Google Play Store to surpass Apple App Store in revenue by the end of the year, report says

January 30, 2013

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    It’s no secret that Google and Apple are dominating the mobile business right now, with everyone else battling for third position, and we have a new report that says the former will pass the latter by the end of 2013 when it comes to app revenue.

    We’re looking at a new analysis from App Annie which has been looking at the Play Store and App Store and their performances in the last few months and concluded that the Play Store could surpass the iTunes in revenue by the end of the year.

    According to the data, Apple is still making a lot more money for app developers at this time than Google is: in Q4 2012 Apple brought in 350% more app revenue than Google.

    But growth appears to be more impressive for Google, with App Annie seeing a 33% growth from November to December and a 100% gain from December to January for Apple. Meanwhile, Google saw a 700% growth from December to January when it comes to app revenue. Overall, in Q4 2012, Google Play revenue grew 200% compared to Apple’s 20% growth:

    “Clearly, the Google Play platform is working, and monetization is increasing,” App Annie’s VP of marketing, Ollie Lo, told [VentureBeat] yesterday. “The growth is much more than organic … it’s really meteoric, especially in Japan and Korea.”

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    Obviously, these numbers are not confirmed by any company, but App Annie seems to be tracking quite a few apps to help it come up with these numbers:

    App Annie creates its app store index based on aggregate data from its app analytics offering. Eighty percent of the top iOS publishers by revenue use App Annie, Lo told me, with 180,000 apps in total having installed the solution. With that level of scale, the company has tracked more than 13 billion downloads and has, Lo says, all the data and scale to be able to build very accurate models of what exactly happens on apps stores.

    While percentages do not translate into cash, and they’re relative to each of the two company’s prior revenue performances, if real, they do suggests that at some point the Play Store will indeed be more profitable than the App Store.

    That seems to be a given considering that there are more Android users than iOS device owners, so in theory, in time they should download more content, including paid apps.

    In other words, yes, we’re still looking at a highly lucrative mobile business, which will bring plenty of cash to all the players involved, especially the top OS makers, in the months and years to come.

    How many Android apps do you have on your smartphone and/or tablet?

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    Comments

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000058143915 Jack Parker

      A lot more of the android apps are free, if they were the same as iOS i would of said they would have taken the lead by now :)

      • nexus7mike1

        Stupid remark,sorry

        • oliolio

          your remark is the stupid 1,not his.he’s right alot of the free apps in android are paid apps in ios.read it properly iSheep!

          • AndroidgoingdownASAP

            The reason…Android owners tend to spend their money less than Apple users therefore apps make money off of ADS. ANNOYING!!! Ex. Angry Birds.

            • kascollet

              Yes. Free means ads. Comparing ads-less apps (often called “Pro”) they are often cheaper on iOS (because, put simply, they sell in bigger numbers).
              We can hope that the PlayStore on day is more profitable than the AppStore, but this goal is actually very far from today.

    • AndroidFTW

      cmon guys, download more apps and lets beat the apple app store. theres a reason google play is a play icon and the apple one is a stop icon, Android will move forward while ios stands still

    • nexus7mike1

      I have iOS and android, iOS better apps…it would be strange indeed if Play didn’t at some time overtake the app store considering claims that Android has such a huge market share in handsets. Understand one thing Apple is best at monetarising its products. Play store is pretty awful on my tablet. iOS is more defined and easier to use, especially in Europe.
      It will happen but a business should make money, an APPLE WILL STILL BE OUT EARNING GOOGLE for a long time to come guys.

      • PeterBlood

        The problem with any app store is developers have to be motivated by profits and right now Apple takes the majority profit share and pays it’s developers well because the apps sell. Android developers have to deal with the devil of people clever enough to steal but shoot themselves in the foot in the process. A big market share buys you nothing if your clientele are cheap bahstards. It’s only logical the market follows the money, not skinflints.

        • bloodbutt

          bahahaha, yo pick up the soap please

          • PeterBlood

            It’s funny how the Android sites are littered with the obviously insane more than anywhere else. Not surpassing really.

            • bloodbutt

              well then, go back to the fields isheep. bahahaha

            • PeterBlood

              There’s a couple of you idiots like you that do the uppercase Laughing Boy bit obviously unconcerned with how much it makes you look like a Fandroid moron, a gnat to be swatted and ignored. You make my case about the Android insane.

