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Answer: Why Apple had more apps than Android

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by HermitObserver, Mar 20, 2010.

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    Just do a search for "flashlight" on iTunes.
    $4.99 white screens, and 100s of them
    Now search for "flashlight" on the Android Market.
    About 50 crappy bright screens, but they're free, and the awesome camera flash for free as well! Just sayin, :)
    My friend dropped his pen on the bus and used a $0.99 white screen to look for it. I turned on the free MotoTorch and it lit up the entire back of the bus.
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    I agree there are way to many "fluff" apps in both markets. 90% of them all are not worth the time it takes to scroll past them
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    oh I don't know. "pull my finger" was pretty cool and worth the ten bucks.
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    wtf, 10 bucks? it was hard for me to spend 2.99 for a radiotime app man... ten bucks for a fart app?
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    lol, no, just pulling your leg, no need to raise a stink.
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    I thought you might be jerkin my leg, but I still had to make sure... would have lost some respect for you there man
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    Or made you wish you had written that app :)
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    No offense but the Android Market is full of just as much crap as the iMarket or WTF they call it.
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    There is more money to be made in the apple app market...there are more iphone users than droid users, and if they are buying apple products at a premium price, i think they will probably also be more willing to spend money on apps. So, developers are more motivated to develop for apple.
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    Droids aren't exactly cheap either.
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    To answer the main question as to why more app store apps than market apps. Iphone had 2 years by itself before the market started up. That's a lot of lead time. Plus iphone is a proven seller, meaning proven revenue for devs. The market will catch up, devs are prefering the openness of it over apple.
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    Iphone had a head-start and Apple released a SDK and marketed it pretty nicely to encourage development.
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    Both app markets have quite a few crap apps. The main reason why I think the iPhone has so many apps is because of popularity. There are 6 million iPhones in the US, why not jump on the opportunity and try and make some money. If I knew how to develop apps I would do it, but I would also make those apps work on Android.

    Another reason is 'fragmentation'. I'm not a developer so I don't know if this is a problem, but I think in a couple of years it's going to be. The Android OS has 20+ devices, and all those devices don't have the same flavor of Android, or the same screen size. As far as I know there are 4 different types of Android in the wild, 1.5, 1.6, 2.0, and 2.1, and not all apps play nice with some phones. And some devices (like the Droid) have high quality screens, and i've downloaded apps that have a black bar on the side because they were developed for smaller screens.
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    I'm currently working on a game and there do not seem to be any problems with developing for 2.1 and it working on 1.5...

    I agree with you, the apple market has been around longer and has been very popular. Everyone wants to make a fart app with their own tunes
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    Droid under 25 bucks now on amazon
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    I keep both the droid and the iphone. And use both, but now I use my iphone for its wonderful music apps especially the guitar apps and one called tabtoolkit. I have made this statement before, that there are no quality music apps for the droid. Not even a polyphonic guitar or piano app. I would like to cut the cord to the iphone but there is nothing on the droid side to address my needs. Itsucks big time. I am not looking for "free" apps I am willing to pay top dollar for an app on the droid that does half of what iShred or TabToolKit does. Do you hear me developers?
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    Yup, 309 flash light apps on itunes. For the uphone. Incredible....
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    Remember, there are also a lot of kids using iPod touches. They don't require a data plan.
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    Yup any iPhone or iPod Touch can have full use of the app store. Apple pretty much created the whole "Apps" thing so of course there are tons of apps for them. Once android gets more and more popular you will see the same apps rolling over into our market or apps similar and then some!
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    This is a big part of it. I have (and love) an iPod Touch. I also really love my Droid. That said, here are some of my thoughts on the question.

    In short, from a promotion and marketing perspective, you also have the marketing machine that is Apple behind it. Other points that occur to me, just from a marketing perspective:

    -Direct integration into iTunes, which is a major media player app, even if you only count Mac users, which provides a lot of exposure.
    -Greater promotion through other media outlets, such as Macworld, Maclife, PC World, etc.
    -TV ads (sure, you see Droid ads, but they are focused on the phone, not the Marketplace).
    -Greater exposure to foreign markets
    -[FLAME SUIT ON] A MUCH more seamless App Store experience than what you have with Android. Applications like App Brain go a long way to improve this, but it's a separate app, a separate website, more button presses and steps to achieve the same end result. If you make a pure comparison between searching, purchasing, downloading and installing apps between the OFFICIAL Marketplace and iTunes App Store, it's not even close IMHO. Imagine explaining and demonstrating the two processes for a non-technical parent or grand parent, and think about which one they are more likely to prefer. Remember, geeks are great, but the non-geeks count for a lot of sales as well.

    This might not matter to folks like us, who are into tweaking and participate in forums like this, but if you look at "average" users of both devices, and try to consider the "lowest common denominator" these are legitimate issues, both with exposure, marketing and ease of use, that will affect the number of apps sold.

    That said, I am by no means a quantity over quality kind of guy. I really don't care what the total count is, as long as I can find good apps that do what I want them to do-and I am happy to pay for them if they are effective and good enough. You quickly get to a point where more apps just means more garbage to sift through to find what you're actually looking for. 100,000 apps in the App Store doesn't impress me, nor does 30,000 apps in the Marketplace, if that means it takes me extra time to sift through the spam to get to what I need. "More" is certainly not always "better".
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