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Android smartphone app revenue could double this year to $6.8B

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Android smartphone app revenue could double this year to $6.8B
We've seen a couple of different app trackers saying that the Google Play Store has been growing at a faster clip than Apple's App Store, and a new study by ABI Research says that growth is not showing any signs of stopping. Rather, it could speed up a bit. ABI is saying that Android's app revenue for smartphones alone could double this year and reach $6.8 billion.

For comparison's sake, that would still leave Android at about 60% of the revenue of iOS on the smartphone side of things. ABI doesn't mention how tablets factor in, but it seems reasonable that tablet revenue could bump Apple up a bit and bring us back to the stat that we've seen before, which is that Google Play makes about half the revenue (not including ads) as Apple's App Store, but Android continues to gain ground. Within the next 12 months, Google Play is expected to rise to about 66% of Apple's app revenue. 

ABI Research senior analyst Josh Flood went on to say that "This year, Android smartphones will ship by a factor of more than three-to-one to iPhones"; and, that lead in sales will have an impact on app revenue, albeit a smaller impact than you might expect from such a large sales gap. But, Android is expected to grow even more considering Google's expertise in advertising.

source: VentureBeat

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posted on 30 Aug 2013, 06:51

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2314; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Getting rich and to the top.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 08:09

6. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


How about WP8?
I'm very curious to know XD

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 07:30

2. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3214; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


They forgot to add ad revenue. In terms of paid apps bought, the App Store eclipses it 100:10.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 07:45 1

3. tech2 (Posts: 1754; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


How is that a good thing from consumers' point of view ? People pay to remove the ads because they are too intrusive in ios. Unlike android they continuously pop on your screen with ads.

In my friends' iPad you can't start to play certain games before having to press cancel at least 3 times to those annoying ads let alone in-game ads.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 07:57 3

4. papss (unregistered)


I hate all the adds whether from the app store or play. You try angry birds free? An ad will pop up while your bird is flying through the air and you can't tap the bird with hitting the ad.. I'd just rather pay for ad free tbh

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 11:52 1

14. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


If it bothers you that much set the phone/tablet to airplane mode when you are playing, sure it won't let you get other notifications but it's an option.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 07:59 3

5. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3214; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You think the free ones on android are any better? Some of them are so bad that they cause ads to appear in your notification bar. Poor quality apps whose only purpose is to get ad clicks.

Most of the free apps I've gotten on iOS aren't ba with apps. I rather pay for a good quality app on the App Store anyways.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 08:19 3

7. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


seriously who thumbs this guy up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!^

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 09:03 3

10. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Apple fans™

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 08:21 4

8. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


seriously how would you know dude, you probably havent even used android or bothered to use it you have just got in line with the other blind ifanboys and loved every little thing apple has given you....you my friend are the most annoying person on this site

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 11:28 1

13. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


dude you know mxy is right...

i've been an android fanboy back in the day and recently 1 year 1/2 ago acquired apple products... its worth paying .99 for an app to avoid the unorganized rediculousness of how android places their ads.

the guy who commented about angry birds is a perfect example.

no regular person goes in their settings to turn notifications off... you guys have to put yourself in the consumers shoes not tech minds. smh

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 11:56

17. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3214; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


They're in denial.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 11:57

18. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3214; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Don't be mad. You know it's the truth.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 08:38 4

9. buccob (Posts: 1304; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Since Jelly Bean Android has a setting under applications where you can forbid an app to display notifications, this way no Ads will be on the Notification bar...

You troll have never had an Android device... and are very uninformed

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 11:53

15. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3214; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Assuming most android owners have Android. Oh wait...

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 11:55

16. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3214; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


have Jellybean, not Androd. Like he said above, most users aren't going to know to go in and turn off notifications. That's something that should've never been there in the first place.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 12:25 2

20. javac (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)


But really though you have never owned an android device you are unqualified to speak about it. Just go be an apple fan boy by yourself. Just remember you are actually the minority here bud

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 15:49

23. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3214; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Can you prove that I've never owned an Android device?

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 13:52 1

21. buccob (Posts: 1304; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


what the hell? Go home Mxyzptlk you are drunk

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 15:49

24. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3214; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I corrected that.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 16:44 2

25. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Mxy is the embodiment of Drunk. He IS the meme.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 20:52

26. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3214; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Gee that's why Apple no longer allows me to carry prototypes in bars.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 21:32

27. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Why would you use a 2007 prototype in a bar anyway?

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 23:05

28. amir1975 (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)


Like it or Not, Apple will be the next RIM(BlackBerry).
so accept the truth and don't show bias.
ok?!

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 10:16

12. tedkord (Posts: 4264; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Google are the King of ad revenue.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 12:03

19. javac (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)


Really? 100:10 eh in more simplistic terms 10:1.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 14:11

22. buccob (Posts: 1304; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Exactly... and that benefits the user how?...

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 09:06 1

11. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Mxy would comment on this post. Typical ifan trolling

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 23:07

29. JMartin22 (Posts: 712; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


The better Android does, the more quality firmware updates we'll see. This makes me excited. In a couple of years. Software developers will be releasing software for Android and iOS concurrently, the former even getting some exclusivity on applications before hand.

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