News apps saw usage surge between January and April as people stayed home during lockdowns.
According to app marketing expert Adjust, news apps saw a rise in daily sessions by 59% and a 37% jump in installs during the same time period.
The figures are testament to a nation hungry for live updates and information on the coronavirus pandemic.
In the US, daily sessions jumped 104% while installs rose 53%.
This was much higher than in other regions such as EMEA where daily sessions increased to 69% and 44% in Japan.
During lockdowns in March, news app installs surged notably, the report suggested.
But the rise didn’t last as levels have stalled and returned to pre-pandemic levels in May 2020.
Although user sessions were high in April, they fell 13% in May.
The increase in daily installs and sessions was good news for publishers worried about declining advertising revenues as marketers froze budgets.