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Google Play Store sees whooping 137% increase in revenue in the first 7 months of 2012

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Google Play Store sees whooping 137% increase in revenue in the first 7 months of 2012
It looks like the habits of Android users are beginning to change and they are now starting to pay for the stuff they are using. This change is indicated by the increase of revenue for the Google Play Store, which has been pretty substantial so far this year.

According to analytics company App Annie, the Play Store has seen a terrific 137% growth of revenue during the first seven months of the year. This is a very good thing for both customers and developers, as it means that devs will be rewarded for their hard work, while customers will be enjoying more and better apps in the future.

Until recently, one of the main problems in Google's app ecosystem was that many people preferred to just sideload .apk files on their devices, bypassing the Play Store and the need to pay for the product. This has been putting a lot of developers off, who decided to keep their apps exclusive to iOS, as they could capitalize better there. With user habits continually changing, Android may be able to close in on Apple in terms of this metric soon.

via: AndroidAuthority

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posted on 05 Oct 2012, 09:16 18

1. droidspd (Posts: 15; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


I "ALWAYS" pay for my apps, :D.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 09:22 16

3. Aeires (unregistered)


Seriously, why did the article need a negative slant thrown in? I pay for apps also, and I've purchased easily $200+ worth these past few years.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 09:35 16

5. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1018; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Because it was written by Ray S. who has a very negative view on the Android ecosystems and loves his iPhone.
And on a side note: I have only sideloaded one or two appications and that was cause they were not available on the market at the time, not a cuestion of saving $5.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 10:01 11

10. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


Ray S.
go tou your little fruit phone you fruit machine

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 11:49 4

21. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1087; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Play Store deserves all the credit and Google is doing a fantastic job for its customeers!

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 09:44 12

7. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


what else do you expect from iRay ? i guess today PA is on a roll to market/defend apple.. first comparison of tiny girly screen of ip5 and now this article starting on a negative note.
not fair PA.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 09:56 12

8. blazee (Posts: 285; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Right? Of course Ray wouldn't mention that apple has the same problem. Not like jail breaking and downloading apps for free on iPhone is popular or anything.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 09:59 9

9. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Ray strikes again!! DUN DUN DUN

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 09:44 7

6. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Same here; who in their rind mind would search the web for app files that came from knows where just to save 2 or 3 bucks???

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 11:23

14. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


poor people who earn 10 bucks a day or so. all the world is no USA. in poor countries like india, you will hardly find someone who pays for software.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 11:36

17. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


That I do understand. You gotta do what you gotta do...

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 12:05

22. weedl (Posts: 50; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


yes it's true for people from usa or western maybe that much money is not a big of deal , it's different for us who had to struggle to make a living who earn 5 dollar a day

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 12:38 1

25. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


You are not exactly correct...
First of all that India isn't that poor country anymore.
I have never downloaded any pirated app and there is no need too...
Many of the best apps or games are available for 50 or 100 bucks..
And if someone who earns 10 bucks a day would not have an internet access and a good android phone..!

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 13:11 1

31. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


agree with you bro. i am from India

posted on 06 Oct 2012, 11:04

41. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Thanks man!! You are the one who supported me in the 1080p pixel discussion right??

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 16:08

36. TimTebow (Posts: 70; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


India is super poor.

Not even in top 100 in GDP per capita.

posted on 06 Oct 2012, 11:09

43. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


I think you are an American??...

posted on 06 Oct 2012, 07:32

40. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


by bucks i meant dollars, oh yes he will have an internet.

posted on 06 Oct 2012, 11:08

42. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Shut up you mindless!!!
and how can you confirm that a poor will surely have internet connection and an android phone??
Are you a God???

posted on 07 Oct 2012, 07:49

44. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


So you have started to show your times.

posted on 07 Oct 2012, 07:53

45. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


10 dollars in india is normal. hes not considered a poor man who earns that much (in india).

posted on 07 Oct 2012, 12:56

47. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


OmG Omg!!!
Are you mad or what????

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 12:43

28. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


stop talkin outta your a$$. i dont know where you are from but I am from India and I am sure i have more paid apps than you do.

posted on 07 Oct 2012, 07:55

46. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


u r defining yourself the way you are talking..

posted on 07 Oct 2012, 13:00

48. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


And you are also defining yourself as a p0or s#!t !!

posted on 07 Oct 2012, 17:19

49. xtremesv (Posts: 236; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


If you can't afford it, that doesn't give you the right to take it for free. If "poor" Indians think that
grabbing a mobile game is a matter of life and death, there are thousands of fine Indian software developers who should create the free apps for their people. BTW it's me speaking from a third-world country as well.

posted on 07 Oct 2012, 18:06

50. remixfa (Posts: 13973; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


There are free versions of many software titles. If you cant afford the paid version, that is no reason to steal from the developer. Yea, you are stealing. Its not like most developers are mega corps like EA. Most are home brew guys and small companies trying to eek a living, or add money on the side to their normal job.

Being poor is not a licence to be a thief.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 21:13

37. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


for the good ones at least......but some good ones are also free :)

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 09:20 6

2. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4077; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Good, nice to see people actually paying for their apps again. Maybe we'll get more support for the Play Store now.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 09:32 1

4. MeoCao (unregistered)


I think the credit goes to N7 as it makes people open their account with Play Store.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 11:24

15. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


who is n7

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 12:39 3

26. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


U no techgeek??!

