Analytic firm Distimo has released its report for June 2010, and the results are interesting. This may not be a surprise to Android users who have spent some time browsing the market, but a whopping 57% of Android apps are free. That’s an impressive percentage on its own, but it gets even better when compared to other app stores:


Amazing, right? Looks like the open mentality of Android pays off, as the Android Marketplace’s free rate is two times higher than anyone else's, excluding Palm’s App Catalog.

Surprisingly, though, Android paid apps don’t have the lowest average cost:


Regardless, the average Android app price is just 71% of the App Store’s average price, and 47% of the average Blackberry App World price. Coming in cheaper? Both Palm and Nokia, surprisingly enough.

Even better still, a fair number of Android apps offer the exact same features and capabilities in the free apps, just with ad’s enabled.

Other interesting highlights from the report:

More than 50% of all applications are priced below or equal to $2.00 in all stores, with the exception of BlackBerry App World and Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

Nine out of the ten most popular free applications and eight out of ten most popular paid applications in the Apple App Store for iPhone are games.

In the competitive e-reader market, both the iBooks application by Apple, Inc., and the Kindle application by Amazon.com are ranked among the 10 most popular free applications in the Apple App Store for the iPad. Apple’s application is ranked number one however, and Amazon’s application is ranked number ten.

Five out of the ten most popular free applications in Windows Marketplace for Mobile are published by Microsoft Corporation.

Pretty interesting stuff, especially the huge percentage of top iPhone App’s (both paid and free) that are games, and that half of the free apps for WinMo are from MS.

Head on over to Distimo’s website to read the full report (you have to provide full name, company, and email address to get it though).

[Source: TechCrunch]

Aaron Gingrich
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  • PraveenV

    Some of the percentages add up to more than 100....strange..

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Some apps are offered as both free and paid versions, but are otherwise identical (the free version has ads, the paid does not, but the functionality remains). As a result, some apps are only counted as 1 app, but have a check in both paid and free categories. Because of this, you can end up with (Paid Apps + Free Apps) > (Total # Apps).

      Just a guess, I'm not certain. However, that would seem logical to me.

      • PraveenV

        Yes.. Sounds Logical..

  • http://spy.game-rate.com/ Denis Rysev

    In some countries you can't purchase apps for android - they just don't show on market - I think it's factor too.