The iPhone Still Most Popular Smart Phone for Gamers
There are several different smart phones on the market that are growing in popularity. In fact, the iPhone has recently slipped several spots, going from number one to three. Although open source Android smart phones allow users to access more apps, music and other multimedia for free, the iPhone is still the top device used for mobile arcade machines.
In fact, because arcade games on the iPhone are still top sellers with consumers, most developers try to get their titles into the iTunes store first. Despite the fact that it costs as much as $3,000 just to get a new game approved and listed within iTunes, most game developers are quickly able to recoup their expenditures.
While not all game downloads on the iPhone cost money, many game makers are able to make profits by embedding advertisements as well as links to other games. Classic as well as new arcade machines have proven to be the most often downloaded games on all versions of the iPhone, for many reasons. Typically, these titles take less time to download and they also require fewer in-game purchases. Although the market for mobile gaming add-ons is steadily growing, not all consumers like the idea of paying for their entertainment. Currently, the Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One are more popular than the iPhone 5. There are millions of owners of the iPhone 4 as well as the iPhone 4 S, with all of them downloading millions of new arcade titles per day. There are also millions of what are known as ‘cross-over’ users. These consumers own a smart phone such as the iPhone along with a compatible device, like the iPad. This makes it more likely that they would download the same title on more than one mobile device, giving game makers even more exposure.
In the next few months, virtually any handheld device on the mobile phone market could surpass Apple products as far as arcade gaming downloads goes. With more and more users jailbreaking their iPhones in order to gain access to free materials, it seems that Android based phones are slowly becoming the way of the future.