Google's Android Market still dwarfs Amazon's Appstore in the number of available applications for Android phones, but Amazon is proving to be efficient in its app sales, said Distimo.
(NASDAQ:AMZN) launched its Appstore for Android applications last March
the assumption was that the portal would challenge Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG)
Android Market as a welcome alternative for consumers to download free and paid
applications for smartphones.
data collected last month on U.S. users by Distimo suggests that's correct.
While the proportion of paid apps in the Android Market has declined from 38
percent to 32 percent over the last seven months, paid apps have held firm at
65 percent in the Amazon Appstore over the same period.
Distimo also said
that the average price of the
top 100 paid apps in the Amazon Appstore, which sets app prices, is 40 percent
lower than in the Android Market.
some discounted top apps are cheaper in the Appstore than the same offerings in
the Android Market, giving Amazon an advantage. Also, some 42 of 110 apps
available in both stores generated more revenue in the Amazon Appstore than in the
Android Market, Distimo found.
analytics researcher said that while the Android Market may have roughly
400,000 applications to less than 30,0000 in the Amazon Appstore, the number of
new applications in the Android Market was only five times the number of new
applications in the Amazon Appstore in December and January.
words, the Appstore may be curtailing application submission numbers to the
Android Market. What's interesting about that data point is the timing. The
Appstore's growth coincides with the launch of the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet in
number of downloads generated by the top 100 apps in the Amazon Appstore
increased by a factor of 14 in December 2011, compared with two months earlier.
may only grow over time, as RBC Capital's Ross Sander has said
consumption from the Appstore, along with electronic book downloads, is one of
the more popular uses of that 7-inch Android tablet.
points are limited by a couple of factors.
the Kindle Fire, Amazon's Appstore is only available in the U.S., while the
Android Market spans dozens of countries worldwide. For balance's sake, Distimo
looked at app data for the Amazon Appstore and the Android Market in the U.S.
Amazon doesn't yet sell its own Android-branded phone, though it is widely
expected to at some point. That new content window could boost downloads to the
Appstore over time.
the Appstore also lets users test applications they're interested in on a
simulated Android phone. Customers access the application simulation through
their computer using a mouse.
The idea is
that consumers can decide if they like the application before bothering to
download it. This is a clever feature distinction from the Android Market.