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When It Comes to Free Apps, Android Dominates [Infographic]

Apple fans like to tout just how many apps there in the Appstore–OK, OK, there’s quite a few–but Android completely dominates when it comes to the percentage of free applications.

By what margin does it dominate? Over half the applications in the Android Marketplace are free compared to less than a third of the iOS applications. What’s interesting about the numbers is how close the raw number of free applications is. Both the Appstore and the Market have roughly 130,000 free applications available for download with Android in the lead; the Appstore has 121,845 apps and the Marketplace has 134,342. What is significant is how Android has pulled ahead and how the large portion of the total available apps are free on the Android Market and how that reflects the greater Android culture.

Interested in more stats about the two? Hit up the link below for more infographics covering the changes in iPad app development and popularity as well as the overall shift in the mobile app ecosystem.

There Are Now More Free Apps for the Android Than For the iOS Platform [TechCrunch]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 04/27/11

Comments (9)

  1. None Given

    Do you really think that a 10% difference in the number of free apps justifies the term “dominate”?

    Unless you’re saying they “dominate” because free apps make up a greater percentage in the Android Marketplace than the Apple App Store. Though, in that case Getjar would be the one “dominating”, as free apps appear to occupy 100% of its offering, according to that chart.

  2. DC

    Fair enough.
    But how many of these “Free” apps are good. Or even decent. Free means nothing if it’s crap.

    Be honest and you’ll see across Droid and Apple. The APPS ARE THE SAME YOU MORONS!


    that is all.

    be off with you now.

  3. Tx

    While great for Android users, I am sure developers would like to charge for their apps in the long run.

  4. None Given

    Well that’s one of the good things about Android, right? Developers can utilize in-app purchases, unlike with Apple apps.

  5. Miguel

    This is b****t. Everybody knows that Android does not offer a lot of markets where you can sell applications for profit, hence what developers do is give you free apps but then ask you to go to their site “to enable” a feature in the app where you pay using paypal or moneybookers accounts. Doing a paid application in Android will bring you less money for sure. Do you research people!

    Unless Google opens more markets, these “freebies” will continue, not even if Google does inApp purchases.

  6. Edron S.

    What do you mean these apps are crap?

    I’d rather play Angry Birds for free on the Android than pay $3 on the iOS

    Most apps that are priced on iOS are free on Android simply b/c they can use banner ads from AdMob as revenue. And thats fine by me.

    I’m sure yall forgot about the iOS apps that you pay pennies for and it hacks your account and charges you $100s w/o your knowledge?

  7. Roy

    how about bada os? why it does not included?

  8. Annie B.

    Nice infographic! Pretty sure I won’t be getting a Win 7 phone anytime soon.

  9. Reeper

    I had a choice of a free iphone or an android – the decision was simple – Go Android! I’m no youngster and have avoided Apple since inception for the simple reason Apple want your heart and sole when you buy their products – OK a bit melodramatic but I’m sure everyone gets the point. My android has a nice suite of FREE apps which meet all needs and a few frivilous ones. I would be up quite a few dollars were I using an iphone!

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