For health and fitness apps, the future looks bright, very bright -- with market analysts predicting that by 2017, more than 1.7 billion people around the globe will have downloaded a health or fitness app.
Mobile industry analysts Research2Guidance have released their latest report on health apps, citing that the market will total $26 billion in four years.
According to the report, consumers currently have around 97,000 mobile health apps to choose from in 62 app stores. The top 10 apps generate up to four million free and 300,000 paid downloads each day.
However, this January a Pew Research Center study found that while US consumers have a cornucopia of smartphone apps to track or manage health, only a small number of people are actually using them. The study found that only about seven percent of people surveyed used a smartphone app to track a health indicator such as weight, diet or exercise routine or to monitor a chronic disease such as diabetes.
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