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    News - Android users reluctant to pay for apps

    Google’s self-fulfilling prophecy continues.
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    Re: News - Android users reluctant to pay for apps

    Personally I've bought quite a few apps, that total approximately £100 in the last year. I wouldn't say I'm reluctant to pay for apps. If I have a trial and like something I will almost definitely buy it. If a game looks like it has original content and quality worth paying for then I will....
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    Re: News - Android users reluctant to pay for apps

    Free apps. would be huge advantage over iOS.

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    Re: News - Android users reluctant to pay for apps

    I dont mind paying for apps, granted I havent as of yet but when I get my tablet and use Android for more than just a phone OS then I will.

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    Re: News - Android users reluctant to pay for apps

    I bought android because I can't afford an Iphone and I'm not good enough Oh no I got an SGS2 because it suits my needs and has damn near replaced my core i5 computer.

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    Re: News - Android users reluctant to pay for apps

    With the huge reduction in refund periods I'm very reluctant now to buy any apps.

    Generally only buy if I have a free restricted version and the restrictions are getting on my nerves, or I've seen very positive feedback on the internet... i.e. internet on my desktop, not 3 people giving it 5 stars on the market.

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    Re: News - Android users reluctant to pay for apps

    I`ve bought a fair few apps but in most cases there are free alternatives that are just as good as the paid apps.

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    Re: News - Android users reluctant to pay for apps

    The refund timing is now pants, although when has it been easy to get a refund from Apple for an app (you can't unless its 'faulty')

    To me the payment mechanism feels shoddy & untrustworthy, odd prices, non-existent reviews, I think I've bought one app from the market (extended controls) whereas I'd spent quite a bit in my time on the appstore.

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    Re: News - Android users reluctant to pay for apps

    I've been quite fortunate due to the stuff I want and use actually being free. I have a few of the free games but when it comes to proper style games I use WinUAE (Amiga Emulator) and Vice (C64 Emulator)

    Dont need additional video players as the built in one with mediascape works a treat, Winamp for my music and my Navigation is literally just the google one instead of TomTom or whatever else is out there.

    I would buy an app if I really needed it, dont get me wrong. But there are so many free ones on the market you can find exactly what you want without having to pay for it.

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    Re: News - Android users reluctant to pay for apps

    Why should they pay for apps when they are so poor compared to the iOS apps.

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    Re: News - Android users reluctant to pay for apps

    Quote Originally Posted by [AW] Whale View Post
    Why should they pay for apps when they are so poor compared to the iOS apps.
    Any particular app you have in mind, or is that just a sweeping generalisation?
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    Re: News - Android users reluctant to pay for apps

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    Any particular app you have in mind, or is that just a sweeping generalisation?
    Side by side, I'd say about 90% of them don't work as well as they do on iOS.

    Hopefully it will get better.

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    Re: News - Android users reluctant to pay for apps

    Quote Originally Posted by [AW] Whale View Post
    Side by side, I'd say about 90% of them don't work as well as they do on iOS.

    Hopefully it will get better.
    side by side id say that apple iphone 4 works worse when compared to a phone costing less, e.g. SGS2/Atrix/O2x/Sensation. Iphone cant output via hdmi and do mirroring, cant play games on the big screen so bit silly really.

    Apples App store is starting to slow down and android is catching up at lightning speed, the App store wont be good for long... well i cant think that ~400,000 apps are all useful!
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    Re: News - Android users reluctant to pay for apps

    spent atleast £60 plus on apps, big fan of alot of free apps aswell so a mixed bag on my phone.

    though i have zero love for iOS i do wish it had similar content on android in terms of quality brand games like pvz and mirrors edge i played on a friends today.

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    Re: News - Android users reluctant to pay for apps

    I have to say, im quite reluctant to pay for apps on my phone, not because theyre not worth it, but because I trust it less.

    Whilst Im sure that the apps on the Apple store access all sorts of things, I dont care because im only using them on an ipod touch, some of the apps permission requirements on the android store just plain scare me.

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    Re: News - Android users reluctant to pay for apps

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    Any particular app you have in mind, or is that just a sweeping generalisation?
    Quote Originally Posted by [AW] Whale View Post
    Side by side, I'd say about 90% of them don't work as well as they do on iOS. Hopefully it will get better.
    Congratulations, when asked to provide some evidence for a sweeping generalisation, you provide yet another sweeping generalisation! Are you being a troll or just failed to read the question?
    Quote Originally Posted by Ferral View Post
    Dont need additional video players as the built in one with mediascape works a treat, Winamp for my music and my Navigation is literally just the google one instead of TomTom or whatever else is out there.
    Spot the (fellow) Xperia owner Navigation is a case in point - I will pay for an app if it's offering something novel or unobtainable for free. Yes, Google Maps is good, but I was happy to pay £20 for CoPilot8 on Android. CoPilot uses pre-stored maps, so it's quite happy to operate in areas with no data service, it's also got a "driving" mode which just gives a nice large road-sign like presentation when you're driving at speed - easy to take in at a glance. But I think for a lot of people Maps is probably "good enough", so that's that particular "need" satisfied with £0 outlay. Likewise I've bought camera and photo editing apps because they did something specific I wanted/needed, along with a couple of games. Think I've probably spent £50-60 so far.

    I do slightly object to the perception that Android owners are all freeloaders. Kudos to ScottB, for pointing out in the article that maybe there are less paid apps being acquired because Android pushes the ad-supported stream more. Why pay for something directly when you can get it for the inconvenience of seeing a few ads? What concerns me more is that we'll see some of the apps being complained about on the Apple App Store - these are paid apps that also include adverts - this is (imho) a complete nonsense, either go ad-supported or paid. Any app that I buy in the future that continues to show ads will get a 1 star rating automatically.

    I wonder how Distimo etc are going to cope with the "portal" apps - where you either buy a low cost app, or get it for free, but then can buy add-on's within it. I realise that Apple's blocking these (because it won't get it's "due") but I can't remember Google saying they were similarly against them. In which case, isn't it conceivable that there could be very expensive, but according to GMP free, apps?
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