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App Store Infographic: Stats Show Why iPhone Apps Arrive First



As an Android user, I have become accustom to waiting for apps. Up until the last 6 months all of the good apps have gone to the iPhone before they arrive on Android.

While this has changed for some apps, in regards to updates coming faster on Android, for the most part the iPhone remains king of new releases, and the App Wars ideographic may explain why I can’t get on my Android phone yet.

According to the App infographic form WebpageFX, iPhone users use way more apps than Android and BlackBerry owners. Specifically, iOS users use 48 apps per phone, while Android users use just 35 and Blackberry users, just 15.

The chart also highlights another app trend that plays a major role in the decision-making process of the mainstream consumer — the availability of free apps. In this area, Android beats iOS with 60% of the apps available for free, compared to 29% for the iPhone.

Some might argue that you get what you pay for, but based on conversations I have had with recent smartphone buyers, free apps are a major concern, more so than app selection for several buyers.

App Store Wars

App Store Stats and Trends.

There’s also an interesting look at the average price of apps, with the iPhone coming in on the low end, which is something budget conscious shoppers should keep in mind. The average iPhone app in the top 100 paid apps category is just over $2, while Android and BlackBerry apps top out over $4 and $5 respectively.

Via DigitalBuzzBlog



  1. DNel

    09/20/2011 at 9:21 pm

    I wonder how Amazon’s free app of the day figures into those numbers (would it be considered a paid app?)

  2. Scotty Braun

    09/20/2011 at 11:00 pm

    Thats another reason i don’t like apple, they are major scam artists. because millions of people don’t realize how sucked in they are once involved with apple. Dumping all this money into stuff that they can only use with apple products, and it makes them buy more apple products, if not then they lose out on all the songs, apps, videos, etc…  I’ve never paid for an app yet, and don’t really plan on it since there are plenty free ones for me to choose from!   Also, I definitely would not pay $1 per song 

    • jimbone

      09/21/2011 at 11:40 am

      I could see losing apps if someone switched away from apple products (obviously) just like if you switched away from android, but not songs and videos, etc. Sounds like you’re just cheap and resent people who aren’t. Also fyi, just because someone has a mac or ios device doesn’t mean they pay $1 per song.

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