Google Play app revenue could surpass iTunes App Store by the end of 2013, will developers follow?

Just in case you were looking for a break from the BlackBerry madness that has been happening today, we've got some interesting news in regards to the Google Play Store, and the iTunes App Store. As any Android user will tell you, one of the biggest annoyances is that despite the platform having a huge lead in market share worldwide, developers still build for iOS first. Well, that may be about to change because it looks like the Play Store revenue could surpass the iTunes App Store by the end of 2013 or early 2014...
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61. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

Dude, shut your p#*hole! I live in Africa & I'm not even sure how much I've invested buying apps (games, launchers, add-ons, media players, comics, System & file managers, etc) from the play store especially since I could buy them with my bank debit card but I have no less than 45 PAID apps on my galaxy note. If I had to estimate I'd say no less than $250 worth of apps at the moment. I've tried pirated apps when I wasn't able to purchase apps with my card on the playstore but the experience of using pirated apps meant I couldn't have current updates & thus no new features for my apps. So clearly it's not worth it. I also cannot stand seeing ads on my favorite apps so that too had to change as soon as I could purchase apps. Now I have installed a little over 100 apps with 45 paid apps & I'm more than happy to support developers who put in hard work to provide great apps with fantastic user experience.

19. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I've got around $80 of apps from the Play Store, and never pirated an app. It amazes me how people know everything by reading a couple articles on the internet. Btw, where's your boyfriend the French model? (In case you didn't get that it's from a State Farm commercial).

22. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Sorry to burst your bubble... I purchased all my apps. I've pirated them, but if I like them, I delete them a buy them again from the Play store.

23. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Number of pirated apps on my GS3 = 0 I have about 20 paid apps. You lose. Not surprising for loser.

33. Aeires unregistered

Looks like someone hasn't been following the price of high end Android phones and how well they are selling world wide. 0 pirated and over $200 in Android apps. Yes, there are people who use Android and make good money.

44. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010 may have stepped in it for real this time... Me? Spent $123.51. Pirated? None... I bought some apps as donations. One app I cant even use was exclusive to the Droid X1. I figure if I can spend $5-$7 for lunch at work... I wont even mention how much I spend going out for lunch or at happy hour....I can afford .99 for an app that will still serve me alot longer than lunch or dinner. I have 2 apps that cost over $10......14.95 and 16.80. I bet you think thats unheard of in Android land... I paid for 2 Android phones at retail price when they launched... I have a 3 line family plan....all Android phones....have 6 Android phones total....using 3 right do the math.

55. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

When I have had Android Devices like the Droid X, S2, G2 and GNote, I bought both sale apps but also many regular price. That being said 90% of my friends that own Android devices do not. One firmly believes since Android is Open Source apps should be free. He is also the king of piracy. He and I have battled over giving developers their do. Apps like Rom Manager and Titanium Backup I bought long ago and didn't flinch on the $5.90 cost. I have also bought apps for $19.99 like Docs to Go, Remote Desktop. Piracy in the Android Apps is common on XDA despite Moderators trying to stop it.

57. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Fair enough.... Ok Ninetysix.....90% of his friends that have Android phones pirate Android apps. Feel better? This also reminds me of something....the folks that pirate movies, PC, console games, music, etc are probably the same folks. Or the majority of them are. Like the majority of the general public dont know the first thing about root and ROMs....I got a feeling the majority dont know how to get or even find pirated content.

63. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

15. Meleagru

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 03, 2012

It should an interesting struggle, since I believe that, with a larger installer base, you could potentially earn more with a free app on Google Play from advertising than with a paid app in the App Store. Cheap has always prevailed in these kind of disputes before and I don't see that changing.

45. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

You know how many times I hit the ads on the ad version of Angry You might have a good point.

25. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yup, no one pirated apps, just like no one cheats on their taxes. In fact, is not pirating, because you can download Blackmart right from the play store; is not as if Google is encouraging the behavior. Imagine if you could download cydia from iTunes?

60. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

No.....the question that one guy asked is how many pirate all their apps. Most ppl that responded dont....some did tho. Its not to the extreme. Some dont at all, some do. I am willing to bet most dont tho. Like the general public...most dont pirate movies, games and music. If that was the one in the entertainment field would be making any money at all. No movie studios, no record labels, no app developers, no game makers. That guy was making it out like every Android user pirates apps....oh yea...because they are cheap. And they know it. And please dont tell me you think iOS doesnt have any pirated apps. Folks already named a few places that have pirated iOS apps. Blackberry just announced they have a Bittorrent and utorrent app. Are they encouraging it? Torrents can be used for legal things....but everybody likes to say most ppl use trrents for pirated content. Btw..I just tried to find it on the Play store...and couldnt. If its hidden or you have to type it in a certain way....or if its removed.... When was the last time you seen it in the Play store? Maybe next time search for it before posting half truths?

