The average iOS app made 4x more money than on Android in Q2, game revenue from China beats the US now

The average iOS app made 4x more money than on Android in Q2, game revenue from China beats the US now
Most of the money that comes from software development for phones and tablets, is from gaming, both at the App Store and at Google Play, and the latest Q2 rankings from the mobile analytic shop App Annie come to prove that notion once again.

Ever since the App Store and Google Play application shops inception, their total number of downloads and revenue have been growing exponentially, but comparing the two paints two completely different paths. While in Q2 the Play Store served twice as many app downloads, the App Store devs earned twice as much on average than their Android counterparts.

Moreover, in the lucrative gaming category, iOS gamers spent more in China than in the US for the first time, showing how important the Chinese market is for Apple once again, even if the authorities are trying to restrict its span there. There is plenty more to mull over in the charts below that the research firm has compiled on the state of the app industry for the previous quarter, but we'll just slide one spoiler - just three countries (the US, China and Japan) account for the lion's share of developer revenue.

If we discount Japan where it is really a one-horse race against the Line social network app, we are left with why everyone is trying to focus on the US and China these days, and Google can't even sell apps in China, which might explain why the gap in revenue between the Play Store and App Store continues to widen.

source: App Annie



1. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

US have money CHINA have manpower!! But INDIA is catching up with talent and manpower both!! Money is still a problem!!

32. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

In what world is 100% difference equal to 4x growth?? Really low standard in accuracy!! PA

6. Unordinary unregistered

BobbyBuster was right all along

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No one makes money on Android?

33. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Fools and their money would soon part.

8. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

"China beats US" is pretty much common so why is this news?

10. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Looks like Richard Yarrell is banned again.

12. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

One word that describes the problem- Sideloading. Yeah you can jailbreak blah blah, but Android comes ready out the box to borrow apps ;)

23. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

None of these comparisons bother to pit competition against one another. A samsung "Jwhatever" doesn't compete with apple in any way. However, Those users download apps, and likely mostly free ones. These things are just to fuel the fanboy wars. If you want to compare highend devices to that of Apple, then it would be a fair comparison. Otherwise, it's just BS.

25. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

So basically china buy more but china cant access google play. So ofcourse less revenue will be made for application thats cant be downloaded from google play in china. Whitout china the gap is smaller and getting smaller year after year.. I remember before its was like 10 to 1 for revenue per app when compared.

30. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

This is only looking at the play store. I've never bought anything in there (thanks to Google's stupid greed for information), I do all my app purchases directly from the dev or via the Amazon app store...

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