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Top iOS apps earn 4.6x more than Android, but Google Play is gaining ground

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Apple's iOS App Store remains by far the most profitable place for mobile developers to sell their applications, but Android's Google Play has managed to increase its share of revenue significantly over the last six months.

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The latest data published this week by mobile app analytics firm Distimo and provided to AppleInsider reveals that the top 200 grossing applications in the iOS App Store in April earned $5.1 million in revenue per day. That's a number 4.6 times higher than the $1.1 million per day earned by the top 200 grossing applications on Android's Google Play marketplace.

In one illustrative example of Apple's dominance, Electronic Arts' The Simpsons: Tapped Out earned $4.8 million combined in the month of April. Of that revenue, 79 percent came from the iOS App Store, while the remaining 21 percent was a result of gamers on Android.

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But the data also shows that Google Play is gaining ground. While the Android storefront accounted for 19 percent of combined revenue in November of 2012, that share went up by 8 percentage points to 27 percent this April.

As an example of this trend, Blood Brothers by developer Mobage earned $1.8 million combined in April, and 61 percent of that revenue came from Google Play. The remaining 39 percent was generated by customers from Apple's App Store.

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In other, regional examples, World at Arms by Gameloft earned more from Android than iOS in large countries in Europe, such as the U.K., as well as across Asia. And WhatsApp Messenger, a popular networking client, took in more revenue on Android than iOS in Germany, Italy and Spain.

"Although the vast majority of applications still generate more revenue in the Apple App Store than Google Play, there appears to be a great opportunity in Google Play in terms of revenue," Distimo said in its conclusion, noting to developers that "localization is the key."
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An analysis of potential customers vs sales on each platform would be much more revealing.With Android having a "wider" user base yet still lags in cash flow.

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So Android will hit parity with iOS when it has 15.6 billion units in the wild.
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I will publish the relative numbers @ Mac-Harry.de later this day. Apple is really astonishing. Android not. It's just an advertisers system. Not more. Not less.
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It's not surprising that Google is gaining ground. It's not that iOS is losing (it isnt) it's more likely that Android is spreading like a virus and the sheer numbers has to catch up some time.
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From experience with my Nexus 7, I've always found Android apps to be of subpar quality compared to iOS apps (for the most part).

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Does this include iTunes? IBook Store? Newsstand?
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From experience with my Nexus 7, I've always found Android apps to be of subpar quality compared to iOS apps (for the most part).

 

Name these "subpar" apps.

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It's not surprising that Google is gaining ground. It's not that iOS is losing (it isnt) it's more likely that Android is spreading like a virus and the sheer numbers has to catch up some time.
I think there are two "fails" with the article: the idea of catching up you reference, and what is happening on the long tail. They basically combine into the reality that a developer cares about his addressable market for a specific app at a specific price. The problem for Android is the number of people that have little or no interest in buying apps. Many essentially have feature phones independent of what the phone is capable of.

For the long tail, I would say you need to understand the revenue for the 80th percentile and 40th percentile on each platform to see a real picture of a developer's opportunity. If top apps are close to parity then by the 80th percentile I would expect 10-15% revenue on Android and 40th percentile 5-7% Android.
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Originally Posted by stike vomit View Post
Name these "subpar" apps.

 

Anything that states it's a tablet app but is really an upscaled phone app.


Not that the upscaling has much of a way to go these days, what with 6-inch "phones".

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An analysis of potential customers vs sales on each platform would be much more revealing.With Android having a "wider" user base yet still lags in cash flow.

 

Thats because most of the paid apps in iOS are free on Android.  Dev's relay on ads, but Google must be taking a decent cut on all the ads. But of course, with Android gaining in volume the dev's income is going to rise on that platform.

 

this is why I keep pounding that Apple should release low end tablets and phones, for the ecosystem critical mass.

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Anything that states it's a tablet app but is really an upscaled phone app.

 

Please name some of these apps that state they are for tablets but are actually up-scaled phone apps.

 

Serious request.

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Name these "subpar" apps.

