Google Play Store revenue up 137% in the first 7 months of this year

by: Gary SimsOctober 5, 2012

Since Rovio’s Angry Birds franchise makes $100 million a year, it is worth looking at their mobile strategy, as it is quite revealing. On Android, Angry Birds, Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Seasons are all free apps supported by ads, while on iOS the same games all cost $0.99 to buy with no adverts, but with free limited versions available for people to try out. What does that tell us?

One thing it tells us is that iOS users are prepared to spend more money on apps than Android users. It also tells us that Rovio knows this and that is why it markets its apps differently on the two platforms. Is this because of iTunes? Is this because iOS users have more money? Is it because the Play Store doesn’t have a good conversion rate? I think the answer was yes to all of those, but not any more.

According to App Annie, Google Play revenues have  increased by 137 percent during the first seven months of this year, which means that Google is getting better at converting Android users into paying customers. Such leaps in revenue and conversion rates are good, not just for Google, but for customers and for app developers.

Firstly, of course Google benefits as it keeps a small percentage of each app sale. This money is used to support the Google eco-system and can also be used by Google to demonstrate that it can make money from Android.

It is also good for consumers as it means that the big app developers are more prepared to invest money in bringing the biggest titles to Android.

Finally, indie and small app developers benefit as they can monetize their apps via direct purchase rather than trying to rely on advertising models.

App Annie

The downside

However there is a downside to the Play Store’s continued success. First for consumers it can become harder to find relevant apps. As more and more apps are submitted the common keywords become super-saturated. Type a  generic term like “platform game” into the Play Store search box and you will get at least 1,000 results. That is a big listing! Of course things like the star ratings, user comments and editors choice do help, but I am sure that there are some brilliant apps out there which have fallen into obscurity.

And this – app obscurity – is the second problem, this time for developers. On average, over 800 apps a day are released on Google Play. Do the math and that means three  new apps every 5 minutes, 24 x 7. Therefore getting an app noticed can be hard for small developers.

It is always good to rate apps and add comments. But please, don’t be mean and don’t make comments asking for support, instead contact the developer directly.

As an app buyer or as a developer, what do you like / hate most about Google Play? Please leave a comment below.

  • MasterMuffin

    I hate those zte blade/galaxy mini users who comment “OMG this game sucks it lags so much LOLOLOL 1 star”, it’s your (phones) fault, the app works fine!

    • The Real Kurt

      OMG this game sucks it lags so much LOLOLOL 1 star

      • MasterMuffin

        U HAS MINI/BLADE!?

  • goonie

    Wait one minute!?!? The Play Zone is successful? iSlaves everywhere said that it would fail! Especially after the name change. Android can actually be profitable? Probably could reap more revenue if….See below.

    To boost revenue Google has to accept PayPal! It took me a long time to purchase an App just because they did not accept it. I always said when they get PayPal Ill buy apps. The only reason I buy them now is because I can charge them to my cell phone bill. Otherwise I would not.

    • Abhisshek Das

      Paypal is more trustworthy than Google Wallet !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bill Ramseyer

    I’m currently the owner of an htc 1 s google TV and the Nexus 7 the things that I love. The Android community and how friendly everyone is verses ios, apple loving stuck up snobs. I love the functionality of Android devices and the App Store I also love how you can install whatever you like from third party developers such as a webpage APK installs versus I O S apple you must get things from the Apple store developers work for Apple they are not independent and your install would not go through unless you rooted your device which is also much harder to do than on an Android device. The things I dislike google TV support I wish there was more amps and more gaming that work on Google TV and are sized out correctly. Same with the Nexus 7 some apps are absolutely great for the 7 inch form factor and jelly bean is a great speedy fluid design.things have gotten better since Nexus 7 was released but there is still aPps out there better just not optimized for tablets. Don’t get me wrong I am a huge Android fan and I will never turn my back on the Android operating system I’ve been with it since the beginning