Why are apps cheaper on Android Marketplace than App Store?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by dba415, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. dba415 macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2011
    For example, Angry Birds is free on Android but it's 99 cents on App Store. Then Android gets all the nice deals too, thanks to Amazon's store with certain freebees, and now today they are having a sale where a bunch of nice games are only 10 cents.

    Why do we never get this type of thing?
  2. SPEEDwithJJ macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2008
    Maybe it is because Android s**ks & so incentives have to be given out to continue to attract people to embrace Android? :confused: Maybe the opposite of that applies to iOS? :confused:
  3. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
  4. verwon macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2011
    Yep! You've got to pay to get full versions of most stuff, without ads.
  5. VPrime macrumors 68000


    Dec 19, 2008
    London Ontario
    Also, for some reason it is harder to get android users to pay for things. most of the time free apps+ ads is the only way to make money, or selling apps for a lot cheaper.
  6. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    There are always pros and cons on both sides of the fence. Don't make the mistake of assuming that the grass is always greener.
  7. white4s macrumors 65832

    Nov 15, 2011
    New Jersey
    well why would you want to pay for an unsecured app market

    app store secured ftw
  8. tranceFusion macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2010
    It takes 2 seconds to pirate an android app.

    Therefore, devs need to make it cheap enough that lazy people/good willed people won't do so. Many apps are ad supported with no premium version available.

    Also therefore, some developers don't even bother with Android, thus one main reason for the smaller/less robust app store.
  9. iphone1105 macrumors 68020


    Oct 8, 2009
    We get great free app deals IMO on a daily basis. The free app a day app really gets great stuff, fun stuff too. Heck EA even had a Sims game free and NFS 2 for free all weekend. I've gotten plenty of great apps for free for the iphone, that you'd have to pay for otherwise.

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