App piracy a big problemo for Android

App piracy a big problemo for AndroidNew research from Yankee Group and Skyhook indicates that – unsurprisingly – the popularity of apps continues to rise, with an average of 40 apps downloaded per user each year.

However, Android developers are making far less than their iOS cousins, and the finger is pointed squarely at piracy. Boo to you, pirates. Boo, I say.

The major findings of the Yankee Group and Skyhook report include:

  • 26% of Android developers see piracy as a problem, and – worse still – 27% see it as a huge problem
  • 53% of respondents reckon Google is too lax about piracy, and ultimately isn’t helping
  • Around a third of developers reckon piracy has cost them in excess of $10,000

"Android apps are living in the Wild West without a sheriff," says Carl Howe, director of research at Yankee Group and author of the report "Android Piracy: How Republished Apps Steal Revenue and Increase Costs."

Carl continues: "With five other major mobile OSs competing for consumer dollars, Google can't afford to simply let pirates kill app developers' businesses. They need to foster some law and order or developers will flee to other platforms and Android will lose customers."

Damn straight, Carl. Damn straight.

Source: MarketWatch

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mrew42  Sep. 9, 2011 at 16:38

Hey Matt,
what was the name of that.... oh...never mind ;)

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 9, 2011 at 18:45

R I D I C U L O U S ! ! !

All that stands between iOS and free apps is a jailbreak...
For Symbian there have always been "free" outlets, not to mention 1,000s of actually free appa, yet SPB, Gravity etc can charge in excess of 10 bucks

And talking about SPB: there are countless places to get Shell 3D free, yet SPB software sold quite a few copies through the market. As did a number of other apps.
If your app is good, it will sell. If it's crap or merely replicating a dozen or 5 other apps, well, guess what...

In the 80s vhs "was killing the movies", right? Wrong. Fact is video libraries that boomed in the early 80s actually helped revive cinemas.

Similarily, it's shown in numerous independent studies that people who p2p a lot of music are people who spend most on legal purchases.

An issue is that these daya cd shops (real shops) often won't let you listen to disks before you pay. Radio hardly bothers with playing anything without interruptions. And major labels throw money at factory bands rather than support artists....etc etc...

Same with some apps. If an app costs money but there is no trial to be found, guess what ;)

The reality is that the shiny new facade of the Market cannot compensate for the vast majority of sh*te apps.
With my fancy lit degree I can name maybe 2 dozen worthwhile reads. Okay, a few more... but there aren't 10,000 great writers. Why would there be 10,000 great app developers? If you can't make a living of "awesome bikini girls" and "fartRoid", well...sign on. Maybe the dole is for you.

People use the vast majority of apps that were legally acquired once, and once only. Don't blame piracy. Blame a software bubble that is hopefully going to burst soon.oftware sold quite a few copies through the market. As did a number of other apps.
If your app is good, it will sell. If it's crap or merely replicating a dozen or 5 other apps, well, guess what...

In the 80s vhs "was killing the movies", right? Wrong. Fact is video libraries that boomed in the early 80s actually helped revive cinemas.

Similarily, it's shown in numerous independent studies that people who p2p a lot of music are people who spend most on legal purchases.

An issue is that these daya cd shops (real shops) often won't let you listen to disks before you pay. Radio hardly bothers with playing anything without interruptions. And major labels throw money at factory bands rather than support artists....etc etc...

Same with some apps. If an app costs money but there is no trial to be found, guess what ;)

The reality is that the shiny new facade of the Market cannot compensate for the vast majority of sh*te apps.
With my fancy lit degree I can name maybe 2 dozen worthwhile reads. Okay, a few more... but there aren't 10,000 great writers. Why would there be 10,000 great app developers? If you can't make a living of "awesome bikini girls" and "fartRoid", well...sign on. Maybe the dole is for you.

People use the vast majority of apps that were legally acquired once, and once only. Don't blame piracy. Blame a software bubble that is hopefully going to burst soon.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 9, 2011 at 18:47

aaaaaaaaargh.... I blame code pirates for the doubling up of my posts.

apologies...

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 9, 2011 at 22:14

mrew, like Jan said, no trial version, I don't part with my cash. A 15 min. Window isn't enough time to test an app properly, it was much better when it was 24hrs in the good old days when Android was a baby, new OS. I will pay for apps, if they're worth my money, most aren't. I've paid for launcher pro, a game called trial x and another game called NOVA, they're all great and worth the cash. Asking people to pay for crap apps is never going to economically viable. I wouldn't buy a phone without trying it first, why should I buy the apps for my phone without trying for them first? It just makes no sense. If I pirate an app and think it's good I'll pay for it so I get updates, if it's s**t, I'll delete it, doing no harm anyway. I refuse to just give my money to a developer of a bad app, just because there's no proper way to thoroughly try before you buy anymore on Android. Rant over. 4Shared ftw.

nugent  Sep. 10, 2011 at 22:25

Not this again...
How come whenever something is not making as much money as it should it's always blamed on piracy??
A lot of apps on android are as supported free versions, angry birds is a prime example, iOS version costs, Android doesn't.
If you can get an app that does what you want for free, you're not going to go for a different one that costs are you?

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 10, 2011 at 22:39

Nugent, trust me, Android is rife with piracy. But with no way to try before you buy and only a 15 min returns window, it'll continue to become more and more of problem. Everyone I know who has an Android phone has pirated at least one paid app, and not one cares about it. You're right in what you're saying, but it doesn't mean piracy doesn't exist, lets not be naive here. It doesn't help that it's so easy to pirate apps on android, I mean there's a 4shared app in Google's own android market, not exactly rocket science to work out how to use it either.

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