RIM: Blackberry apps more profitable than Android apps

Research in Motion is doing some damage control today as its hosts its DevCon Europe event in Amsterdam. Crackberry.com reports that during a presentation today, RIM's VP of developer relations, Alec Saunders, made the claim that app developers who make products for the Blackberry operating system will make more money than those who make apps for Google's Android OS.

Saunders states that Blackberry apps create 40 percent more revenue than those on Android. That's in part due to the fact that more apps on RIM's Blackberry App World story are paid apps, compared to Android were a larger percentage of apps are free.

Saunders also stated:

BlackBerry is one of the most profitable platforms to work for. Very clearly, developers are making money on BlackBerry and PlayBook today. There is a study from Evans Data that shows that 13 percent of all Blackberry developers made more than $100,000 from App World. That is more than from any iPhone or Android application. And I think that speaks to the economic power of our platform.

The App World store has so far seen over 2 billion downloads, compared to Android Market's 11 billion and Apple's iOS App Store 15 billion. Saunders said that App World now has over 60,000 applications to download, which is about the same as Microsoft's Windows Phone Marketplace but far below the number of apps available on the Android Market and the App Store.

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This is not hard to do. ALL Android users I know (yes, I know a lot of them) have never purchased an app.

Owen W said,
This is not hard to do. ALL Android users I know (yes, I know a lot of them) have never purchased an app.

People I know bought a few a day when the major ones went down to 10p for a day.

Owen W said,
This is not hard to do. ALL Android users I know (yes, I know a lot of them) have never purchased an app.

so you ask each one of them? Note by knowing them itt means personnaly knowing. Not your buddies on the internet

Owen W said,
This is not hard to do. ALL Android users I know (yes, I know a lot of them) have never purchased an app.

I'm curious as to your definition of "a lot." As an Android user I have purchased 6 apps. I have also purchased content within apps (comics from Comixology, for example).

I've seen some stats that say Apple users are more likely to buy apps than Android users with the analysis being that Apple users have more money to burn.

When I had a BlackBerry I purchased 2 apps. Neither of which worked--both crashed my phone even though they were approved for my OS version. Both devs were uncooperative and refused to refund my money.

So, maybe the BB app profits are higher because customers are stuck with their purchases. Android Market gives you 15 minutes to decide whether to get a refund.

It could also have to do with pricing and audience. BB is very business focused. If you need to view/edit Word, Excel, etc. files, you have to purchase that Documents To Go app which is like $15. I can see how that would easily add up to greater profits than the free or 99 cent apps on Android.

In any case, we all know RIM is trying to claw their way back into relevancy, so I'm sure they will twist any statistic they can to support a favorable claim.

FalseAgent said,
While this may be true, RIM really needs to shut up when they don't have a strong showing themselves.

+1