Google Maps: the all-time most popular app in Android Market

A recent study has revealed that nearly 96 applications have been downloaded in the Google Android Market more than 5 million times. Google Maps is the only application with more than 50 million downloads in the Google Android Market, making it the all-time most popular application in this store.

The report also revealed that about 20% of all free applications and 80% of all paid applications have been downloaded less than 100 times in the Google Android Market worldwide to date.

The study further revealed that it is more challenging for developers in the Google Android Market than in the Apple App Store to monetize using a one-off fee monetization model. Only two paid applications have been downloaded more than half a million times in the Google Android Market worldwide to date, while six paid applications in the Apple App Store for iPhone generate the same number of downloads within a two month timeframe in the US alone.

There are five paid games in Google Android Market with over 250,000 downloads worldwide when just talk about games. In the Apple App Store for iPhone ten paid games generated more than 250,000 download in the United States alone in two months.

During April, there were 94 distinct applications with a top 10 (free or paid) position in the Apple App Store for iPhone in the US; there were only 26 distinct applications that reached a top 10 position in the Google Android Market.

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