Google Play Store had twice the number of downloads as the App Store in Q1, but took in less money

Google Play Store had twice the number of downloads as the App Store in Q1, but took in less money
App Annie's Q1 report on the state of the app market reveals the same old thing. The Google Play Store had twice the number of apps downloaded as the App Store did, but the latter brought in 90% more money. Developers will make their apps more readily available to the platform that creates the most money for them. And once again, iOS apps are bringing in more money. Blame cheaper Android phones for this. The lowest priced current iPhone model, the Apple iPhone SE, is still at least three times the cost of the cheapest Android phones in Asia.

For the first quarter of this year, revenue from iOS entertainment apps rose a healthy 230% year-over-year. The annual gain for Google Play entertainment apps was 170%. Android did beat out iOS in the growth of revenue derived from streaming music. The Google Play Store had year-over-year top line growth in that category of 180% compared to 160% for iOS.

The top categories downloaded from the Google Play Store in Q1 (games excluded) were tools, communication and photography. Based on revenue, the top three for the Google Play Store were communication, social and entertainment. For iOS, the top Q1 downloads were photo and video, entertainment, and social networking. Based on revenue, the top three categories for iOS in Q1 were Social Networking, Music, and Entertainment.

App revenue came mostly from in-app purchases, but also included paid apps as well. Check out some graphs that tell you more about the first quarter, by clicking on the slideshow below.


source: AppAnnie via SlashGear

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50 Comments

49. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Android fanboys download APK files....sucks for developers

27. Shocky unregistered

Also another thing to take into account is music, Apple users are effectively locked into using iTunes which is probably where a huge chunk of their revenue is coming from. It's crazy that the EU threatens Google over including their own apps when Apple for years has got away with this.

44. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Absolutely crazy, man.

16. jm405

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Does the revenue values also include ad revenues? I don't really know how devs get money but I assume they get money for ads as well.

24. Shocky unregistered

Not really sure what this is based on, is this sales and in-app purchases only or combined with revenue from advertisements?

31. Macready

Posts: 1834; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

No, they as usual they ecclude ad revenues.

15. Zylam

Posts: 1827; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

That's because Android users can pirate apps without doing much, on iOS people buy the stuff because no one can be bothered to jail break it and get it for free, some do but they are a really small number. Also Android has more phones in the world in lower income countries, IPhones are usually on the highend of the spectrum. There's nothing insulting about this, it's just the way things are. But one thing will remind, Android fans trying to defend Android because they can't admit the Android has problems. Yes yes yes death to Apple, it's the worst, isheep etc.. Know that you are no better and facts are facts. I wish PA would bring back the red thumbs. Would have had a good collection by now.

26. Shocky unregistered

Most paid Android apps are not worth the effort or risk of pirating, also it's not always straight forward. I don't support piracy, however with higher value games on PC's and consoles are can understand it, for app/games that cost less than the price of a pint it's just pathetic.

37. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

This was one of the most unbiased and not stupid comment I might have read in 2016 here in PhoneArena. Glad to see that there are still people like you here.

13. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Lots more categories of apps to chose from (browser add-ons, themes, launchers, central file managers, etc.), many offered for free, I'm not complaining...

12. HTC_ONE_MAX

Posts: 171; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

I hate Play Store !!! It flooded my Sony Xperia device with those pesky spam ads, push notifications. >:(

11. GeorgeAF

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Apple is a well oiled money making machine. You cannot take that away from them. Thats why I prefer Android. I dont have to keep paying for everything which is anything on my phone

23. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Apple doesn't force you into buying anything? or keep playing for anything?

9. QuasarExod

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

China is so important.

19. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Agree, add Google play together with baidu app store, tencent app gem, xiaomi app store and wandoujia, the revenue can be easily beat up Apple

22. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Revenue? NO? Google play alone dwarfs every store combined... combined Apple still has a huge lead in terms of revenue.

34. QuasarExod

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

Apple app is more expensive cause app developers don't have to worry about sideloading.

43. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

And also because iOS apps which have been downloaded from unknown sources - sources other than the App store - can't be installed... Unlike Android, which lets installation of apps from unknown sources. So, app devs can charge more money for their app on iOS and still get away with it.

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That's the usual so nothing new.

6. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

You can get most android apps for free. Thats why i love android : )

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Such innovative title:http://www.androidauthority.com/app-annie-q1-2016-report-google-play-apple-app-store-687632/ Where would the tech be without you, Alan B.

10. GeorgeAF

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Plagiarism at its best

4. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 975; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

And how many of those apps stayed on the device for more than a day lol

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

it means playstore have better selection of free apps.. and its easy to find some cracked full-version apps (non-subcription) and its a win for android user.. pay less get more, lol

14. Unordinary unregistered

Lmfao yes I'm definitely sure that's what it means loooollll. No one makes money with Android

18. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Excuse me, are you saying that BobbyBuster was right after all? :O

48. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well it is true. No one makes money if users are pirating your stuff.

33. ..Z..

Posts: 85; Member since: Apr 16, 2016

APPLE'S POLICY that "there's a sucker born every minute" has been revealed as the cost of the Ipad has been calculated. It appears that Apple has a practice of buying cheap components but spending large on "look and feel" bits and then charging users double for it. Research outfit Isuppli took off the aluminium backing of an Ipad and discovered that there was about $259.60 worth of gear in it. This is about half of what Steve Jobs is charging his fanbois for it. You would think then that you would have to spend a lot to get the technology to work. Isuppli worked out that a disproportionate amount of the unit cost was spent getting the touchscreen to go. The shiny aluminium case cost about $32 and the battery cost $21. Isuppli was a little surprised at the way the Ipad was built. The fact that there were three chips needed to power the touchscreen pushed up its estimates of the cost. Take a figure and then double it was also seen by Isuppli with the Iphone 3G, which also has a huge markup. Of course Steve Jobs would never get away with charging so much if it was not for those pesky kids who tell their parents that they should buy it for them. Ironically they would not buy the same car for twice the price or even the same frozen peas at that mark up, but for some reason they are dumb enough to write Steve a big cheque for a netbook without a keypad. ยต

35. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Wait how is this any relevant to the article or any comments?

38. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

It's relevant. Z's comment is about Apple's policy. Go have a look at Apple's App Store policy and understand why the App Store makes such amount of cash.

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