An analysis of the mobile application market has found that the majority of sales on the iPhone are for games, while Android users are buying more tools and applications.
The App Store and Android Market research (PDF), carried out by analyst firm Distimo, found that nine out of the top 15 applications purchased on the iPhone were games, while not one made the Android top 15. However, this meant that the average price of Android applications was above that of the iPhone.
This pattern was mirrored when it came to free applications. Games made up a third of the iPhone's most popular downloads, compared to none for the Android.
However, the results suggest that Apple's policy of banning certain types of software seems to be having a negative effect on some sales.
"Classic games on Android Market are more popular than in the Apple App Store, with even three out of the 15 most popular games for Android being emulators," the report said. "These types of emulators are not allowed in the Apple App Store."
The report seems to imply that developers are splitting to suit their markets. The more popular iPhone platform is being used to sell consumer products, while reference tools and business applications are being developed for the Android platform.
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