iOS users spend more money online than Android users; Study reveals

A new analysis carried out by IBM on the online shopping trends during the 2013 holiday season has revealed that iPhone and iPad users make more purchases online than Android users, reaffirming that iOS remains a lucrative platform for eCommerce even with the meteoric rise of Android.

According to IBM's report, mobile traffic over the holiday shopping season was recorded to be the highest until now with nearly 48 percent of users visiting from mobile devices. Smartphones led the mobile traffic with 28.5 percent while tablets came in at 18.1 percent. However, sales from tablets have been greater than smartphones which can be credited to the bigger screen and access to a full web browser.

An interesting metric regarding the platforms used, from the study, revealed that the average online purchase order from iOS users was estimated to be $93.94 which is nearly twice that of Android users, who spent $48.10 per order. Out of all the online sales nearly 23 percent were carried out from an iOS device while just 4.6 percent were from Android. Overall web traffic from Apple devices at 32.6 percent was also higher than that from Android devices which accounted for just 14.8 percent.

It has been widely reported that Apple users are more active with their devices than Android users and tend to purchase more apps as well. However, the numbers presented by the study published by IBM are startling as Android has been outmatched by a platform with a fraction of its market share by showing nearly six times its online engagement. 

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just say, I just spend a few bucks on my nexus 5, and I did't buy any app when using S4 before, because the build in app of S4 is already good enough for me.

Yeah, iOS users are big spenders alright. Apple has had to payout just now around $32B or so in refunds for in-app purchases made because of their poor parental locks. Nothing to do with the overall purchases made in stores or this article, yeah, just an interesting fact. Food for thought.

I'd be more interested in what the individual Apple Store vs Google Play Store purchases are doing.

stevan said,
32 Billion in refunds? Jeez where do you get your facts from?

Simple typo, 32M (million, not billions). Fact is still there, Apple has had to payout refunds in a large amount.

I think this is also because of the fact, that in many countries people are or were unable(!) to pay for anything from the Play Store.
For example in The Netherlands, where I live, gift cards are still not available and just now two operators started with billing (Play Store purchases) by means of the phone bill.
The only other way is to pay by credit card, and many people here simply don't have a credit card.

rvdv said,
.....

Microsoft had some stats on carrier based billing for app stores and cite somewhere in the neighborhood of 65% more free->paid app conversions where carrier based billing is an option.

I tended to find that I didn't need to spend money to do what I wanted on my Android devices. The same is largely true on my WP7 and Win RT devices. I have paid for apps (usually games ) in both ecosystems, but a lot of the most useful stuff is free/ad-supported.

I do buy and rent videos in XBox video, since they're playable on 80% of the devices I own. Google Play videos never seemed to have as good a quality (or seemed to be worth the price), but that might just be the devices I used. But being able to use that content on my PCs and XBox 360s also helps improve the value for me.

It's not that I don't have the money to spend, or am unwilling to spend it. I just don't need to spend money to do a lot of what I want with my devices.

DConnell said,
... the most useful stuff is free/ad-supported.....

So the expense is not out of pocket, but rather in bandwidth and battery life.

That is not a trade-off for me. Ad-supported apps do not get installed on my WP8 device, or quickly get purchased to unlock ad-free.

lol, the amount of disinformation and total irrelevance to the topic in the comments is astounding. A lot of sour grapes too

Interesting, as I have only one app that I have paid for... for both the iOS iPod Touch and my Android smartphone. The same app, the same price, the same functionality, and the only app I'm willing to pay for. Since there are so many free alternatives to pay apps, why bother in most cases?

(The app? RadarScope.)

But what the study fails to find out is if those iOS users have more money than sense.

And because this is iOS, it's more likely that alot of peoples are FORCED to pay for alot more stuffs that can be pricey (that they might not even like) over what peoples needs to do under Android. Under Android things can be relative cheap or free.

TLDR: So just because iOS users pays for more over what Android users do, it doesn't says the iOS users really want to pay for those things.

Exynos said,
just because iOS users pays for more over what Android users do, it doesn't says the iOS users really want to pay for those things.

The fact of the matter is, that for whatever reason

"iOS remains a lucrative platform for eCommerce"

Exynos said,
But what the study fails to find out is if those iOS users have more money than sense.

