The Android Market has made steady improvements since its introduction. But has it overtaken Apple's App Store? Let's find out
Counting only paid apps, the Android Market is less expensive than the iPhone, with an average selling price of $3.23 versus the iPhone's $4.31, according to an August 2010 study by Distimo. But if you narrow the lists down to each store's top 100 paid apps, Apple's store is less expensive, at $2.15 per app versus $4.57 per app in the Android Market.
For the tiebreaker, we go to Distimo's ratio of free to paid apps. In the Android Market, 60 percent of apps are free, compared with 29 percent in the iPhone App Store. In view of the much higher proportion of free Android apps, you'll probably spend less in the Android Market.
Advantage: Android Market
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