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Apple's App Store generated 85% more revenue than Google Play in Q1 2014

Apple's App Store generated 85% more revenue than Google Play in Q1 2014
Remember the old days when downloads from the App Store swamped those coming from the Android Market? Those days are long gone, according to a new report from App Annie. Thanks to the amazing success of the Android platform, world-wide downloads from the Google Play Store during the first quarter of the year outnumbered those originating from the App Store by 45%. In the previous quarter, downloads from the Google Play Store had topped downloads from the App Store by 35%.

But when it comes down to money (doesn't everything?), the App Store is on top. For developers, that is the bottom line. For the period from January through March, the iOS application marketplace brought developers 85% more cash than the amount received by the code jockeys writing for the Google Play Store.  Despite that large lead, the report states that the revenue gap between the two rival platforms decreased in areas like the U.S. and the U.K. During the first quarter, Google Play revenue soared 55% in the U.S. sequentially, and by 25% in the U.K.

Meanwhile, Google depended heavily on emerging markets for its lead over Apple in app downloads. That makes sense since low priced Android phones outsell the iPhone in those areas. In China, where the Apple iPhone is now available from the world's largest carrier in China Mobile, app downloads soared 70% sequentially.

As you would expect, games represent the top category of apps being downloaded. Three out of every four apps downloaded from the App Store is a game, and that percentage is even higher for the Google Play Store, where a whopping 90% of apps downloaded are games. Messaging apps on both platforms received a shot in the arm from Facebook's $19 billion acquisition bid for WhatsApp. Bringing in revenue for Android developers was the Tools category, where fears of malware led users of Android flavored devices to purchase anti-virus apps.

Google Play leads in downloads world-wide, the App Store leads in global revenue

Google Play leads in downloads world-wide, the App Store leads in global revenue


source: AppAnnie via PCWorld

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posted on 16 Apr 2014, 12:19 8

1. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I could care less about how much money an app store makes...maybe Apple zombie cult members care, but in the real world, consumers could care less...

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 12:23 4

3. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


It's a very slow day at PA... That's why they are even talking about it.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 12:25 13

5. jellmoo (Posts: 1697; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


It's not customers or tech enthusiasts that should care, it's app developers. This is the reason why a lot of apps release on iOS first and then on Android. Because it's still where the money is.

You (and all of us with non iOS products) should be caring about *that*.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 14:13 1

23. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


No...I do not care and neither should consumers... I did say CONSUmErs...right? There is plenty of free apps/mods on Android and is the allure of the OS over Apple, which is all about money and nothing else...simple brainwashing is what is really going on...

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 14:20 6

28. jellmoo (Posts: 1697; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Consumers should care because the app developers care. It's as simple as that. Sure there are plenty of free apps available on all platforms. There are also some amazing applications being made that are not free. When iOS is making the lion's share of the profits, that leads those app developers to iOS first, Android second.

If *you* do not want to spend money on your applications, by all means, don't. But for the rest of us that want high quality applications on our devices (i.e. consumers) this absolutely *is* something to care about.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 12:26 3

6. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


well developers care at least that's what matters to most of us

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 12:31 1

9. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


It's the people making apps that care. It just shows that people who buy overpriced apple products will thus spend more money on apps without much inhibition. No brainer there.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 15:00 1

33. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


I had an android handset for 2 years and never got comfortable dumping money in the apps.

3 months ago, a friend refer me to Castle Age HD on iOS. It's a great game and I've dumped over $1,000 in in-app purchases so far. With Target's current promo this week with iTune cards at 14.5% off, I just bought another $400 worth of iTune cards.

Btw, I gave my friend $125 in iTune cards as a thank you gift for finding a game like CA. It's my first MMO and the game-play is well thought with amazing art work and "equity" since your charcter builds over time. I've sampled other MMO's after CA and those games were so bush-league it wasn't funny.