And because this is iOS, it's more likely that alot of peoples are FORCED to pay for alot more stuffs that can be pricey (that they might not even like) over what peoples needs to do under Android. Under Android things can be relative cheap or free.

TLDR: So just because iOS users pays for more over what Android users doesn't says the iOS users really want to pay for those things.

The whole "forced" argument is getting old. You should move on. But nice try.

stevan said,

The whole "forced" argument is getting old. You should move on. But nice try.


If you want to play Angry Birds on iOS, you are FORCED to pay for it. So maybe you should try to troll elsewhere?

Exynos said,

If you want to play Angry Birds on iOS, you are FORCED to pay for it. So maybe you should try to troll elsewhere?

Haha did you miss when you typed the word "want". There is a difference between want vs need. No one is forcing anyone to play angry birds or to pay for the game.

There's many games and apps that I WANT, but they cost money and since I don't NEED them, I don't pay for them....

Go away troll...

stevan said,

I just wanted to wait and see you put your foot in your mouth before I tell you that Angry Birds is free on the iOS. Hahaha. I love making you look like a fool. You make it so easy for me. Thanks.


Ok, lets see: https://itunes.apple.com/us/ap...ar-wars-ii/id645859810?mt=8

Oh wait: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/angry-birds/id343200656?mt=8

Angry Birds Go is the only Angry Birds game who are free to install on iOS. But it have it ingame downsides witch i'm not gonna talk about here.

So, please stop before you looks even more like a blind Apple fanboi.

Exynos said,

Ok, lets see: https://itunes.apple.com/us/ap...ar-wars-ii/id645859810?mt=8

Oh wait: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/angry-birds/id343200656?mt=8

Angry Birds Go is the only Angry Birds game who are free to install on iOS. But it have it ingame downsides witch i'm not gonna talk about here.

So, please stop before you looks even more like a blind Apple fanboi.

What in store downsides? Doing some damage control? Lol!

There are 7 free angry bird games in my App Store. Not even sure what I'm arguing with you but I'm feeling my IQ going down just by trying to explain things to you.

I'm every apple article you come, attack with uneducated facts and then like every troll, you get put in your place. I'm surprised you're not tired, or embarrassed yet.

CSheep said,

Relax and maybe have a taste of the delicious Apple ****.

The guy can't even spell. Not so sure why I'm even trying to argue with him.

stevan said,

What in store downsides? Doing some damage control? Lol!

There are 7 free angry bird games in my App Store. Not even sure what I'm arguing with you but I'm feeling my IQ going down just by trying to explain things to you.

I'm every apple article you come, attack with uneducated facts and then like every troll, you get put in your place. I'm surprised you're not tired, or embarrassed yet.


First of all, i would recommend you to read what i'm writing, or are the Apple glasses in your way maybe?

I said that Angry Birds Go have ingame downsides, witch is something you have tp pay real money for to unlock. Again, ingame downsides i'm not gonna talk about here as it would be off-topic.

Now i'm not sure, but making sure you are in AppStore and not in Play Store (where every Angry Birds games are free) is a good way to make you look good here. There is ONLY 1 free Angry Birds game to iOS, and it's the Angry Birds Go witch you instead have to pay real money for to unlock some ingame stuffs.

So pics that proves the games are free or stfu. I gave you direct links to the iTunes store where all of the Angry Bird games except for the Angry Birds Go game costs money. So how much more proofs do you need?

So, now you can rather shut up with your Apple propaganda or give us the proofs that you are talking facts. I gave you the facts that the Angry Birds games costs money, so where are your proofs?

stevan said,

The guy can't even spell. Not so sure why I'm even trying to argue with him.


Ok, mister spell checker police. English is not my main language, but you have to be pretty damn IQ blocked to not see what i'm talking about.

Exynos said,

First of all, i would recommend you to read what i'm writing, or are the Apple glasses in your way maybe?

I said that Angry Birds Go have ingame downsides, witch is something you have tp pay real money for to unlock. Again, ingame downsides i'm not gonna talk about here as it would be off-topic.

