Apple's App Store generated 85% more revenue than Google Play in Q1 2014

Apple's App Store generated 85% more revenue than Google Play in Q1 2014
Remember the old days when downloads from the App Store swamped those coming from the Android Market? Those days are long gone, according to a new report from App Annie. Thanks to the amazing success of the Android platform, world-wide downloads from the Google Play Store during the first quarter of the year outnumbered those originating from the App Store by 45%. In the previous quarter, downloads from the Google Play Store had topped downloads from the App Store by 35%.

But when it comes down to money (doesn't everything?), the App Store is on top. For developers, that is the bottom line. For the period from January through March, the iOS application marketplace brought developers 85% more cash than the amount received by the code jockeys writing for the Google Play Store.  Despite that large lead, the report states that the revenue gap between the two rival platforms decreased in areas like the U.S. and the U.K. During the first quarter, Google Play revenue soared 55% in the U.S. sequentially, and by 25% in the U.K.

Meanwhile, Google depended heavily on emerging markets for its lead over Apple in app downloads. That makes sense since low priced Android phones outsell the iPhone in those areas. In China, where the Apple iPhone is now available from the world's largest carrier in China Mobile, app downloads soared 70% sequentially.

As you would expect, games represent the top category of apps being downloaded. Three out of every four apps downloaded from the App Store is a game, and that percentage is even higher for the Google Play Store, where a whopping 90% of apps downloaded are games. Messaging apps on both platforms received a shot in the arm from Facebook's $19 billion acquisition bid for WhatsApp. Bringing in revenue for Android developers was the Tools category, where fears of malware led users of Android flavored devices to purchase anti-virus apps.

Google Play leads in downloads world-wide, the App Store leads in global revenue

Google Play leads in downloads world-wide, the App Store leads in global revenue


source: AppAnnie via PCWorld

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60 Comments

1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I could care less about how much money an app store makes...maybe Apple zombie cult members care, but in the real world, consumers could care less...

3. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

It's a very slow day at PA... That's why they are even talking about it.

5. jellmoo

Posts: 2531; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It's not customers or tech enthusiasts that should care, it's app developers. This is the reason why a lot of apps release on iOS first and then on Android. Because it's still where the money is. You (and all of us with non iOS products) should be caring about *that*.

23. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

No...I do not care and neither should consumers... I did say CONSUmErs...right? There is plenty of free apps/mods on Android and is the allure of the OS over Apple, which is all about money and nothing else...simple brainwashing is what is really going on...

28. jellmoo

Posts: 2531; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Consumers should care because the app developers care. It's as simple as that. Sure there are plenty of free apps available on all platforms. There are also some amazing applications being made that are not free. When iOS is making the lion's share of the profits, that leads those app developers to iOS first, Android second. If *you* do not want to spend money on your applications, by all means, don't. But for the rest of us that want high quality applications on our devices (i.e. consumers) this absolutely *is* something to care about.

6. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

well developers care at least that's what matters to most of us

9. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

It's the people making apps that care. It just shows that people who buy overpriced apple products will thus spend more money on apps without much inhibition. No brainer there.

33. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

I had an android handset for 2 years and never got comfortable dumping money in the apps. 3 months ago, a friend refer me to Castle Age HD on iOS. It's a great game and I've dumped over $1,000 in in-app purchases so far. With Target's current promo this week with iTune cards at 14.5% off, I just bought another $400 worth of iTune cards. Btw, I gave my friend $125 in iTune cards as a thank you gift for finding a game like CA. It's my first MMO and the game-play is well thought with amazing art work and "equity" since your charcter builds over time. I've sampled other MMO's after CA and those games were so bush-league it wasn't funny. The bottom line is I don't mind spending a $1,000 in iTune cards; it's just I won't pay full price for the cards (I saved $58 on my latest $400 purchase). Target had a similar sale for Valentines day. The next big sale should be Black Friday with iTune cards going for 20 to 30% off list price. This time for Black Friday, I will probably buy $2,000 worth of iTune cards since I now go through $200 a month in CA. In the beginning I wasted my money leveling my character (buying promo packs, generals, and equipment) and now the character is mature, I can milk the game.

