A Better Way to Learn Math?

Ariel Ariel
10/1/21

This is a single insight from This Week in Apps #81 - Gotta Be Original. Check out the full article for more insights.


Like most things, tutoring is moving in-app. Photomath has been the clear leader in the math tutoring space for a very long time, and demand for it has been going strong for several years.

So strong that it led to competition.

Gauthmath rolled out in late 2020, at the tail end of the crazy growth Photomath saw due to schools moving into bedrooms. It had a slow start, but lately, it's been seeing a lot more downloads. Enough to challenge Photomath.

Since schools got back in late August and demand (re)started, the two have been at it.

In September, Gauthmath added 3.4M new downloads worldwide across both platforms, and Photomath added 5.5M new downloads, according to our app intelligence.

The latest spike for Gauthmath started mid-month, which is why it ended September with fewer downloads, but don't let that fool you. At the rate they're going, now the folks over at Photomath should be keeping a close watch.

Math has always been a tricky subject for many, which is why we see so much demand for such apps (and not bio...). With less real access to teachers and tutors, this shift makes perfect sense. I fully expect to see demand for such tutoring apps to grow and for the field to get more competitive.

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