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So I've noticed a pretty big increase in the number of quality Android games since I got my phone a year ago.

Since both the App Store and Android Market have web interfaces I decided to do a comparison of the top games on each platform.

I compared the top 50 iOS games and the top 30 Android games, since Apple didn't have a search feature, making the comparison mildly annoying.

Here are the results:




I only counted the apps that had an identical counterpart, so it doesn't take into account the same type of game made by a different developer(of which there were many on Android). I also counted full and lite versions as a single app, and price wasn't taken into account.


As you can see, 70% of the top apps in the App store are available on Android, compared to 76% of Android apps available on iOS.

The iOS exclusive games tended to be flash/facebook quality games made by indie developers. All of the big studios (Gameloft, EA etc..) had Android versions available.

The Android seems basically the same, with the notable exception being Minecraft (which according to Mojang is eventually heading to iOS)



The overall verdict? As far as the large game studios go they really don't distinguish between platforms, so ultimately it comes down to the independent developers. iOS tends to have a slight edge there, but to say its the definitive smartphone gaming platform is far from the truth. Android has caught up, and ultimately it comes down the user preference. Its really more of a 360 vs PS3 now.

I'll also note that Android doesn't restrict app distribution to the Marketplace, so this isn't counting the Amazon App Store, or the developers that choose to use their own app distribution systems, like some of Gameloft's titles.
    
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Android gaming has gotten incredibly good. I actually own an iPod and an iPad alongside my Android phone/tablet. I game more on the latter pair by FAR.
    
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It's more about the actual experience rather than the quantity of games. I feel the iPhone provides a more polished gaming experience. But hey, everyone's different.
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iPhone is awesome ^^

But android'ians will surely say the same
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They're both good, but I can't stand how small iPhones are.
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