Apple's App Store Still Number One in Revenue Despite Google Play Growth

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    According to a new report from App Store analytics firm Distimo, Apple's App Store revenue still tops Google Play revenue despite the latter's increase in growth over the past six months.

    While Apple's App Store revenue increased 15% over the course of the last six months, Google Play revenue increased 67%. In July alone, Google Play saw 11% growth, compared to the App Store's 3%.

    A similar report from App Annie two weeks ago confirmed that App Store revenue remains 2.3 higher than Google Play revenue even though Google Play downloads eclipsed App Store downloads during the second quarter of 2013.

    The majority of the App Store's revenue comes from the United States, followed by Japan and the United Kingdom. Though some countries like Russia spent more on iPad apps than iPhone apps, iPhone apps remain the biggest earners. While South Korea was also a top app spender, it was a majority contributor to Google Play revenue.

    Distimo also looked at the top earning apps for July, finding that Candy Crush Saga continues to generate the most revenue in both the App Store and Google Play. In April, the company behind Candy Crush announced that it had earned more than $195 million in revenue, and it is estimated that the app earns approximately $800k per day.

    While freemium-based Candy Crush Saga earned the highest amount of revenue overall, WhatsApp Messenger and Minecraft - Pocket Edition were the highest earning paid apps. Despicable Me: Minion Rush, another free app, saw the highest number of overall downloads, followed by Google Maps.

    Distimo's app data comes from its app store analytics tool AppIQ, which tracks more than three billion downloads per quarter for developers worldwide.

    Article Link: Apple's App Store Still Number One in Revenue Despite Google Play Growth
  2. PowerBook-G5 macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2013
    The United States of America
  3. Solomani macrumors 68030


    Sep 25, 2012
    It's not hard to grow exponentially when you are starting at the bottom (relative to a huge Apple head-start). Nothing stunning or surprising about these statistics.
  4. Radio macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    Wow skip over the fact google has seen HUGE growth !!!
  5. ethanlee macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2011
    The reason why Candy Crush makes so much revenue:

  6. Some guy macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2013
    I've seen the same thing in other "games" on the App Store.

  7. newdeal macrumors 68020

    Oct 21, 2009

    Google play would explode even more if the apps looked as good as the apps in the app store look. I am not sure why this is the case but perhaps its google needing to do some work on their SDK. I just think apples apps look more polished and that makes people use them more often
  8. Mike MA macrumors 65816

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    That Android fraction really seems too mighty.
  9. Unggoy Murderer macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2011
    Livingston, Scotland
    Well of course! Most of the Apps on Google Play are garbage. iOS is where the quality Apps are, and that's why people part with money for them.

    Android's ahead in terms of quantity, but it's the quality that really matters. And that's why Apple will ALWAYS win. :apple:
  10. ethanlee macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2011
    If Apple keeps this growth rate up, Google Play will definitely pass them up, which will definitely not be cool.

    Solomani had a good point though:
  11. Konrad9 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2012
    Get your head out of the sand.

    While holding at the top is impressive and good for business, it would be naive to ignore the market that is gaining on the leader. Especially when that gaining market has a monumental advantage in the number of devices being sold.

    The attitude you display is probably the same as the attitude that Microsoft and Blackberry used to have about Apple.
  12. phoenixsan macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012
    This data.....

    can finish the argument with the people arguing why o why not the iPhone is the basis of the "cash-cow" Apple is enjoying.....

  13. GoldenJoe macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2011
  14. AngerDanger macrumors 68030

    Dec 9, 2008
    Good job, Google! We'll put this up on the fridge, so we can see it whenever we walk by!
  15. Konrad9 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2012
    That's just not true. Android has plenty of quality apps, very likely just as many as iOS has. Just as iOS has plenty of garbage apps, very likely just as many as Android has.
  16. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    If I open up my own App store, I'll see bigger growth than google. (Starting from 0). Would you fawn over my app store?
  17. donutbagel macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2013
    LOL, I just use LocalIAPStore on stupid games like that. 9000 Temple Run 2 gems.
  18. hootiefan7 macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2013
    The first graph

    Could this graph be any less informative. Ooh, look, I've drawn arbitrary lines increasing for both Apple and Android. Absolutely no numbers or scale on the graph at all. This shows me absolutely nothing and makes it worthless.

    Edit: Actually make it both graphs that have completely arbitrary lines and bars.
  19. xNYMetsx macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2013
    Surprised to see how good the iPad is doing in the US. iPad not doing well in Japan?
  20. Unggoy Murderer macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2011
    Livingston, Scotland
    Your comment contradicts this news article. If there was as many quality Apps on Android, there would be a roughly proportionate total revenue figure... that's far from the case.

    In comparison to Android tablet Apps, the iPad totally PISSES on Android.

    Oh, and Apple has strict quality requirements for Apps submitted to the App Store. Google Play: "if it passes our basic automated AV check, come on in!".
  21. keysofanxiety macrumors 604


    Nov 23, 2011
    I've never played that game but I know my sister plays it a lot on her iPhone, and she's nothing short of addicted. Half of the time her iMessage isn't working because she's changed the date on her phone in order to get more lives.

    The other half of the time, iMessage isn't working because Apple's servers are down ;)
  22. BurchBoy macrumors newbie


    Jul 4, 2008
    I think the issue is that one by one, Google is passing Apple's landmark accomplishments...
    1.) iOS used to outnumber Android in daily sales worldwide
    2.) iPhone used to always be the #1 phone sold each quarter
    3.) iOS used to be the #1 Tablet OS
    4.) AppStore used to have more apps
    5.) AppStore used to have more downloads/day
    6.) It's only a matter of time before Google Play surpasses AppStore revenue (At This Rate)

    I'm a fan of Apple's past. Let's hope together for the future.
  23. TWSS37 macrumors 65816

    Feb 4, 2011
    In before "its because only poor people use Android" post?
  24. Shaun, UK macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    Google Play is rubbish. Surprised they sold so much.

    Apple needs to make it easier to search and discover new content if they want to stay ahead. The last time I tried to search for an app I had to wade through dozens and dozens of pages and I just gave up in the end. They need more sub-categories to make it easier and quicker to find things.

    Oh and FFS please fix all the problems with iTunes 11 and bring back alerts.

    Oh and while I'm on it please please someone at Apple fix the problems with the forward and back buttons. You wade through dozens of pages, find an app that looks interesting so you select it to see more detail, then there is no way to get back to where you were in the search. The back button takes you all the way back to the beginning of the search so you have to wade through all the pages again. That drives me nuts.
  25. TheHateMachine macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2012
    Houston, TX
    So quality apps always have to cost money?

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