27. hepresearch unregistered

I hope that more people start developing for Android as a result of this coming shift. Now, will this make sense for all developers? I don't think so, but it would be nice. It is fairly clear to me that development for iOS is made to be easier, but is more expensive as a result (Apple devs have to be licensed by Apple for a fee). Greater freedom always requires more work. The fact that the Play Store is now pulling in more money is encouraging, though, should they finally come to surpass iTunes' revenues. I'm still not super enthralled with where Android has been heading lately... much less open in certain ways, and much more controlled and confined in some as well, but there isn't really a whole lot of choice for developers seeking to get big revenues in open-source for mobile right now. I'm hopeful that people will also explore other options, like Jolla's Sailfish OS, or FireFox OS...


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Where have you been, posting after a very long time...? Where is Apple Royally?

37. hepresearch unregistered

answer to 'second half' of #1: Yes. answer to #2: I don't really care. Good to see you, too, though...

36. hepresearch unregistered

Regarding this side-story of pirated apps... I have a Nokia N75 with S60 3rd, a Nokia E75 with S60 3rd FP2, and a Nokia N800 Maemo tablet with an Easy Debian chroot... I have no pirated apps, though most of my apps were free anyway. That, and a couple of specialty goodies that I coded myself, but that's another story. Yes, everyone and their mother says Symbian is dead and impossible to find apps for, but at least I don't live in a world where I ever feel the need to 'pirate' anything.

29. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

That's awesome guys! This article is incorrect then. According to the comments here, nobody has pirated an app so with Android's HUGE 70% market share, the google play store revenue should surpass Apple's revenue and not next year.

31. HouTexan

Posts: 461; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Everyone here did not say they have never pirated apps. Some said they have, but not much. I have PLENTY of friends who use iphones/ipod touches that have pirated from installous. It isn't just "android users".

35. Aeires unregistered

Not everyone said they buy apps either, there's plenty of good free ones. My go to Notes app is free, use it every day at work.

47. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea....out of all the apps I bought...I have many more free ones. I bought 42...I may have about 200 more free.

46. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

You know good n well a few posters on here dont represent everyone... What happened is so far most that spoke up were the ones that dont pirate or pirate as much. Just goes to show everyone doesnt pirate apps you claimed.

48. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So basically you have no way to think for yourself or come to a conclusion on your own? No one is saying piracy doesnt occur, but that doesnt mean its as widespread as tech blog articles make out either. They're in the business of bringing in internet traffic to their site. Many if not all sensationalize the facts to being in readers. Have you ever seen a headline that was a real eye catcher, then read the story and found it was not as extreme as what the headline made it out to be? That's sensationalist journalism, which accounts for a large amount of what we read or see today. Does everyone do it? No, but that doesnt mean it doesnt happen. You seem be under the notion that either everyone does it or no one does it. In real life it's not so black and white. The thing is, and others have mentioned this, is that anything can be copied, stolen, and pirated. From recording songs of of the radio, illegal music downloads, pirated software, to someone using a food companies secret ingredient, it happens. But that doesnt mean that everyone does it, and it doesnt mean that it never happens. Of just means that some people do it and some don't. If you want to get technical anyone who gives others the info on how to jailbreak their iphone is pirating software. But just reading a few articles or asking a few commenters doesnt give you an accurate picture of what actually happens. Learn to get information, do a little deductive reasoning, and think for yourself.

52. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I have pirated a couple of apps, but the numbers are pretty nice, considering that people like you believe that half of us pirate our apps...btw, I have purchased several apps over the last 3 years of owning android, but I am selective, and not a sap like many iProduct users are.

34. Aeires unregistered

I've been using Android since the G1 and the quality of the apps and Play store has excelled tremendously. It'll take more time because in Apple's case, it's much easier to make an app for only 3 screen sizes compared to the dozens and dozens of Android screen sizes. From what I've heard, iOS is easier to code for so there's that aspect as well. The bottom line is this, I haven't had any needs on my Android phones because there weren't enough apps to take care of what I needed to do. I don't find the quality an issue either, games look and play great and the productivity apps I have are easy to use and get the job done every time I've needed them.

51. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I agree, although, it is pretty dumb that my kids get an update on their ipod before I do...but, I can be patient

40. kizanko

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

You know i'd love to buy apps but here in The Netherlands almost nobody uses creditcards and there are many countries with people who don;t use creditcards aswell heck even in US there are allot of people who don;t pay with their creditcard. The good thing about the Appstore is that you can pay with your bankcard, something the Play store has still no option for. I don;t own a Apple device but i find it unfair that i can still not buyany paid apps in the Play Store because of this limitation. Carrier billing is also taking ages to come here to all providers as goes for the Play store cards, i'd rather have a equivalent to Paypal or more payment options. Please Google, if you want more apps to sell give more options rather than creditcards! :-(

50. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

there are options - bill to carrier and bill to debit/credit card bank card...where have you been?...well, ok, at least in America...

49. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I guess this is good, but I do not care..sorry, I buy a phone because I like and does what I want or need and not because its app store brings in the cash.

54. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

I spent $350 playing rage of bahamut during the castle in the sky event on android. But I rarely find apps in the play store that Im interested in buying. This month I am hoping to buy neXt launcher $15.99 and easy tether pro for 9.99.
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