Latest stats shows Google Play Store leading in downloads, but Apple App Store on top for revenue

Latest stats shows Google Play Store leading in downloads, but Apple App Store on top for revenue
App Annie has released the latest quarterly look at the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. For the three months ended in June, Android users downloaded 85% more apps from the Google Play Store than iOS users did from the App Store. But when it comes to bringing home the bacon, the App Store does a better job than its Android counterpart.

For the second quarter, the App Store recorded 70% more revenue than the Google Play Store. App Annie cites the abundance of cheaper Android phones and the success of the platform in emerging markets as one of the reasons for the difference between Android downloads, and the revenue generated by them. If Android users want to know why developers still write for iOS before Android, this is one of the reasons right here.

It isn't surprising that China and the U.S. are the top two countries for App Store downloads. Japan, the U.K. and Russia round out the top five. Looking at the same data for downloads from the Google Play Store, the U.S. is on top followed by Brazil, India, Russia and Mexico. The U.S. is the top revenue producing country for the App Store, which is hardly a surprise. Japan is second with China third. U.K. and Australia are fourth and fifth, respectively. The top revenue producing country for the Google Play Store is Japan with the U.S. in second. South Korea ,Taiwan and Germany complete the top five list.

Lastly, the Games category was not only downloaded the most by App Store and Google Play visitors during the second quarter of this year, it also brought in the most money for both stores.

source: AppAnnie via AndroidAuthority



1. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

fix title

5. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Yes, it should be "Google Play Store tops in downloads for Q2, App Store tops in revenue"

29. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

I can't find the difference buddy!!

2. brasstax

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 16, 2014


3. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

If they would make the app better on Androif, more people would buy them or download them.

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO Android phone app quality is on par with iOS However Android tablet app quality isn't Also IMO the biggest problem is piracy Its too easy to pirate apps on Android Just download .apk, unlike iOS which need jailbreak Unless Google block sideloading .apks, piracy will be a big issue Or unless if Google copied Valve/Steam and have lots of major sales

19. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Well stream have a great security the best in my opinion. Google is just lazy pirate is only a thing hacking games is another like full resources and everything.

25. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Piracy has nothing to do with google play poor money performance for developers. Its cause a large number of android phones are cheap phones used in countries where wasting 5-10$ a month on apps and games is impossible cause of the poverty. Android has total domination in third world countries and in every single poor country. Not that it doesn't in rich countries but there iOS has a good grip while its almost non existent in a poor or third world country. Just imagine a poor person in India with a 120eur Chinese branded android phone making 200$ a month barely able to live. You get my point.

27. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

But that's not the case with PC gaming Consoles are more popular in most first world countries PC gaming is more popular in third world countries (excluding some European countries) Yet PC gaming still has higher revenue than consoles That's why I reckon Google should copied Valve/Steam and do major sales Or copied how Valve/Steam have split pricing depending on region, so third world countries have lower prices But your point is still important Google/Andorid OEMs do need to try win over more higher income people I guess that's what Samsung is trying with the S6 and S6 Edge

30. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Well PCs are more powerful than consoles a console can never reach the performance of a PC but consoles are more affordable however i still prefer keyboard and mouse for most of the games. Consoles and phones revenue from games is not to be compared consoles are profitable for games phones are not.

35. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I agree with the first part, but consoles are not always more affordable than PC Building a PC is usually cheaper than the cost of both a console and PC (assuming every has some sort of PC) E.g. it just takes ~$400-500 for a PC that outperforms the $350 PS4/Xbox One (in the US) Also the cost of a PC over time is cheaper since PC games are much cheaper and since you don't have to pay for PSN+ or Xbox Live Also why not compared them Mobile gaming is very profitable, maybe not as much as console or PC right now But its improving, there are many mobile games advertised on TV Valve, EA, Ubisoft, Square Enix, Bethesda and many other AAA publishers are increasing their mobile game efforts Konami is even shift their focus from consoles to mobile

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Vince, not sure of you use both concurrently, but I do. Ios apps generally have better quality, and layouts than android apps. It's something I've noticed throughout my experience with both platforms. The apps I use most like ESPN, Smartnews, CNN, Bills reminder, My AT&T all look and have better layouts on ios.

36. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I did an iPad Mini 2 Its not currently with me since I give it too my mum But I had it since launch until earlier this year, I don't use it much and my mum was using my old iPod Touch 4 I choose that since Android tablet apps aren't as good (like I said before) Many of my fav apps are Android apps or have better Android version e.g. Relay/Sync for reddit, Flynx, Pushbullet/Portal, Firefox, Facebook Messenger, Weather Timeline, ...

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So do you think it could be the revenue stream then? I know there's more paid apps in ios, maybe they develop for ios first, cause they hey more money out if it, that's certainly understandable.

47. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

That is the case in some situations But some people just prefer Android So they develop for Android over iOS That's certainly understandable IMO Like how some sports stars are loyal to one club, while some are merchants who chase money

4. mahima

Posts: 729; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

you can always easily download paid app for free from many sites for android. Never buy an app! Now in wp, story is different for me :-)

7. TechNeck

Posts: 651; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

So true 1+

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

People that would pirate software would do it regardless of platform. I have seem many people download free windows software and PC game via ISO. When I ask them they say $60 is too much to pay and I agree. Now only $0.99 they still would pirate the app risking getting the phone infected by malware. It more a mentality, I don't pirate PC games and I don't pirate apps.

9. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

This is very true. However, we can also look at other factors too, like who buys what. People that pirate usually don't spend 700 bucks for a phone that is walgardened as much as apple. And people who do spend that much, normally don't mind paying that .99 or 2.99 etc for an app or in app purchases. However, you get that person who struggles to buy a phone for 100 bucks, will probably have the same struggle to pay for apps.

11. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I've spent around that much on my last few devices (to keep my UDP), but I run Android. The only times I've ever sideloaded apps is if they're not available in the Playstore but through the dev's site, or old apps that aren't offered anymore by the dev himself but people still have the apk file. I wouldn't consider either of those instances pirating in that they're either offered for free by the dev or there isn't an option to reimburse the dev. But if an app is available in a paid version and if actually offers me functionality I need over the free version, I'll pony up the money.

39. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm the exact same situation - I pay full price for all 4 phones on my account to keep unlimited, all Android. I don't pirate anything. Most of my app versions are paid, over the free versions, just to keep the ad distractions down. Even if the paid app doesn't have any extra functionality or the free one doesn't have ads, if it's an app I use, I'll get the paid one just to support the developer. It's usually only a couple of buck at most.

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Completely agree.

6. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

the title had me trippy yo lol

10. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

fix the title please

14. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

I have a question!!!! Do Apple have many applications which are good that are free?? Because when I see "Best iOS apps" they almost always are all paid for, but Androids are mostly free anyway. It's weird, remember Angry Birds was free on Android, but paid on iOS??

22. AlikMalix unregistered

Any app that's free on android is free on iOS 99% of the time. But there are apps on iOS that are free and android are paid only versions. iOS does have apps that are free just like on android, but has same apps in addition to that that are paid versions (without ads or iap's for example). Basically what a lot of people miss when making a statement like yours is that android sometimes gets ONLY the free (ad supported or iap) versions, but iOS also has the free AND paid version of the same app.

41. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

They keep to the free with ads or buy crap in game for android so they can not be sideloaded (I.e. The full game, as there is no full game to sideload

42. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Your statement in the first paragraph is not TRUE. The second paragraph you wrote is just RIDICULOUS. WhatsApp, was also a FREE App on Android, and it took 3 years before it became FREE in IOS... In the long run, there are MORE Android USERS than IOS USERS, and FREE Apps are gonna be downloaded more than the paid ones. O.o @AlikMalix

16. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Do you even Revenue?

17. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

I love Google... If they were money hungry like apple they would be richer than apple.. But they so focus on advertising that they will give u products and services dirt cheap so they can sell more ads... Like I heard Google fibre gonna be free and that's because they want to get alot of person on there service so they can make money from ads.... Buying Android apps or sideloading it.. Google make money.. If they were to do wat apple does and lock down sideloading then could make more money than apple... I love Google... If apple own YouTube users would have to pay to upload videos... With Google u can upload whatever u want as long as they can run ads

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