I have long been fascinated by the location-based applications, especially on the new mobile platforms, for they represent a different (and a new) way of consuming and interaction with information.
So perhaps that is why I found this new report jointly produced by location-based services company Skyhook Wireless & Distimo, an app analytics company mildly interesting. Here are some of the highlights for the month of November 2009:
- Apple’s iTunes app store has the largest proportion of paid location based applications (57 percent) versus Blackberry which has 49 percent and Google’s Android Market which has 21 percent.
- During the month, the average price of Maps & Navigations applications remained steady on Apple’s app store and Google’s Android store, despite the introduction of the free Google Maps Navigation. Blackberry App World on the other had saw a decline of 15 percent to $13.74 from September 2009.
- Location based applications on average cost $14.37 in the Blackberry’s App World versus $7.34 for such apps on the Apple App Store.
And now little something about the actual location apps:
- Google Earth is the highest ranked “free navigation and travel app” on the Apple platform, followed by MapQuest. Urbanspoon is ranked #4 and trumps Yelp which comes in at #5. I am especially excited to see Trapster at #7. Most of my friends who drive and have iPhone love this speed trap alerts service.
- Poynt is the higest ranked Blackberry app in the “free navigation and travel app” category, followed by Where.
- Google Maps is the highest ranked Android app “free navigation and travel app” followed by NYC Subway Maps app. Where is at #5 and Trapster comes in at #10.
- When it comes to paid travel applications, CoPilot Live GPS is a winner on Android. MotionX GPS takes the top spot on Apple platforms and GeoCache Navigator is tops in the Blackberry world.