK Downloads and Installations4 min read

We’ve added two new charts to the 42matters Software Development Kit (SDK) Explorer. The first tracks New Installations and Removals, the second tracks Downloads. Over the last few months, we’ve made a number of improvements to our product suite. We’ve added insight into Apple Privacy features [https://42matters.com/blog/] like App Privacy Details and App Tracking Transparency, made a host of iOS-related product upgrades [https://bit.ly/35Uojel], added app-ads.txt for LG and Samsung Connected T

42 Mobile App Market Statistics That Matter in 20216 min read

With the mobile app market on pace to crack 935.2 billion US dollars [https://bit.ly/33caszc] in worldwide revenue by 2023, we thought we’d take a closer look at the state of the mobile app industry. So, we’ve curated a list of 42 mobile app market statistics that matter in 2021. To jump to a particular section, click the links below: * Top 5 Mobile App Market Statistics * Top Google Play Statistics * Top Apple App Store Statistics * Top Amazon Appstore Statistics * Top 3 Most Downloaded

Top Trending iOS & Android Mobile Games in the United States6 min read

Mobile games are big business. According to the folks over at Business of Apps, it was one of the strongest performing industries in 2020, generating an astonishing $77.2 billion [https://bit.ly/3oBalVh] in revenue over the course of a pandemic-stricken year. Additionally, in the United States, there were more than 147 million mobile gamers [https://bit.ly/34nO8Dp] in 2020 alone, with approximately 10 million gamers expected to join the party over the next five years. In other words, there’s a

Top Trending VPN Apps for iOS & Android in the United States6 min read

You’d be hard pressed to spend more than five minutes online without coming across an ad for a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Indeed, while VPNs have been around for the better part of three decades, companies like ExpressVPN and NordVPN have enjoyed astonishing success over just the last five-to-ten years. This is due in large part to the continued flourishing of digital life — and all the cybersecurity threats that come with it. With this in mind, we here at 42matters decided to take a look a

The Top Streaming Platform Newcomers6 min read

The streaming wars are upon us. While services like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and Amazon have long represented the vanguard of the industry, a number of newcomers have begun to turn some heads, portending potentially seismic realignments in the digital streaming market. And these aren’t small names, either. Indeed, as heavy hitters like Disney, NBC, HBO, Paramount, and Apple continue to roll-out revamped digital offerings, it’s tough not to recall that old line from the Who: “Meet the new boss, s

10 Trending Productivity Apps in 202111 min read

Coronavirus caught everyone off guard. Fortunately, in our increasingly digital world, adapting to “new normals” has never been easier. In-person meetings were swapped out for video calls on Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and other platforms; trade shows and conventions were conducted via webinar tools like ON24 and GoToWebinar; and water cooler chit-chat moved from break rooms to #random Slack channels and other productivity apps. But digitization has pushed productivity even further. While apps like

GameStop Fallout: Winners, Losers, and the State of Play7 min read

Back in January, social media was abuzz with talk of “memestocks,” Wall Street Bets, and GameStop. You couldn’t throw a stone into a socially-distanced supermarket without beaning an expert on Short Selling in the head, or knocking the tinfoil hat off a techno-populist CEO, or taking out vast swathes of fussy contrarians eager to pontificate on the regulatory capital requirements of commission-free investing apps. That said, while we recapped the whole story [https://42matters.com/blog/?p=how-g

What’s up With Clubhouse, the Mysterious Audio Chat App?9 min read

Clubhouse is an invitation-only drop-in audio social networking app. Launched in April 2020, during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the app first gained widespread notoriety after Elon Musk was interviewed on Good Time, a show broadcast over the Clubhouse app. Over the last few months, there’s been a groundswell of conversation across social media concerning a mysterious new app called Clubhouse. Now, the mystery is easy to explain. Clubhouse is invitation only, it’s currently availab

How GameStop Impacted Robinhood, Reddit, WeBull, and Others9 min read

How Wall Street Bets and GameStop Impacted the financial app market, including: Robinhood, Reddit, Coinbase, WeBull, Fidelity Investments, and Cash App. It’s hard to imagine anything topping the peculiarities of 2020, but 2021 is off to a hot start. The latest head-scratcher comes courtesy of GameStop, whose stock soared 400% [https://on.mktw.net/3J68Ru2] during an extremely volatile week of trading. In a stunning turn of events, the American video game, consumer electronics, and gaming me

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