On Android and iOS, 8 out of 10 users simply use the pre-installed browser on their smartphone. Arcep has just published its digital barometer edition 2019 which measures the adoption of digital equipment and uses in the French population.

In 2019, digital practices are becoming more mobile in France. The smartphone has become even more indispensable and the frequency of use is increasing. A majority (51%) people prefer the smartphone to connect to the internet. This rate is 20 points higher than the computer connection. 77% of the population owns a smartphone, 18% still use a conventional phone and 5% have no mobile phone. This is revealed by the latest digital barometer published by Arcep on November 27, 2019 and which dissects the habits of the French.

About 8 out of 10 users simply use the pre-installed browser on their smartphone, both on Android and iOS, and 66% have never tested another one. However, when they decide to look elsewhere, more than half of the respondents end up adopting another browser. Unsurprisingly, Google Chrome is the most used browser in France with a market share of 65%. Next came Safari (18%) firefox (5%). The other browsers share the remaining 12%.

Android is by far the most widely used operating system with a market share of 77%, compared to 22% for iOS. Windows Phone is almost non-existent with less than 1% market share. In terms of social media presence, 68% of French Internet users regularly use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn, but the growth is slowing after strong growth between 2010 and 2017. Social media activity differs by age group. Thus, more than 80% of 12 to 39 year olds are active compared to 61% for 40-59 year olds, 35% for 60-69 year olds and only 19% for over-70s.

Finally, access to the Internet via fixed equipment is stabilizing at 86% as in 2018 while mobile internet access continues to grow to 74% in 2019, up from 72% in 2018 and 60% in 2016. The Arcep survey was conducted by CREDOC (Research Centre for the Study and Observation of Living Conditions) among 2,259 people aged 12 and over. They were interviewed face-to-face between 14 June and 9 July 2019.

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