Android Apps Are Too Expensive, Says Research Firm

On average, Android apps are more expensive that iOS apps. According to Canalys, the top 100 paid-for apps in the Android Market would cost a combined $374.37, which is more than more than 2.5 times the cost of the top 100 paid-for iPhone apps. The top 100 iPhone apps would cost $147.00. Similarly, the average price for the top 10 and top 20 apps in Android Market cost $3.47 or $4.09 each, respectively, while the top 10 and top 20 iOS apps average $0.99 and $1.04, respectively.

Canalys noted that 82 of the top 100 paid apps in Apple’s US store are priced at $0.99, but only 22 of 100 in the Android Market in the U.S. A reason for this scenario is both the fact that iOS and Android users appear to have very different tastes as far as apps are concerned - only 19 apps appeared in both top 100 lists - and the fact that some apps are substantially more expensive in Android market than in Apple's App Store. For example, Monopoly costs $4.99 for Android, but only $0.99 for iOS.

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  • klavis
    I always found the apps that I want on the Android market are cheaper...sometimes just free.
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  • qhoa1385
    hmm ok lemme take a look at top 100 ios app - there's an app that make funny fart noise, app that makes funny faces, app the does nothing... now android top 100 - root app, backup app, actual productive apps...
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  • Yuka
    Are we counting the ad-based free apps in there?

    You know, those apps that have some ads and cost 0, which are the same apps that cost some pennies, but with no ads.

    Cheers!
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  • klavis
    I always found the apps that I want on the Android market are cheaper...sometimes just free.
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  • Yuka
    Are we counting the ad-based free apps in there?

    You know, those apps that have some ads and cost 0, which are the same apps that cost some pennies, but with no ads.

    Cheers!
    16
  • gpog
    Apple wins again.
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