iPhone app sales are dominated by games, in contrast to Android mobile phones where practical tools and applications are more popular.
According to a study conducted by analysis firm Distimo, nine of the best-selling paid-for 15 applications for iPhones are games.
Conversely, games account for none of the 15 most popular paid-for Android Store downloads.
The research also discovered that prices for applications for Android mobiles and iPhones were broadly similar across most categories of app, such as navigation and entertainment.
However, a notable disparity was revealed over price points for reference applications, such as dictionaries, with Android mobile owners paying around £5.30. iPhone reference software costs around half that.
News of developments in the world of applications comes shortly after Apple announced that the total number of downloads from its App Store has now passed 1.5 billion.
Sales for the software market are believed to have spiked recently following the release of the latest edition of Apple’s range of high-end mobile phones, the iPhone 3G S.