iPhone Users Buy More Apps than Android Users, says AdMob

Mobile ad network AdMob has released its January 2010 Mobile Metrics Report, which includes a survey of consumer usage and attitudes across the Android, iPhone and webOS application platforms.
The survey found that consumers on the Android and iPhone platforms continue to be actively engaged with applications. Consumers who use iPhone and Android devices showed remarkably similar activity levels downloading approximately the same total number of applications and spending approximately the same amount of time using them.
iPhone users continue to download more paid applications, however, with 50% of users buying at least one paid application a month, compared to 21% of Android users. The survey also included consumers on webOS devices, and found that while they were active, they downloaded fewer paid and free applications.
The report notes that the mobile Internet device category has grown rapidly. In July 2009, approximately 12% of requests in AdMobs network came from these non-phone devices compared to approximately 17% in January 2010. The survey asked consumers if they currently own a mobile Internet device or intend to buy one in the next six months. iPhone users showed the highest level of interest in purchasing an iPad, at 16%, compared to 11% of webOS users and only 6% of Android users. Approximately the same percentage of Android users were interested in purchasing the Amazon Kindle as were interested in purchasing the iPad.
Highlights from the survey and the Report include:

  • 91% of iPhone users and 88% of iPod touch users would recommend their device, compared to 84% of Android users and 69% of webOS users.
  • iPod touch owners download an average of 12 applications a month, 37% more than iPhone and Android users, who download approximately nine new apps. webOS users downloaded an average of six applications per month.
  • iPod touch users spent an average of 100 minutes per day using applications. webOS users spent an average of 87 minutes per day, followed by Android users at 80 minutes and iPhone users at 79 minutes per day.
  • 73% of Android users are male, compared to only 56% of iPhone OS users. The average iPhone user is 14 years older than the average iPod touch user, of which 78% are below the age of 24.
  • iPhone represented 47% of US Smartphone usage in AdMobs network in January 2010, followed by Android, RIM and webOS devices at 39, 7, and 3%, respectively.

AdMob first ran the survey in August 2009 and again six months later, in February 2010. The survey was conducted with 960 respondents over a two week period, spanning consumers on Android, iPhone, iPod touch and webOS devices on the more than 15,000 mobile websites and applications in AdMobs network in February 2010. The survey did not include the RIM platform, as AdMob does not currently serve ads into BlackBerry applications.
You can access the full report, and the report archive, here.