Google Play growing faster than Apple's App Store, but still trailing in revenue

Google Play growing faster than Apple's App Store, but still trailing in revenue
Just a couple weeks ago, app tracking data came out from App Annie showing that Android has been generating more app downloads in the Google Play Store, but Apple is still pulling in more than twice the revenue. New statistics from Distimo show a similar comparison on total revenue, but it also shows that Google Play is growing much faster than the App Store.

According to Distimo, over the last 6 months the Google Play Store has seen its revenue grow 67%, and it has gone up 11% in just the last month alone. On the other side of things, Apple is not seeing that sort of growth. Over the past 6 months the App Store has seen just 15% growth, and only 3% in the past month. But, the end result still has Apple earning about twice as much as Google. 

The international numbers show much the same story as App Annie did with the U.S. and Japan leading the way on App Store revenue, and the U.S., Japan, and Korea bringing in the most for Google Play.


source: Distimo via BGR

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24 Comments

1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Good for consumers ..I mean why invest in the so-called Apple ecosystem when you can get many of the apps for less with Google. Consumers want fair pricing and could care less about revenue of an OS app store.

2. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

When shady apps like the "suspicious BBM" app reported yesterday can easily make its way into the app store, it's no surprise to me.

19. androidfanboy

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 24, 2013

Troll

21. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

So what? Your name explains everything. I was merely stating a fact.

3. mariosuneo4

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

what about windows phone market place??

4. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

with so much side loading I'm surprised they make any money at all

20. androidfanboy

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 24, 2013

Piss off

23. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

wow, no need for that. He's right, i love android, but theres A TON of side loading....and i'm guilty of it as well. But, i do buy apps, so, as long as you have a reasonable person, who knows to support development and future apps you must support the dev, most people will sideload to take an app for a trial run.

5. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Not really a surprise. It was expected that this was going to happen.

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Play Store will surpass App Store in revenue too. Most of the apps are free on PS while same are paid on AS.

22. pellegrini

Posts: 84; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

I'm not sure about that, it may take a while. Android users ( outside North America at least) don't like to pay for apps. If it isn't free on play store they will look for "other sources" to download it. It's really a shame.

7. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

One note no one seems to realize - look at the iPad app revenue, it generates just as much as the iPhone, if not even more. And, unlike Android, every app for the iPad needs to be PAID AGAIN. On Android, you buy an app once, and then you can just download it on a tablet for free

11. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Actually when you buy an iPhone app the iPad version of this app is downloaded on your iPad, unless that app hasn't an iPad version and you get the iPhone app or the dev didn't link both of the apps and you'll end up with the phone app again, but it's rare since most of the apps have their ipad optimised version

24. Caralho

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

So in short, Apple GOUGES their users. No wonder their revenues are higher. It's soon to end though, as Apple is surely on the way to become the new Blackberry...

8. special4u

Posts: 63; Member since: May 22, 2013

i never paid any single cent for an apps in appstore and i happily getting all the features i want. PPL dont know that appstore has tones of free apps to use with. well i think appstores offer greater experience than play store ( so far) because i still have the option to choose within free apps & paid apps,in the same time with better security and lesser ads, spam. and most importantly, it provide a better platform for developer, in other hand attract more developer to develop latest and greatest apps.

9. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

google isn't money hungry like apple

10. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

tell that to their shareholders... since when is google the good guy? because it license an os for free and also has free online services? that is not how they make their money they sell ad space. they datamine the beyyebus out of its users and sell that info to private companies yet somehow they are the good guys googles PR team is doing a helluva job

14. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Much better than patent trolls and stealers... That gives less and takes more of your hard earned cash ™

12. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

IMO the Play Store needs better apps that are paid but are ad-free, but that's not the case due to piracy. Personally i'd gladly pay for an app instead of using a free one with ads

13. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Japan is huge market and very competitive.

15. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Ecosystem, 'nuff said. Google has done a lot of work in adding features to their Play store, it's not just about app count and paid vs. free apps.

16. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

why don't you review a phone just for once?

17. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

why don't you review a phone just for once?

18. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

How the hell do i delete my repeated post?

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