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Most Android Apps Are Free; Most iPhone/iPad Apps Are Not

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Last week, Pingdom parsed the data on iOS and Android apps, revealing an interesting difference.  Specifically, roughly 70% of the apps in Apple’s App Store are paid apps, while 64% of the apps in the Android Market are free.

Why the difference?  Are there more junk Android apps, since anyone can develop for it?  Or does Android foster a different culture, due to its open nature?  What do you think the reason is for this difference?

The mobile app divide: Free rules on Android, paid rules on iPhone [Pingdom]