Android app downloads eclipse iOS in UK, Germany, Russia - U.S. is next

Android app downloads eclipse iOS in UK, Germany, Russia - U.S. is next
Despite ceding the global market share lead to Android by the end of 2010, Apple’s App Store has long lead Android and the rest of the smartphone world in app downloads. Apple became the market leader early in the app economy, and only recently has Android started to leverage its larger install base to challenge the iOS platform.

According to numbers provided by Xylogic, an app discovery web service, Android has passed Apple’s iOS for app downloads in the UK, Germany, Spain, and Russia. Android has also long held the lead in South America, where Apple’s products have not achieved the same degree of popularity they enjoy in the rest of the world.

In the United States Android has been steadily catching up to iDevices in app downloads, even though Apple sold more phones in Q4 of 2011 than Android did in the U.S. Android phones and iPhone downloads are nearly equal, and Xylogic expects the Android ecosystem to overtake iOS app downloads sometime in March or April.

Will this mean we see a shift in developer emphasis to prioritize Android development over iOS? That’s harder to say, as there are many reasons why developers choose a platform, and both ecosystems are large enough to justify developing for them. Familiarity with the design tools, personal preference, and platform demographics will probably contribute to developers making the call on a case by case basis.

One the other hand, should the Android market continue to outpace the App Store, it’s not hard to imagine a future where developers did target Android as their primary app platform. But with Apple recently reclaiming some market share, it could be some time before either app economy takes a clear lead.


source: Xylogic via Tech Crunch

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16 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the only thing that is super surprising in the graph is china. i figured it would have been more of a tie between the two.

12. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

That's because china is obsessed with "Status" because whoever use it people think he's a a millionaire,how do i know becuase i live in one the developign country in the world before you guys think i'm an iphone user well i'm not, i'm android user not becasue its cheaper because i like it better i would still buy android phone even if it cost 2 times the price of iphone cuz some m()therf^cker invent the greatest mobile OS and i'm loving it ....the rest i dont give a sh!t

13. kidtronic

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

That, and the fact that so many android phones in China don't have google apps and use third party app stores. Assuming the number is based on downloads from the Android Marketplace.

2. tahnik

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

People love to customize...:)

9. SleepingOz unregistered

People love the freedom of choice!

16. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

haha! one communist thumbed you down, man.. life's hard for him, i think..

3. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Today must be android day. hooray!

4. baaam

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

+ for android!!

5. manuell3g

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

WTF!! ARE THIS PEOPLE TRYING TO SAY THAT PEOPLE IN AFRICA DONT USE SMARTPHONES????

6. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

windows phone = -__-

7. A.aoudi

Posts: 125; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

what about JAPAN

8. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

what about it? it is on the map.

10. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

I understand Greenland,since it's almost uninhabited but I guess Africa,India and the Middle East don't existe in their world...

11. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

By the way...this sounds a lot like what happened to Blackberry. History is repeating itself.

14. ilia1986 unregistered

Looks like Justin Bieber (Canada) still uses an iPhone. How NOT surprising.

15. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

the bag is so heavy,it crushed the app store logo into rubber.

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