            • bloodbutt

              proud to b a fandroid, itard. go back to the fields

            • PeterBlood

              Yes that would be you in the fields slopping the hogs which is about all you can intellectually handle. Working around s**t is what makes you feel comfortable with Android.

    • http://www.basatne.com/ Basatne Electronics

      With Android’s increasing popularity and iPhone demand waning, this was bound to happen sooner or later.

      • PeterBlood

        Oh wait did you see year over year Apple’s market share increased 17.5% in the States to 52% while Android dropped dramatically from 52% to 42%? Oh wait did you see Android international market share dropped from 75% to 72%? (Most of which are cheap China knockoff feature phones anyway, not the top of the line.) So in fact iPhone share is gaining, Nice lying try!

        • Lol

          im sorry man, but you got to be the stupidest person in the world. All your facts are wrong XD

          • PeterBlood

            These are verifiable facts you fscking moron!!! Talk about King Lol Stupid here. You have to be the most cretinous village idiot in all the known galaxy.

            Do I REALLY have to post where these facts come from to rattle your already fragile mind? I don’t lie like a dog like Fandroid do.

            Apple’s iPhone accounted for 84% of AT&T’s smartphone activations in Q4:
            http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/01/24/apples-iphone-accounted-for-84-of-atts-smartphone-sales-in-q4

            Verizon sold 7.3 million LTE devices the last three months of 2012, and it activated 9.8 million smartphones in total. It activated 6.2 million iPhones, about half of which were the LTE-enabled iPhone 5:
            http://gigaom.com/2013/01/22/verizon-sees-big-q4-influx-of-4g-activations-including-3-1m-lte-iphones/

            iPhone’s US share hits record 53%, Android down to 42%
            http://www.idownloadblog.com/2012/12/21/kantar-us-smartphone-2012/

            Gartner: Android Accounted For 72% Of Smartphone Sales In Q3, Overall Sales Of Mobile Handsets Down 3%: 3%http://techcrunch.com/2012/11/14/gartner-samsung-widens-its-lead-over-apple-in-smartphones-in-q33-but-overall-sales-of-mobile-handsets-down-3/

            All your obvious lying is wrong!

            • bloodbut

              oh no, bloodbut is back. cupertroll

            • PeterBlood

              oh no, bloodbutthead is back, more improved in stupidity than ever! Watch his biases and denials fly!

            • bloodbutt

              great comeback, bloodbutt

    • http://twitter.com/alexN350z Alex Zhao

      A lot of premium users start to switch to Android, who willing to pay for good apps.

    • PeterBlood

      The problem is there aren’t many Android apps written specifically for tablets yet (you guys are still running phone apps on your tablets – lame) and Android apps are second in quality to iOS apps. You can have a MILLION apps and if they’re second rate who wants ‘em? I also find it hard to believe the average and traditional cheapskate Fandroid buy much in the way of apps and they are anywhere close to what iOS users spend.

      The Data Doesn’t Lie: iOS Apps Are Better Than Android
      http://readwrite.com/2013/01/30/the-data-doesnt-lie-ios-apps-are-better-quality-than-android

      • Kevin

        There are quite a lot of apps written which have 2 interfaces, one for phones and one for tablets – more than you might think – just look at tablified HD which shows you the apps that have specific tablet interfaces.

        Same goes with your second point the old argument of the apps aren’t as pretty is just that… old, the apps are pretty much identical these days.

        Seriously those 2 arguments are pretty much non existent anymore, but hey if it makes you feel better saying them be my guest!

        • PeterBlood

          Nice try but there are painfully few tablet apps written specifically for Android tablets.

          The arguments are hardly “nonexistent” as reviewers and other users have verified. It’s not ME saying it as I won’t have anything to do with a second or third rate mobile device like Android, it’s others so you don’t have to play it disingenuously cute. Just as it’s proven most developers develop for iOS first and many don’t even bother with Android.

          Maybe if Fragmandroiders would actually start buying apps instead of stealing them maybe that will change but currently the Android development bus is among the last leaving town. Many of the thousands of apps available for it ad supported junk. And you know it too.