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 10:11 6

11. nofear (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


Come on guys, those apps are definitely not going to break your bank. they are affordable. I am always paying for my apps.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 12:41 1

27. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Right, most of the good apps and games are available for $1 or $2..!
Dunno when the hell will people understand not to pirate things.. :-(

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 10:20 2

12. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3822; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I see nothing wrong with what was said. People do sideload apps instead of buying them on android.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 10:53 4

13. Sniggly (Posts: 7131; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


How many? What percentage? How much potential revenue has been lost?

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 11:25 2

16. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/07/31/editorial-just-how-bad-is-app-piracy-on-android-anyways-hint-were-asking-the-wrong-question/

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 11:42

18. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3822; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Gracias.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 11:42

19. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3822; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Look down below. PA did an article on it that should answer your questions.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 11:48 4

20. Sniggly (Posts: 7131; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Oh, you mean the article that explains that most of the piracy is coming from China, where paid apps aren't supported period?

And the article doesn't answer the questions I asked of you. What percentage of Android users overall actually pirate apps?

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 12:06

23. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3822; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


No I mean the article that talks about Android piracy rate being so high. Did you overlook it? It's why developers develop more apps and games for iDevices.

I don't have a raw number to give you.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 13:02

29. Sniggly (Posts: 7131; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Where įs that article? You said "look below." all I saw was the article that Protozeloz linked. That article states very clearly that most of the piracy for a couple of apps came from China, where paid apps on Android simply aren't accessible.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 13:14 1

32. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


did you guys actually read the hole thing?

from android police

"Wind-Up Knight developer pointed out that the game's piracy rate on Android was a meager 12% on Android and 15% on iOS. Yes, that's correct. According to this one developer's anecdotal evidence, the piracy rate was actually higher on iOS than on Android."

"the piracy rate was actually higher on iOS than on Android"

"the piracy rate was actually higher on iOS than on Android"

"the piracy rate was actually higher on iOS than on Android"

"Of course, this is all hypothetical talk. It may not be that much more difficult to jailbreak an iDevice than to sideload an apk, but do people actually do it? Wind-Up Knight's numbers are anecdotal. Only one developer's perspective. However, WDK numbers do at least highlight one significant point: if the piracy rate on Android was 15% and iOS was 18%, then neither platform is a hotbed for piracy. If this were the case, there should be much larger discrepancies between the numbers than three percentage points."

" It may not be that much more difficult to jailbreak an iDevice than to sideload an apk,"

see what I'm talking about?

but if you go and check where this "android piracy" nonsense is coming from we refer back to Steve Jobs who was wrong about Bigger phones, as Wrong about Smaller Tabs and would do anything to make people look down on the competition even if he had to invent his "facts", and android Haters will simply come and use his false information to spread it as if it was an epidemic

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 14:33

33. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3822; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Apparently it must not be just China otherwise they wouldn't have made the app free for everyone. I think I'm giving you too much credit here Sniggly.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 13:08

30. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


and that gives iOS a similar number

"The evidence would seem compelling at first glance. How do you argue with an overall average piracy rate of 80%? Well, as it turns out, the developers of Wind-Up Knight found a way. A series of tweets that began here (and were handily collected on Google+ here) from a Wind-Up Knight developer pointed out that the game's piracy rate on Android was a meager 12% on Android and 15% on iOS. Yes, that's correct. According to this one developer's anecdotal evidence, the piracy rate was actually higher on iOS than on Android.
Those numbers represent the piracy rate after Wind-Up Knight became a free app. Prior to that time, when the game was a paid app on Android and iOS, the piracy rate was actually a lot higher. Closer to 80%. Sound familiar? Yep. That's a lot closer to the rate that Madfinger witnessed for Dead Trigger. Another common feature: both companies report that nearly 100% of their Chinese customers downloaded the app illegally(in Dead Trigger's case) or that nearly 100% of the overall pirated copies originated in China (in Wind-Up Knight's case)"

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 12:07 1

24. kanagadeepan (Posts: 690; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


I have purchased 200+ paid apps from PlayStore... Yes NOT only the promo or 1$ apps...

I have even purchased ad-free version of FREE apps to support developer, though all my Android phones are rooted...

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 14:47 2

34. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 830; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Its thanks to them allowing Debit cards in more countries, more people are using debit cards rather than carry cash or use a credit card.

I used to have to pirate, now that GWallet links to my debit card i have no problem buying apps and games at all, just a matter of how much data i have and my wireless cap.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 14:50 1

35. devildlm1 (Posts: 71; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


Just like with desktop operating systems, it should be up to the developer to protect their intellectual property. You don't see Adobe complaining to Microsoft and Apple about people pirating all the time. Eventually, Apple is going to have to stop babysitting these developers and open up a little bit.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 23:56

38. networkdood (Posts: 6282; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


This is good news for Google, but I still get plenty of free stuff and the occasion deal from Google, including the google play bucks I collected for activating my N7.

posted on 06 Oct 2012, 02:34

39. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i miss android market!! coz it dont sounds like app store of apple!

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