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Apple's iPad to remain the dominant tablet apps platform through 2017, phone apps go to Android

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Apple's iPad to remain the dominant tablet apps platform through 2017, phone apps go to Android
Research firm Strategy Analytics just came out with its newest report on the mobile applications industry, and it expects Apple's iPad franchise to keep the lion's share of app downloads all the way until 2017, representing 56% of all tablet apps then, buoyed by the launch of the affordable iPad mini.

Google's Android, on the other hand, is expected to account for 45% of all app downloads five years from now, but those coming from smartphones. whereas Apple will net 22% at the time.

Overall, Strategy Analytics predicts that a total of 350 billion app downloads will be undertaken in the 2008-2017 period, with $52 billion collected as cash from paid apps. By 2017, however, they expect less than ten percent of all apps to be paid, as their amount has been steadily declining for the sake of freemium applications revenue.

source: SA via Electronista

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posted on 20 Nov 2012, 07:49 4

2. Hammerfest (Posts: 384; Member since: 12 May 2012)

You know what makes any and all articles on the iPad tablet market vs the Android tablet market...

Android doesnt separate them... I use the exact same apps on my phone as I do on my tablet, while for some there are HD versions (to milk the most cash outta an app/customer), most of them follow Android guidelines and are universal...

articles like these make me scratch my head...

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 08:02

4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

iOS has the edge no doubt, but once a couple of popular developers come out with proper Android tablications, the competition won't risk falling behind, and all of the sudden all will be busy developing. It'll be sooner than you think too, my Christmas time they could be more Android tab users than iOS, and if big developer won't fill the gap, small ones will jump on the opportunity. My advice for myself is to start making one right away.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 11:28

13. atsamman (Posts: 74; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

I really hope android tablets get enough attention soooner
I think if all android tablets manufacturers agreed on a specific res that would be a step closer in making it easier on developers android tablets are of so many different res and that's not easy for the developers
but right now I don't see a bright future although I hope

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 08:08

5. xfire99 (Posts: 939; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)

No one can predict the future. Strategy Analytics are just bogos, they predicted Apple stocks would rise to 900US and now its going steady down to 500US marks.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 08:32

7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4320; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Excuse me, what exactly did you win??? Owning an Android phone doesn't make you an Android.
I don't really trust in statistics and analystics... Nothing can be predicted as nothing is consistant...

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 12:29

15. saffant (Posts: 274; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)

Too much Assassin's Creed III for you.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 12:58

17. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 474; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)

Doomsday 1-1-2013....N....E...X....U....S.......Google takeover.... cry all you want apple fans...u know Android has equal or surpassed iPhone...iPhone had it time...and its a good phone... I give respect it set the bar and now android has raised the bar

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 13:14

18. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

your such a fanboy, sure android is good and all but guess what its not what you think it is. you paint it as the ultimate os , you need some perspective

theres no google take over , and no ones crying. most dont think there part of a war like you do. its all tech, just because you use android doesnt mean you can slate every other os and everyone who uses something else

pathetic thats all it is. and raised the bar? not really. there are different approaches to an os so not one os can raise the bar entirely for the other. everything has flaws too so keep that in mind when your doing your fanboy crap

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 18:54

21. darkkjedii (Posts: 24908; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Amen to that bro.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 13:21

19. lyndon420 (Posts: 5000; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

We'll see when 2017 gets here.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 14:41

20. iguano (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 May 2012)


100% = all
45% = android
22% = Apple
33% = ???

Iphonearena are you missing someone in the article right?

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 19:18

22. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

And yet people are soo clueless still buying the same ipad shape design boring icons since the 1st and can't tell the difference. because i told a lady when trying to explain the difference ipad 3/4 i tell her it's NOT THE FREAKING same just a difference processor and say how can u tell i show her the price why and still can't even tell what's the difference such a stupid lady

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