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Free apps dominate Android phone downloads

Free apps dominate Android phone downloads

Free apps make up 98.8 per cent of all software downloaded from the Android Market, according to a report conducted by analyst firm FADE.

The eight million Android users have downloaded a total of nearly 290 million apps, which means that each user has now installed an average of 35 apps, of which nearly all will have been free of charge.

Despite the popularity of free apps, paid-for game downloads managed to bring in nearly £600,000 for Android developers in the first two months of 2010.

FADE estimates that this is a 50 per cent increase over the amount that was taken from Android Market sales for the two months leading up to the end of 2009.

January and February were not only profitable for app developers, but also saw 1200 new apps join the Android Market ranks.

The top selling Android app has made over £47,000 in 2010 for its developer and retro gaming re-releases are also performing well.

Android users are still spending a lot less on apps than iPhone owners. iPhone users spend about 66p monthly, whilst Android owners are shelling out just 4p.

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