, the secure software distributor, recently revealed new data that suggests a surge in interest for niche productivity apps.

The data, extracted from Softonic’s own user metrics, reveals a snapshot of the most popular applications and the changes in their download numbers from January and September this year compared to the same period in 2022.

Niche productivity apps are growing year-on-year while traditional app downloads decline, figures from Softonic reveal

Users are increasingly seeking unique apps over traditional ones, highlighting the importance of software discovery platforms like Softonic in presenting new and different options.

Pocket, a content discovery app, saw a 98% increase in downloads, while Hive, a project management tool, saw a 79% increase. Pomodone, a productivity app, saw a 48% increase. Notion, a note-taking and project management app, saw a 13% increase, while Slack, a communication tool, saw a 37% growth. Other apps like Evernote, Google Docs, and Google Drive experienced falls, while Google Drive saw a 37% growth.