Ever since the early days of Android its users have been stereotyped as folks who aren’t too keen on paying for their software. The myth has been kept afloat by a plethora of ad-supported titles available via the official Google Play Store (once the Android Market) and a handful of developer horror stories lauding the much more profitable nature of iOS deployment. We can’t forget accusations of Android users turning to pirated software to avoid shelling out any dough. So the picture being painted here shows Android users as quite the penny pinchers it would seem.
How about a little evidence that flies in the face of everything above? Humble Bundle, the software distribution model that allows users to choose how much they would like to pay for a collection of independently developed games, recently released their second Android pack and started collecting data on how much users of the OS were willing to pay. The results might surprise you. At an average payment of $7.43, Android users rank as more generous than buyers on Windows ($5.73) and Mac ($7.02). Android’s Linux counterpart saw its users ponying up an average of $9.92, which just goes to show how much users of open software want to support the indie developers that are creating great content for their platforms.
There is still time to go before the Humble Bundle wraps up, and statistics could change for better or worse over the next six days. If you haven’t checked out the Humble Bundle for Android #2, there’s no better time than now. Just don’t go making the rest of us look cheap if you decide to make a purchase.