 

Any and all music creation apps on Android.. as well as the majority of drawing apps.  Nothing comes close to ArtRage on iOS.  I'm speaking Android only apps here, not ports of iOS apps to Android.

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Name these "subpar" apps.

I would think there would be far too many to name, although maybe not - there are only a couple hundred tablet optimized Android apps versus tens of thousands for the iPad. Anyone who is satisfied using an Android tablet, with its extremely poor and limited app selection, does not have very high standards for themselves.

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Thats because most of the paid apps in iOS are free on Android.  Dev's relay on ads, but Google must be taking a decent cut on all the ads. But of course, with Android gaining in volume the dev's income is going to rise on that platform.

 

this is why I keep pounding that Apple should release low end tablets and phones, for the ecosystem critical mass.

And people just LOVE advertising in their apps. NOT!

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Please name some of these apps that state they are for tablets but are actually up-scaled phone apps.

 

Serious request.

 

Instead of challenging people, why not tell us what amazing Android apps you are using on your Android tablet?

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I would think there would be far too many to name, although maybe not - there are only a couple hundred tablet optimized Android apps versus tens of thousands for the iPad. Anyone who is satisfied using an Android tablet, with its extremely poor and limited app selection, does not have very high standards for themselves.

 

LOL. Get over yourself already.

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Amazing. People actually spend money in the Simpsons game?

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Instead of challenging people, why not tell us what amazing Android apps you are using on your Android tablet?

 

No, it doesn't work like that chum. The people complaining about 'subpar' looking Android tablet apps obviously have experience with those apps. I'd like to know which specific apps they are talking about so I can take a look for myself.

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No, it doesn't work like that chum. The people complaining about 'subpar' looking Android tablet apps obviously have experience with those apps. I'd like to know which specific apps they are talking about so I can take a look for myself.

 

Prove to me you own both an Android tablet and an iPad (and which ones) and I'll give you a list, troll. Otherwise I'm not wasting my time if you aren't even capable of downloading them to do a side-by-sde.

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Thats because most of the paid apps in iOS are free on Android.  Dev's relay on ads, but Google must be taking a decent cut on all the ads. But of course, with Android gaining in volume the dev's income is going to rise on that platform.

this is why I keep pounding that Apple should release low end tablets and phones, for the ecosystem critical mass.

That's what the mini and previous iPhone models are for. iOS users are more likely to buy apps than Android users regardless of the size of the Android market share.
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Prove to me you own both an Android tablet and an iPad (and which ones) and I'll give you a list, troll. Otherwise I'm not wasting my time if you aren't even capable of downloading them to do a side-by-sde.

 

I personally own and use a Nexus 7. I also use an iPad 2, and an iPad 3 because somebody pays me to. So lets see your list, halfwit.

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I personally own and use a Nexus 7. I also use an iPad 2, and an iPad 3 because somebody pays me to. So lets see your list, halfwit.
Sorry, troll. Claiming is not proof enough. Let's see a pic of both with this thread displayed on-screen. Then I'll pick some Apps for you to try.

There's no possible way anyone who has actually used both tablets could claim there wasn't a difference in App quality (and that Android is deficient compared to iOS for tablet Apps). So I'm going to call bs on you claiming experience with both until I see proof.

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The Macintosh had greater quality than early Windows computers and yet lost almost all its market share because Windows became the standard.

That is the exact same risk iOS runs now against Android.

Apple should not have allowed its rival to become this prevalent.
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Originally Posted by 512ke View Post
Apple should not have allowed its rival to become this prevalent.

 

They sued everyone, everywhere.


There is no "should not". What, Apple should have bombed their competitors? Killed the CEOs and their families in their sleep? They did everything they possibly could. Theft is now legal in our society.

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I do not understand how people like the author of this article can misunderstand simple math and the English language.

 

The article repeatedly says:
 
"Top iOS apps earn 4.6x more than Android"
 
The author, apparently, does not understand how the English language and the math are used to calculate the amount "times more than" number. Basically. he should have said:
 
"Top iOS apps earn 4.6x as much as Android"
 
If you believe that the author is right, calculate how much 4x more, 3x more, 2x more, and 1x more than $1.1 million are, and the flawed thinking should become evident.
 
