App Store dominates mobile markets revenue chart
It will come as no surprise to most of you that the App Store dominated the mobile markets revenue charts in 2009, but with the huge growth of Android you might not expect to see it record a second straight year of domination. Is this trend going to continue in 2011? With Android on the rise and the Windows Phone Marketplace getting the support of world's biggest phone maker Nokia, the App Store will finally meet some serious competition.
Actually, its market share slipped more than 10% from the whopping 92.8% in 2009 to 82.7% in 2010. Nevertheless, the App Store had a huge growth of 131.9% on the year. Impressive? Not as much as the growth of Google's Android Market, which skyrocketed 8 and half times to register a total revenue of $102 million and a market share of nearly 5%. But despite the popularity of the Android platform, the Android Market fails to generate much revenue so far. BlackBerry's App World and Nokia's Ovi Store actually had a bigger revenue last year - $165 and $102 million respectively. Nokia's Ovi Store will merge into Microsoft's Windows Marketplace ecosystem. Add that the Marketplace already has more than 5,000 apps, it could be a legitimate contender this year.
1. ribbonsalmark (Posts: 84; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
WTF? Apple added over a billion in revenue in one year?
2. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
I'm not surprised that the Android Market has the least, most of the stuff there is free.
3. TheFunnyMan (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
@TKFox007 I agree with you there. Apple has the best revenue because you have to pay for anything you want to download, whereas the Android Market is more for the everyman, offering a majority of their apps for free. But, thats Apple for you. Damn near have to pay just to look in the app store as it is now
4. E.N. (Posts: 2218; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
I'd buy some of my iPhone applications again because they're so useful. I don't blame people for not wanting to buy Android applications.
5. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
Well what I really said was pretty incomplete. A majority of the apps on Android are free, but they have ads in them so you're not going to be able to see the revenue from those apps as the developers are getting paid through ads. And quality Android apps are far and few between as most of them are junk and you can count the good ones on your hand.
The apps you pay for on the iPhone are the same but ad free. And the approval process is stricter than Androids, making sure that people are getting quality apps. If Android were to do the same, having you pay for ad free apps, then Android would see the same amount of revenue. As most people would rather pay the $1 for the ad free version.
I've had Android for a year and a half, and I've had iOS for a week. I'd rather pay for a quality iOS app than download a ton of free Android apps while trying to find a diamond in a pile of fecal matter.