Now i'm not sure, but making sure you are in AppStore and not in Play Store (where every Angry Birds games are free) is a good way to make you look good here. There is ONLY 1 free Angry Birds game to iOS, and it's the Angry Birds Go witch you instead have to pay real money for to unlock some ingame stuffs.

So pics that proves the games are free or stfu. I gave you direct links to the iTunes store where all of the Angry Bird games except for the Angry Birds Go game costs money. So how much more proofs do you need?

So, now you can rather shut up with your Apple propaganda or give us the proofs that you are talking facts. I gave you the facts that the Angry Birds games costs money, so where are your proofs?


Ok, mister spell checker police. English is not my main language, but you have to be pretty damn IQ blocked to not see what i'm talking about.

Ok, English is also my 2nd language. But if I argue online, I make sure I at least take time to spell things out correctly. It makes you sound more educated.

Secondly, I don't need to prove anything, most of the angry birds games are free and then there are 99c ones that you CAN buy, but aren't forced you like you say.

The prices of products, including games, are not set by Apple. Neither are the prices of in game purchases. So again, not sure what you're trying to prove.

Even games in the play store cost money and have in game purchases. Some apps are even more expensive on android. Some free apps on iOS cost money on android. Again, what are you trying to prove. Spewing garbage without any goals is what makes you Neowin's #1 troll. Congrats.

stevan said,

Ok, English is also my 2nd language. But if I argue online, I make sure I at least take time to spell things out correctly. It makes you sound more educated.

Secondly, I don't need to prove anything, most of the angry birds games are free and then there are 99c ones that you CAN buy, but aren't forced you like you say.

The prices of products, including games, are not set by Apple. Neither are the prices of in game purchases. So again, not sure what you're trying to prove.

Even games in the play store cost money and have in game purchases. Some apps are even more expensive on android. Some free apps on iOS cost money on android. Again, what are you trying to prove. Spewing garbage without any goals is what makes you Neowin's #1 troll. Congrats.


You need to prove it that those Angry Birds games are free as i gave you directly links to the iTunes stores that says you are lying. All Angry Birds games on Android are free, but not on iOS. There is only one free Angry Birds game on iOS.

So either prove it or just admit it that you are wrong.

Yes, if you are addicted to play Angry birds on Android and moves over to iOS, you are forced to pay for Angry Birds before you can play it on iOS. The case is IF you want to play Angry Birds on iOS, then you are forced to pay for it independent of how much free it is to say no to download the game.

Yes ofc things on Play Store costs money, but that's not the point. The point is that things that are free or cost almost nothing on Android costs more money or alot of money on iOS independent of what app / game you use.

Oh lol, please show me the Android app that cost money while the same app on iOS are free. I would like to see some facts to that statement.

So the garbage you are spewing out is something you can just stop right now.

Exynos said,

You need to prove it that those Angry Birds games are free as i gave you directly links to the iTunes stores that says you are lying. All Angry Birds games on Android are free, but not on iOS. There is only one free Angry Birds game on iOS.

So either prove it or just admit it that you are wrong.

Yes, if you are addicted to play Angry birds on Android and moves over to iOS, you are forced to pay for Angry Birds before you can play it on iOS. The case is IF you want to play Angry Birds on iOS, then you are forced to pay for it independent of how much free it is to say no to download the game.

Yes ofc things on Play Store costs money, but that's not the point. The point is that things that are free or cost almost nothing on Android costs more money or alot of money on iOS independent of what app / game you use.

Oh lol, please show me the Android app that cost money while the same app on iOS are free. I would like to see some facts to that statement.

So the garbage you are spewing out is something you can just stop right now.

Haha how I like to laugh at you:

While the general consensus has always been that iOS is the platform to developer paid-for apps, and that Android is full of free apps because users will not buy it appears that things may not be as black and white as we first thought. Or at least, that's what the latest numbers suggest.

Put together by Canalys, the study worked out the average cost of the top 100 paid-for apps across both iOS and Android, with the results being an interesting one: the average for iOS was $1.47 while the competition saw an average of $3.74.

Please dig yourself out of this one...

stevan said,

Haha how I like to laugh at you:

Please dig yourself out of this one...


You still haven't proved anything that those Angry Birds games are free on iOS.

