Android smartphone app revenue could double this year to $6.8B

Android smartphone app revenue could double this year to $6.8B
We've seen a couple of different app trackers saying that the Google Play Store has been growing at a faster clip than Apple's App Store, and a new study by ABI Research says that growth is not showing any signs of stopping. Rather, it could speed up a bit. ABI is saying that Android's app revenue for smartphones alone could double this year and reach $6.8 billion.

For comparison's sake, that would still leave Android at about 60% of the revenue of iOS on the smartphone side of things. ABI doesn't mention how tablets factor in, but it seems reasonable that tablet revenue could bump Apple up a bit and bring us back to the stat that we've seen before, which is that Google Play makes about half the revenue (not including ads) as Apple's App Store, but Android continues to gain ground. Within the next 12 months, Google Play is expected to rise to about 66% of Apple's app revenue. 

ABI Research senior analyst Josh Flood went on to say that "This year, Android smartphones will ship by a factor of more than three-to-one to iPhones"; and, that lead in sales will have an impact on app revenue, albeit a smaller impact than you might expect from such a large sales gap. But, Android is expected to grow even more considering Google's expertise in advertising.

source: VentureBeat

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29 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Getting rich and to the top.

6. ihatesmartphone unregistered

How about WP8? I'm very curious to know XD

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

They forgot to add ad revenue. In terms of paid apps bought, the App Store eclipses it 100:10.

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

How is that a good thing from consumers' point of view ? People pay to remove the ads because they are too intrusive in ios. Unlike android they continuously pop on your screen with ads. In my friends' iPad you can't start to play certain games before having to press cancel at least 3 times to those annoying ads let alone in-game ads.

4. papss unregistered

I hate all the adds whether from the app store or play. You try angry birds free? An ad will pop up while your bird is flying through the air and you can't tap the bird with hitting the ad.. I'd just rather pay for ad free tbh

14. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

If it bothers you that much set the phone/tablet to airplane mode when you are playing, sure it won't let you get other notifications but it's an option.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You think the free ones on android are any better? Some of them are so bad that they cause ads to appear in your notification bar. Poor quality apps whose only purpose is to get ad clicks. Most of the free apps I've gotten on iOS aren't ba with apps. I rather pay for a good quality app on the App Store anyways.

7. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

seriously who thumbs this guy up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!^

10. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Apple fans™

8. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

seriously how would you know dude, you probably havent even used android or bothered to use it you have just got in line with the other blind ifanboys and loved every little thing apple has given you....you my friend are the most annoying person on this site

13. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

dude you know mxy is right... i've been an android fanboy back in the day and recently 1 year 1/2 ago acquired apple products... its worth paying .99 for an app to avoid the unorganized rediculousness of how android places their ads. the guy who commented about angry birds is a perfect example. no regular person goes in their settings to turn notifications off... you guys have to put yourself in the consumers shoes not tech minds. smh

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

They're in denial.

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Don't be mad. You know it's the truth.

9. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Since Jelly Bean Android has a setting under applications where you can forbid an app to display notifications, this way no Ads will be on the Notification bar... You troll have never had an Android device... and are very uninformed

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Assuming most android owners have Android. Oh wait...

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

have Jellybean, not Androd. Like he said above, most users aren't going to know to go in and turn off notifications. That's something that should've never been there in the first place.

20. javac

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 04, 2013

But really though you have never owned an android device you are unqualified to speak about it. Just go be an apple fan boy by yourself. Just remember you are actually the minority here bud

23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Can you prove that I've never owned an Android device?

21. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

what the hell? Go home Mxyzptlk you are drunk

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I corrected that.

25. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Mxy is the embodiment of Drunk. He IS the meme.

26. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Gee that's why Apple no longer allows me to carry prototypes in bars.

27. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Why would you use a 2007 prototype in a bar anyway?

28. amir1975

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 18, 2012

Like it or Not, Apple will be the next RIM(BlackBerry). so accept the truth and don't show bias. ok?!

12. tedkord

Posts: 17464; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Google are the King of ad revenue.

19. javac

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 04, 2013

Really? 100:10 eh in more simplistic terms 10:1.

22. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Exactly... and that benefits the user how?...

11. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Mxy would comment on this post. Typical ifan trolling

29. JMartin22

Posts: 2388; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

The better Android does, the more quality firmware updates we'll see. This makes me excited. In a couple of years. Software developers will be releasing software for Android and iOS concurrently, the former even getting some exclusivity on applications before hand.

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