Insights

Tops of 2016: Digital

From new digital devices coming to the market to the growing interest in virtual reality, 2016 was a big year for digital. As the year comes to a close, Nielsen looked at some of the top trends in digital, including the top U.S. smartphone apps and operating systems.

What Drives Data Usage?

Some say talk is cheap, but data overages sure aren’t. Exceeding the limit on a smartphone data plan is a monthly headache for many Americans. However, that doesn’t stop consumers from using their phones round-the-clock to stream their favorite TV shows, download music and hail cars.

Millennials Are Top Smartphone Users

When looking at smartphone owners by age, penetration is highest among Millennials aged 18-24 (98%). Millennials aged 25-34 are right on their heels, with a 97% ownership rate, followed by Gen Xers aged 35-44 at 96%.