Yes, some of the top apps for Android might cost a bit, but take a look at how much you have to pay for many other apps on iOS where the same or similar apps on Android are either free or cost almost nothing compared to what it costs on Android. Again, Angry Birds are the perfect example of that. Angry Birds Star Wars II are free on Android while it costs 3 dollars on iOS.

Here is Angry Birds Star Wars II for Android: https://play.google.com/store/...io.angrybirdsstarwarsii.ads and here is Angry Birds Star Wars II for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/ap...ar-wars-ii/id645859810?mt=8

So the best thing here is that you dig yourself out of this topic before you looks even worser than you already do.

Exynos said,

You still haven't proved anything that those Angry Birds games are free on iOS.

Yes, some of the top apps for Android might cost a bit, but take a look at how much you have to pay for many other apps on iOS where the same or similar apps on Android are either free or cost almost nothing compared to what it costs on Android. Again, Angry Birds are the perfect example of that. Angry Birds Star Wars II are free on Android while it costs 3 dollars on iOS.

Here is Angry Birds Star Wars II for Android: https://play.google.com/store/...io.angrybirdsstarwarsii.ads and here is Angry Birds Star Wars II for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/ap...ar-wars-ii/id645859810?mt=8

So the best thing here is that you dig yourself out of this topic before you looks even worser than you already do.

You mean this one that cost a dollar?

https://play.google.com/store/...ngrybirdsstarwarsii.premium

Holy crap are you stupid. Search "angry birds free" on both stores and you will get free apps from both iOS and android. Now search "angry birds" and look at the prices. There are paid apps in both platforms!

Did you completely miss the proof I gave you about most popular 100 apps costing more on android than iOS? You keep using one example of angry birds and that's it, whereas I used an example of 100 apps?

Seriously man you need to stop, you're as bad as TechieXP. Sometimes I think you guys are the same person.

Exynos said,

You still haven't proved anything that those Angry Birds games are free on iOS.

Yes, some of the top apps for Android might cost a bit, but take a look at how much you have to pay for many other apps on iOS where the same or similar apps on Android are either free or cost almost nothing compared to what it costs on Android. Again, Angry Birds are the perfect example of that. Angry Birds Star Wars II are free on Android while it costs 3 dollars on iOS.

Here is Angry Birds Star Wars II for Android: https://play.google.com/store/...io.angrybirdsstarwarsii.ads and here is Angry Birds Star Wars II for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/ap...ar-wars-ii/id645859810?mt=8

So the best thing here is that you dig yourself out of this topic before you looks even worser than you already do.

My god you make this easy for me:

This free version of Angry Birds Star Wars II is ad-supported.

Now search again and you will also find a paid version. Just like in the iOS store. And like I told you already, developers set the price, NOT Apple!

Please for the love of god learn to read!

stevan said,

My god you make this easy for me:

Now search again and you will also find a paid version. Just like in the iOS store. And like I told you already, developers set the price, NOT Apple!

Please for the love of god learn to read!


Does it matter if it has ads or not?

The point is still that you can't get Angry Birds Star Wars II on iOS for free. Yes, you CAN pay for a ad free version of Angry Birds Star Wars II on Android, but you have a choice to pay or get the game for free. On iOS you are forced to pay for it if you want to play the game.

So there you have it. Any more trolling you want to add?

stevan said,

You mean this one that cost a dollar?

https://play.google.com/store/...ngrybirdsstarwarsii.premium

Holy crap are you stupid. Search "angry birds free" on both stores and you will get free apps from both iOS and android. Now search "angry birds" and look at the prices. There are paid apps in both platforms!

Did you completely miss the proof I gave you about most popular 100 apps costing more on android than iOS? You keep using one example of angry birds and that's it, whereas I used an example of 100 apps?

Seriously man you need to stop, you're as bad as TechieXP. Sometimes I think you guys are the same person.


Do you have problems to read what peoples writes to you?

I have not under any circumstances said that you have to pay for the paid version of Angry Birds Star Wars II game on Android. You can do that, but that's not the point. The point is that we as an Android user are free to choose if we want the free version (with ads) or the paid version without ads.

We are free to choose here while iOS users are forced to pay for the game if you want to play the game.

