Aug 15 AT 9:46 AM Clark Wimberly 62 Comments

Infographic: The Great Android Gaming Survey, results and winner revealed


Last Wednesday we kicked off our Great Android Gaming Survey, a 15-question survey covering all aspects of mobile gaming. In that short time, over 3,500 of you completed our survey, giving us an epic data set to work with. To say thanks, we are giving away a Tegra Zone Power Pack to one lucky participant.

We also made the following infographic, which we think says a lot of interesting things about the current mobile gaming market. Check it out below then join us at the bottom for some of our observations and the big winner reveal!

First I want to say thanks to everyone that filled out our survey, the response was huge. And even though we know it was mostly for the prize, we still really appreciate everyone that participated. As you see above, the Power Pack went to one lucky Cameron L. in Washington. If that’s not you, don’t worry- we’ve got even better prize packs coming soon.

Now for the observations! The data provided a number of unexpected conclusions, but I’ll just list a few of my favorites here and let the rest rage on in the comments.

One quarter of you claimed to have over 15 games currently installed! Another quarter claimed to have 6-10. We’ve really got some gamers here!

Almost 70% of our respondents said that while multiplayer was a nice bonus, it wasn’t necessary. Given how much time developers spend on it and how often I see it come up in comments, I really figured that would have been higher. And speaking of wasted dev time, only 5% of you said you’d ever bother to share your game score or achievements on Twitter or Facebook.

I’m also a bit surprised at the rate at which you guys are adopting tablets. Over 1k say they are going to buy a tablet within the next year, and almost as many already own one. Only about 100 of you claim you’ll never buy a talet, a number I expected to be higher after all the tablets are big silly phone comments we’ve seen over the years.

One thing that was no surprise was the favorite place to buy games. The Android Market dominated. Less than 10% of you admitted to buying games in the Amazon Market and only 15 of you owned up to buying from GetJar and SlideMe (not 15%, but 15 total people).

What data surprises you? Or does anything look exactly like you’d expected it to? Let us know in the comments! One of the best part of collecting data is seeing how other interpret it. To get things rolling, we’ve turned on 2x points for this post. Anyone leaving a comment will earn double points for doing so.

Before I go, I’ve got a few more thanks. Big shout out to NVIDIA for providing the prize pack- if you’re not following @NVIDIAtegra, you should be. I also want to let everyone know what an absolute design-beast my wife is. She was up til 4am last night cranking this graphic out. Her zombie design looks better than my normal work, which I’ll always be in awe of.

Clark is a developer living in Austin, Texas. He runs ClarkLab, a small web firm with his wife, Angie. He's a big fan of usability, standards, and clean design.

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    Cngrats to the winner and great job on the survey guys… !

  • Patrick E. Mahoney Jr.

    Noooooooooooooooooooo… :( I was SO sure that my random entry was better than everyone else’s…

    • http:// susuFOX

      Me too :(

  • Vazguard

    Percentage of awesome Angie put into this infographic? >9000%.

    • Angie

      Thank ya, sir :)

      • TheDrizzle

        Yes, very easy to read and appealing to the eyes. Nice work.

  • Matthew M.

    The survey looks fantastic. Great job putting it all together!

    I found it interesting that most people decide to play games at home. I have so many other opportunities to do things at home (games on PC, Xbox, or Playstation) that I don’t play all that often. It doesn’t help that I have an original Motorola Droid with very limited space, so I don’t download as many as I want.

    I also think that most people say that they want to buy a tablet within the next year because right now the market and perception of the android tablets are not as high as we’d all hope. Ice Cream Sandwich is right around the corner and hopefully we’ll see the number and quality of tablet related apps increase as well.

  • Anthony E

    Congrats Cameron!

  • ben dover

    playing games in the bathroom ftw!

    • Nick Gray

      remind me not to borrow your phone!

  • ben dover

    playing games in the bathroom ftw!

