According to new stats from analytics bods Xyologic, Android now make up the majority of app downloads in the UK, Germany and Russia, with Apple’s heartland, the USA, set to fall to the all-conquering Google robot shortly.
It’s an interesting development because Apple users have always dominated the download charts, but these new figures reflect Android’s huge growth.
Xyologic say that Android now dominates the app download market in nine different countries, with a substantial gap opening up between Apple and Android in the UK, Germany and Russia.
Back in August 2011, Android became the #1 platform in Czech Republic, Poland and Portugal, with Brazil following in October and Spain in November.
Their figures show that the UK had 90.9 million monthly app downloads for iOS, with 99.1 million for Android; in Germany there was 59.5 million app downloads for iOS and 64.9 million on Android, while in Russia the figures were 38.4 million iOS downloads and 41.9 million for Android.
Separate research from Canalys has found that Android apps cost more than iOS apps in the US on average.
To buy the top 100 paid apps on Android would cost $374.37 (working out to $3.74 per app), compared to $147 for iOS (or $1.47 per app), with 82 of the top 100 paid iOS apps costing just $0.99 each, compared to just 22 at that lowly price tag in the Android Market.