Any more trolling you want to add?

Exynos said,

Do you have problems to read what peoples writes to you?

I have not under any circumstances said that you have to pay for the paid version of Angry Birds Star Wars II game on Android. You can do that, but that's not the point. The point is that we as an Android user are free to choose if we want the free version (with ads) or the paid version without ads.

We are free to choose here while iOS users are forced to pay for the game if you want to play the game.

Any more trolling you want to add?

Again, ignoring that 100 most popular apps cost more on android than iOS?

stevan said,

Again, ignoring that 100 most popular apps cost more on android than iOS?


And you are ignoring to prove that Angry Birds Star Wars II are free on iOS as you claims while it's not?

I mean come on, you can do better.

EDIT: If you looks outside of the top 100 apps on iOS and Android, you will find out that the average price on apps for iOS is way higher than it is on Android. The overall prices are WAAAAY WAY higher on iOS than it is on Android. And this is the whole point you doesn't seems to grasp.

Exynos said,

And you are ignoring to prove that Angry Birds Star Wars II are free on iOS as you claims while it's not?

I mean come on, you can do better.

EDIT: If you looks outside of the top 100 apps on iOS and Android, you will find out that the average price on apps for iOS is way higher than it is on Android. The overall prices are WAAAAY WAY higher on iOS than it is on Android. And this is the whole point you doesn't seems to grasp.

Where? Where is your proof for that? I provided proof for the average prices of top 100 apps. Care to provide proof for your claim?

stevan said,

Where? Where is your proof for that? I provided proof for the average prices of top 100 apps. Care to provide proof for your claim?


http://appleinsider.com/articl...roid-users-pay-just-6-cents

http://bgr.com/2013/07/18/android-ios-app-prices-free/

And if you think that was enough, then have fun with this: http://www.extremetech.com/mob...ensive-than-ios-not-so-fast

Basicly, you eats all of the stupid studies idiots make on the internet. Congrats.

So the trolling you are doing is something you can just stop doing right now. Thank you.

Edited by Exynos, Jan 20 2014, 5:51pm :

Exynos said,

http://appleinsider.com/articl...roid-users-pay-just-6-cents

http://bgr.com/2013/07/18/android-ios-app-prices-free/

And if you think that was enough, then have fun with this: http://www.extremetech.com/mob...ensive-than-ios-not-so-fast

Basicly, you eats all of the stupid studies idiots make on the internet. Congrats.

So the trolling you are doing is something you can just stop doing right now. Thank you.

Dude you seriously need to look up what it means to be a troll. You constantly attack Apple in topics related to them with facts that aren't true. You spread lies and constantly try to provoke people. You are the example of a troll. Myself and few others have started reporting you just to raise the concern about your posting. I truly hope you get banned soon.

stevan said,

Dude you seriously need to look up what it means to be a troll. You constantly attack Apple in topics related to them with facts that aren't true. You spread lies and constantly try to provoke people. You are the example of a troll. Myself and few others have started reporting you just to raise the concern about your posting. I truly hope you get banned soon.


Don't let this article get filled with tears, thank you. I gave you plenty of evidences and if you don't want to believe that, then what the hell are you going to believe?

You can believe whatever you like, but you can't prove my evidences to be wrong. They are facts. So rather stop with your dumb arguing.

And if reporting me is the only thing you can do, then lol, good luck with that. Because if you think i'm the only one to call you different things, you are completely wrong. You was the first one to call me a troll in this article in the comments earlier: http://www.neowin.net/news/rum...luding-first-iphone-phablet

So be carefull on what you are saying and what you are doing.

This seems obvious to me, because clearly apple users blow more money on overpriced products, and do less research on what they are purchasing than most android users.
Not even trolling, the above is a fact. And it is proven by the amount of people that upgraded from a 5 to a 5s etc.

deadonthefloor said,

Magical

I was surprised how flawlessly this works in practice. You almost forget that your fingerprint is scanned at all, since you're basically just pressing the home button as always, and the phone is unlocked in a fraction of a second. Feels magical indeed.

Any statistics that show percentage without the size of the universe is pretty much pointless.

