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Apps for Android vs. iPhone apps: Prices may surprise you

androidlogo022412_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

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.

 
Comments (4)
App
4 Friday, 27 July 2012 19:00
Allyson Carico
You guys hear of the app from www.formvote.com ? It's pretty cool. for android and iphone i think.
3 Sunday, 26 February 2012 05:38
kev51773
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.

So the difference between 374.37 and 147 is 2.5 percent?
Don't even get me started on what a completely pointless comparison it is.
2 Sunday, 26 February 2012 00:31
raj tripathi
There might be apps which are expensive in android market as compared to its counterpart iOS.But one should not be blind eye to the fact there are large number of free apps which are available in android market,
According to the mobile apps tracking firm Distino, free downloads account for well over half the apps, including nice ones made by Google itself whereas in the iPhone App Store, freebies only account for just over a quarter of listed apps.

r tripathi
www.MobiTily.com
1 Saturday, 25 February 2012 16:41
alx
Going off the top 100 apps for each market is a ridiculous way to compare prices. Android Market's top 100 includes widgets, ROM packages (for rooted phones), custom keyboards, custom media players, custom lock screens, and more. The content is vastly different than the apps that are available in Apple's App Store.

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