    -note, the last comment I wasn’t logged in for :-/


    Hey Cameron after you won this big contest , firt move on your new toy better be to add Androidandme to your favorites and you owe them at least 1 post per day.. If not we will hunt you down.. lol. Congrats again.. Enjoy !

  • Nick Gray

    I’m wondering is anyone can top the number of games I have installed on my G2. I currently have 32 games installed. I can’t remember when the last time was that I played all of them, but I typically play 5-10 different games in a week. My new addictions are AGWB (A Game with Balls) and Dragon, Fly!

    • jaamgans

      Currently have 40 installed – semi regularly play about half of those depending on my mood.

      I need to do a restore and would probably only load about 25-30 back on… ok maybe up to 35, as there are 3-5 games on my tablet which I keep on meaning to install to my phone but haven’t…..

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    It wasn’t me. Oh well, the odds of winning were very slim and I don’t win stuff anyway.

  • Nathan

    This whole survey was really cool! But it hard to see on my phone since it small. But I was really hoping to get the prize but oo well. But Congrats to the winner.

    • BiGMERF

      I think there were about 4grand that were also hoping.. lol. Hopefully some of those 4 grand will take part more often around here and not just show up fr contests. :)

      • Interpol91

        I doubt it. Most of those people just take advantage of the prizes and don’t bother to be a part of the awesome Android and Me community.

    • Clark Wimberly

      I’ve gone ahead and linked the main infographic to it’s full-size image URL. Try clicking it and seeing if you can zoom around.

  • sharxx

    Hmmm.. Great survey. Only I wanted the tegra power pack :(….. :)

  • Ari32

    This was a cool survey. You guys should do more things like this. Very informative

  • Rajesh Narayanan

    Was the demographic only US? Would have had completely different result – like max pay per game & favorite place to buy etc if it covered different regions as well; but not sure if survey was purely online or was it off? Anyhow, nice job.

    • Clark Wimberly

      The survey was online, open to everyone.

    • Steve Nutt

      I’m UK based and filled in the survey.

      Good survey, although I felt there were a few missing options, such as “Train” in the when do you play option as I commute to work via a ~45min train journey and either read, watch films, or play games on my SGS.

      Also for favourite type of mobile game, for me is the same as what I’d play on my PC, RPG (18 installed) and strategy (14 installed – I have ~ 20-25 installed as other, i.e. fps, arcade, time-waster, platformer, etc..).

      • diordna

        That would fall under “on the go” I believe.

        • Steve Nutt

          Yes, but so would the Car option…

          From the list of options I read “On the go, almost anywhere” to mean walking around, in a pub, out for the night, someone else’s place, etc…

          p.s. If they hadn’t had the “In the Car” option I would have thought nothing of it and just put on the go…

  • RX-78-7

    Very nice, congrats to Cameron. =)

  • PixelSlave

    I am not so surprise with the result of the multi-player feature. I think up to this point, the biggest selling point of mobile gaming is easy/quick to pick up, easy/quick to put down, and playing it anywhere. Multi-player games rarely fit into this category.

  • SparkyXI

    Awesome survey, and congrats to the Winner. The only reason I have no games on my phone is because the 0G Droid just doesn’t have the memory anymore… That changes today with my new Droid Charge just minutes from coming off the UPS truck. :D

  • thaghost

    My observations:

    1. I didn’t win
    2. 79% purchase 1 or 0 games a month….that’s surprising considering that almost 1000 ppl spent between $ 200-$800 for a tablet and I’m sure others purchased phones at full price.

    Are we spoiled by all the free apps/games in the market?

  • Vance

    Interesting survey! I wasn’t too stunned by any of the numbers as most of them were right in line with my own responses.
    I’m not sure why online play isn’t more critical for mobile users… It’s not important to me, on my phone or tablet, yet 97% of the time I spend on my PS3 is in online play. Make COD for my tablet and I’ll be all over online play!

  • Marcus

    Awesome survey. The infographic looks amazing! Awesome work, Angie :)

    • Angie Strickland

      Thank you, appreciate it :)

  • Interpol91

    Interesting results. As soon as I upgrade my phone I’m definitely going to buy more games to take advantage of the faster processors. I’m looking at you Nexus Prime! I love the graphics!!! Clark’s wife is definitely a design beast!

