MLB says iPhone users more likely to buy apps than Android users

Fanboys across the net continuously argue about the superiority of Apple’s iPhone and iPad vs. the power of Google’s Android platform. The Android platform currently enjoys a sizable lead over iOS but apparently all of those Android phones and tablets aren’t turning into application sales. In an interview between All Things Digital and Bob Bowman, CEO of Major League Baseball’s Advanced Media division, Bowman says that, “the Android user typically is less likely to buy, and therefore the ROI on developing for Android is different than it is for Apple.” The interviewer asked why, but Mr. Bowman didn’t give a concrete reason saying only that, “the iPhone and iPad user is interested in buying content–that’s one of the reasons they bought the device.

Benoit Essiambre, creator of the “Speed Anatomy” app for both iOS and Android, wrote an interesting breakdown of how his application sells on both platforms. In his analysis, he receives roughly 50% less from the combined paid and ad supported versions of his app on Android compared to sales on iTunes. He blames some of this on a buggy Android marketplace. On the other hand, Wired reports that some Android app developers have been able to make millions in sales.

So what does all of this mean?  Are Android users cheap, preferring free open source software to run on their devices?  Or does it simply mean that Android owners are not as interested in sports as a typical Apple user would be, and therefore aren’t interested in purchasing baseball subscriptions?

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Google's goal for Android from the very beginning was to setup a platform that further supports their advertisement and user tracking enterprise. They didn't make the Android Marketplace to sell apps... That made Android Marketplace to give apps away for free with Google's advertisement platform integrated.

Selling software has always been difficult for any Linux distribution. Not sure why Android would be any different. It is also non-surprising that developers are not as attracted to the platform as they are to iOS.

its just much easier to have a succesful app on ios, the platform was based on it,, developing for them is particularly easier as its only a few devices with pretyy much the same interior architecture, apps are the only thing worthwhile about ios. where as android has to cater for many different devices hence much harder, plus the poor app search to find the best app on android market plus not to mention the spyware and the open-ness meaning many developers getting ripped off as there arent as many polices as the appstore, why do ios and android have to be enimies lol, i got a galaxy s with 2.3.3 and yet i would still love an ipad 2 for all my missed ios apps, or maybe the other way around, i phone and a motorolla xoom maybe...you get my drift, they both bring different things to the table which is why people are split, i like the android platform very much but atm it just cant compete with apple in terms of apps.
well thats my opinion at least.
would welcome comments to hear what everyone else has to say on the matter.

I don't buy many apps on android cause I already spent $900 NZD just getting the damn phone i don't wanna pump more cash into something that'll only last me a year or 2 max.

If iphone users wanna **** money down the drain buying apps and buying new phones every 8-12 months that's their business.

Those apps that are in android worth buying are the ones that extend the exceptional functionality that's already in the phone, not just do the same crap differently like a lot of iphone apps.

well... it seems that you are wasting your money since the iPhone will probably last you more (apparently yours only lasts 2 years max). My iPhone (1st Generation) still works pretty well. I did upgrade to the 4th but I skipped the 3G, and 3Gs.

In your last statement you make it seem that for some reason some Android apps make the phone magically better and for some reason the iPhone apps are the same apps with different names. Can you please list just one app that makes the Android phone worth buying?

0sm3l said,
well... it seems that you are wasting your money since the iPhone will probably last you more (apparently yours only lasts 2 years max). My iPhone (1st Generation) still works pretty well. I did upgrade to the 4th but I skipped the 3G, and 3Gs.

In your last statement you make it seem that for some reason some Android apps make the phone magically better and for some reason the iPhone apps are the same apps with different names. Can you please list just one app that makes the Android phone worth buying?


I'm wasting my money cause you choose to use a phone no longer supported by apple.. lolk

titanium backup, setcpu, rom manager, file explorers (many of them), beautiful widgets, launcher pro... just to name a few.

All the duplicative applications which do similar if not same stuff different most are free so yeah.

As an android user, I have to admit i very rarely buy apps.

My guess is that as a result of android being more open, its attracted more open source devs who are all happy to release there stuff for free. Most the time when looking for an app there will be 3 crappy versions that will cost you a few quid, then 1 or 2 really good ones that are totally free.

Why pay for an inferior version of what you can get for free The only reason iphone user's pay for their apps is the quality of the free ones over on IOS tend to be subpar in comparison to the paid ones. This just isn't true for android in my experience.

It's really very simple. It's because iTunes is far better established. By the time the iPhone was released, a vast majority of people it was targeted for already had iTunes accounts ready to go for them to buy apps with. Using the Android app store isn't exactly a cakewalk.

