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Google Play app revenue up 311%, but iTunes still 4x higher than that

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Google Play app revenue up 311%, but iTunes still 4x higher than that
It looks like Google's push to put the Play Store front and center this year has been paying off. Ever since the release of the Nexus 7, Google has been adding tons of content, having lots of sales, and putting Play widgets front and center on Nexus devices. All that has paid off, because Google has seen Play Store app revenue go up 311%, of course, for perspective, iTunes is still making 4x as much in revenue.

The numbers bear out some of the extrapolations that Tech-Thoughts made a couple weeks ago, and may even show even more impressive growth than was
Google Play app revenue up 311 , but iTunes still 4x higher than that
expected for the Play Store. The numbers have been generated by App Annie, which tracks over 150,000 apps across iOS and Android to give some analytics on the ecosystems. The numbers show an impressive jump for Google Play which has year-to-date growth of 311% compared 12.9% for iTunes, and as you can see on the right, the Play line does get a bit steeper around June. 

Of course, even with this fast growth, the Play Store is still generating 4x less app revenue than iTunes. And since, no other store content is measured, it is quite possible that iTunes even more than the Play Store once all content is taken into account. But, Google is catching up, and is even seeing total app downloads jump as well. The Play Store has seen free downloads jump 48% year-to-date, while iTunes is only at 3.3%, although once again iOS does have the lead for total free app downloads. 

Google Play has a long way to go to catch up, but given the growth rate, and Android's increasing market share, it's starting to look more like a case of when the Play Store catches iTunes, rather than if

source: The Next Web

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posted on 29 Nov 2012, 20:47 10

1. sorcio46 (Posts: 407; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


It's getting closer :D

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 21:04 1

6. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


It probably got steeper cuz June is... MY BIRTH-MONTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 22:13 3

10. MeoCao (unregistered)


This is great, Android has the momentum and only will get even stronger, while the only way for iOS is staying the same or going down.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 04:54 1

15. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Yep! Google just needs to get more movies, TV shows, and books. Their music library is pretty good for me as of the recent update, but I definitely wouldn't mind if they updated it again.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 20:47 13

2. Aeires (unregistered)


Anyone else getting tired of constantly hearing about Apple profits?

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 20:55 3

3. wendygarett (unregistered)


I'm enjoying to pay what iTunes deliver... Problem?

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 20:55 6

4. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


Anyone else tired of the apple hatred in the comments? Im interested in apple AND google profits. Why aren't you?

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 21:00 8

5. Aeires (unregistered)


Same thing month after month is not news. I'd rather hear about Google and Apple innovations instead, that's new and fresh.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 01:11 3

12. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


Sorry but seeing as they also report on Google profits Samsung too etc you never complain. Worse is how when profits are in android users favor they suddenly mean everything if there in apples favor its the classic overpriced brainwashed crowd following comments

Starting to see the hypocrisy on here, joking I've been seeing for awhile

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 01:52 1

13. wendygarett (unregistered)


This is starting to get very sick for me too, I always keep seeing every hatred comments on every non-android articles since the day I sign up... The reason I love my first android is because I respect their opinion on what android have... But it turns out they keep bashing our opinion as an non-android user...

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 05:55 1

17. Aeires (unregistered)


This is starting to get very sick for me too, I always keep seeing every hatred comments on every non-Apple articles since the day I sign up..

See the point? See comment 16 for more details.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 06:13

21. wendygarett (unregistered)


Lol from what I see... Most android article seems to be discuss peacefully... Some of my post on android article is actually very linear and you know it... I might be troll but I love all the tech in the ends... And I'm sincerely sorry if my fellow ifriends hurt you :(

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 05:52 2

16. Aeires (unregistered)


So to justify your argument I'm supposed to complain on every profit article, that's logical

Simple truth is with Apple, it's always the same thing. No matter how well or poorly they do with a product, profits soar. This was the article that put me over the edge though for two reasons. First one I just mentioned, the second was this was supposed to be an article on Google's martket increase but it ended as yet another Apple vs. Google comparison. The writers say they get tired of the battles yet post articles like this, tired of it

If you want to judge me for hypocrisy, so be it, just make sure there's none in your comments either.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 06:09

19. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


well first point out the hypocrisy in my comment , as there isunt any you dont have anything to stand on in that area

second, yes you should be complianing about all profit articles then if as you say your more interested in inovation. but you dont you only complain when its in apples's favor. P.A could put 12 articles about android having great profits etc through samsung or whatever and you would not complain yet one article about apple and your quick to do so

face it im sorry but seen this so often now the android crowd love to moan and complain when its an article on apple, there the reason P.A ran the article on bias , all becuase android fans were going on and on about how all of P.A favor apple. even though there has been more articles on android with the n4 and DNA.

if this article had been ''google play revenue higher then itunes'' you would be off going how android is better and this proves it. the fact itunes is higher seems to annoy you and as the android lot have proven when its not in there favor or making google look great its annoying, wrong, means nothing, always in favor of apple, so biased etc

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 07:24 1

23. Aeires (unregistered)


And still you only see one side of the fence. Bashing is from all fronts, not just Android. There might be different percentages, but it comes from all sides.

