Who do developers love? Follow the money…

July 5, 2010

The iPhone and, as soon as some Android-powered competitors arrive, iPad are doomed, or so go the daily reports about why and how open will crush closed. Nevertheless, there’s no indication from the real world that’s happening, at least as far as developers (the kind that make money), are concerned.

Distimo has published some rather interesting and, frankly, sobering info about Google’s Android Marketplace “” if you want to get paid for your work, you’re better off, much better off, on the iTunes App Store.

Apple announced over a month ago that it had already paid iOS developers more than $1 billion in commissions. Outside of Google, no one knows how much (or little) they’ve paid developers.

However, a telling indicator of where the money can be found in the ratio of free to paid on apps on both store. While free apps account for 28 percent of the 200,000-plus on the App Store, a whopping 57 percent of those available via the Android Marketplace are free.

“The large share of free applications in Google Android Market may be influenced by developers from only 9 countries being able to distribute paid applications in Google Android Market, and users from only 13 countries being able to download paid applications (out of the 46 countries where Google Android Market is available),” Distimo reports.

Further, whereas a single iTunes account gets you access to music, movies, book (audio and print) and, of course, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad apps, Android users need apply for a Google Checkout account “” yet another company with personal history.

Edifying bullet points

      “ The average price of all paid applications and the 100 most popular paid applications in the Apple App Store for iPad ($4.65) is higher than in the Apple App Store for iPhone ($4.01).
      ” The average price of the 100 top grossing applications is higher on the Apple App Store for iPhone.
      ” Android Market has the largest share of free applications, 57 percent; Windows Marketplace for Mobile has the smallest, 22 percent
      ” Nine of 10 of the most popular free applications and eight out of 10 most popular paid applications in the Apple App Store for iPhone are games.
      “ In the e-reader market, both the iBooks application by Apple and the Kindle application by Amazon.com are ranked among the 10 most popular free applications in the Apple App Store for iPad. Apple’s application is ranked number one however, and Amazon’s application is ranked number 10.

Not a lot positive in this report for Android developers (or users). So, Google’s open might someday prevail over Apple’s walled App Store garden, but that’s obviously going to happen any time this year or any time soon…

What’s your take?

via AppleInsider

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One Response to “Who do developers love? Follow the money…”

  1. aquaadverse:

    The examples of open source apps like Open Office and the popularity of Firefox with a huge number of free extensions and plugins mock your premise that it’s impossible to have a vigorous and useful platform without for profit development.

    Giving away Android to vendors who are going to attempt to tweak it to add value to the hardware they sell is a very good base for future expansion.

    How many people have Gmail, Google Voice, use Google Docs, Thunderbird email client etc…?

    Considering most iPad users are existing Apple customers and at best the Android market is at iPhone II state with a number of slates running Android due out soon, you’re a bit premature. Prior to the iPad introduction all Android did was this:


    BTW, I’m posting this from my laptop tethered to my Android phone using a free app. I use Skype over wi-fi often, likewise my Google Voice.

    And then there’s this:


    Being tied to a closed system with limited vendors to supply the product forces compromises and slows market reaction. The willy nilly rejections and removals by Apple has pissed off many.

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