Here's why premium app developers will continue choosing iOS over Android
posted by Chris P. / Jan 05, 2015, 1:06 PM
Heard of Monument Valley? It's one of not that many exceedingly well thought-out and executed games for mobile devices. The game is so unique that we felt compelled to give it the Silver in our Best games of 2014 awards category. The folks at Apple seem to agree, as well – Monument Valley is the winner of the company's 2014 Design Awards. There's only one problem with the game, at least according to a recent statistic posted by the team (ustwo) behind it – its price tag of $3.99.
According to a tweet by the devs, a staggering 95% of Android installs of Monument Valley weren't paid for, though the team does point out that a small piece of those free installs are legitimate. In comparison, only 60% of iPhone and iPad users got their hands on the game without paying for it. Said otherwise, only 5% of the Android install base paid that $3.99 in comparison with the 40% in the iOS camp. Just to clarify, these numbers don't include any temporary deals that had the app for free.
That's obviously a massive difference, and it goes to show (at least partially) why many premium app developers tend to favor iOS and only push their goodies to Android later – the latter group just isn't as willing to pay. And so long as that's the case, we can expect this to continue to be the case and for more and more developers to turn to a freemium model (In-App purhcases).
Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013
Two words: sideloading apps. Shame.
posted on Jan 05, 2015, 1:12 PM 4
Two words: quality and simplicity. App Store is better for developers.
posted on Jan 05, 2015, 1:55 PM 3
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That is true sadly.
posted on Jan 05, 2015, 1:15 PM 4
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Yes, I can imagine people pirating for $1000 dollar software but for $3.99 that just being cheap. 100% of my Android apps are from Play Store. Guess pirate will be pirate no matter the cost. No wonder most games at Android are fee to pay model. We deserved it.
posted on Jan 05, 2015, 6:04 PM 3
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That's simple: Android users have a better sense for saving money and getting good value-for-money; it's why they chose an Android device in the first place...
posted on Jan 05, 2015, 1:20 PM 4
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You mean they commit thievery? They could simply buy the app, and if they don't like it, get a refund.
posted on Jan 05, 2015, 1:35 PM 7
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Wow! such an Idiot! i come here quite often over the years, but had to sign up to reply your asinine comment. people like you give android users a bad name. Will you love for your clients/employer to rob you of your due wages at the end of each month, while telling you they are doing that to save the company from going bankruptcy? Its time you get out of your cave!
posted on Jan 05, 2015, 1:41 PM 5
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No, I choose Android for the cutting edge specs & software, never because it's a good value. Also I never side-load anything because you are more than likely going to get some malware or worse. You should buy the app if you want it, I agree with this article. It even happens in iOS but on Android even I have to admit the pirate world is HUGE!!! Support developers people, they make our phones & tablets so much better!
posted on Jan 05, 2015, 2:05 PM 3
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As an android user, i think that sideloading apps is a disease to the platform that needs to be dealt with sooner than later. We are missing on loads of great apps and games just because piracy is repelling loads of developers from Android.
posted on Jan 05, 2015, 1:31 PM 3
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I don't think so. Sideloading is the thing that makes me and my friends go for Android over iOS. My point is: Whether an APK is sideloaded, Android system must verify it on Play Store. If that's a free app, just allow it. If that's a paid app and user have never paid for it, Play Store either asks user to pay, or just deletes it.
posted on Jan 05, 2015, 1:37 PM 6
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You did see that 60% of the iOS installs were also pirated? Sideloading isn't the issue, people who think piracy is OK is the issue. I want sideloading. I get apps from Amazon, from developers in XDA, etc... I pay for any content I get, don't pirate anything.
posted on Jan 05, 2015, 1:47 PM 3
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Easily to get malware you mean. If foolish people want to take the risk that their business. I support that we should leave the choice to the respective user. I have to root the Neptune Pine and side load play store because the kick-starter lead couldn't work to a level to get a Google Play license. There are also many user that root their device knowing that they will void warranty but its their choice. I root my device after warranty. Anyway, almost every game in the play store are now fee to pay including those game that I originally buy to play are later converted to fee to pay model making me warily of buying new Android games. So developer are also f**king us back. The new generation of gamer seem to accept the fee to pay model. So if you want to continuing mobile gaming you will have to accept this model.
posted on Jan 05, 2015, 9:31 PM 0
I sideload apps, not many but there are a few. Not pirated apps though,mainly beta's or updates I don't want to wait for. But all the apps that aren't free, I paid for. It's the mentality of people who need to change. As Tedkord mentioned, even on iOS people sideload pirated stuff. Also Google might improve the payment methods,just recently they added paypal support, but before you had to have a credit card. Sure there are debit options. But with Apple, you have the possibility to charge your bank account and pay for apps. Outside America, credit cards aren't that common good yet.
posted on Jan 06, 2015, 10:10 AM 0
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As long as torrents sites exist this will be a long living problem. I usually download apps from torrents only to know which apps are better for majority of people opinions). For instance I found out about POWERAMP music player from sideloading before went ahead and puchased it. So you can not stop sideloading that's like creating another ios with a different name
posted on Jan 05, 2015, 2:26 PM 2
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