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Android users installing fewer games, iOS users adding more

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Android users installing fewer games, iOS users adding more
Mobile apps search company Chomp presented its first annual app search analytics report. The data comes from the more than 1 million searches conducted each month by Chomp and there is a trend in place for those using iOS and Android devices. According to the data, Android users are installing fewer games and are downloading more entertainment based applications like Netflix, Talking Tom, Crackle and Flixster. That compares with iOS users who are still selecting more games than anything else from iTunes. At the end of December for example, games represented 36.1% of apps installed from iTunes while they made up only 22% of downloads in the Android Market.

Back to iTunes, where music and fitness apps (like RunKeeper and Nike Fitness) have been picking up steam. Downloads of utility apps have been declining. What has been rising sharply on iTunes has been prices. While the costs of apps on Android have been falling, iOS apps have been rising by 50%. In December, the average iTunes app purchase cost 67 cents while the average in the Android Market was a mere 9 cents. Ironically though, the $3.17 average price for paid apps on Android tops the average $2.41 for paid apps on iTunes. According to the research, this discrepancy comes form the large number of 99 cent apps on iTunes. Still digging into the numbers further, only 5 out of 100 downloads from the Android Market are paid apps while 22 out of 100 apps bought on iTunes are paid apps.

Chomp also announced a Top Ten apps list for both platforms based on the number of searches that Chomp handles. Android's list included
Pandora on top with Facebook next, followed by Lookout Mobile Security, Zedge Ringtones, Advanced Task Killer, Handcent SMS, Dolphin Browser, The Weather Channel, TuneIn and GasBuddy.

The iTunes Top Ten reads Angry Birds, Facebook, Dropbox, IMDb, Pandora, Angry Birds Seasons, SoundHound, Netflix, Angry Birds Rio and Instagram.

Note how the iTunes list includes three versions of Angry Birds and very few utilities. The Android list includes the Dolphin Browser, and Handcent SMS which are apps that replace stock Android functions. We shall see next year if there is any change in what apps Android and iOS
users are installing on their respective phones.

source: Chomp via TechCrunch

Chomp's analysis shows Android users installing fewer games while iOS users continue to love them
Chomp's analysis shows Android users installing fewer games while iOS users continue to love them

Chomp's analysis shows Android users installing fewer games while iOS users continue to love them



Android users installing fewer games, iOS users adding more
Android users installing fewer games, iOS users adding more

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posted on 29 Jan 2012, 22:53 5

1. jove39 (Posts: 1318; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Thats because we're (or may be just me) busy...testing tons of roms out there...I tried 4 today 3 MIUI variants and a ICScrewD...hard bricked my phone and get it working again(CWM rocks) to MIUI 2.1.13...believe me its way more fun than playing games on mobile...that's just me :)

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 23:32 3

4. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


im running the latest cm7 nighty (1/25 #211) and morfic's trinity kernel Extreme edition. 2.3.7 @ 1.58 Ghz there aint much like it xD.

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 01:20 5

8. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


yes and no.......but thank for the democracy=Android
we will never love dictate=SOPA=Apple
but Ive finished with flashing......just perfectly using my SGS2....there is no better phone on the market for consuming every possibility you can find

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 04:28

14. rf1975 (Posts: 247; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Yes you can spent time on these kind of things on Android phone. But there is no best graphic capable phone out there to enjoy the gaming on android. GS II with mali-400 is best available device. Another reason is availability of the game for android platform. But things might change with ICS 4.0

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 05:04 5

15. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


but games are mainly for iOS users...we use Android in more versatile way so Android is much much better for us :)

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 23:23 1

2. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i have so many games on my phone i just don't see myself having the time to play them all so i make myself not download anymore even if i think they're interesting. xD

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 23:29 9

3. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


"Note how the iTunes list includes three versions of Angry Birds"

OMGROFLMAO

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 02:52 1

9. E.N. (Posts: 2357; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Advanced Task Killer and Lookout Mobile Security is what's funny....or sad, whichever

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 03:02 3

10. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


they're both entirely different apps. :P

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 03:08 2

11. thinking (Posts: 130; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)


I think it's very serious, simply because OSs which have freedom are more prone to being tested by you as well as attackers.
And isn't it a good thing to have a task killer? Yes, Android should have some basic task killing or close task options with its tasks. But until then, there's the task killer.

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 03:49 1

13. E.N. (Posts: 2357; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Okay so unfortunate's the better word.

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 14:47 2

17. sgogeta4 (Posts: 392; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


Task killers are useless. Google the subject matter.

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 02:42

19. thinking (Posts: 130; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)


They're not useless but of limited use. The criticism is that a few tasks are restarted anyway. However, many aren't and temporarily, you do get just a little more battery life and space.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 23:35 6

5. willywill_evo (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


i got more important stuff to download, everyday i change the interface..got 4 different keyboards and the list go on we can change just about everything on android

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 01:12 4

6. bigboy029 (Posts: 74; Member since: 03 Jan 2011)


Watch out, we got a badass over here!

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 01:17 4

7. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


yes...iPhone and iPad is just a toy without reasonable usage.......how can any one survive without mass storage? just that one who uses his tool as a toy without common features :)
it is good they can watch internet...but without flash?? :-D

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 03:21 6

12. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


makes sense, android users want productivity, iphone is an ipod touch (toy) with phone capabilities.

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 10:12

16. jellytime (Posts: 135; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I have a xperia play and i download atleast 3 Games a day

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 14:53 3

18. downphoenix (Posts: 2373; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


couple of things to keep in mind:

1) iOS devices that are not connected to 3G services (most Ipads, all Ipod Touchs) are probably more likely to have mainly games as their downloads, as apps that need constant connectivity will not be as useful on them. There are some android devicse that are not connected to 3G, but mainly they are tablets, and the android tablet market is tiny compared to the phone market, so this skews things some.

2) The quality of games on iOS are so much better from companies that hardcore gamers like, and thus are most likely to download a lot of games. All the major companies like Activision, EA, Sega, etc offer excellent support of games for IOS, and though some of these companies do support android, the support is lukewarm at best from most of them, and there are several of these companies that simply do not publish games on Android at all. This is pretty strange as game publishers tend to publish to multiple platforms to ensure highest sales and profit, but many of them are shying away from android despite a great marketshare.

The biggest reason is probably the sheer skus of devices, but almost all of these companies release PC games and there are so many more possibilities on PC, so this isn't really a valid reason.

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