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Android Market attrition rate is twice that of Apple's App Store

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Android Market attrition rate is twice that of Apple's App Store
Android, and the Android Market specifically, are growing at an incredible rate. Recent research from Distimo and research2guidance claimed that the Android Market was on its way to eclipsing the Apple App Store by the end of this year. But they failed to take the attrition rate into account.

The earlier research only factored in new app additions. But new analysis by AppsFire shows that the Android Market has an attrition rate twice that of the App Store. Of the 300,000 apps published in the Android Market, 32% of those have since been removed. But of the App Store's 500,000 total apps, only 16% have been removed.

So why is this the case? AppsFire says that Android developers might have a harder time monetizing their apps, or it becomes unprofitable to try and maintain them. The Android Market also has an easier process, as well as no $100 development fee. App Store additions, on the whole, tend to be more carefully brought to market.

GigaOM suggests that the Android Market is a better venue for experimentation, while the App Store is better for making money. And we tend to agree. The only downside to Android's openness is that it lends to many under-thought apps, and less quality/security vetting.

source: AppsFire via GigaOM

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posted on 08 Jun 2011, 16:27 5

1. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


Well I'll just sit and wait for Sniggly, SuperAndroidEvo, and Galaxy-S to see this lol

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 16:39 8

5. stigtoo (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)


lol, I don't see how this is good or bad, for either android or apple. Fact is, they are just different at how they go about their business. But for you to see this as bad news for Android, shows how much in love you are with Apple. No problem there, that's up to you.

What I find ironic, is the very next story posted after this one is regarding apps that Apple is banning. Ha!

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 16:57 3

9. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


Idiot, thats for drunk drivers, imagine if you had a kid and a drunk driver taking your street as a backroad to evade a checkpoint ran your kid over, then youd be here bitching about Apple's apps lmao you really should stop posting on here bro unless youre gonna do your research about what youre about to post

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:22 10

21. stigtoo (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)


I suggest you read the post I made in that story you are referring to. I DO NOT condone drunk driving.

One other thing: you are not my bro.

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:34 11

29. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Hi. In a truly free market, ventures fail, and when they do they disappear. Like the article mentioned, since it's more accessible for people to get into the Android developing business, you have a model that's closer to a truly free market. The thing to take away from this is that the Android Market is still growing despite this attrition.

There, that's my angle. How'd I do?

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 21:37 3

56. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 304; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


P.s. how old is the iphone app store? How much more experienced are developers who only have to write for one version of one platform? Give it a few years. By the time the android market is as old as the iphone app store im sure all the kinks and experiences will have been worked out and played through. I think people keep forgetting that the apple os, app market, phones etc are what? Almost 10 years older than android.

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 22:47 3

57. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Try 2

posted on 09 Jun 2011, 03:26 2

61. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


For once Taco is completely right. Android didn't come out that long after the iPhone.

posted on 09 Jun 2011, 03:46

62. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 304; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Touché the g1 did come out long before Verizon embraced android, back when it was in beta still.

posted on 09 Jun 2011, 18:55

73. NeXoS (Posts: 278; Member since: 03 May 2011)


It came out 3 years before Android and in Mobile Years, that's a LOOOONG TIME!

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 03:03

74. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Sorry, NeXoS, I hate to correct you because I like you, but the original iPhone was announced in January of 2007 and started selling in the end of June that same year.

The G1, which was the first Android phone released in the U.S., was released in October 2008, less than two years after the iPhone was announced. I agree that in mobile years it's a long time, as the iPhone 3G had already come out, but your statement simply wasn't factually correct.

To your credit, I double checked my sources before replying. :)

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 12:27

76. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


it came out one year... u people are ridiculous... it came out in novermber after the 3g... that is one year...

posted on 09 Jun 2011, 09:13 4

68. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


Good job Sniggly! Lol you were put on the spot by that douchey applefanboy. The fact is, there are shitty apps on both platforms. True, Android has more shitty ones than Apple, but I don't really care because I only use about 50 quality apps at a time. There are thousands of good ones to choose from on both platforms so there will always be something for everyone. Shitty apps are just a fact of life.

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 16:30 5

2. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Fandroids of course will disagree :)

Now let's wait and see what their versions of the story are, lol.

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 16:37 5

4. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


Of course typical, theyre gonna say no it was because.....ah, ah, ah, help me out Evo...hahaha, funny how the "leading" OS has a smaller market, that has less apps, AND now its losing apps as well, I guess the whole process Apple has for developers is a good thing after all right??

