Google could learn something from Amazon about how to run an app store
For 45 days, from mid-January to the end of February, the folks at Flurry analytics ran an interesting experiment.
They found a basket of top-rated apps that are available for the same price on three major app stores -- iOS, Android and Amazon -- whose revenue was generated primarily by in-app purchases. Then they compared the revenue generated by those apps for the developers who created them. The results are shown in the chart at right.
"Amazon, who forked Android in order to put consumers into their own shopping experience on Kindle Fire, is showing its commerce strength, already delivering more than three times the revenue in its app store compared to what Google generates for developers," writes Peter Farago on the Flurry blog.
"As markets mature, rational economic behavior emerges," he adds dryly. "Based on revenue potential, we expect to see increasing numbers of developers support Amazon. We also believe that companies such as Samsung, the leading Android-supporting OEM, could also consider emulating Amazon's move to fork Android. "
Tens of thousands of free and low-cost smartphone games are killing Nintendo and Sony
The pie chart at right, published Friday by the mobile analytics firm Flurry, illustrates just how rapidly the platforms that brought Mario to a generation of videogamers are shrinking.
It shows Nintendo's share of the multibillion dollar U.S. portable software game business collapsing in the space of a year from 70% to 57% while Apple's (AAPL) iOS and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 15, 2011 10:47 AM ET
It's not ads that make social gaming companies money, it's virtual pink tractors. Flurry Analytics says Apple's in-app e-commerce function is where developers can maximize bang for their buck.
At the Social Gaming Summit in New York City today, Peter Farago, Vice President of Marketing at Flurry Analytics revealed some quick-hit stats regarding social gaming app makers like Zynga who use free-to-play business models and rely on features like virtual goods MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 1, 2010 4:43 PM ET
The spike in new development observed after January's unveiling continued into February
In February, two weeks after Apple (AAPL) unveiled the iPad, Flurry Analytics reported a sharp uptick in the number of developers installing its analytics tools in new apps for the iPhone -- a device that shares the same operating system. (See The iPad that launched a thousand apps.)
On Monday the company took a look at February's data and found MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 15, 2010 9:57 AM ET
Is Apple's iPhone-without-a-phone the McDonald's Happy Meal of mobile communications?
Peter Farago of the mobile analytics firm Flurry uses data from its November report to make the case that Apple (AAPL) is quietly -- and successfully -- using the iPod touch to lock in a loyal base of under-age users who will eventually become the next generation of iPhone buyers.
"While it is clear that the iPhone has significant short-term revenue MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 7, 2009 7:45 AM ET
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