Thursday, July 18, 2013

Viva la difference

[Thanks to Mashable]
Pointed, but I think there's something to it. It may be part of the reason why Android has trouble getting good apps, and selling them.


craniac said...

This is really generalising. I know iOS users that are proud of the fact they don't use a single app they've had to pay for. But I also know Android users that don't hesitate to pay for apps they want.

I use both, my phone is a Samsung Galaxy S3, my tablet is an iPad 2 and I've bought more then a few apps on both platforms. I think that the ecosystems themselves play a part in the perception given by the cartoon. On iOS there are few commercial apps that also offer a free version, while on Android that is relatively common. It could be this has led to iOS users becoming used to paying for apps, as they have no choice. Android users on the other hand have become used to getting to try a free version of an app before deciding if they want to pay for the commercial version. This may have led to Android users feeling forced into a corner by apps with only commercial versions and choosing not to buy them.

craniac said...

Interestingly enough this article on the very subject just came up in one of my feeds.

The History of App Pricing And Why Most Apps Are Free

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Thanks, I'll read that with interest, since I've been wondering just what was behind that strange development, just how much has Apple pushed it, and so forth.

I think it's bad in the long view, if everybody expect an average app price to be 1.5 dollars, how can anybody live on that? The complex, really worthy apps might just disappear.