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Android phones have most free apps

Android phones have most free apps

Android is the only smartphone platform in existence with more free apps than premium paid-for alternatives, new data reveals.

According to research conducted by Distimo, a total of 57 per cent of the Android Market's app content is free, which compared to the cross-platform average of 25 per cent looks good for users.

All of the major smartphone platforms, including the iPhone's App Store and the BlackBerry App World, are largely composed of mobile games, although strong performance by certain music apps such as Pandora and rhythm game hybrid Tap Tap Revenge 3 is creating a modicum of diversity.

Windows Mobile is home to the fewest free apps at 22 per cent, with the iPad, BlackBerry, Ovi Store and iPhone following in quick succession.

Google and its third party developers could be playing a dangerous game by making many apps available free of charge, as Android users could get into the habit of accepting freebies more often than they pay for premium content.

However, funding via in-app advertising is likely to redress the balance in the future.

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