According to the latest data made public by app marketplace analytics firm Ditimo, of the more than 200,000 applications currently available in Google’s Android Market, the vast majority are being poorly downloaded or altogther overlooked by consumers.
20% of all free applications and 80% of all paid applications have been downloaded less than 100 times in the Google Android Market worldwide to date.
Writing for the Distimo blog, author Hendrik Koekkoek says that it is “more challenging for developers in the Google Android Market than in the Apple App Store to monetize using a one-off fee monetization model. We found that only two paid applications have been downloaded more than half a million times in the Google Android Market worldwide to date, while six paid applications in the Apple App Store for iPhone generate the same number of downloads within a two month timeframe in the United States alone.”
Distimo’s research also finds that the refresh rate of top application charts is significantly higher in the Apple App Store for iPhone than in the Google Android Market. During the month of April, there were 94 distinct applications with a top 10 (free or paid) position in the Apple App Store for iPhone in the US; there were only 26 distinct applications that reached a top 10 position in the Google Android Market.
96 applications, however, have been downloaded more than 5 million times in the Google Android Market.
According to Distimo, Google Maps is the only application with more than 50 million downloads in the Google Android Market, making it the all-time most popular application in this store.