Well you don't have to be very smart to figure that out.
Most people who buy an iPhone know that it's a so called smartphone and are at least remotely interested in apps while android is placed on everything now, many who buy them are just replacing their old feature-phones and they aren't aware the new one is much more and don't care for apps...

Leonick said,
Well you don't have to be very smart to figure that out.
Most people who buy an iPhone know that it's a so called smartphone and are at least remotely interested in apps while android is placed on everything now, many who buy them are just replacing their old feature-phones and they aren't aware the new one is much more and don't care for apps...

Pish-posh to you. iPhone is as much as a smartphone than any other smartphone. Just because its usable with a user-friendly interface and doesn't require hacking skills to get the latest update doesn't make it any less of a smartphone.

I suspect he is not making any money as I searched the Android Market Place for speed anatomy and all I could find was a free game to download (which tbh looks a bit rubbish but has good reviews) So him saying that combined ad supported and pay basically means the one version he has on the market ??

Also on the other hand a some games which you have to purchase on iphone/ipad (like angry birds) is free on the android marketplace, so only clicks on ads make them money.

More to be made from advertising on android than by app sales at the moment, I believe this is because the handsets (note, handsets, not OS) are aimed at an entry level market i.e. more affordable, but many of the people buying them might not be willing to spend even more money on apps (not talking about tech headed people here I'm talking about general public who are looking for a cheap 'iphone-type' device, with a cheaper tariff).
As a result, many apps which would have been paid for on iOS are free, with adds on android - and this is a concious decision made by the developers who at the end of the day deserve to get paid (we gotta eat too you know, and many of us have families )

As has been mentioned as well, sideloading is an issue, I know some folks who have come from symbian phones to android because of being able to sideload, its sad but true....

I do feel that the android marketplace has still to mature somewhat, but it will happen and the quality of software (and proportion of quality, paid for apps) will improve as a result - maybe the release of the new tablet devices might kick-start this somewhat but perhaps not so much until they unify the OS again.

As a previous iPod touch user, I can say that I buy more apps for my Android phone than I EVER thought about buying on my iOS device. One was a phone, one was an mp3 player - you say? No, my iPod was used for all of the same functions that my phone is minus the actual phone part. I even used skype frequently on it.

So I must buck the trend? I do agree, there's not quite as much quality on the Android marketplace but if you know what you're looking for - it's there.

My main loss from iOS was iTeleport, now I have 'Real' VNC viewer. Not quite as sleek but exactly the same functionality.

I just got my iPad 2 this weekend, man, one word: Awesome!, but now good games like Infinity Blade, Plants vs Zombies, Asphalt, Real Racing are Expensive but Gorgeous! It really worth spend a $20~$30 bucks after $500. But 0.99 cents for a good game/app it's always worth it.

Now i used to have an Android, first: Android market sucks, no good games, but most of the useful apps are there (at least), but that' it, the only thing i like from there was the emulators. But what really is a pain is trying to find something! cuz the market is really bad categorized, and on top of that, many apps are useless.

After that disappoint i get an iPhone, and i', really happy since then. Also most of my friends have iPhones or iPods (i'm d first one getting an iPad 2)

Also You can notice the quality of the iTunes store Games and Apps.

+1 Android market is bad due to fragmentation and poor regulation. Also, with quite a bit of apps requires 'root' which many people do not know, then download it, does not work and finally gives them bad impression of the Android Market so they don't buy apps or even stop downloading the free ones...

SteelToast said,
+1 Android market is bad due to fragmentation and poor regulation. Also, with quite a bit of apps requires 'root' which many people do not know, then download it, does not work and finally gives them bad impression of the Android Market so they don't buy apps or even stop downloading the free ones...

+1 to SteelToast's elaboration, I don't completely agree with jedi.

People don't buy because it is easy to sideload on android (allow install of non-market apps) with no rooting or jailbreaking iOS users have to do...

SteelToast said,
People don't buy because it is easy to sideload on android (allow install of non-market apps) with no rooting or jailbreaking iOS users have to do...

+1 that's it i have android and how easy is to load pirated games on it, just copy onto your phone and install! now really what makes people want to buy and they are get it for free! BTW i don't pirate them cause the cost is cheap!

It's pretty obvious why. Android is being market as free and open source. As a result, all the freeloaders are on that platform. This forces the developers to make free apps with ads, since Android users won't pay for apps.

I am not going to lie, Android is the Wild West and people are there for free land.

