164 App Store developers had their first $1 million year in 2018 versus 88 that did so on Google Play

Keeping with the traditional 2:1 difference in revenue between the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, 164 app developers raked in $1 million in net revenue for the first time in 2018 vs. 88 that did so on Google Play.
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32 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This isn’t really news (at least not shocking news). This is one of the reasons iOS is the 1st, and preferred platform for devs, and we’ve all known this for a while. Generally, apps are better and a but more polished in iOS, but that gap is now not minuscule than not. Apple keeps a tight leash on the App Store, and this is one of the benefits of that. Can’t fault these devs for wanting to get paid, and iOS has more paid content. Get that money devs.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

More minuscule than not.

2. TheOracle1

Posts: 1877; Member since: May 04, 2015

Everyone seems to conveniently forget that there is no Google Play Store in China, the largest mobile phone market in the world by far. Include the various Chinese app store numbers and you'll get a true reflection of where Android stands. Android sales numbers and Google Play Store revenue are two entirely different things that shouldn't be tied together.

3. midan

Posts: 2545; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

This is from US

4. TheOracle1

Posts: 1877; Member since: May 04, 2015

It's from the US where Apple dominate. The numbers are therefore meaningless in the big picture and he shouldn't have started off the article citing Android worldwide sales percentages. Despite how important the US market may be, it pales in comparison to the Chinese market. There are approximately 750 million subscribers in China, over twice the entire US population. Cherry picking Apples' main market would be like comparing Huawei and Apple in China. No contest.

14. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2115; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Marketshare and subscribers means nothing towards the App Store. China’s ASP per phone is a laughable $184-$200. What makes you think they will invest $100’s in apps to support developers?

21. TheOracle1

Posts: 1877; Member since: May 04, 2015

Another skewed view of the numbers. By your warped logic none of the 750+ million spend a penny on apps. I don't know about you but I buy apps because I want them and not to "support" anyone. ASP doesn't mean much since every smartphone does the same basic stuff. The largest investment in the smartphone ecosystem is the phone itself and spending more or less on a phone has many factors. My Vivo NexS is almost twice the price of a Pocophone and half the price of a Xs Max. That doesn't mean the Pocophone owner has less purchasing power but he does have a seriously competent phone and plenty of change to buy apps. 24% of Apple revenues come from China so there must be something there.

23. midan

Posts: 2545; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"ASP doesn't mean much since every smartphone does the same basic stuff." It does, more expensive phone users more likely spend more money on apps, games and other services. That's why appstore keep making more money with that lot smaller marketshare

24. TheOracle1

Posts: 1877; Member since: May 04, 2015

750+ million users say otherwise. Dismissing those numbers is folly. Just look at the revenues of WeChat, Weibo, QQ etc and fold them into the Playstore numbers and you'll understand. The Chinese app store generates more revenue for Apple than the US app store but it comes nowhere close to the homegrown ones.

26. midan

Posts: 2545; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Downloads for play store is over two times bigger than what they are on appstore. Just like you would expect when looking marketshare, but when you look revenue from appstore it's lot higher than play store which shouldn't be possible with that marketshare. But when you know Android phone ASP it's very easy to see that most people just download free apps or games. But people who have invested more to their phone they also more easily buy more for their phones. This is also reason why Android smartwatches haven't got much interest, people with cheap phones very unlikely going to buy smartwatches.

30. TheOracle1

Posts: 1877; Member since: May 04, 2015

Has it occurred to you that there are many more free ad-based ads on the play store?

15. rouyal

Posts: 1564; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Apple doesn’t “dominate” the US. Anyone can easily look to find it has 39% market share.

20. TheOracle1

Posts: 1877; Member since: May 04, 2015

39% is domination in the mobile phone market anywhere. The remaining 20+ companies are sharing 61%. Do you know anything about business?

25. kryme

Posts: 467; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

The article is about platforms... 39 goes to iOS and 61 goes to android therefore android(the platform) is dominating...

27. midan

Posts: 2545; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

He knows but i don't understand how you don't understand that this is App store vs Play Store, so no Apple isn't dominating Android is

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It is what it is dude. No need to include what if’s.

12. TheOracle1

Posts: 1877; Member since: May 04, 2015

The entire article is a what if. As in what if I compared US app store revenues? That would give me my desired result. He cites worldwide smartphone sales and then narrows his results to US revenue. It's a flawed premise.

18. rouyal

Posts: 1564; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

You can try to twist and deflect it any way you want, but the App Store consistently outperforms Play Store revenue 2:1, whether just the US or Worldwide. Just take the L and comment on another article.

19. TheOracle1

Posts: 1877; Member since: May 04, 2015

Do you actually read and comprehend comments in their entirety before you spew your garbage? I'm not questioning whether the app store outperforms the play store. I'm stating the fact that the largest android market isn't captured in those figures. The author conflates android with the play store, which is wrong.

31. rouyal

Posts: 1564; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I do, but it seems you are trying to baffle everyone with your idiocy.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How is he taking an L? It's not an L situation.

5. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

This is not new every year because android trash deserves a second best app. Spending 5% in tools such as Anti virus? Garbage! Troll replies in 1...2...3...

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That’s actually 3...2...1... lol. The troll already replied...in the form of you. You’re just too easy.

9. sissy246

Posts: 6950; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO......

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sissy, we need to copyright Big 6, and i6 before the Big 6 and i6 do lol.

10. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5482; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

This is where he will say you're a butthurt Android. Guess he spends all his money on apps and not on a decent English course.

13. TheOracle1

Posts: 1877; Member since: May 04, 2015

The lead singer of the i6 spews nonsense yet again.

11. gamehead unregistered

Why the drastic difference

16. YeahYeah

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

So why mention Android global market share when the article is about the U.S. Yes in the U.S apple lead but global I doubt.

17. rouyal

Posts: 1564; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Apple doesn’t lead in the US with 39% market share. To your other statement, even when you look globally, App Store still outperformed Play Store revenue 2:1.
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