App Store Increases Revenue Lead Over Google Play in Q1 2015

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's App Store increased its revenue lead by 10 percentage points over Google's Play Store in the first quarter of 2015, according to the latest numbers from App Annie obtained by The Wall Street Journal. The App Store's revenue was also almost 70% higher than the Play Store, despite Google Play receiving 70% more app downloads during the three-month period ending March.

    Apple's increased App Store revenue helped it reverse a trend that saw Google Play slowly catch up in revenue over recent quarters, although the Play Store continued to widen its lead in overall downloads. Apple previously held about a 60% advantage in App Store revenues over Google Play during the third quarter of 2014, but that figure rose to about 70% in Q1 2015 on the strength of the United States and China.
    The disparity between the App Store and Google Play in terms of overall revenue and downloads is a longstanding trend between the iOS and Android storefronts. A number of popular developers turn to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch because Apple's ecosystem provides a more lucrative opportunity for earnings, while Google Play receives more downloads because there are significantly more Android users worldwide.

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  2. sampaul macrumors member


    Aug 22, 2012
    Wait for the contribution from the Apple Watch App Store....Google Play revenue should be nowhere near.
  3. AppleScruff1 macrumors G3


    Feb 10, 2011
  4. KdParker macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    To a developer...this is old news. Makes converting apps to work with Android not worth the time and effort.
  5. k995 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2010
    Yeah google has a what? 7 billion $ market? "If it aint got double digit in billions it aint worth it" , am I right or what?
  6. thekeyring macrumors 68040

    Jan 5, 2012
    It's amazing this is still the case. Considering Google over took them on number of apps and downloads, Apple keeping their lead in revenue despite their being (relatively) such few iOS devices is impressive.
  7. Yamcha macrumors 68000

    Mar 6, 2008
    That might be because most popular apps on Android are actually free :p. Just saying, I know because I have to usually download apps from the ipad for my nephew and I noticed that quite a fair bit of apps are actually free on Android, and cost money on iOS..

    Anyway I'm sure there are many other factors, but I suspect that certainly has a bit to do with it..

    Plus I downloaded many free songs and Albums from Google Play store as well, occasionally they are given for free. I bought ColdPlay's latst album completely free for a limited time of course :p
  8. bigchrisfgb macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2010
    How is that? If you still have an app that people are willing to pay for then it's worth it. Ok so your iOS app will make you more money but your Android app can still bring in money as well, you may as well get what Android can earn you as well instead of writing off that potential income.
    Also what if your commissioned to write and app for a company you would prefer their employees to use cheaper Android company phones/tablets over iPhones/iPads? It's hardly worth writing an iOS app then, is it?
  9. KdParker macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    Not when it come to maintaining updates and keep everything working smoothly on all the different flavors for android. Its not like you just convert and release on Google play and your done.

    Plain and simple there is just a better ROI with the Apple Store.
  10. MikePLP macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2014
    What's new? We all know android users have less income(on average) than the iOS users.
  11. seamer macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2009
    Android is open to abuse from third party vendors (like mobogenie) who create their own stores and give away cracked/stolen apps. Apple controls its store with an iron fist. It's no wonder that the App Store makes money while Android languishes.
  12. Robisan macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2014
    In other words, Android users get more things for free while Apple users have to pay more often. When you keep your customers in a walled barrel the shooting is easy...


    Right. That's why Android users had 70% more app downloads that Apple users.
  13. blackcrayon macrumors 68000

    Mar 10, 2003
    But they might be the most popular because they're free :)

    Or, when people who use a platform aren't interested in buying as much, or when the available software isn't considered worth paying for... There are a multitude of possible reasons.
    "When you keep your developers producing quality software, selling some of it is easier."
  14. chucker23n1 macrumors 68010


    Dec 7, 2014
    So, you're saying you would pay more on Android if you were asked to?

    Because it seems to me like you're reversing the causality here. Relatively speaking, Android developers appear to be more forced to lower their pricing / switch to different business models such as ads, compared to iOS developers. So, the apps are cheaper because that's what the market dictated, not the other way 'round.

    You're pretending building an app for Android comes with essentially no cost.

    This does happen, but isn't that much of a factor. A company that commissions an app is already paying five figures anyway. The hardware just isn't that big a factor.
  15. MikePLP macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2014
    You may want to re-learn math. It's got 70% more app downloads because there are LOT more users. Per user, iOS has LOT more downloads.
  16. KdParker macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    That depends on the what the company wants. (customer is always right).

    As for my own apps doing ok at the Apple Store, converting them would really depends on the popularity of the app to even begin to investigate if it is worth converting.

    IMHO, You have to weigh whether it is worth supporting an app on android vs improving your current app on iOS which always has a better ROI.
  17. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
    I'm gonna tell all of mine too.

    Wait a second I don't have any friends.. Well I did, but then I started talking about marketshare, profit margins and taptic feedback and then they all just stopped calling.. Strange.. Where are they..?

    Anyway, one of them had a really cute nickname. We called him Applescruff because when he ate fruit he'd get it all over his facHEY WAIT A MINUTE IS THAT YOU??! YOU BETRAYED ME! YOU BETRAYED MMMEEEHHHHHHH!!!!!!

  18. quackers82 macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2014
    When i had my Android phone i never paid for an App, yet i will quite freely buy apps without thinking about it on iOS i don't know what causes that difference in me.
  19. MikePLP macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2014
    That's a circular reasoning. Logic 101. They're the most popular because the android users don't want to download paid apps.
  20. kuwxman macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2009
    Olathe, KS
    Easy to do when you have overpriced calendar apps coming to market 'on sale' at $39.99.
  21. pdaholic macrumors 65816


    Jun 22, 2011
    Less access to bootleg apps? #
  22. seamer macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2009
    Downloads are so fraudulent you'd cry.

    downloads != income
  23. Robisan macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2014
    You might want to re-learn facts. Reported September 2014 Android had 52% of users; Apple had around 40+%. That's hardly a "LOT more users" and certainly not enough to account for the difference in downloads.


    Right. Android apps are so sucky that users download them in droves. Yea, that's it.
  24. Urban Joe Suspended

    Mar 19, 2012
    I always like hearing about this.
    Apple has done a great job creating a viable marketplace for developers!
    We're all very grateful!!!
    In my opinion, a lot mobile apps are actually under priced.
    Does anybody remember how much software used to cost back when
    Windows ruled the world? I don't get people that complain about app prices. Developers work very hard and deserve to be compensated.
  25. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Tell my friends? Hell I'm selling my phone to get an iPhone so I can contribute to the profits. Bragging rights son. ;)

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