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 16:48 12

6. Whateverman (Posts: 3233; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Yet Android is still the leading OS. Maybe it goes back to what the article said about it being the best value. and the quality of apps on my DX is equal to what I see on my iPad, just in a smaller version. Home run Baseball 3D, Angry Birds, Doodle Bowling, and even Plants vs Zombies! That's a $10 app in the AppStore, but I got it for free in the Amazon store. Throw in everything else that Google piles on for free and for most of us Android just makes more sense.

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 16:59 1

10. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


Yeah theyre cheaper, but with bugs, thats my whole problem with Androids in the first place, they have a good software, they try to do too much and half-ass everything, sure its free, but if they charged theyd have a bit more revenue to make their OS a bit less buggy lol

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:22 10

20. Whateverman (Posts: 3233; Member since: 17 May 2009)


The dirty little secret that most Apple fans won't ever admit is that idevices freeze, stutter and have bugs too! I've seen mi iPad freeze on a website for no reason at all. It turn it to landscape and the screen stays on portrait. Apps randomly close. And what has Google done that was half-assed. They have the best navigation system money could buy, but they give it to us for free. As you can see by the last two articles about the navigation, they just keep making it better. Google Goggles sounded like a dumb idea until I went on vacation and discovered all these landmarks I never knew existed. Not to mention being able to talk TO my phone and it knows what I want and will even perform the function for me. One of my sister in laws went with us and she was so blown away when I told my phone to "Call Dairy Queen" and it placed the call to the closet DQ to our location. I confirm they were still open and told my phone to "Navigate to Dairy Queen". My sister felt like she had been lied to by the ATT sells rep because she realized her iPhone could do none of that. Especially when i told her that i paid for none of those apps i had used. So I'm not sure what you mean about half ass everything.

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:28 2

25. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


actually those closing apps have gotten me before ill admit that, the rest of the stuff...not so much like the dude here Galaxy-S had a mytouch and bricked it trying to root it lol luckily he was able to restore it after a few videos otherwise hed still be stuck there, nothing like that has happened to my iPhone or iPad, also dude, have you ever used an iPhone?? I doubt it cuz if you had youd know that you can actually get Google on your iPhone so you can do that exactly, I know cuz I use it on my iPhone

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:38 6

31. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


Ok isheep you definitly dont know what your talking about if i would have bricked the phone it would be gone?? where did you get that from??
i root all my devices successfully and have never bricked one! prob dumbass iphone users that switch to android brick them?? you have to be an Ihead to brick a phone that fast..

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:41 9

33. Whateverman (Posts: 3233; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Yes I have used an iPhone an was very quickly impressed with the smoothness and ease of use. I can be honest about that. But I was also bored with it very quickly. There is absolutely no way I could look at the same icons moving left to right for two years. The games and everything are cool, but most of the free ones are lite versions. Even if you buy the full version they try and milk you for more money with "in-app" purchases. Even buying my iPad meant I had to upgrade my memory and upgrade my system from tiger to snow leopard. Just seems to me that Apple specializes in screwing their customers at every turn.

Oh yeah, and bricking you iPhone or iPad while jail breaking is a very real possibility. Every developer who write either root or jail breaking software warns you to follow their directions very carefully for that reason.

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:40 3

32. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


I know apple products and i second that!!

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 23:14

58. whocares2200 (unregistered)


REALLY? " if they charged theyd have a bit more revenue to make their OS a bit less buggy" ???
Google doesnt have enough revenue? They do. More revenue would have nothing to do with ANGRY BIRDS FREE on Android vs iOS.

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 19:38

47. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Nope. iOS still has the bigger market share (iphone, ipad, & ipod touch combined).

Also, based on individual phone sales alone. The iphone still outsells other phones in its category.

http://www.bgr.com/2011/06/08/apples-iphone-still- best-selling-smartphone-in-u-s-android-catching-up -analyst-says/

posted on 09 Jun 2011, 06:09 1

65. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


u're a douche

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 20:34

52. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Android isn't the leading OS. iOS has about double the market share when you count all iOS devices and all android devices. This is a false argument. Apple has better apps. Anyone that's not a blind fandroid will agree.

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 21:28

55. Whateverman (Posts: 3233; Member since: 17 May 2009)


That's why I say SOME iphone fans have an inferiority complex. Lol! You both know that when tech articles are written, 99.99% of the time marketshare is brokendown by segments. Ex; cellphones, computers, and tablets. But if you want add up EVERY type of mobile device Apple makes, then yes Apple has the bigger share.

posted on 09 Jun 2011, 04:38

63. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


with your logic then windows has the biggest market share off them all by a large margin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Operating_system _usage_share.svg

on phone arena market share is related with phones and smartphone anything else its not included because this is a phone site and the discussion are about phones

posted on 09 Jun 2011, 04:41

64. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


now mobile market share?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_operat ing_systems#Mobile_devices

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:03 3

13. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


i definitly agree that the market place is growing really fast ifollow

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 16:32

3. Yo (unregistered)


I yawned while reading this

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 16:50 6

7. rapids23 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Jun 2011)


That's because most android apps aren't available to be saved to sd card. While Iphone has tons of memory to just save tons of useless apps. Plus more android users are probably more blue collar and are busy digging ditches rather than in an office all day where those apps aren't used they're just sitting on their Iphones.

