Utilities dominate top April Android downloads, while iOS users prefer games

May 7, 2013

     

    Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, select, start. Is that how it goes?

    Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start. Is that how it goes?

    Android and iOS platforms differ in terms of popular apps in both free and paid categories. While Android users prefer utilities and communication apps, iOS users are quite fond of games.

    Apps are the lifeline of mobile platforms today, and with Android and iOS being the biggest ecosystems, it can only be reasonable to analyze trends through the apps that users are downloading. For April 2013, we see some interesting insights from analytics firm Distimo.

    In gist, there is quite some disparity between the apps that Android users download as opposed to our iOS using counterparts. For one, mobile games are the dominant download on both the free and paid top lists on iOS. Android users, meanwhile, prefer to download utilities and communication or social tools.

    Top 5 free iOS apps

    1. Candy Crush Saga
    2. Sonic Dash
    3. YouTube
    4. Injustice: Gods Among Us
    5. Dentist Office

    Top 5 free Android apps

    1. Facebook
    2. WhatsApp Messenger
    3. Skype
    4. Facebook Messenger
    5. Instagram

    Four out of five of the top free iOS apps are games, while none of the top five Android apps are. However, it seems Android users are more social than is commonly thought, with the top apps being either social networking tools (Facebook, Instagram) or messengers (Skype, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger).

    Top 5 paid iOS apps

    1. WhatsApp
    2. Temple Run: Oz
    3. Minecraft Pocket Edition
    4. Cut the Rope: Time Travel
    5. Pou

    Top 5 paid Android apps

    1. Swiftkey Keyboard
    2. Titanium Backup Pro
    3. Minecraft Pocket Edition
    4. Poweramp Full Version
    5. Nova Launcher Prime

    As with the trend for free apps, we also see a similar trend in paid apps for both platforms, with games dominating iOS, only topped by WhatsApp (the Android variant is subscription based after the first year, but an outright purchase on iOS). Meanwhile, utilities dominate Android, with four out of five being apps that are commonly used to customize or tweak the system.

    However, it seems the top-grossing apps for both platforms are dominated by freemium games, with 9 out of 10 top apps in the iOS and Android lists being games (the only exception is LINE on Android). Interestingly enough, the top-earning apps got their money from localized markets, such as Korea’s Kakao Talk, and Japan’s LINE.

    These trends are based on global data gathered by Distimo through the month of April. Are Android users more serious, after all?

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    • MasterMuffin

      Because iOs users are more simple and childish!

      iKidding :D

    • Grimmjow

      Titanium backup pro is #2, lol! Probably tells you the amount of 13-18 yr olds using Android.

      • TechGuy

        What are you trying to say?

        My take is that ios is so locked down that versatile utilities like Titanium, Swiftkey and Nova cannot exist.

        • Jonathan Angieri

          Hahaha! Is this guy ^ serious?? IOs is for pussys

      • Arsenal™

        lol explanation?

    • hoggleboggle

      this could be interpreted in two ways – either iOS users don’t feel the need to add utilities to their platform as they are happy with it as it is (considering how crap the iOS keyboard is I find that hard to imagine) or Android users are getting even more productivity out of their devices by being able to use these apps.

    • rainedfond

      Maybe games are too laggy in Android?
      I’m an Android users and I don’t think I’ll ever use iOS.
      But, perhaps there’s too much crappy Android phones that can’t play good games, and the users realize that their phone just good for messaging?

    • lucky

      only android & ios ?
      what about WP and BB10 ? :)

    • http://www.frivmini.com/ friv

      That is very interesting statistic, but it is not entirely accurate. Because there are many people like me are using both

    • carlisimo

      Who knows. But it’s concerning that the Android Top 5 Paid list looks rather ‘geeky’. They certainly aren’t mainstream apps. It kind of suggests that only Android power users are buying apps.

      I want to see absolute numbers. Also, what’s the timeframe here? The Play store has slightly different top 5 lists.

      • Tim Johnson

        Geeky as compared to?

        • carlisimo

          You don’t think it’s odd that Minecraft sold more copies than Plants vs. Zombies or Where’s my Water?

          The Play store has a slightly different list (different timeframe?) with Beautiful Widgets in #5. That’s normal – but #6 is a file manager for rooted phones. There’s no way that absolute numbers for that app are high.

          I hope I’m wrong, but these statistics lend credence to the low Android engagement numbers we keep seeing.

          • Tim Johnson

            Well, between the five Top Paid apps, the download count is between 4,000,000 and 17,000,000. That’s only the top 5. I also don’t think it is odd that Minecraft outsold Plants vs. Zombies or Where’s My Water because those aren’t on the iOS Top Paid either. Also, WhatsApp, while being free on Android, charges $1 a year after the first year and has between 100,000,000 and 500,000,000 users. And Cut the Rope: Time Travel is free on the Play Store. So that’s two of the Top Paid iOS app which are free on Android.

    • disk Latvia

      Because utitlies on iOS are restricted not being able to interact with anything outside of their own app

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    • wkmcdada

      “Laggy” LOL!

      Sure sign of not knowing android. I see that and automatically discount the rest of the comment.

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      perhaps there’s too much crappy Android phones that can’t play good games, and the users realize that their phone just good for messaging?

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      That is very interesting statistic, but it is not entirely accurate. Because there are many people like me are using both

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