Comments on: Handango Releases Stats on Mobile Apps

Handango has released some statistics about the handheld applications, eBooks, and other content it sold last quarter. Plenty of people seem to be using their handhelds to get things done. The most popular category of applications was Personal Productivity, with 23% of sales. However, there seems to be a lot of goofing off going on, too, as in second place was Games at 20% and Entertainment applications was third at 18% of the applications Handango sold. The Entertainment category includes eBooks, videos, and that sort of thing.

The average selling price for an application was $20.

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Popcap my favorite!!!

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/22/2002 11:16:38 AM #
Great games and hope some of those support hi res
RE: Popcap my favorite!!!
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/22/2002 1:31:28 PM #
it might support hi-res, but how many color does it support in m130?
RE: Popcap my favorite!!!
htomlinson @ 8/22/2002 1:33:19 PM #
Hi-Res versions of the PopCap games coming soon! (By popular demand!) I'm hoping to get some of our upcoming releases into next year's top ten, though :)
As for how many colours... How about "we'll be using 256 specific colours out of a 16 bit palette (65k colours), which on an m130 will be visible with an automatic conversion into 12 bit colour."
I'm pretty sure that the difference will not be noticeable. A greater difference is made by the slower refresh rate of the screen on an m130, meaning that animations look more blurry!
Regards,
Howard Tomlinson (Astraware).

Follows the poll. Palm apps can be costly.

Strider_mt2k @ 8/22/2002 11:16:07 AM #
Those numbers seem to reflect the results of the current poll.
I have alot of trouble paying much more that twenty dollars for a Palm application however.


strider_mt2k@yahoo.com

RE: Follows the poll. Palm apps can be costly.
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/22/2002 12:58:41 PM #
Note that they said the average application price was $20. Was that the average of all the Palm *and* Pocket PC applications sold via Handago, or just the Palms?

Wouldn't the average be lower if they were only measuring Palm applications?

RE: Follows the poll. Palm apps can be costly.
Ed @ 8/22/2002 2:25:08 PM #
> Was that the average of all the Palm *and* Pocket PC applications sold
> via Handago, or just the Palms?

The statistics are for all applications sold at Handango.

> Wouldn't the average be lower if they were only measuring Palm applications?

Probably not. It might even be the other way around. The average price for the Top 10 Pocket PC applications on Handango right now is $21. The average price for the Top 10 Palm OS applications is $25.50.


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Funny

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/22/2002 11:29:10 AM #
It's funny that the games category was the second best seller overall, but all of the top 10 sellers are games.
Not Top ten APPS, Top Ten GAMES
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/22/2002 11:58:11 AM #
Ed. The report says TOP TEN GAMES not APPS!

Games Not Apps
Ed @ 8/22/2002 12:15:18 PM #
You are absolutely correct. Thanks and I've fixed the article.

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Where is the stat?

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/23/2002 8:14:10 AM #
Where is the stat being published?
RE: Where is the stat?
Ed @ 8/23/2002 8:32:05 AM #
You can download it here from Handango:
www.handango.com/pdf/HandangoYardstick.pdf?siteId=1
Note: it is a PDF file, not a web page.


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Funny that they didnít report any totals

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/23/2002 10:28:23 AM #
They say that the average customer buys 1.7 applications, but how many customers are we talking about. How many applications were sold? How much money exchanged hands? How much were for developers?
Does anyone knows if somebody has ever published these kind of numbers?

iPAQ users?

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/23/2002 1:36:12 PM #
>Among handheld users, iPaq owners were the most likely to buy from Handango but this
> doesn't mean iPaq owners buy the most apps in general.

Nice spin. This stat is definitely something developers should pay attention to. With Pocket PCs in #1 and #4 position, it tells me that even though Pocket PCs are around 27-28% of the total market, they make up a bigger part of the software aftermarket. So much for the "Palm Economy" huh?

RE: iPAQ users?
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/23/2002 1:42:41 PM #
Nice idea, except that it isn't true. PPC's worldwide marketshare is about 20% and HP makes up 18.6% of that. Developers won't write for PPC for the same reason they don't write for Macs: not enough of them to justify the cost. Besides, if they write a successful program, Microsoft will steal it and include it in PPC 2003 for free. Another company ruined by Microsoft.
RE: iPAQ users?
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/23/2002 1:55:48 PM #
>PPC's worldwide marketshare is about 20% and HP makes up 18.6% of that.

Yeah, and Toshiba makes up 3.8%, Hi-Tech Wealth (Asia) has 4.6% and Minren (Asia) has 2.2%. Add that up on your Palm. 29.2% share.

>Developers won't write for PPC for the same reason they don't write for Macs: not enough of them to justify the cost.

Tell that to the authors that have written several thousand apps for Pocket PCs in the past 2.5 years.

Oh, and in case you missed the market share report - it is at http://news.com.com/2100-1040-946298.html

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