Anyways, for developers, they way to earn money with ios, android and wp is getting harder, most developers aren't even earning a penny with their apps. The "golden rush" is still up sans the gold but it is a matter of time when the market will start to shrink, its happening the same than the video game crash of 1983 all over.

iOS is actually a very boring User interface that hasn't changed much since 2007. Not only do People turn to apps to better their experience with iOS, they also want good apps to compliment the beauty of the hardware they hold. It's also a social/religious thing too. Android users can just buy a new and different phone when they get bored of their current phone. Apps are not as important to them as the people who use iOS devices. Also Android users view their phone as a social tool and not a fashion statement as many iOS users do.

Apple and iPhone is a luxury brand and people who can afford Apple products obviously spend more money on purchases within the Apple ecosystem. This is a huge problem for Windows Phone and Android where some people buy the least expensive device because that is all they can afford.

derekaw said,
Apple and iPhone is a luxury brand and people who can afford Apple products obviously spend more money on purchases within the Apple ecosystem. This is a huge problem for Windows Phone and Android where some people buy the least expensive device because that is all they can afford.

Apple users = hipster and cool people.
Android user = homeless and not cool people.

SHEEEEESH with the stereotypes and the Apple's brainwashed.

unfortunately WP Store has still a lot of useless or "unfinished" apps so it definitely looks bad compared to Google Play or Apple Store in this regard. Google Play has some freebies that WP Store does no provide or won't provide at least in the long run unfortunately.

UnclePritchard said,
unfortunately WP Store has still a lot of useless or "unfinished" apps so it definitely looks bad compared to Google Play or Apple Store in this regard. Google Play has some freebies that WP Store does no provide or won't provide at least in the long run unfortunately.

WP is stunning, it has a lot of crap but everything is EXPENSIVE, even the crap that Android and IOS gave us for free.

a lot of crap indeed...that's the word... Chinese stuff for 50 cents or more. but on the other hand Android seems to be plagued with bogus apps from time to time while WP Store seems untouched in this regard.

Congrats Apple. Not only do they buy apps, but movies, drm free music, subscription podcasts, and books. All your devices work with the comprehensive storefront, and the store can be accessed directly from any of your devices. All the best mobile games show up here first, and are best supported on the platform. There are accessories that enhance the platform, such as pedometers etc, and many speakers/cars are compatible with the device. The whole ecosystem is great and it doesn't surprise me that this is the case.

I wouldn't use it (except the podcast library through my iPod), but gotta give credit where it's due.

We're still talking about that power hungry/control freak named Steve Fail Jobs eh? well the guy is dead and should be forgotten, at least his face should disappear, which shows you the kind of thing he was. True he did bring a few good things in to this world, but with a heavy price tag.

soldier1st said,
We're still talking about that power hungry/control freak named Steve Fail Jobs eh? well the guy is dead and should be forgotten, at least his face should disappear, which shows you the kind of thing he was. True he did bring a few good things in to this world, but with a heavy price tag.

What? What are you saying? What is a heavy price tag? Are you saying Apple stuff costs more? Sure it does, Apple is a luxury brand like Coach and Porsche. People with money buy Apple products. If you don't have so much money and don't appreciate what Apple can offer then you won't buy anything from Apple.

people with money or people who don't have money but extend 3 contracts to get one... or people who don't have money but put aside all the cost in one year to get one for christmas or Easter... or people who don't have money but sell their 200 dollar phone and strive many months on top to get money for the rest of the amount to get one...

soldier1st said,
We're still talking about that power hungry/control freak named Steve Fail Jobs eh? well the guy is dead and should be forgotten, at least his face should disappear, which shows you the kind of thing he was. True he did bring a few good things in to this world, but with a heavy price tag.

Huh? Who's talking about Steve Jobs? The Neowin article and source article make no mention of him.

Kind of sad that our societal standards are now based on market-based, consumerist ideology like this. Not unlike how Christmas continues to evolve/devolve into simply an event that is measured by retail sales numbers.

most android apps are free. many apps i purchased on iOS, are free on Android(with ads). I was worried that i had to buy apps all over again when I got my Moto X

Is it possible that Android users.. also prefer to use their PCs and laptops, cause mobile devices suck ass for shopping?

