Google Play dwarfs Apple’s App Store in downloads, but the App Store owns the revenue

Google Play dwarfs Apple’s App Store in downloads, but the App Store owns the revenue
It should come as no surprise that Google Play sees a significantly greater amount of download activity compared to Apple’s App Store, after all, Android dominates the mobile OS landscape.

When it comes to the revenues generated from the Apple App Store, however, Apple downright “pwns” Google Play app revenue, by more than 60%.

Based on analysis by App Annie, both Google Play and the App Store experienced healthy growth last year. Apple’s App Store revenues grew to more than $10 billion overall. In just the last year, the Apple App Store generated as much revenue as 40% of all revenues brought in since it launched in 2008.

The majority of those revenues come from just three countries, the United States, Japan, and South Korea. In terms of demographics, it probably comes as no surprise that men are more likely than women to download and play games, while woman have the edge on downloading social networking and photo-base applications.

App Annie analyzed data from more than 90 of the top 100 app publishers, as well as information sourced from more than 700,000 applications.
Google Play dwarfs Apple’s App Store in downloads, but the App Store owns the revenue

via: TUAW

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6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Precisely why devs choose Apple first.

12. Shubham412302

Posts: 564; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

play store dont support many debit and credit cards

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Very true. I would choose to develop for iOS first. Makes more business sense.

17. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Depends what you need/strive for. If you only care about money it makes sense, if you care more about getting your software to as many people as possible it makes a lot more sense to develop for Android. EG: all the GNU software goes first to Android, and then (if ever) to iOS.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Money feeds families, and pays bills. Real world stuff.

21. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Then an app developer might not be for you, in 2013 most app developers would make 500 a month :)

40. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If that's on top of a main salary, then that's great. I could use an extra $500 a month lol.

42. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Lol true, I know a few Android devs and most of them have a regular job as well. Although most of those devs are into customisation packs, like icons & zooper widgets, which are not likely to create a big income anyways.

26. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Sure it does, but wills can change the world and make it better. Converting your real world in a better future. As the saying goes: The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. You seem to be a reasonable man.

41. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes sir, I am.

7. ruwie

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

Revenue is lower because, there are so many hacked app for those who dont want to pay.

10. givemetacos

Posts: 16; Member since: May 12, 2014

it's also much easier to block ads on android than it is on iOS

29. Somebody995

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Only if you are an *advanced* user who knows about things like ROOT.

31. givemetacos

Posts: 16; Member since: May 12, 2014

actually you don't even need root, ad block plus will work without it on wifi

8. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

As an Android user but not a fan boy, I admit that the App Store has more useful and attracting apps rather than Google Play. So I will be happy and satisfied if I bought it in the App Store. What about Google Play? Bunch of junk apps, fake clone apps, bad designed games. And the installer is widely available in some sites, so they wouldn't need to buy it in the Google Play. I'm sure this is the main cause why some devs prioritize App Store as their market.

16. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The actual reason revenue is lower is that there are other sources besides the Play Store to get Android apps. Probably over a quarter of my apps are from Amazons store. A few are from the actual devs on xda (I donate to them directly, and get more and quicker updates).

24. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I think there are many factors that one should take into account. * More than one source of legal apps (like the amazon store) * Easier to sideload apps (legal or illegal) outside the Playstore * Also a buttload of free apps that have similar function like (other) paid versions, so why get an app that is not for free * Quality of apps.. a lot of them (especially in the beginning) were just buggy ports from iOS, with the same look (usually skeuomorphism). * Willingnes to buy apps. Not necessarily depended on rich/non-rich They all matter in some degree

23. rotkiv3451

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Deny it all you want, but some app developers have already made available the results of their sales on iOS and Android. The developer of some game that I can't recall the name right now has said that 60% of iOS users who have the game installed have actually paid for it, while 85% of Android users who have the same game on their phones have NOT paid for it. It IS easier to side load cracked apps on Android, there is nothing more to it, and that will likely never change. That doesn't mean that Android will never get the cool apps first, because in a couple of years the difference between Android and iOS users will be so big (android will obviously grow more) that EVEN IF 85% of the users on Android have not paid for it, it will still get the developer more money because 15% of a million is still more than 60% of 100000 (one hundred thousand). So yes, Android WILL eventually become the first choice for developers, without Google having to lift finger.

30. Somebody995

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Do you believe that posting the exact same message twice in the same thread will make your message more believable? ... not arguing about the *correctness* of your message, just annoyed that I saw it twice.

37. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

It doesn't help, in the play store you can get a legal apk extractor, which can be used for good or evil.

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