You also make a lot of assumptions. I don't comment on a lot of articles because I'm either not interested or don't feel I have anything to add to what's already been said. You assume I'd be all over pro Google profit articles, and it's just that, an assumption. I already commented on why I made the original statement in this article yet you still can't see it. If this would have been just about Google's 311% increase, I probably wouldn't have even read it.

There were also a ton of articles on the iPad Mini, iPhone5 and iPad4. I've said numerous times that PA posts articles on what is out at that moment, they aren't iPhoneArena. I really don't get the N4 and DNA comment you made, it's not relevant.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 07:34

27. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


i swear its like talking to a wall on here, firstly ive said from the start it comes from all sides, infact im the only one who used to say this. now your all jumping on it as the android crown have really gone up themselves. im sorry but they have.

actually i assume from previous comments etc your invested into android more and thats where you seem to gravitate around. the fact you took the time to comment on an article you have no interest in seems over the top. and please again sorry but i know if this was in google favor more you would have commented something like '' google are really ahead of everyone elese blah blah''

the comment about the bias was a general comment against android fans as a whole, ive again said there are the reasonable ones although they dont show themselves much anymore but the general lot are closed minded and ruin every article thats non android. they moan about others doing it to theres but why do the same to everyone else? why swarm over the wp8 articles just to slate it? or the bb ones?

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 02:43 2

14. flower99 (banned) (Posts: 54; Member since: 18 Nov 2012)


im started to get tired of these bashers too. the reason im enter this site is because i want to know more on android stuff from the commenters, but it turns out im wrong, they show no respect to us and they will never teach us to use android. im now start to go other site to search for the tutorials

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 06:01 1

18. Aeires (unregistered)


I try to remain as neutral as possible, which is difficult because a lot of Android bashers constantly comment negatively on Android articles. They show us Android users no respect, nor have they since Android was first released.

As far as tutorials/answering questions go, I try to help out when I see those, please don't lump me in with the usual pack of anti-Apple bashers. Like I said, I try to remain neutral as much as possible. Read comment 16 for more clarification.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 06:11

20. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


haha again sorry but to get respect you must first show respect and seeing as the android crowd attack every apple, wp8, bb article to say how crap they are and how all you need is android what do you expect?

and you seem to be seeing the small percentage that bash android every chance which is like what 3-4 people compared to the android ones who bash everything else which mounts to like 20-30

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 07:34 1

28. Aeires (unregistered)


They likely do, but I don't, and that's the difference. You seem to suffer from a stereotype perspective. Every comment that isn't supportive you seem to lump into the same category, basher troll groups. Learn the players first, then decide if they are trolls or not.

For me, I always root for BB to succeed, and have mixed comments about W8. Not all my Apple comments are negative, some are supportive, and some are just calling it like it is.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 06:20 1

22. wendygarett (unregistered)


Those bashers are not actually from ifans... They are mostly among androids... Samsung fans love to bash on every HTC article and vice versa... LG fans love to bash samsung article as well as sony... Did you get the picture of it?

How much did gallito troll? Did Jeff troll on every android article? Take a look at clear picture and you will realize something my friends :)

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 07:26 1

24. Aeires (unregistered)


Please, there are tons of negative comments made from iFans. Don't be so blind to the reality that's occurs here daily.

You yourself have posted comments about the iPhone being better in Android articles.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 07:37

29. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


refer yyou to my reply , but will say it here to, ive said from the start its from all sides, ive defended android many times from those trolls, but the past weeks android users have gotten past a joke

im not blinded i see it all, and right now the android lot are the worst for disrespecting others, even that gallitoking troll has stopped and been quiet recently.

''You yourself have posted comments about the iPhone being better in Android articles.''

please show me these comments seriously i will wait

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 07:51 2

33. Aeires (unregistered)


You seem to think I condone it. I don't. It will never end until moderators start banning people and take a zero tolerance stance. It will never end because that's never going to happen. It does ebb and flow though, for a while anti-Android comments were bad, then anti-W8, and now the focus seems to be anti-Apple.

My response in comment 28 pretty much sums it up for me personally.

Go look for yourself. If I'm wrong, I'll admit it and apologize. I don't have a problem admitting I'm not perfect and make mistakes at times.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 08:01

34. wendygarett (unregistered)


you are not wrong and he does not refer you... i dislike the troll that criticize device that themselves not even try it... and i dont mind the troll who speak the truth or sayin the sarcastic joke... some troll make fun and some make hate... to be honest i never hate :)

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 09:36

37. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


no id say the focus is anti anything other then android, again i will admit when a certain area of fanboys are going to far, apple trolls were for ahwile the worst, only seen 1 nokia fan go over the top, bb fans well not many on here tbh. but android users have and are going too far beyond what others have done in the past. worse is they team up to swamp the articles so those actually interested cant even discuss it as they will get comments thats are unnessacery

i never said you condone it, but you do only seem to want it to stop against android, never seen you tell any of the android lot to get a grip etc. like i have said many times its alright to want the hate to stop but you gotta go at all sides.

