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Google Android Apps Overpriced, Claim Analysts

A new study carried out by the researchers at independent technology analysis organisation, Canalys, found that the mobile apps featured in Google's Android Market are seen as overpriced, causing an upset balance within the virtual marketplace.

According to the Canalys report, the top paid applications in the Android Market are far more costly than the ones featured in Apple's App Store. They went on to claim that such a costly structure of the Android Market is forcing Android users from across the world to pay as much as two-and-a-half times more than what their counterparts using an Apple device usually pay for paid-applications.

It further warned that the over-priced apps are not only affecting Android users, but developers too as unlike Apple users, the price factor could eventually force Android users to opt out of paid applications.

"That developers can apparently charge more for their apps on Android and make it into the top paid list is clearly a positive," explained Canalys managing director for Mobile, Rachel Lashford, in a report by The Inquirer.

"But the reality is that with fewer people willing to purchase apps on Android than on iOS today, there is more of a necessity to do so," he added.

Mariel Norton is a self-confessed girly geek with a penchant for technology, and joins ITProPortal with just over a year's experience under her online belt. A copywriter by day and a freelance writer by night/weekend, Mariel is an avid volunteer - lending her charitable services throughout the world. Specialising in social media, apps, and video games, Mariel hopes to intertwine her love of technology with the English language to produce amusing anecdotes of ambiguous algorithms and alliteration