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How much do you spend on apps and games per year?

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How much do you spend on apps and games per year?
Apple's initially humble App Store spearheaded the bite-size way of utilizing the small computers in our pockets instead of the one-size-fits-all approach we were used to on our PCs. Fast forward a few years later, and apps are now a multibillion industry, who would've thought?

Google Play saw twice the number of app downloads in 2015, compared to the App Store, yet Apple managed to grab the whopping 75% more revenue, up from 70% in 2014. The download numbers on both platforms are higher than the previous year, it's just that iOS users are paying much more for apps and games than their Android counterparts.

The tide has turned on the way developers profit from apps, too, with games and in-app purchases accounting for nearly 90% of the global revenues. Needless to say, it's games that count for the vast majority of revenue for the Google and Apple stores, and that's where the freemium model started, and now proliferates, forcing kids and parents alike to spend sometimes vast amount of money on those pesky time-wasters. That is why we wanted to ask you today how much do you spend on apps and games on average per year, regardless of the platform you use. Tell us in the poll below, and chine in what do you spend most on in the comments.

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How much do you spend on apps and games per year?
I only use free or cracked apps 52.7% (468 votes) (468 votes)
Less than $10 26.13% (232 votes) (232 votes)
$10-$49 14.19% (126 votes) (126 votes)
$50-$99 4.05% (36 votes) (36 votes)
$100-$500 1.91% (17 votes) (17 votes)
More than $500 1.01% (9 votes) (9 votes)

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posted on 04 Feb 2016, 05:31 3

1. Shocky (unregistered)

Around £50 a year probably, I have no problem buying useful apps and games that are worth paying for.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 05:47 4

6. neela_akaash (Posts: 1229; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)

most of the people will spend thousands on internet and latest smartphones but they won't spend a single penny on Apps, Games or IAPs....

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 05:55 1

7. Shocky (unregistered)

Sad but true, people are more willing to spend money on a pint or pack of cigarettes than spend money on an app.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 08:42 1

17. 47AlphaTango (Posts: 385; Member since: 27 Sep 2015)

Its because the majority of games are free. But requires a continuous internet connection to play. Games like Clash of clans, modern combat 5, dead trigger 2, and more are the most played games of all. Even if the developer isn't earning money from downloads. They earn through IAP's. While others are unlocked through earning money and leveling up.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 10:08

23. nepalisherpa (Posts: 225; Member since: 17 Jul 2015)

Yep! It's just like people backing out of purchasing a $100 item because shipping is going to cost another $5.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 10:26

24. JunitoNH (Posts: 1934; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

the beauty of Android, indeed.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 10:42

28. Sidewinder (Posts: 513; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)

In India Google only accepts credit cards as payment option for making purchases on the Playstore. I wish they would let me add my international debit card so that I could support a dev or two.

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 11:54

43. neela_akaash (Posts: 1229; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)

Ask your bank to activate you international limit on the card...

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 11:11

31. Predator-X (banned) (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Jan 2016)

Where are those billions ppl who buys that paid crap?
I think those wise ones comes here or many of them lying..
I bought only one single app in my life for £0,75

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 05:36

2. GMS85 (Posts: 215; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

The only thing I paid for was apple music. other than that all the apps I need are free.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 05:37 4

3. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3579; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

It's a shame not all apps I use have the ability to disable ads for a small fee. And usually I end up donating for a free app if I consider it good.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 10:40

27. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)

Yeah same here, if the app is great and the customer service from the dev is great, I send donation via PayPal or request the dev to bring it to the Amazon App Store if they don't have such. I can't purchase from the Play Store 'cause the fkn data-hungry google is blocking my gift card balance unless I send them my bank statements and driver's license; never gonna fkn happen, and there's no reason why they should require such in order for me to use my gift-card balance:


I'll always find my way to get what I want, they're only hurting devs with their stupidity. I either use LuckyPatcher to remove the ads or find a cracked version of the ad free app.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 10:52

29. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3579; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

Bank statement and drivers license? Wow..
I just use my credit card for app buying. But I can't believe some of those users are too cheap to buy an app they use on a regular basis and enjoy.

