Android apps surpass iOS apps in downloads, but not revenue, for the second quarter

Android apps surpass iOS apps in downloads, but not revenue, for the second quarter
App Annie has digested second quarter data for Android Apps and iOS apps, and has discovered a few things. For the three months ended in June, 60% more Android apps were downloaded than the number downloaded in the previous quarter. For iOS apps, there was a 45% increase in the number of apps downloaded for the quarter. Overall, for the quarter, there were about 150 million Android apps downloaded as opposed to 100 million iOS apps.

Revenue, though, was all iOS. Even though there were 50 million more Android apps downloaded in the second quarter, in terms of revenue for the period, iOS had over $100 million, while Android had about $60 million. For iOS, that was a 45% gain from Q1, and a 30% sequential gain for Android.

Low-priced Android devices are making a mark in emerging markets. India went up two spots from fifth place to third place in the number of Android apps downloaded during Q2, trailing only the U.S. and Brazil. For iOS apps, Japan, the U.S., South Korea and Germany remained in the top four spots from the first quarter. Taiwan rose from sixth to fifth.

Check out the categories list and you'll see that iOS and Android users are downloading apps in the same order of popularity, with both platforms favoring games, tools, communications, entertainment and social apps.  Will we see any changes in the third quarter? Stay tuned!

source: AppAnnie



1. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

One of the reasons I use my iPhone mote than my Nexus is because of the difference in quality apps. Argue and defend all you want, the proof is there.

2. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Thanks to Java, mostly.

9. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Google has brought in a complete Android development studio.

10. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

make java ha ha

5. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Wth is Unix ios halfbaked Darwin, fake multitasking app launcher platform pusedo junk got to do with this ? Apple asked developers to make quality apps, for its platform.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30955; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

A week of no Arte is great. He'll activate his 8800 Arte acct shortly.

7. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

you are right...high quality apps and games are the strength of ios. i love android but i agree with you.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Depends on what apps you want For the way I use my phone I've found better apps on Android that aren't even on iOS (or Cydia), though many of them arent from Google Play Mainly mods/tweaks or apps that allow better multitasking, which I think isn't possible on iOS because Apple dont allow it iOS users spend more money as they can, because they are relatively richer, the average iPhone cost relatively more than average Android/WP (since there are more budget Androids/WPs)

11. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I concur. Many studies have been done and Android has the best utility and technical apps of any platform. iOS has great games and the best tablet apps. Outside of iOS and Android, things fall off drastically. WP and BB are like small towns in some cold hinterland, only reachable by cargo ship in the summers. There's just not much there in WPtown or BBtown. Unless you grew up there, just watch the videos and read the blogs. You don't want to experience how cold it is there, or being stuck there, in person. Brrrrr!!!

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, I dont like tablets, but if I was getting one it would be an iPad since much more iOS apps are tablet optimized Also agree iOS has better games, and usually gets games before Android But I dont game much on my phone, so I dont mind I'm sure there's many who disagree and that perfectly fine, different people with different opinions

3. Derekjeter

Posts: 1464; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I hate having to enter my password 3 times to purchase on my ipad. I know that's not what the article was about just wanted to throw that out there, but let's be honest with comment #1 the apps have better quality on iPhone. I play words with friends a lot and when I made the switch from iPhone to Android I didn't like the the way the app looks. The tiles look dark yellow and the detail is just not there.

4. kzat82

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 26, 2013

Does revenue include in-app purchases?

6. Blazers

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Of course. King didn't offer an IPO from people playing for Candy Crush for free.

13. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Even iOS apps are overpriced...

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

All three Android, iOS and WP8 are viable platforms to different degree to different people. Just enjoy what you have. Time is life.

15. wilsong17 unregistered

Good app but bad phones and close ios... exa: my note 3 I have a 5.7 inch amazing screen to play games... I can connect my note 3 to my HD TV and play wireless with a Bluetooth control.. good for playing HD games and emulator. .. I have many music on my computer. .hate iTunes can't download no music on iPhone like android straight off the Internet. I love ifan who say you are force to use Google play lol b$tch you are force to use app store and apple service you can't side load or go back to previous versions

16. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

How an OS with 80% market share, has less revenue than an OS with 14% market share....?

17. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

14 * 100 / 80 = 17.5 It's doable with less than 17.5% quality. Android is doing a marvelous job in that.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because when the devs make apps for iOS they charge for them. When they make them for Android, we get them free.

20. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

You expect them to have the same quality? :)

21. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

As a developer, I'd rather spend USD89 / year for iOS than wasting three days configuring the environment EVERY TIME a new ADT version arrives. Linux is only free if your time has no value - Jamie Zawinski

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