Google Play first-time app installs surpassed App Store's by more than double in 2017
Although App Store at about every category, there's one where Google Play is far ahead of Apple's applications store: first-time app installs. The report published recently by SensorTower confirm a 13% growth of the global first-time app installs, which amassed 91.5 billion.
While Google Play app downloads increased by 16.7% to reach around 64 billion, App Store first-time app installs only grew 6.7% (28 billion). One of the main reasons Google Play had more first-time app installs than App Store is the higher rate adoption in emerging markets.
Google continues to support the Android One program, which brings cheap, solid smartphones to markets where feature phones are still predominant.
However, if you are a mobile developer, you'll probably want to launch your product in the App Store first. iOS users spent around $38.5 billion on the App Store in 2017, while Android consumers spent only $20.1 billion on Google Play. Let's not forget though that the latter is not available in China, a huge mobile market where Apple thrives when it comes to App Store in-app purchases.
Game revenue on App Store grew at 30% with around $30 billion spent in 2017, while Google Play Store accounted for just $18 billion. Even so, Google Play's numbers are still a 30% increase from 2016. You can find the rest of SensorTower's report at the source link below.