US holiday shopping season on mobile expected to be largest to date, topping 1B hours on Android – TechCrunch

US holiday shopping season on mobile expected to be largest to date, topping 1B hours on Android – TechCrunch

The coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the holiday shopping season is already underway. Amazon has delayed its annual sales event, Prime Day, from July to October 2020, while top e-commerce retailers, including Walmart, Target and Amazon, are becoming more powerful than ever. According to a new report from App Annie, mobile shopping apps are poised to see their biggest shopping season to date. The mobile data and analytics firm is estimating that U.S. consumers will spend more than 1 billion hours on Android devices alone during the fourth quarter, a 50% increase from the same time last year.

This forecast represents a jump ahead for mobile commerce that wasn’t expected until four to six years from now, but the pandemic has pushed that timetable forward.

Image Credits: App Annie

The firm also predicts that the pace of online shopping will look different than in years past.

While, typically, holiday shopping would be concentrated in the weeks around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s expected that the shopping season this year will be longer and more drawn out. To some extent, this could be attributed to Prime Day’s delay, but the economic pressures of the pandemic are also taking their toll.

Heading into the third quarter, unemployment rates in the U.S. were still higher than
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