I do it on my S4, but it sucks ass compared to just switching to my PC. Android is also slow, laggy, and glitchy as ****. Like Android ****ING SUCKS at everything. It just barely works as a phone/music player/OS platform. Making me want a Windows Phone actually, or at least the performance of one.. I like Android only cause its openness and power user tools, root, etc. Even typing this message is slow and sucks.. lol.

I also noticed the quality of apps on Android suck, and there are not as many games or commercials apps. As such I definitely have less interest in spending for apps, as none are available worth buying. I own just a few, like Poweramp, .. a handful of Sonic games from Sega that actually suck, too (the games are 2D and flat surfaces, really bad looking compared to other platform versions).

nullie said,
Is it possible that Android users.. also prefer to use their PCs and laptops, cause mobile devices suck ass for shopping?

I do it on my S4, but it sucks ass compared to just switching to my PC. Android is also slow, laggy, and glitchy as ****. Like Android ****ING SUCKS at everything. It just barely works as a phone/music player/OS platform. Making me want a Windows Phone actually, or at least the performance of one.. I like Android only cause its openness and power user tools, root, etc. Even typing this message is slow and sucks.. lol.

I also noticed the quality of apps on Android suck, and there are not as many games or commercials apps. As such I definitely have less interest in spending for apps, as none are available worth buying. I own just a few, like Poweramp, .. a handful of Sonic games from Sega that actually suck, too (the games are 2D and flat surfaces, really bad looking compared to other platform versions).

Hard to take that comment seriously to be honest. Android is not perfect, just like iOS and Windows Mobile, however that's far from my experience with it with a device that's two years old. I'm sure they are some devices out there that bad, however I find it hard to believe the S4 is one of them.

It's pretty bad IMO. Android suffers from speed issues, maybe because everything on it is Java? Maybe because they use excessive power management. Browsers seem to be the most effected, literally slowing down, choppy when typing on big sites, etc. It's not so bad when not typing, but can be glitchy going back and forth at times pages. Multitasking, though possible, is pitiful.

This quad-core 1.9GHz Galaxy S4 is hardly faster than the Galaxy Pro I had years ago which only had 1 core at 1GHz.

Windows Phone and iOS are buttery smooth almost, with less hardware than Android due to super optimized software. Linux that powers Android has always been a bit shittier than Windows on the desktop, too. It's just not optimized for a desktop user experience.

I know many apps on Android have a free version with a few ads and extra features, and then a paid version with some perks. I imagine everyone uses the free version since a lot of the time, the paid version isnt worth it. Not sure how it is on iOS exactly, but I know lots just use the free version of the apps on Android. I dont mind spending a few bucks on an app myself.

Maybe... I do purchase all the apps I use because (1) no ads and (2) more features. But generally because of the features. Besides, the apps are generally about the same as a cup of Starbucks!

It's funny, I have no idea why I feel cheap on Android. Like... I guess I've been burned by enough bad apps that I just don't invest heavily into the market. This is a night and day difference between all the money I spent on iOS back with my iPod Touch. I couldn't really even tell you why either, as money is no longer an issue as it used to be. I just... don't see a whole lot worth buying.

If you really found them that bad, couldn't you have just returned the app for a refund? Even now unlike iOS, Android gives you a 15 minute window where you can cancel any purchase and get a full refund. It used to be 24 hours earlier, but a lot of people would have misused it, hence the reduction to 15 minutes.

Yeah, I did a couple times. I missed the window with a few, as I bought some apps that weren't labeled well enough in the description, and when I figured it all out, I had eaten the $5 cost. I do like the refund option as easy as it is, but meh.

A lot of apps where on sale or gone free in the Christmas week, some of them pretty good, some not so munch, some went from $2.99~$5.99 to $0.99 or free. I was waiting for 2 or 3 to go on sale.

average cost of an android phone is miniscule in comparison to the average cost of an iPhone..

In other news, people who buy Windows 8 computers spend more at the mall then people who buy chrome books..

timster said,
I have an iPhone 4 and spent nothing online during the 2013 holiday season. This "study" is flawed.

Considering the study maybe you are flawed!

timster said,
I have an iPhone 4 and spent nothing online during the 2013 holiday season. This "study" is flawed.