38. vincelongman

Posts: 5625; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

$1000 on in-app purchase? Why pay to win? Don't you think it kills the challenge of gaming You should of bought a X1 or PS4 or gaming PC, and IMO had a much better gaming experience I used buy iOS games back when I had my iPod Touch 4 But now most mobile are crap, too many in-app purchases, IMO it makes it boring and kills the challenge

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Who you trying to convince, us or yourself? The mere fact that you posted that, means you either care, or you want the attention (green thumbs). If you truly didn't care, you wouldn't have bothered to click, read, and post on the article.

24. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Actually..I liked it better when we had thumbs up and thumbs down...sorry that I hurt your IFeelings...

27. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Meant to say ...iFeelings...

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If you actually think you hurt my feelings, you have issues and less if a life than I thought. Simply look at my profile pic, you really think you can hurt that? C'mon dude...

41. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Darkk, your feelings are on the inside - so, sorry, that I hurt your iFeelings.... Now, proceed to tell everyone how you have an Android phone and an iphone, so that you look 'legit'...lol Besides, your pic proves nothing to anyone...

46. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I have a physique like a god bro. Tech is fun for me, but other than my family, fitness is my life, and I rock at it. I don't give a flying F about anything else. My pic proves, that when one is relentless about the pursuit of perfection, one will achieve no less than excellence. Once again, if you think you can hurt my feelings over a phone, you need to get a life. Study my pic, and know what excellence is. I await your feeble couch potato response.

49. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Google gives more "FREE APPS" than Apple, like What'sApp was 1st year FREE, and others where Apple charge, Google gives for FREE. No matter how physically built the body looks, hahaha... CCW's are always much better to have when a bully is in the room, it can send a godly body back to God. O.o

59. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I could ;)

22. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

This isn't about consumers but about developers and why Google should improve this if they want to keep developers. Your comment makes no sense

2. strikercho

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

It is normal. More people drive cheap yellow cars, but the revenue and profit come from expensive cars. Simple as that. First you buy and use cheap( if you are stupid enough, not-so-cheap) Android phone and then, when you stand up to your legs, you buy a steady, luxurious and fast European sedan, pardon phone(iPhone, that is). :) You pay more, but you get the best.

4. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I'm just gonna sit here and watch all the replies on your comments. (Looking for sunflower seeds)

12. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

You forgot wishing him best of luck.

13. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I should have... doh... but I doubt this article would attract people in anyway haha

20. wilsong17 unregistered

Really my note 2 and note 3 cost more than the iPhone and not only that I can do many more things than just click and open apps

34. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Okay, you overpaid your Samsung devices; you've drank the Samsung's marketing kool-aid. Just because an iPhone has a list price of X or a Samsung Note has a list price of Y, what matters isn't the X or Y, but how much you saved on X or Y, respectively. Suppose we both bought the identical spec'ed cars off the same dealer. Why would you be bragging you overpaid $2,000 for the same car as mine? Makes no sense (at least to me).

51. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Note 3 does things that the iphone can only dream of doing, so your post makes no sense at all. They're not identical specs, the Note 3 can multitask has multi-windows the iphone is just a Apps launcher nothing else to it, 1 app at a time. O.o

25. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Thing is that an iPhone is not a luxury item or the equivalent of anything luxury...thus, my point about being brainwashed...

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I spend $30 per month(not just apps, movies and books also included). I have complete root access on all 3 of my devices but never downloaded pirated apps, never cheated in-app purchases. I'm strongly against piracy. Piracy is what costing google and android developers the drawback of open nature of android.

11. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Have you tried pirating a paid app? They aren't sent unencrypted.

16. jellmoo

Posts: 2531; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Much respect to that. App developers deserve their compensation.

36. CounterPost

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Agreed. They put in so many countless hours and hard work.

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