BTW ads don't bother me that much, since the custom rom I am using has built in ad blocking. But sometimes it still leaves an annoying black bar

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 11:26 1

32. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)

A credit card already has user-identifiable info linked to it, that's probably why they didn't demand those. I've never put any user-identifiable info in my google account, not even my real name, as I don't trust google, especially after the stupid sh*t they did with google+ (forcing it on users trying to get their full legit details) and now that they're desperately trying to get such info for a simple app purchase. Their greed is their loss...I did the same with my apple account and have only been using gift cards to make loads of app purchases without any restrictions.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 05:40

4. Biernot (unregistered)


posted on 04 Feb 2016, 05:44 1

5. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)

Where's the option for "as much as I see the need/desire to"?

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 06:00

8. chenski (Posts: 554; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)

Well seeing as i can download everything for free from chinese app downloaders...

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 06:12

9. Baracus (Posts: 223; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)

I rarely buy apps and when I do buy them the money usually comes from Google Play credit I collect from the Google Rewards app.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 06:51

10. oozz009 (Posts: 520; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)

With people resisting to buy apps, we are never going to see fast advancement on console quality mobile games. When am I going to see my phone running at its max of its GPU power??

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 08:45

18. ibend (Posts: 6675; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

u'll see it on GFXbench, lol

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 10:57

30. AlikMalix (unregistered)

Have u played AfterPulse. Or asphalt8 or RR3.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 16:16

37. Blazers (Posts: 467; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Never going to happen. They make too much money through IAP with all these match 3 and COC type games, that even if they were sitting on a pile of cash, they wouldn't bother making stand-alone (no IAP) console quality games. Too much work for so little payback.

On a personal note as a gamer, I'm quite happy that mobile game devs are taking this approach. That means console/PC gaming will continue to not only be relevant, but will thrive.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 07:00

11. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

never paid for any app or game on my current and previous phones

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 07:34

12. MichiGo (Posts: 173; Member since: 09 Sep 2014)

Which scrubb is paying over $500...

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 08:29 1

14. Ordinary (Posts: 2451; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)

Snakeboy most likely

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 12:35

33. zunaidahmed (Posts: 1042; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)

lol, hahaha

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 07:51

13. Sovat_fc (Posts: 224; Member since: 30 Aug 2014)

Only pay for apps that are useful and I use frequently.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 08:34 1

15. avalon2105 (Posts: 311; Member since: 12 Jul 2014)

Only free apps. I tried couple of cracked .apk files but it's not worth having obsolete version of the app or having to frantically search (insert your favorite search engine here) for new cracked versions all the time. Honestly, every type of app I need has at least one great free app. File Manager, Browser, Torrent Client, Video Player, Bar Code Scanner, Internet Radio, Messaging and some others have all the options I need in their free versions.
I'd rather keep that money and use it to buy a better phone on my next upgrade.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 08:41

16. VVayne (Posts: 101; Member since: 01 Oct 2015)

I usually buy some noteworthy games, preferrably on iOS. Most I've spent, was 9.99€ for Implosion. But having a game without any real IAP, quite long and entertaining, I really did not regret a penny. Then some 4.99€ games that came out, and lots of .99€ apps when discounted.

I don't really buy much on Android. Either the performance for new devices/chipsets is not optimised, or won't run at all. I don't pirate apps anymore, having updates directly from store is much more convenient, then spending times on forums and figuring out how to run the game.

On the other hand, in cca. 15 months of semi-casual playing of real racing 3 (I'm level 42 now), I haven't spent a penny in that game.

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 02:51

39. AlikMalix (unregistered)

Hey I play RR3 we gotta add eachother. I pay for great games, I also find a way to donate to certain devs if they don't have a paid app, but made a great little free app tha to find extremely useful. I also donated to a lot of things like Wikipedia, free ad blocking programs and so on. I want these guys to keep on doing what they do best. In some games I pay for gold or something and don't even need to use it, like AfterPulse - freaken best damn graphics in a mobile game ever. That game is easily played without need to pay real $$ to advance, but they sure deserve it.

But yeah add AlikMalix to RR3 or to your Game Center. Let me know.

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