iOS Apps Four Times More Profitable Than Android Store

While the Apple App Store is four times more profitable than Google Play, Android's revenue for apps has risen by 311 percent since January and 17.9 percent during the last month.

Comparatively, Apple's app revenue has increased by 12.9 percent this year, but decreased by 0.7 percent in the last month. iOS, however, boasts 10 percent more volume of global free apps downloaded when compared to Android.

That said, Google Play's growth stands at 48 percent during the last five months, while Apple settled for a 3.3 percent growth rate in the free app market.

"The gap between global revenue on iOS and Google Play is still there," said Bertrand Schmitt, App Annie CEO. "But the gap is shrinking every month, creating more opportunities for publishers to generate significant revenue growth in several countries on Google Play."

"Although, in the most recent month, growth has slowed considerably, and the question remains, can Google Play keep growing at a lightning pace?" the report added.

Since its inception, the Google Play store has, as of September, exceeded the 25 billion downloads millstone. Last month saw Google Play matching the same amount of iOS apps with 700,000 applications available for download.

 

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  • You have to acknowledge, Android has come along way. Imagine if Apple didn't have Android competing against it. We'd probably still have the same stale mobile iOS........oh wait. NVM.
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  • It does need to be about profit if you are a company and you sell software in order to put food on the table. My company sells in the App Store and Google Play and the difference is huge. The only reason we're in Google Play is because we need cross-platform coverage. The app itself will always make a loss because the wages of the developers are way above what we seem to be able to sell.
    The iOS app, meanwhile, just about breaks even. Thank goodness for more profitable desktop software...
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  • stingray71You have to acknowledge, Android has come along way. Imagine if Apple didn't have Android competing against it. We'd probably still have the same stale mobile iOS........oh wait. NVM.


    LOL
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  • More profitable for whom? And this is a problem because...?

    Not everything needs to be about profit.
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  • It does need to be about profit if you are a company and you sell software in order to put food on the table. My company sells in the App Store and Google Play and the difference is huge. The only reason we're in Google Play is because we need cross-platform coverage. The app itself will always make a loss because the wages of the developers are way above what we seem to be able to sell.
    The iOS app, meanwhile, just about breaks even. Thank goodness for more profitable desktop software...
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  • No one cares about you apple boy. I'm gonna take the food from your table and throw it in the sewer!!
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