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:01

11. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


Yeaaaaaaah, yet you dumb asses always bitch about the iPhone not having enough memory, lol douchebag Fagdroid...

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:06 6

15. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


Shit my phone has 16gb internal and 32gb expandable and since its rooted i can to what ever i want with the apps on it!! way more than any iphone! even jailbroken

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:08 1

17. ... (unregistered)


... "douchebag Fagdroid"?

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 16:54 1

8. bucky (Posts: 1574; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


the android market might be catching up to apple in size, its most certainly not catching up in quality. There is still a long way to go

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:04

14. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


I agree, thats exactly why they approve everything....even virus stricken apps, tell me, when was the last time a non-Cydia app came to have a virus?? Help your buddy out Whateverman, lmao I like your little fag ninjaDroid you have for an avatar lol

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:25 3

24. Whateverman (Posts: 3233; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Go app for app. Pull up Angry birds on a Droid X and on an iPhone and you will not see any difference. Lower quality apps is the old Android like the G1, but not anymore.

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:45

34. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


I'll agree on quality of does apps, I'm talking about the quality of the overall app, is it a useful app? what will it do for me? and is it safe?

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:54 3

37. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


HMM so what usefull app does iphone have that android does not??

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 18:31

44. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


Maybe not different ones, just non infected ones lmao

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 20:13 1

49. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)


The App Store isn't exactly full of quality apps either... go pull it up on your iPhone and try and count how many fart apps are on there.

(yes, I know Apple isn't allowing any more of those. But they haven't been removed!)

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 20:38 1

53. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I disagree. The quality of iPhone apps in general is better than android apps. Android is just now getting Netflix for example. Some apps may be similar, but overall iPhone apps have better quality. Especially gaming. It's not even close there.

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:02 4

12. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


The market is growing quick and always improving apps, open source gives chance for improvement and better ideas..

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:07

16. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


Na, it gives hackers a chance to infest your OS lol thats all it does...

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:18 5

18. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


hackers go for the most popular always..
Gives Android a chance to strengthen security

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:24

23. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


sure it does, but wait how long has Android been around?? oh and how long was Apple leading, according to you guys, before Android came along and how many virus infected apps have made it to the App Store?? Please dude mejor ponte a trabajar and quit "trying" to post smart shit lmao

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:18 4

19. stigtoo (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)


open source doesn't mean it will allow hackers, as an example: Ubuntu!

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:23 2

22. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


love Ubuntu!!

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:29

26. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


Yet you dont know how to use it lol, just cuz you played with it for a day doesnt mean you know how to use it dude lol

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:29 2

27. motherboyxx (unregistered)


Wow AppleFanboy, you have just won me over with your articulate use of the English language. I am so floored by your thoughtful narrative that I will not bring up all the editorials concerning the irrelevance of 350k or 500k apps. How many do you have on your idevice? I am before you on humble bended knee...bro...lol.

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:33 4

28. motherboyxx (unregistered)


I wrote that on the only pc OS in my house...ubuntu. You should jump to another conclusion and insult my knowledge of linux...please.

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:38

30. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


What?? I wasn't talking to you dude, I was talking to Galaxy-S lol

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:45 2

35. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


The reason why i dont talk to you about any linux related program is because you dont know shit about any OS except big icons and an apple??

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:55

39. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


hahaha sure dude, like you know much about linux

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 18:00 1

41. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


Way more than you i do

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:47

36. No Way Jose (unregistered)


HAHAHAHHAAH ARE YOU SERIOUS??? this guy is talking about free market in the app store. Dumbass, no wonder viruses are spreading like wildfire. And android is for blue collar and apple is for white collar? I'll take that anyday.

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:54 3

38. Applebite (unregistered)


When do we realize that Fanboys are mentally ill and need psychiatry help before any discussions with them are possible!

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 20:29 1

51. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Holy Hell, amen!

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:59 2

40. Slick568 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Jun 2011)


Are You Guys Serious You Speak Of Android And Apples Like Religion!! Or Ford VS Chevy!!! Relax Make A Phone Call !!!! Like These Devices Were Design To Do In the First Place!!!!

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