None of you guys got it right. Most of my friends use Android and all of them say that most apps (Like 99%) are useless, so they just only buy the apps thet are of use to them. As for iOS, everyone has in their brains that Apple is the creative company, they come out with flashy products. iOS users are never satisfied, they just want to buy app after app after app. And yes, many iOS apps are really kewl which is another seller, Everyone has heard of these kewl apps on iOS, thus is keeps the comsumer coming back for more. And yes, a good 99% of all the apps on iOS are crap to. Oh and I'm an Android user who just buys apps that I feel that I'll keep for a long time. If an app proves to be far superior than what I currently have, then I will delete the old and install the new.

This is a surprise to anyone because...? Apple is a premium hardware manufacturer, people buy their products for that reason and these people have been known to have more disposable income then those who don't (not everyone obviously, but a large chunk).

Android makes it almost impossible to make purchases from countries that are not officially supported, Apple does not do this, I can have my US account work from here without having to use any kind of proxy or crap like that.

Lucas said,
Android makes it almost impossible to make purchases from countries that are not officially supported, Apple does not do this, I can have my US account work from here without having to use any kind of proxy or crap like that.

You can't buy from the Market either if your a Google Apps customer. Great work Google, your own products can't work with one another. I like Google but the Android is one phone I will never look at buying again. I guess luckily the Market has only crap on offer otherwise I would be disappointed I can't buy anything.

It may just be me, but one of the reasons is because it seems like there are a lot more free apps on android than on iOS. Angry Birds, for example. Many times there is a free version of the app that is ad supported, this may be the same for iOS.

Ruran said,
It may just be me, but one of the reasons is because it seems like there are a lot more free apps on android than on iOS. Angry Birds, for example. Many times there is a free version of the app that is ad supported, this may be the same for iOS.

Many iOS apps have free versions as well. What you see might be an effect of this, not a cause. If developers can't make revenue on the initial purchase price of the app, then maybe they switch to doing more free ad-supported apps.

Ruran said,
It may just be me, but one of the reasons is because it seems like there are a lot more free apps on android than on iOS. Angry Birds, for example. Many times there is a free version of the app that is ad supported, this may be the same for iOS.

Yes, iOS has ad-supported free apps and games, including Angry Birds.
I bought it... It was cheap, doesn't contain the annoying ads and it's one of my most used games...

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Yes, iOS has ad-supported free apps and games, including Angry Birds.
I bought it... It was cheap, doesn't contain the annoying ads and it's one of my most used games...

GS:mac

Ah, my apologies, then. I've never used the iOS app store for any length of time so i was not sure if this was a difference between the two.

Correct me if i am wrong but, angry birds on iOS has lite version (less levels) and a paid version. Both of which are ad-free. android though has a FULL angry birds (ad supported) for free and a lite version for free (less levels and no ad support). You can also easily disable 3G and wifi to play angry birds without ads on android

SteelToast said,
Correct me if i am wrong but, angry birds on iOS has lite version (less levels) and a paid version. Both of which are ad-free. android though has a FULL angry birds (ad supported) for free and a lite version for free (less levels and no ad support). You can also easily disable 3G and wifi to play angry birds without ads on android

disabling 3g and wifi seems a bit pointless to me ? It's a phone, surely you would like to leave 3g on at least, so you can get a phone call inbetween gaming lol

joemailey said,

disabling 3g and wifi seems a bit pointless to me ? It's a phone, surely you would like to leave 3g on at least, so you can get a phone call inbetween gaming lol


You mean inbetween data use... Nothing stops you from using your gear whilst calling on 2G, unless you are playing MMORPGs or the like.

GS:mac

isnt it obvious if you already bought an apple product you are more likely to just hand money over. in this case their over priced app.

I think it makes sense.. Android is included on a lot of Entry level Smartphones, iOS is on iPhones, which at a price point are NOT entry level.. It just makes sense that if you are willing to pay out for your phone, that you're probably willing to do the same with apps..

Just like the guy who has the top of the line rig is more likely to buy, say, games, than someone with just some off the shelf one..

Maybe if MLB made an app worth buying, people would but it? I have used MLB At Bat and it is slow to use. I find that m.mlb.com gives me what I need and is faster to access content.

mercuryx013 said,
Maybe if MLB made an app worth buying, people would but it? I have used MLB At Bat and it is slow to use. I find that m.mlb.com gives me what I need and is faster to access content.

This.

Why can't I swype to change days? Why can't I click on a game and set a calendar reminder?

Raa said,
I find that unlikely.

Not really, appstore had buy-apps from the beginning - Android didn't (and still don't) have buyapps in every country.
Android users are already used to advertisement to pay for apps so they won't buy it.

Shiranui said,

"A fool and his money are soon parted"


cause more Iphone users act like zombies on Wall-E like hitting thanks on the adult boards. thanks thanks thanks er wait a minute. that post sucked.

while android.... little more selective. Albeit Angry Birds is angry