Google Play revenue on the rise, App Store still well in the lead

Google Play revenue on the rise, App Store still well in the lead
It's been a pretty slow road for the Google Play Store. Compared to the speed at which Android has taken over the market, the Play Store has lagged well behind in proving that Android users are willing to pay for apps. But, the numbers are moving in the right direction with Google Play revenue on the rise. Apple's App Store is still quite far in the lead in terms of revenue, but the reasoning may not be what you'd expect.

The numbers come from Distimo, which is an analytics firm that has tracked over 3 billion downloads from various app stores. According to its statistics, Google Play has gained significant ground on Apple's App Store in the past 6 months. As of November 2012, Google Play accounted for 19% of the combined app revenue between the platforms, but as of April 2013 that number had risen to 27%. 

Distimo does some impressive granular analytics for various apps and games as well, finding that Final Fantasy III drew 73% of its April revenues from Google Play, while The Simpsons: Tapped Out was almost the mirror image, pulling 79% of its April revenues from Apple's App Store. Maybe more interesting is that WhatsApp made more in revenue in 3 European countries through Google Play than through the App Store despite the app being free on Android and paid on iOS. 

In total, the top 200 apps in Google Play earned $1.1 million per day in April, while the top 200 apps in the App Store pulled in 4.6 times as much at $5.1 million per day. This granular tracking of individual apps led Distimo to find that a big reason for why Google Play is lagging behind Apple in terms of revenue is not that Android users are less willing to pay for apps or that the majority of apps are free, but that many developers still only release apps on iOS, which is effectively limiting their potential revenue. 

source: Distimo via TechCrunch



1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Depends in what type of revenue. Google Play may have the lead in ad revenue since most android users are more likely to download free apps rather than pay for them. The App Store has more users and apps plus better developer support so I doubt the play store will be able to catch up to it anytime soon.

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Plus App Store normally charge more for the same app that is also available in play store. Feature wise the iOS app do feel like a cut down version due to Apple strictly regulated api and the lack of key features such as the lack of file system and NO third parties web engines and api allowed.

4. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

soon, I mean very soon, Google Play will pass App Store


Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

It's developers fault i don't see why some of them still launch their apps jst on apple, or it'll take some time to be launched on all platforms, where's the competition in that how do u know which platform is better or it's gaining more profit if there's still some apps exclusive to specific one though, all developers must launch their apps on all platforms it's better for them they'll be widely known n they gain more profit, n for the users they'll have the chance to use those apps n than we know for real which is gaining more profit. And if some developers still prefer specific platform its their loss cuz i won't change my platform to another jst to try their apps n i guess many of users also.

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

all the major players are onbroad the Android ship. Name one that Don't.

6. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

iOS has 800000 pure apps, even if the play store matches the app store in numbers, it's like comparing the app store vs cydia + the app store. On Android, icon packs, launchers, widgets, live wallpapers, add-ons are considerend apps. There's still some stuff missing in Android. Vine, Mailbox, Nike+ fuelband, but also twitter music clear there's no great music production software like trakktor dj or garageband due to android's audio latency, there's less games (95 gameloft games on android compared to compared to 115 on the iPhone, there's 33 EA games on android vs 112 on the iPhone). And if you compare two similar apps side by side, you'll notice overall that the iOS counterpart is better. Being an owner of smartphones from both Oses (Jailbroken i5 and HTC One), i'd say that Apple can only compete when it comes to design& build, app selection, smoothness, GPU and camera.

7. buccob

Posts: 2979; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Finally somebody speaks objectively with facts... I agree with you... but either way... the benefits of Android over iOS in terms of software (not jailbroken or rooted) are that some apps exists exclusively for Android that allows you to take advantage of the nature of the system... Llama is my personal favorite. And there is a custom software development on the rise by manufacturers that (some people dislike but) for most users, is actually very useful, particulary Samsung's floating apps, Sony's small apps... Samsung's side-by-side view... etc Those features alone overweights for me the bigger app selection iOS offers but with limited functionality. Also I do agree on considering Android customization options such as widgets as apps... since they do add funcionality to the phone itself and it is a piece of software running...

8. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Agree, Android has so much potential. Tasker is for me a reason to switch to Android. I wish HTC had something like floating apps but it's android so i found some stuff in the play store (tiny apps), and I LOVE chat heads, something ios will never have

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I have both iOS and Android devices that why i know a lot about them both. The rate Android software/hardware development go makes using iOS device less and less appealing. For music production i suggest you check out pocketband pro.

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