App Store generates 6 times more profit than Android Market

App Store generates 6 times more profit than Android Market
We all knew the App Store was the most profitable app catalog out there, but recent findings from Distimo show just how shockingly more cash it yields for developers. The top 200 apps in the App Store generate 6 times the profits of those in the Android Market. This makes it obvious why most programmers focus on iOS first and Android is usually only second-best.

The stats were all published by Distimo reporting about the January to November state of the application markets. Other interesting findings include the fact that Microsoft’s Windows Marketplace has outgrown the Nokia Ovi Store and the RIM BlackBerry App Worlds. 

The Android Market however remains the place to go for bargain hunters - Google’s mobile market has the most free apps, but the freemium model is picking up on the App Store as well. 

Sales of iPhone apps generate the biggest income, followed by iPad titles and last come Android app releases. iPhone app sales alone have generated four times more cash than Android Market apps, while iPad apps - double those in the Market in terms of cash yield.

The most popular apps remain Angry Birds, Facebook and Skype.

source: Distimo via SlashGear



1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Because the Android Market has more free apps than the App Store. Now if the Android Market was like the App Store & sold 0.99 apps all the time then these numbers would not be such a huge deal. There are 2 different styles here. The Android Market makes money from ads & the App Store makes money on apps sold. Both have thriving markets.

2. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

exactly. first rule of statistics is HOW you interpret the information that is given to you. Android has free apps (and makes its money on ads unfortunately for the most part). How do you expect to make more money than something that charges for most of their applications? Hey btw did you know oranges are orange? ;)

10. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Androids should be codenamed Orange since we are always comparing Apples to Oranges.

23. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

@atheisticemetic..wrong the money that Android makes from ads is minimal... we are talking about PROFIT... Android with ads,,, dont make lots of profit,,, so please dont make excuses...

26. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Where did you hear this? I would be interested to see hard numbers on what is brought in by mobile ads...

30. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

Google gets 96% revenue from ads... and according to this article ( proof) they are not getting lots of profits.... well I dont know what is so hard to understand... you want me to go kidergarten on you?.. only if you bring me an

35. godspeed

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

Well what you posted seems to rely on presumptions. As a matter of fact, most apps DO generate way more income by ads than they would by selling the app. This is why the majority of android developers choose this model. Ant Smasher has more than 10 mio downloads. They generate more than 2 mio $ income by ads. This dimensions could have never been achieved with paid apps. Actually it is just the other way round. People are learning, thats its more profitable to release free apps with ads. Angry Birds is free on Android and has achieved more than 50 mio downloads allready. At the same time only 12 mio copies were sold on app store. 12 mio for 0.79$ means around 0.60$ find their way into their pockets. That makes up 7.2 mio $. I bet the amount of money generated by the android ads is way higher. Roughly about 9 mio$. And this is per year, whereas purchase is only accounted once.

5. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

exactly,could not have said it better.

22. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

and Android is open system and iOS is not.. Android likes market share and iOS sales... nothing we havent heard before SAE

32. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

@superandroid right cause everyone loves ads when they're using an app.....

3. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

above comment are so true. AngryBirds games are even free on Android Market Place while you have to pay $0.99 or $1.99 on the AppStore.

8. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Nope we got a free version of angrybirds, seasons, etc as well. Can you give me an article that compares the prices between the app store and android market? Not an to old pls.

11. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

correct me if am wrong but from what i remember when i had my ip4 was that the app store has angry birds lite which are free but dont have all the levels and the android market is free with all the levels again sorry if am wrong,have not used a iphone since may.

4. iShepherd

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Without including the ad revenue that companies pump into the android market, which is substantial, this analysis is totally worthless.

6. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

lets see if someone reports who makes more money from the freemium model and who makes the most ad revenue from free apps...

7. Dmann

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

If you take the previous article about iAd not bringing too much cash, this disparity would get smaller. Unless ads are already taken account. I have a personal example. My brother has bought 2 apps on his iPad. Angry Birds and Cut the Rope. I have both. One for free on the market and the other on Getjar. But I have the ads and can´t update Cut The Rope regularly. I think this example reflects really well what happens on both ecosystem. In the end everything comes down to preference. If I had an iPad/iPhone, I wouldn´t mind paying. I just prefer Android as an OS.

9. trin

Posts: 88; Member since: May 11, 2010

Smh, more nestle trollhouse cookies for da kids huh PA?


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

Go windows marketplace!! woowhoo!! Already outgrowing Blackberry app world!!

13. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

dont think thats really a surprise and nothing to cheer about lol, windows does look interesting and once its matured more ie removable memory is a must for me,folders,drag and drop then i will give it a go and think with nokia on board they will be pushing microsoft to implement these features sooner rather than later..


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

I went down to the tmobile store last weekend and tried some windows phone from htc and it was actually pretty nice and smooth.. ill maybe purchase me one off of craigslist or something and try it out. Its exciting to see it grow though

14. iosmaster

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

Its about having the best apps the best games and pay for them to be adfree AppMarket rules that, android Market doesnt sucks but its not even near to the iOS AppMarket.

15. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

agree the app store is mostly superior to the market but since moving from the ios to android i have never felt that the market was lacking in any apps,just like the app store their is an app for everything..the best thing about the app store is that it gets the apps 1st but apps are coming to the market from ios quicker than before,but yeah the app store is better right now but its not so much better that makes the market look bad...300,000 apps is a lot in itself and has everything you would need. :)


Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

proof that apple is money hungry

18. iosmaster

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

proof u need a girlfriend

19. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Coming from the dude named "iosmaster"...

20. iosmaster

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

you noob my GF its called Siri BTW noob

21. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

you said noob twice.

25. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Your GF is Siri? Your parents must be so proud...

27. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

See, I thought I had a pretty good point when I pointed out that the guy named iosmaster shouldn't be making comments about people getting girlfriends. Then you came out and said that. Thanks. Case closed.

24. acs2acs2

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

Its not about how much they get, its about what and how we USERs get something

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