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When it Comes to Apps, Tablet Users are Bigger Spenders

The phone app is demonstrated in carousel mode on the new Amazon Fire Phone, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
The phone app is demonstrated in carousel mode on the new Amazon Fire Phone, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(CNet) – Both smartphone and tablet usage are at all-time highs, but new data shows the tablet is still king among app spenders.

In new research from Frank N. Magid Associates, smartphone use has hit a record high in the US, counting 71 percent of the population this year — up 10 percentage points from last year and up 40 points since 2011. Tablet use has risen even faster, hitting 57 percent of the population this year — up 13 points from last year and up 45 points since 2011.

While tablet usage is comparatively lower, spending is still far higher. In the past year, 60 percent of tablet users said they spent money on apps, compared to 54 percent of smartphone users. On average, consumers spent $19 for apps on tablets, far higher than the $13 average spent by smartphone users. In-app purchasing on tablets, averaged at $16, is nearly double the $9 spent on smartphones.

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