updated 12:05 pm EST, Fri January 30, 2009
Leaders in gaming phones
The Apple iPhone and RIM BlackBerry Curve have taken the place of cheaper devices as the most popular mediums for downloading cellphone games, according to a new comScore study. The iPhone in particular is said to have accounted for 14 percent of all game downloads in November, helping to displace Motorola's RAZR -- and other low- to mid-range devices -- as a primary platform. Some 32.4 percent of iPhone users are said to have downloaded a game in the month, compared to an industry average of just 3.8 percent.
The number of phone owners downloading games is said to have grown as a whole, rising 17 percent year-over-year to 8.5 million people.
Smartphones are said to be replacing regular models in terms of gaming, having almost tripled their number of downloaders year-over-year, while conventional phones dropped 14 percent. Six out of the top 10 devices used for any kind of downloading are thought be smartphones, even when excluding phones like the Instinct and Voyager, which are only considered smartphone-like but nevertheless included in the top 10.