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Android Market

BGR reported that it looks like more Android apps are now being downloaded than iOS apps. This insight came from a press release from ABI Research.

It could well be true but the press release does make the point that “despite leading in total mobile app downloads, Android’s app downloads per user still lag behind Apple’s by 2-to-1″.

And I’m pretty sure that Apple is way ahead in terms of paid downloads too … Apple’s ecosystem is far more profitable (for Apple and for app entrepreneurs) than Android’s.

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This neat infographic from Pew Research Center demonstrates how tablets are changing consumer behaviour (all since Apple redefined the tablet category in March 2010):

  • now 11% of consumers in US own tablets
  • 77% use their tablets daily
  • average usage is 90 minutes per day
  • 53% use their tablets to read news each day
  • 67% use their tablets for general web browsing
  • 54% use their tablets for emailing
  • 39% use their tablets for social networking
  • 30% use their tablets for gaming
  • 17% use their tablets for reading e-books
  • 13% use their tablets for watching movies and videos

Infographic from Pew Research Center on how tablets are changing consumer behaviour

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read the full press release from Millennial Media and see all the charts at the BGR web site (opens in a new window)

Some really great stats have just been published by Millennial Media’s MobileMix. It’s important to note that this is based on data captured by their ad network, i.e. the number of impressions served by the Millennial Media mobile ad network.

  • They serve ads to twice as many Android devices as iOS devices
  • They serve twice as many ads to Apple iPhone devices than any other
  • The iPad totally dominates the tablet market with 456% year-on-year Q3 growth

Click here to read the full press release and see all the charts on the BGR web site.

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September saw the Andoid Market pass half a million published apps according to mobile app market intelligence firm research2guidance, but they pointed out that 37% of apps have been removed for various reasons.

The Apple App Store has had over 600,000 apps published to date with 24% of apps having been removed.

Read more on the BGR web site including the full press release from research2 guidance.

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This is a very interesting metric from David Barnard, founder of App Cubby: developers who build and sell apps for Apple’s iOS platform will collectively earn more money over the next year than Google will earn from its entire mobile business.

  • Google expect to earn $2.5 billion
  • Apple will pay app publishers $2 billion
  • Include third party ad revenue from the likes of AdMob and indie app developers will make more than $2.5 billion


Find out more in this great article on BGR.

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New research from Berg Insight reveals that the number of app downloads is expected to reach 98 billion by 2015. This will lead to app store revenue growing to $11.8 billion.

Read the full article on TechCrunch here.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook shared some interesting stats when he took the stage recently (via Mashable):

  • Apple has six stores in China, bringing Apple’s total to 357 stores in 11 countries.
  • More than 6 million copies of Lion have been downloaded since it launched in July. This is 80% more downloads than Snow Leopard.
  • Macbook pro and iMac are the best selling noteboook and desktop in the U.S.
  • There are 60 million Mac users around the world. Apple has sold 45 million iPods so far this year (ending in June).
  • iPod marketshare in the U.S. is above 70%.
  • iTunes users have downloaded more than 16 billion songs.
  • iPhone has 5% of the Worldwide Mobile Phone market.
  • More than half of all iPhones that have been sold were iPhone 4s.
  • Apple has sold more than 250 million iOS devices.
  • There are 500,000 apps in the app store, 140,000 of them are iPad apps.
  • 1 billion apps are downloaded every month.18 billion apps have been download in the past three years.
  • Apple has paid $3 billion to developers (while keeping 30% of revenue on their apps).

And ThingLink created this cool infographic charting the history of iPhone which helps to explain some of Apple’s successful stats. (Infographic via Mashable)

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Click for more information about our primary research into smartphones & apps in the MENA region

Here’s an infographic which summarises the findings of the primary research that we conducted with Real Opinions earlier this year. The research was sponsored by BlackBerry.

Watch a video of the research findings here.

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get the report for free from Distimo (opens in a new window)

Our friends at Distimo have published a report which examines the variations in the way that apps are published and consumed in the key markets around the world. It’s a very interesting read.

Distimo reports are available for free in PDF format if you provide your details via this link.

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HTC have said: “We believe that Windows Phone 7 will eventually be better than other platforms and will give Android a run for its money”. We couldn’t agree more!

Check out the full article including some interesting stats about the future market share of the smartphone operating systems.

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According to a survey by UBS, Apple’s iPhone has an 89% retention rate – the highest of all smartphones and more than double its nearest rival HTC (39%). Wow!

Read more here.

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Gartner says that Apple’s iPad will account for 73.4% of tablet sales worldwide this year and will continue to have more than 50% of the tablet market until 2014.

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According to a new report by Distimo, nearly three quarters of all revenue among top apps is now being generated by in-app purchases.

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Nice infographic about who plays what types of games, including casual gaming on smartphones & tablets. Via Mashable.

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This is a nice infographic from AYTM which I found via Mashable.

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Interesting infographic which shows the share of Linux on desktops and Android on tablets and mobile devices.

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Created by: MBA Online.

Thanks to @CandiceParkson for sending this to me.

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This is a nice infographic from Discover Digital Arabia on internet usage in the Middle East.

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Thanks to TheNextWeb Middle East for sharing this.

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The Mobile Platform Race

This nice infographic from VisionMobile explores the following for each major mobile app platform:

  • developer mindshare
  • platform fragmentation
  • primary distribution channel
  • revenue index
  • revenue models

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click here to view the full details at DigitalBuzzBlog (opens in a new window)

This is a particularly relevant infographic seeing as most of the investment applications we receive at AppsArabia are to do with gaming. Thanks to Geekaphone, an online resource for the mobile industry, who put this together.

Some key stats:

  • The mobile gaming industry is predicted to reach $54 Billion by 2015
  • 84% of tablet owners play games
  • 70 – 80% of all mobile downloads are games
  • Android is soon to overtake Apple in number of total available apps
  • In-game purchases should overtake pay-per-downloads by 2013
  • Angry Birds has been downloaded 140 million times
  • Developers made $87 million in ad revenue in 2010 and will grow 10 fold by 2015

Click here to review the full details at DigitalBuzzBlog.

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420m smartphones in 2011 (28% of all mobiles)

TechCrunch reports on IMSResearch’s recent stats about smartphone growth which compares Q1 2010 with Q1 2011.

Of the traditional handset manufacturers, Samsung has demonstrated the best results in recent years. Capitalizing on its diverse portfolio – which includes devices using the company’s own bada operating system along with Android and Windows Mobile – as well as its highly popular Galaxy series, Samsung smartphone market share increased from about three percent in 1Q 2010 to over 13 percent in 1Q 2011. At the same time smaller, dedicated smartphone vendors such as HTC have seen their position rise dramatically.

Read the full article on TechCrunch.

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