Paid Android Apps Download Up by 2% in May 2011
It may not be a significant increase, but it may be something to look forward to for Android app developers.
Chomp, a mobile application search and discovery service, recently released a report on app search trends, and revealed a slight increase of 2% in paid Android apps downloaded, from 3% in April to 5% in May. This, however, does not change the fact that paid applications in Android are still very much far in the download race as against free apps– Chomp reported that in May, 95% of the apps downloaded in Android were free.
The service company further looked at the price bracket of downloaded paid apps, and found that 1.7% of the total downloads are apps priced at 99 cents, followed by the apps that cost $2 or less with 1.5% of the total app downloads. Beautiful Widgets, a paid app that allows phone customization, ranks as with the most number of referrals on Chomp. It is priced at £1.99. The top app for Android in May, however, is the free-to-download Lookout Mobile Security, which must be users’ response to the malware attacks in their OS. It is followed by Dictionary.com, Google Maps, and Google Reader.
Games top as the most popular Android app categories, representing 27% of the total app downloads. Utilities and entertainment tie at second place with 16% of total downloads, while social networking apps are not neglected at 8%.
To view Chomp’s complete report, check its Slideshare presentation.