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 Turntable.fm 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.
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.
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