A recent survey has found that owners of Android phones are probably paying higher costs for their apps than people using iPhones.
In fact, market research firm Canalys revealed the difference would be about 2.5 percent more in price on average.
According to PCMag.com, the survey said it would cost $374.37 to buy the top 100 purchased apps among Androids, while the top 100 iPhone apps came to $147. Similar results were found in Germany, India, Singapore, and the U.K.
Canalys reported that 82 of Apple’s top 100 apps cost $0.99 in the U.S., while only 22 Androids were that price. According to Yahoo! News, the top ten apps among Androids were more expensive, averaging $3.47 per app compared to $0.99 for Apple. The top 20 apps show an average price of $1.04 for iPhone users and $4.09 for Androids.
Rachel Lashford, Canalys Managing Director called it a positive that developers can charge more for apps on Android and still make the top seller lists. But she added, “The reality is that with fewer people willing to purchase apps on Android than on iOS today, there is more of a necessity to do so.”
Senior Analyst, Tim Shepherd says the App Store environment is mature and closely controlled, but says the Android market is more open but also less secure and consumer friendly.
Tuaw.com reported that 19 apps showed up on both lists, and the cost was usually higher in most cases for Android apps.
January reports say that Androids have about 46.3 percent of the smart phone market in the United States while Apple makes up about 30 percent.