April 27, 2012 - 20:22 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Downloads from the Apple's App Store dove by 30 percent in March, according to Fiksu, maker of a mobile marketing platform for apps.
As PCWorld reports, based on an analysis of more than 21 billion app launches, in-app purchases, and registrations, the company reported that daily downloads of the top 200 free iPhone apps in the United States slipped by nearly two million in March, compared to the previous month, to 4.45 million from 6.35 million.
The decline occurred in the same month that Apple celebrated jumping the 25 billion mark in downloads at the store. Fiksu's figures do not include iPad-only apps, but do count apps that run on both iOS platforms.
According to Fiksu, the slide in downloads was predictable. Downloads typically surge after the introduction of a new iPhone model. Apple introduced its latest iPhone, the 4S, last October and the download slip in March signaled a return to normality at the App Store, Fiksu reasons.
"March's dramatic decline in iPhone app downloads returned app store competition to levels similar to those before the iPhone 4S launch last October," the market analyst says. "As we moved out of this period of increased download activity and with no other events in March to spark discovery. the March download dip was expected."
Although iPhone users are considered some of the most loyal in the industry, Fiksu reported last year that Android app users are twice as likely as an iPhone user to open an app ten times or more.