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Google Android Market Offers More Free Apps

Windows Marketplace for Mobile has the lowest percentage of fee apps (22%) compared with more than half of Android Market apps (57%).




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Google Android Market has the largest share of free applications (57%) and Windows Marketplace for Mobile has the smallest (22%), according to a new report by The Netherlands-based apps analytics company Distimo.

The June report covers the Apple App Store for iPad and iPhone, BlackBerry App World (Worldwide), Google Android Market, Nokia Ovi Store, Palm App Catalog and Windows Marketplace for Mobile, for the month of May in the United States.

Regarding the disparity of available free apps between Google Android Market and Windows Marketplace for Mobile, the report noted that developers from only nine countries are able to distribute paid applications in Google Android Market, and users from only 13 countries are able to download paid applications. Google Android Market is available in 46 countries. Additionally, the report said, users need to register for a Google Checkout account in order to download paid applications in Google Android Market, except for the locations where operator billing is available.

The report also found that more than half of the applications are priced below or at $2 in all stores, except for Blackberry App World and Windows Market for Mobile. Users pay an average of $4.65 for all paid applications as well as for the 100 most popular paid applications in the Apple App Store for iPad. By contrast, they pay $4.01 in the Apple App Store for iPhone, yet the average price of the 100 top-grossing applications is higher on the Apple App Store for iPhone.

Twitter became the number 10 monthly free app in the Apple App Store for iPhone, and the number six free app in Google Android Market, after the company published its native application in both, according to the Distimo report.

Games comprise nine out of the 10 most popular free applications in the Apple App Store for iPhone and eight out of 10 most popular paid apps. In the burgeoning e-reader market, Apple's iBooks app and Amazon.com's Kindle app are both ranked among the 10 most popular free apps in the Apple App Store for iPad. But Apple's application placed first and Amazon's was ranked 10th for May.

Microsoft Corp. published five out of the 10 most popular free applications in Windows Marketplace for Mobile, the report said.

Distimo Monitor makes a free analytics tool mobile developers can use to monitor both their own and competitors' applications across all app stores, without having to make any adjustments to their application's code, the company said.

The report is available for free download at http://www.distimo.com/report/download-latest.

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