Statistics about the Android Market for 7-March-2009
Top Applications in All categories (except games).
- Weather Channel
- MySpace Mobile
- US Yellow Pages Search
- Free Dictionary Org
Top paid apps
The position of the paid apps in the overall ranking are estimated as there is no count and I am doing this by flicking the list and watching the prices (99% are free) scroll by until a paid app shows up.
- SnapPhoto pro (about #140) $0.99, 1,000-5,000 download count category
- Hello IM! AOL/AIM (about #200) $9.99 1,000-5,000 download count category
- dxTop Home Screen replacement (about #300) $3.99. 1,000-5,000 download category
- Power Manager (about #400) $0.99. 500-1,000 download category
The top app is PacMan (free) in the more than 250,000 downloads category. Solitare is #2 in the same download category. I had to scroll down about a hundred apps to find the first paid app. It is Retro Defense for $4.99 in the 1,000-5,000 downloads count category.
Summary and Conclusion
The top ranking for-pay non-game, SnapPhoto Pro which is an enhanced photo taking app, has made between $1,000-$5,000. The next spot with Hello IM! made $10,000-$50,000. That is confusing because the IM program that comes with android speaks AIM already. The top game, Retro Defense, has made between $4,990 and $24,950. The for-pay market has been available for 15 days. If we take the middle dollar value and double it for one month, that means Snap Photo Pro is making $5,000 a month, Hello IM! is making $50,000 a month, and Retro Defence is making $25,000 a month. Those are the big winners in the app space.
How many "winners" are there? As soon as we get to the fourth top for-pay non-game app, we get into the $1,000/month category. A successful android non-game app can expect to make $1,000 a month or less.
More information is needed about the number of G1s owners there are. Ive searched the tubes and its hard to get data like that. Anywhere from 500,000 to 1,500,000 units were sold from oct-dec 2008. The market does not say when the app entered the market and the price can change at any time so an app at 1,000 downloads for $5 may have been $1 earlier and recently changed prices.