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The Macintosh had greater quality than early Windows computers and yet lost almost all its market share because Windows became the standard.

That is the exact same risk iOS runs now against Android.
 

 

People who try to compare PC vs Mac to Android vs iOS need to relearn their computer history. They are nothing alike at all.

 

First off, the Macintosh never had a dominant position. At its best it peaked at slightly over 11% market share compared to PC's (late 80's, early 90's). The IBM PC came out 3 years before the Macintosh and had already sold more by the time the Macintosh debuted in 1984 than the original Macintosh sold in history. Not a few more, but around 3X as many.

 

So many people (especially fandroids) try to make it appear that the Macintosh dominated and then was taken over by PC's (usually due to PC's being customizable). They then try to project this "fantasy" version of history onto Android/iOS to make the claim that Android will dominate while iOS will become a very minor player (again, using the fake excuse of customizability).

 

The real facts are that PC's took off because there was more software. People didn't want to re-write applications to use the Macintosh GUI, so Apple was at a huge dis-advantage due to lack of software. Today we take software for granted as you can buy just about any computer you want and most common software will be available. Back in the early 80's this wasn't so. The general rule of thumb was to find the software you needed and then get the hardware that would run it. Great hardware is useless without software. This is why PC's took off, not because you could build your own or customize it how you wanted.

 

What fandroids hate about this argument is it shows why the App Store is superior to Google Play, especially with tablets. A tablet is a new type of computing advice, and unlike a PC you can't just buy one and expect to have all the software you need available. So now the tables have turned and the same dis-advantage the original Macintosh had (lack of software) is now a huge advantage for the iPad and a problem for Android tablets.

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Too add to this:

 

Dear troll,

 

Anyone can photoshop a picture or borrow a friend's tablet so a photo of both tablets and this thread may not be sufficient.  Please include receipts of purchase as well.  Pics of credit card (but blur out the first 12 digits for safety), a valid drivers license (blur out sensitive info), and a pic of your face are needed too.  None of this pretending to be someone else business.

 

No. A pic of two tablets is good enough - I don't even care if both are his friends. As long as he has access to play around on them. When I give him a few Apps to compare he can come back and tell us the differences. This is when we'll find out just how full of it he is.

 

I'm still surprised at the stupidity of trolls on AI. It's like they actually believe the stereotype that Apple users don't understand tech. Or that nobody here would own an Android device (I have several) or have any knowledge of Android (I used to develop for it).

 

The truth will come out. I see only two ways this can go:

 

- strike vomit pulls a KDarling and never comes back to this thread.

- strike vomit tries out the Apps and has to concede that the Android versions are inferior.

- strike vomit claims to have tried the Apps and tries to BS that they're not really any different.

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post #29 of 38
Or, y'know, you could just name a couple of apps to back up your own claim (should be easy if its as clear cut as yo say) and quit with all the hostility.

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Originally Posted by 512ke View Post

The Macintosh had greater quality than early Windows computers and yet lost almost all its market share because Windows became the standard.

That is the exact same risk iOS runs now against Android.

Apple should not have allowed its rival to become this prevalent.

The Mac never had that much market share to begin with. (Consider that the Apple II was still being sold until the nineties!) Not only that, Apple never had much profit share either.
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From experience with my Nexus 7, I've always found Android apps to be of subpar quality compared to iOS apps (for the most part).
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Originally Posted by stike vomit View Post

Name these "subpar" apps.
What part of "always" do you not understand?
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Originally Posted by EricTheHalfBee View Post

I see only two ways this can go:

 

- strike vomit pulls a KDarling and never comes back to this thread.

- strike vomit tries out the Apps and has to concede that the Android versions are inferior.

- strike vomit claims to have tried the Apps and tries to BS that they're not really any different.

 

Oy, are we going to be able to flow chart map the way they respond as well as what they say? I suppose so, huh? It's always so predictable.