The bottom line is I don't mind spending a $1,000 in iTune cards; it's just I won't pay full price for the cards (I saved $58 on my latest $400 purchase). Target had a similar sale for Valentines day. The next big sale should be Black Friday with iTune cards going for 20 to 30% off list price. This time for Black Friday, I will probably buy $2,000 worth of iTune cards since I now go through $200 a month in CA. In the beginning I wasted my money leveling my character (buying promo packs, generals, and equipment) and now the character is mature, I can milk the game.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 17:09

38. vincelongman (Posts: 4573; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


$1000 on in-app purchase?
Why pay to win? Don't you think it kills the challenge of gaming

You should of bought a X1 or PS4 or gaming PC, and IMO had a much better gaming experience

I used buy iOS games back when I had my iPod Touch 4
But now most mobile are crap, too many in-app purchases, IMO it makes it boring and kills the challenge

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 12:54 7

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 22038; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Who you trying to convince, us or yourself? The mere fact that you posted that, means you either care, or you want the attention (green thumbs). If you truly didn't care, you wouldn't have bothered to click, read, and post on the article.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 14:14 1

24. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Actually..I liked it better when we had thumbs up and thumbs down...sorry that I hurt your IFeelings...

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 14:19

27. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Meant to say ...iFeelings...

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 17:27 2

39. darkkjedii (Posts: 22038; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


If you actually think you hurt my feelings, you have issues and less if a life than I thought. Simply look at my profile pic, you really think you can hurt that? C'mon dude...

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 18:13

41. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Darkk, your feelings are on the inside - so, sorry, that I hurt your iFeelings....
Now, proceed to tell everyone how you have an Android phone and an iphone, so that you look 'legit'...lol
Besides, your pic proves nothing to anyone...

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 18:37 1

46. darkkjedii (Posts: 22038; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I have a physique like a god bro. Tech is fun for me, but other than my family, fitness is my life, and I rock at it. I don't give a flying F about anything else. My pic proves, that when one is relentless about the pursuit of perfection, one will achieve no less than excellence. Once again, if you think you can hurt my feelings over a phone, you need to get a life. Study my pic, and know what excellence is. I await your feeble couch potato response.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 20:46

49. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Google gives more "FREE APPS" than Apple, like What'sApp was 1st year FREE, and others where Apple charge, Google gives for FREE. No matter how physically built the body looks, hahaha... CCW's are always much better to have when a bully is in the room, it can send a godly body back to God. O.o

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 09:52

59. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 332; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


I could ;)

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 14:02 1

22. joaolx (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


This isn't about consumers but about developers and why Google should improve this if they want to keep developers. Your comment makes no sense

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 12:22 1

2. strikercho (banned) (Posts: 156; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


It is normal. More people drive cheap yellow cars, but the revenue and profit come from expensive cars. Simple as that. First you buy and use cheap( if you are stupid enough, not-so-cheap) Android phone and then, when you stand up to your legs, you buy a steady, luxurious and fast European sedan, pardon phone(iPhone, that is). :) You pay more, but you get the best.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 12:24 2

4. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I'm just gonna sit here and watch all the replies on your comments.
(Looking for sunflower seeds)

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 12:34 1

12. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


You forgot wishing him best of luck.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 12:36

13. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I should have... doh... but I doubt this article would attract people in anyway haha

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 13:35 2

20. wilsong17 (unregistered)


Really my note 2 and note 3 cost more than the iPhone and not only that I can do many more things than just click and open apps

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 15:07 3

34. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Okay, you overpaid your Samsung devices; you've drank the Samsung's marketing kool-aid.

Just because an iPhone has a list price of X or a Samsung Note has a list price of Y, what matters isn't the X or Y, but how much you saved on X or Y, respectively.

Suppose we both bought the identical spec'ed cars off the same dealer. Why would you be bragging you overpaid $2,000 for the same car as mine? Makes no sense (at least to me).

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 20:54 1

51. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Note 3 does things that the iphone can only dream of doing, so your post makes no sense at all. They're not identical specs, the Note 3 can multitask has multi-windows the iphone is just a Apps launcher nothing else to it, 1 app at a time. O.o

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 14:15 2

25. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Thing is that an iPhone is not a luxury item or the equivalent of anything luxury...thus, my point about being brainwashed...

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 12:29 5

7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I spend $30 per month(not just apps, movies and books also included). I have complete root access on all 3 of my devices but never downloaded pirated apps, never cheated in-app purchases. I'm strongly against piracy. Piracy is what costing google and android developers the drawback of open nature of android.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 12:34 1

11. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Have you tried pirating a paid app? They aren't sent unencrypted.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 13:09 3

16. jellmoo (Posts: 1697; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Much respect to that. App developers deserve their compensation.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 15:41

36. CounterPost (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


Agreed. They put in so many countless hours and hard work.

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