Mobile App Stores

Above is a presentation given by Distimo Blog about mobile app stores, pricing, revenue, market size, etc.  There are a lot of interesting tidbits in there, but here were the pieces I found interesting:
  • Android has the highest % of free apps.  My conclusion here is that Android is a lot easier to develop to and
    the space isn’t as crowded yet, so developers are jumping in because they see the risk-reward to be a lot lower than iPhone.
  • Blackberry (RIM) and Microsoft app prices are almost twice as high.  I actually don’t get this at all, and as a Blackberry user, it annoys me that apps are so expensive for the Blackberry.  Sometimes the price differential between iPhone and Blackberry is over $20!
  • They predict that prices are going to level out and go down.  This, of course, makes sense, since competition and increased transparency will force developers to increase the quality and reduce the prices.  As developers get more adept at creating apps, they’ll get more efficient.

Suffice it to say, I’m moving to Android as soon as I can.  A $30 Skype app for my Blackberry is ridiculous when its $4.99 on the iPhone.