Huh? It's flawed because it used a greater sample size than the user timster on the Neowin forums?

Considering Android blew up because the phones were so cheap, I'm going to guess their owners just don't like to spend money.

Maybe Apple users are easy to market to. You just have to claim things are "magical" and will change their lives forever and they eat it up.

brianshapiro said,
Maybe Apple users are easy to market to. You just have to claim things are "magical" and will change their lives forever and they eat it up.

Market what? Access internet on their devices?

tsupersonic said,
Generalize much?

It is a generalization, but he's not far off from the truth. I have an Android phone because it came free with the activation...

There are both... I paid $200 on top of my contract to get the Galaxy S3 at the time. Compared to the $50 iPhone. So I was more than willing to pay the premium on a new platform.

stevan said,

Market what? Access internet on their devices?

Well, first of all, I'm joking around.

But in all seriousness, the fact that Apple users buy more doesn't necessarily mean Android users are particularly frugal or stingy. It just means Apple users are easier to sell to, which can be explained in many ways.

Frankly, most apps out there -- on any platform -- are awful, or are at least limited to niche uses. I can't imagine myself buying a lot of apps, because there's just no point to doing it -- it has nothing to do with money.

And I like WP better than Android or iPhone, so I'm not in this debate

Because Android customers and its creators alike, prefer to steal or use something free rather spending their pennies. Look for OUYA for examples. :trollface:

dead.cell said,

It is a generalization, but he's not far off from the truth. I have an Android phone because it came free with the activation...
Yeah, because one person makes up a whole statistic. Give me a break. You also realize the iPhone 4S is free on contract, right?

brianshapiro said,
Maybe Apple users are easy to market to. You just have to claim things are "magical" and will change their lives forever and they eat it up.

Nope, it's generally for the reason claimed above, and studies have been made on that. Since Android phones have much greater market share in budget markets due to many more being specifically built for that segment, it makes perfect sense that _on average_, people don't spend as much money on apps on Android. These users are simply lowering the average.

Northgrove said,

Nope, it's generally for the reason claimed above, and studies have been made on that. Since Android phones have much greater market share in budget markets due to many more being specifically built for that segment, it makes perfect sense that _on average_, people don't spend as much money on apps on Android. These users are simply lowering the average.

I would think, if the phone makes a difference, people who have budget issues don't buy a smartphone to begin with and get something less advanced. But most carriers will cover the majority of the cost of any phone phone with a new contract ... What do the studies say about the market segment that Apple and Android have in common.. do they spend equally?

This is why Apple ecosystem is so successful and why developers will always prefer it to other platforms. The numbers show a huge advantage with iOS devices.

stevan said,
This is why Apple ecosystem is so successful and why developers will always prefer it to other platforms. The numbers show a huge advantage with iOS devices.

Or, iPhone users just can't get enough of those fart apps.

Shiranui said,

Or, iPhone users just can't get enough of those fart apps.

Fart apps cost money?

Also, I'm both an iOS and Android user and the paid apps on the App Store vs Play are of a much higher, polished quality.

I rarely pay for apps on play, they just aren't as stable, refined and when something goes wrong, the developers don't support it as much as they do iOS. I've also noticed newer versions and updates occur more frequently on iOS, causing me to invest more in that particular platform.

shockz said,

Fart apps cost money?

Also, I'm both an iOS and Android user and the paid apps on the App Store vs Play are of a much higher, polished quality.

I rarely pay for apps on play, they just aren't as stable, refined and when something goes wrong, the developers don't support it as much as they do iOS. I've also noticed newer versions and updates occur more frequently on iOS, causing me to invest more in that particular platform.

I'm the opposite, I buy more apps on the Play Store since switching to Android. I don't have to worry about it being rubbish or not quite doing what I want, because I can get a refund at the push of a button. I got burned so many times by crap apps on iOS.

McKay said,
I got burned so many times by crap apps on iOS.

Which to me indicates that you are a smarter shopper on Android, but payed the price to Apple.

Shiranui said,

Or, iPhone users just can't get enough of those fart apps.

This is such crap. I used iPhones and iPads for a number of years. Top apps are aimed at iOS well before Android. Am I an Apple fanboy? No, my current devices are all Android driven.