50 Interesting Facts about Mobile Apps

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26OkCupid

OkCupid found that women using iPhones averaged twice as many sexual partners as those using Android devices.


27. Tinder was thusly named because a tinder box (your phone) holds matches (swipes to the right) that could potentially catalyze the fire of a new romance from a single spark made by swiping matches to the right.


28. Uber drivers in China changed their profile photos to ghosts and zombie images so that when potential passengers saw these pictures they would cancel the ride they had just booked, thus earning the driver the cancellation fee.


29. A woman was diagnosed with "WhatsAppitis" in 2014 after using WhatsApp on her smartphone continuously for 6 hours caused wrist pain.


30. Language learning app/site Duolingo makes its money from having its users practice translating a real-world document (e.g from CNN). Duolingo has contracts with these websites to translate stories and is earning hundreds of thousands of dollars a year with this business model.


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31Uber Introduction

Since Uber was introduced in New York City in 2011, drinking-related car wrecks decreased by 25–35% in all boroughs.


32. Mark Zuckerberg attempted to buy Snapchat for $3 billion in November of 2013 but was rejected. Almost 3 years later, Instagram cloned Snapchat’s main features and launched ‘Instagram Stories.’


33. An Uber driver once sued Snapchat, alleging that the teen who crashed into him at 107 mph was using Snapchat’s speed filter while driving.


34. The popular game Candy Crush exploits mechanisms of addiction in the same way some recreational drugs and gambling do.


35. Real human skulls are traded on Instagram by a small but active underground collectors’ market. The skulls are decorated and sold by macabre enthusiasts. Some sell for tens of thousands of dollars.


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36Fitbit

In 2015, a smartwatch maker Pebble declined a $740 million offer from watchmaker Citizen. A year later they sold the company to Fitbit in the region of $23 million - $40 million.


37. A Fitbit played a role in solving a murder. Using the Wife's Fitbit and analyzing her movements, analysts were able to create a timeline that proved the husband had created a false story.


38. In 2012, before the introduction of Uber, a Toronto Taxi license was sold for $360,000. By 2018 they were rumored to be down to $65,000 and likely still dropping.


39. Your delivery order from DoorDash or Grubhub could come from a “dark kitchen.” Basically the food you ordered is coming from a big-name restaurant under another name. Examples being Pasqually’s Pizza being Chuck E. Cheese and It’s Just Wings being Chili’s.


40. When Pokemon Go first came out, it increased U.S. activity levels by 144 billion steps in just 30 days.


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41WhatsApp Founders

Brian Acton and Jan Koum both former employees of Yahoo once applied for jobs at Facebook but were rejected. They later went on to create WhatsApp messenger and sold it to Facebook for $19.3 billion.


42. Google Maps calculates traffic by tracking how fast Android devices are moving on the road.


43. UCLA students call about 11,000 Uber and Lyft rides every week for very short rides that never even leave the campuses.


44. Uber ran a coordinated campaign against Lyft called Operation SLOG that involved requesting, then canceling over 5000 rides as well as direct recruitment of Lyft drivers on rides.


45. Angry Birds and Clash of Clans have helped rejuvenate Finland's economy after Nokia's downfall.


46King Digital Entertainment

King Digital Entertainment, the company that made Candy Crush was acquired for $5.9 billion while Lucasfilm was purchased by Disney for only $4 billion.


47. Skype would have named it "Skyper" because the software is derived from “Sky peer-to-peer.” However, some of the domain names associated with "Skyper" were already taken.


48. Most social media negatively impact the mental health of teenagers, particularly girls. This has led to increasing suicide rates and depression. The worst offender found is Instagram in 2017 and institutions have tried to have a warning label on images that have been Photoshopped or edited.


49. Pentagon had staff stop playing Pokemon Go with a memo titled "Pokemon stop" and to play the game only when outside.


50. In 2014, black taxi cab drivers brought parts of London to a standstill, protesting against Uber. This led to an 850% increase in downloads of Uber.

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