no one is saying anyones perfect i dont get why people suddenly think its an attack on just them, and as for your comment your the one who's pointing the finger more at me then i am at you. ive mainly said the android lot in general yet you go on im been stereotypicla etc all aimed at me

no offence but you seem to only want or care about the hate against android and not everyone else.....i thought this site was for tech lover yet lets face it its a fanboy site now. and agian as youu who aim everything at me dont like it been aimed at you im talking in general

heres what im stating, theres hate on all sides. ive seen it all. the apple trolls still try there thing but there small in numbers, right now the focus has to be on why the android fans feel the need to take over all articles, bring up the iphone in all of them, call everything else crap etc. and seeing as they have numbers on there side there effect is more then the apple trolls

all fanboys ruin this site.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 10:00 1

38. Aeires (unregistered)


I've been thinking about that a lot, maybe I should be calling out Apple bashers as well. I do report them, but no one ever sees that so it appears one sided. I report a lot of comments, wheels of progress move slow sometimes.

As for hate towards Android, I am an Android user so some does upset me more than an OS I don't use. It also stems from years of being ragged on for no good reason by the Apple crowd. Negative comments toward Android have far exceeded any other OS I've seen, so it adds up. Like I said, I try to stay neutral but sometimes I make mistakes too.

Fanboys/girls ruin every site. I left Gizmodo, TechCrunch, Engadget, and a few others because it was always OS wars, regardless of the article topics. PA seems to be the best site I've seen so I'd like to keep reading the articles. Though there are some articles here I don't even bother reading because I know exactly where they are going.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 10:47

39. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


see i call out all when i can, sure sometimes i should probably leave it but cant stand the fanboy crap. and what you said about negative comments towards android exceeding others, maybe 1-2 years ago yes but now the roles have reversed seems the android fans are doing the same to everyone else now. i hate to keep pointing out the android ones who keep hating etc but right now they are the ones going way too far and ruining it for others.

see i get the android crowd are in there heads dishing out what they have taken now android in a good position but why? why do they have to continue the cycle and act the same as those they complain about. they have become the apple trolls. especially with them saying apple users are brainwashed and worship apple but they are always quick to sing google's priases etc....double standards

im obviously not expectin a real answer as your just one personbut if you take a look on wp8 and other articles you will see what i mean

basically we need people who actually like tech and dont care about been in a certain camp or crowd and enjoy trying to act superior to others as there choice sells more or has more users etc

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 11:01

40. Aeires (unregistered)


Agreed, well said. I'll also use this conversation to check myself so I don't become something I don't like without realizing it.

Thank you.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 07:41

30. wendygarett (unregistered)


uh ok... lets take one article for example...

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-remains-deaf-to-Galaxy-S-III-build-quality-issues_id33091

hundreds of bashers right here... can you point me out how many ifans in this article?? I bet less than 10

seriously, if you hate apple so much, you should study hard, get high graduate, hired by google or any other anti-apple company, to take revenge, and i dont mind that. Let everyone knows you are the true hero :)

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 07:46 2

31. Aeires (unregistered)


You know what else is true? You can't find negative comments by me in that article.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 07:50 1

32. wendygarett (unregistered)


totally agree, that's why i respect you so much :)
and I try my best for not troll too hurt :)
+1!!!

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 08:12 1

35. Aeires (unregistered)


You know what? You're alright. I know you love the iPhone and I don't have a problem with that. We should all love what we buy to some degree.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 21:35 5

7. networkdood (Posts: 6325; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


If you enjoy being 'ripped-off' by overpaying for the newest iphone or being stuck with one app store - then the iphone is for you.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 21:58

8. Ruckus (Posts: 276; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


Im not surprised its increased due to the fact many retailers right now are giving away free google play gift cards for purchasing certain Android devices.

I for one hate paying for Apps. I usually have to really enjoy the trial/demo if one is available to even think about it.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 21:58 1

9. networkdood (Posts: 6325; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


25.00 google credit with nexus purchase and some places give 50.00.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 23:21

11. mydi.maus (unregistered)


Google push hard,put your BACK INTO IT!

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 07:27

25. sponmagnet (Posts: 4; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)


ts all about free apps, Googles play store has more free apps than itunes, while i tunes prices most apps for 0.99$.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ANDROOOOOOOOOID

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 07:30

26. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


And as per CISCO study Android traffic on Web is 29% more than iProducts while i have seen many sites going gaga over how traffic from apple devices is higher/highest. So not sure who is right and who is wrong ... check this out

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/collateral/ns341/ns525/ns537/ns705/ns827/white_paper_c11-520862.html

:)

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 09:20

36. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 866; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


The problem is there are still some real quality games that aren't available on the app store till a much later date then IOS if at all. Plus Google would benefit from a gamecenter type of enviroment to increase competition and buys for their games.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 16:02

41. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


The question here is how much of the growth is due to Google's efforts, and how much due to the simple fact that android has 280 million devices more than a year ago

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