Apple App Store grows to 2.2 million apps, records double the revenue of Google Play Store


Apple just had another record quarter posting its highest revenue of all time and selling the most iPhones in a quarter. With 78.3 million iPhones sold and $78.3 billion in revenue, 69% of Apple's business was the iPhone.

But while it is the dominant money pony for the company, there is one other category that has grown tremendously and that now outsells the iPad and will likely soon overtake Mac sales. We're talking about the Services category where Apple bundles its App Store revenue, Apple Pay and iCloud.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook announced that there are now 2.2 million apps in the App Store, but it is not just the number of apps that is important. The other key metric that the Apple CEO mentioned was revenue: the App Store is now making double the revenue of Google's Play Store.

While not exactly a surprise, this is an interesting correlation given the fact that there are many more users on the Android platform and on the Google Play Store, yet they seem to be buying much less apps. Apple's Services category brought the company a total of $7.17 billion, making up nearly a tenth of Apple's business for the quarter and it's on a constant trend of growth.

source: Apple

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64 Comments

1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Those who pay extra for the apps are as dumb as paying extra for a coffee in Starbucks.

2. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

You mean Super Mario Run?

6. Unordinary unregistered

No one makes money with Android

16. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yeah sure, half of what the Apple app store made is no money at all.

38. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Someone get the butthurt report form.

58. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You need it? As usual. Get it yourself kid.

36. sgodsell

Posts: 7195; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The major difference between Apple's app store and Google's, is Apple forces any IAP to go through them. So Apple can take their 30% cut. Google doesn't force anyone to go through them. As a matter of fact Apple will not allow apps in their app store, that will point to websites for payments. Google doesn't care. The other thing is many developers realize that they can still make lots of money on Free apps with ads. Google has over 2.6 million apps.

42. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Unordinary last time this kind of report was given App store was making 3 time more than google play store. The years before its was even 5 time more. The gap is getting more and more narrow ;) So if no one make money why the revenue increase faster year over year on google play store than apple app store? think about this.

20. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

U dumb??? lol.. Apple ftw.. wooooohooooooooooo yay yay yay!!

25. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

And how much of that money did Apple give you?

3. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Way to go Apple App Store, but hope that Google Play Store can be better.

27. nedimko_wot

Posts: 115; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

i wonder gow much of those 2.2 milion apps on app store are compleatly stupid and useless

39. Unordinary unregistered

Likewise with the garbage apps on GPlay

35. sissy246

Posts: 7066; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Tells me that the app store is over priced. Some of those apps ios user pay for are free or less in the play store.

43. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

i remember a few years back app store from apple made 5 time more money than google play store. like 1 year ago its was still 3 time more. now its two time more. So the gap is narrowing year after year. proof thats what google doing work!

4. rocker91

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 09, 2016

Meanwhile Microsoft is going the other way with Windows store

5. whatev

Posts: 2194; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Somewhere there is a fandroid with tears on his eyes reading all the news about apple this week

7. Unordinary unregistered

They're on a roll

8. GeekOFW

Posts: 59; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

You're probably having the same tears whenever you read some good news about Android.

14. whatev

Posts: 2194; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

What??? Android is so irrelevant to me, i barely read any news related to android, but I couldn't avoid the note 7 disaster, you gotta admit it was the funniest time last year ;)

17. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The funniest was the clash between fanboys and haters. But how can you call something you really hate "irrelevant" to you?

34. whatev

Posts: 2194; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I don't actually hate android, I hate fandroids that are on every apple article bashing apple users just because they chose different. Fandroids are the most annoying type of insects on earth, I have used many mobile OS's and I remember they are trolling every blog not related to android since the beginning of times, they don't tolerate other mobile OS and they are always bullying people who think differently, so I'm really glad when there's negativity around android because it means they get smacked their a$$e$ and is very well deserved

45. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

i don,t actually hate ios , I hate iSheep thats are on every android articles bashing android user just because they chose different. iSheep are the most annoying type of insects on earth, I have used many mobile OS's and i remember they are trolling every blog not related to android since the beginning of times, they dont tolerate other mobile OS and they are always bullying people who think differently, There repaired this for you. PS : Basically the issue exist on both side of the fence you been a prime example of it.

55. whatev

Posts: 2194; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

You poorly "repaired"the post if you wanted to create the opposite, you left the "not related to android" part, but anyways, is not possible since there aren't as many apple users bashing android articles as fandroids doing the counterpart on apple news, I'm sorry you failed doing a frustrated response to get those green thumbs up, as I said before I don't see android as a relevant thing and I'm sure many apple users think the same, what is relevant to me is to ridicule fandroids when they deserve it, this is an apple article, so get off here

59. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Well, since you're on the Apple side, you tend to ignore those Apple trolls mentioned. Don't worry, it's a natural thing for fanboys to ignore their fellow fanboys even when they're trolling.

21. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

LOL SO TRUE...

30. sissy246

Posts: 7066; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And what was funny about stupid azz. Is it funny when a iphone blows up. Was it funny when it killed someone.

63. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

You joke with a isolated problem in a determinated phone, why is funny? If that hapened with the iPhone, with your iPhone, it was over with the joking. The iPhone already has had burning problems, Apple is what encover them and the fanatic Apple media.

24. sissy246

Posts: 7066; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Not here, because I really don't give a f**k what they make. Apple is doing good again, good for them.

26. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Only idiots care that much about someone else getting richer.

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