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Regardless of it being Google Play or the App Store, it's getting harder to sell apps both places. Making real money, at least for most devs, is going to boil down to how free apps can be better monetized with mobile ads. In the long run, I'll bet on Android for that. Why? Market share is bigger, Android mobile ad formats and ad networks (like Airpush) are superior, Android tablets are becoming huge for mobile gamers, etc. Hell, Android is now powering half of all the smartphones in China! That reach is ginormous!

And yet IOS has more ad impressions, developers make more money on iOS...
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Originally Posted by Bartascious View Post

Regardless of it being Google Play or the App Store, it's getting harder to sell apps both places. Making real money, at least for most devs, is going to boil down to how free apps can be better monetized with mobile ads. In the long run, I'll bet on Android for that. Why? Market share is bigger, Android mobile ad formats and ad networks (like Airpush) are superior, Android tablets are becoming huge for mobile gamers, etc. Hell, Android is now powering half of all the smartphones in China! That reach is ginormous!

Ad impression is hard to read in china. Google play is non existent in china. While have of the phones run android they do not count toward's google's activation and they don't use google's ad services. I find it actually entertaining that android dominates China and Google can't even touch it.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Play

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Android users are also broke asses who smell bad.  If they had lots of money they'd have gotten an iPhone to begin with.

 

Please don't generalize. In the United States people with money still chose more expensive android and windows phones over an iPhone for various reasons. Need I remind you that the iphone 4 is .99 cents with a contract. Yet people still pay money to buy an android instead of that iphone. Would the people who do chose to buy the iPhone 4 also be considered cheap? Economics does not play a large roll in smart phone selection as you think it does. Hell the Note 2 is selling millions and it's entry price is one hundred dollars more then the entry level of the competing iPhone 5. Those people with money are making a decision to purchase an android over an iphone and there are not over 3 million ihaters fueling this
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Name these "subpar" apps.
Any of the catch-up tv apps we have in the UK. And please name an office app on android that comes even close to iWork on the iPad.
Edited by Crosslad - 6/1/13 at 1:06am
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The Macintosh had greater quality than early Windows computers and yet lost almost all its market share because Windows became the standard.

That is the exact same risk iOS runs now against Android.

Apple should not have allowed its rival to become this prevalent.

The causes for Microsoft's OS becoming a standard was due to IBM bringing Microsoft to the table and letting them sell the OS to every box assembler on the planet. In the case of iOS vs Android there is no such industry heavyweight in the picture. Actually, Apple is becoming the standard iOS as more and more industries and institutions prefer it to other OSes.

 

If iOS should suddenly have fingerprint identification, then industries and institutions will find it more comfortable to support. Apple is out to be the market leader but not by trying to compete on price with Android crap hardware, but on pushing the iOS advantages and ecosystem. 

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...please don't generalize...

Sorry... but "generally speaking" a large number of potential customers thru out "the rest of the world" use pre-paid or PAYG plans i.e. no contracts.

$0.99 doesn't "purchase" a whole lot of iPhone. Although there are ~$20.00 *Androids to be had. Just sayin'.........1wink.gif

* Reality does NOT influence my preference in the least. iPhone only here.
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Name these "subpar" apps.

I'll take a stab at that:

EVERY SINGLE FRIGGIN' ONE!

Starting with the Windows 3.1 interface, all the way to ANY app that deals with pictures such as Tumblr, Pinterest, even Google+, Picasa, and Chrome itself! Heck... even the YouTube and Maps apps are dogs in comparison to those on an iPad 2, let alone a 3 or 4.

So to answer your stupid question with a pointed one of my own: ever hear of "lag" or "unresponsive touch controls"?

If not, maybe you should scoot on over to Google's Dev Blog and look up Jelly Bean and Project Butter, because even Google acknowledges those flaws and are continually "working" to fix them some day. 1tongue.gif

So from what I can see and experience with 4.2.2... it's a nasty combo turned to Cottage Cheese that they're cookin', which I'm not particular keen on touching, and only when I absolutely have to due to client requests due to their own bad purchase decisions. 1rolleyes.gif
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