  • elijahblake

    just wanted to say VERY AWESOME JOB on the info Graph!!!

    • geiko

      Indeed. Splendid job.

      • Angie Strickland

        Thank you both very much!

  • teecruz

    Congratulations Cameron! excuse me. . while I cry. :’[

    • teecruz

      I guess that acquisition of Motorola makes me happy enough.

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  • Vince

    Great job! Congrats to the winner!

  • mongbinhthuong

    Very nice work on the infographic. The information does reflect my gaming situation somehow though. Congrats to Cameron! ;-)

  • westy

    I have to give it to you. I have been reading your articles for awhile and i have to say you guys are my favorite Android Blog. You have a great well thought out site, great articles in-depth post that arent just repost from another site, you have great sources and typical are ahead or right on the ball when it comes to breaking news and lastly you do great surveys that devs and people can use. I just wanted to get that out of the way because i have been meaning to say it for a while. So good job keep up the good work.

    Back to the survey, the one thing i can say i disagree with is the multi-player. I think Devs need to do a better job of implementing it in games. StarDunk’s and WordFeud’s mutli-player is great and i love it. Games i would love to have multi-player implemented are games like battleheart where they could do battles between each others teams or Co-op play. That would be great.

    • Angie Strickland

      Glad to hear that you appreciate what we’re doing around here! We’re really happy with our staff and really do try to create quality content for everybody.

      Also, I forgot about WordFeud, but that is a really good example. It’s the only game I played with my Mom and Dad, haha.

  • uknowme

    Congratulations! I don’t know why I enter contests. I never win anything. Yet I’m still excited to hear about other contests. I really don’t think you guys will beat this prize though. This has been the only thing that I was all excited about.

    • Interpol91

      I never win either but you can never count yourself out. I’m sure they will come up with better prizes even though this one was pretty epic.

    • Mighty_O

      Next time pick me! lol

  • Adam

    From the article:
    “As you see above, the Power Pack went to one lucky Cameron L. in Washington. If that’s not you, don’t worry- we’ve got even better prize packs coming soon.”

    So there are better prize packs coming? All I have to say to that is … HAHA, Cameron … sucker! :-p

    Just kidding. I’m just envious of your victory. Great job, Android and Me and congrats, Cameron!

  • Robot Human

    Angie did a good job. I’m a graphic artist and love it. I’m almost amazed to find out that my answers are way different than the majority. Lol.

  • Michael C.

    Just wanted to say thank you so much for making the contest open world-wide! As an American living abroad, it’s all too rare to encounter such things.

  • MonsterSports

    Wow that survey graphic looks amazing. Nice job

    • Mighty_O

      Yes it does

  • Angie Strickland

    BTW thanks to everyone else who congratulated the design of the infographic! It took a really long time, so it means a lot! Haha.

  • Mighty_O

    Great job! Congrats to the winner…..even doe it would be awesome if i won! lol

    As soon as I upgrade my phone I’m definitely going to buy more games to take advantage of the faster processors.

  • SliestDragon

    Holy cow, that infograph is amazing! Nice job Angie! Too bad I didn’t win, but there’s always next time. :)

  • maedox

    Blast! I really wanted that prize!
    Congrats to the winner none the less.

    $3-$5 for a game though? I’d give more if someone would produce a really good one.

  • nicxus

    I still love how “In the bathroom” was an option for the survey.

  • pekosROB

    according to the infographic, I am totally “average.” bleh

  • CactusCat

    Thanks guys…. I didn’t win the prize but guess what? I had odds of 1 in 3545 of winning. That is much better than most of the stuff out there, plus I get to hang out with the best of the best…The Android people…. YEEAHHHH!!!!!!

  • jesrul

    Congrats to the winner and a great infographic!

  • Osiskito

    Love the presentation.

  • Keivan

    Next year seems to be the year for tablet purchases!