New statistics on the Android Market show that Android is creating fewer blockbuster paid apps than Apple's App Store. And like apps for other operating systems, Android apps are finding the business is a winner-take-all market in which few titles break out of obscurity.
Here are some of the highlights from the new report by Distimo:
-- Few paid Android apps have become blockbusters. Two paid Android apps have been downloaded more than 500,000 times compared to six at Apple's App Store
-- The Android Market has fewer blockbuster games than Apple's App Store. Android Market has five paid games that have been downloaded over 250,000 times - just half that of the App Store.
-- 20% of free apps and 80% of paid apps have been downloaded fewer than 100 times.
-- The Android Market top ten has less turnover than the Apple App Store's top ten. In April, 26 apps were in Android Market's top ten while 94 apps occupied spots in the App Store's top ten.
-- It's tough to break out of obscurity. Just 1% of free Android apps have been downloaded more than 500,000 times. A third of apps have been downloaded from 100 to 999 times while 41% have been downloaded 1,000 to 49,999 times. In all, about 52% have been downloaded fewer than 1,000 times.
-- The download numbers are far smaller for paid apps. A mere 0.1% of paid Android apps have been downloaded more than 50,000 times.
-- 95 Android apps have been downloaded more than 5 million times.
-- The most downloaded app is Google Maps, with over 50 million downloads.
Takeaways? Android users love free apps. Maybe that's because they have so many options, a trend Distimo says has been seen at other app stores. In addition, the Android Market appears to lag behind the App Store in highlighting new and different apps - thus the lower turnover in the top ten.