          The other problem for developers is the persistent fragmentation problem so an improved app for Jelly Bean suddenly doesn’t play for Gingerbread (which is what the majority of Android users are stuck at). This is not a problem for iOS. This kind of limits the Android platform donut when it’s central OS provider cannot update all of it’s partners devices?

          Google Admits Android Maps Experience Inferior to own iOS Maps Offeringhttp://www.essentialmac.co.uk/in-the-news/google-admits-android-maps-experience-inferior-to-own-ios-maps-offering/

          • applefan499001

            So much rage on an abandoned post on an Android blog of which few people read the comments. For what ?

            • PeterBlood

              Yes you make a good point. Especially wasting precious time on losers, in more ways than one. A thankless task on those who will probably never change their tech politics mindset. You can’t fix stupid.

          • OptimusL

            What an absolutely idiotic post. You have no idea what you are talking about. Enjoy your outdated platform, maybe with next iPhone iteration will give you the choice to change icons, then you can tout that as innovating :P

            If you enjoy a closed ecosystem where Apple has more control of your device than you, which YOU payed for, then more power to you but some of us like to be in control of our products for and enjoy an open ecosystem where we get more choice. All you have been doing is posting nonsensical crap with a clear bias and consistently ignoring any points made by grasping at straws. Apple thinks you are all idiots because you by anything they put in front of you, enjoy wasting your money it doesn’t make you smart, just dumb you stupid iDrone. I expect a reply with some more incoherent ramblings and petty insults, but I won’t reply ;)

            • PeterBlood

              People who preface their comments with “you have no idea what you are talking about” usually have no idea of what THEY are talking about.

              Only freetards make a big deal out of nothing. Widgets, icons and a slightly larger screen aren’t bragging rights when most could give a damn about it. Really, that’s stuff only geeks without much of a life fret about. I know Apple will evolve iOS with something better. When Apple does come out with a 5″ phone too you guys will be standing there like a deer in the headlights, mouth agape. But I’m quite happy with current offerings. No complaints here.

              What makes you think Android isn’t a closed ecosystem? Just because you can buy other Android phones or maybe buy from more than one Android app store? That’s still a closed system. You can’t run Windows 8, iOS or Blackberry apps on that can you? No it’s all Android. So what’s the advantage? Most seem to be buying just the top 2 or 3 Samsung phones and using just Google’s App Store anyway so how are you really different? The disadvantage is horrible malware security and poor to nonexistent OS upgrades thanks to fragmentation. Around 50% of Android users are stuck at Gingerbread so if a cool Jellybean app comes out, guess what happens? It doesn’t run. This doesn’t happen with Apple’s phones. So you are every bit a closed system Google sheep or Samsung Sheep as what you call an Apple sheep. So get over yourself and your imaginary advantages.

              My iPhone 5 is worth a lot more when I sell it than your cracktastic SIII or whatever. With a phone plan it doesn’t cost much more, if at all, than a top Android equivalent. Again you don’t know what the heck you are talking about.

              You parrot the same nonsense you read from your fellow clueless Fandroiders. Try to think for yourself and stop writing pointless fantard cliches eh? Sense reads as nonsensical to many Android users which their rationalization biases won’t allow if it rocks the Android boat. Under NO circumstances should their fragile balloon of tenuous facts, dreamlike delusional state and lack of true understanding be burst. Enjoy your Android phone while you can.

            • OptimusL

              I like how you get so mad, you iSheep are so easily to rile up. You are just a s*it stain who likes to over exaggerate. Your precious iPhone is second rate (deal with it), the fact that you are trying to justify Android being a closed system is laughable at best. Don’t worry pumpkin no one is going to take away your iPhone but trying to justify your purchase by spamming paragraphs of nonsense isn’t going to convince anyone.

            • PeterBlood

              You’re reading something that isn’t there. I’m usually laughing at guys like you and my responses to the Android clueless. iSheep – you actually had to use that old tired cliche which means absolutely nothing eh Google Sheep? You guys like to pretend we who have picked Apple haven’t looked at the dregs of offerings elsewhere also and made a smarter decision than you. Android is distinctly second rate and you can look at other statements I’ve made here to see why.

              You are guilty of the same blind fanboism you accuse me of. Your nose is so far up Eric Schmidt’s and Larry Pages ass it’s not funny. Android is a closed system, so are PC’s. You are stuck with whatever that system provides and that’s it and it doesn’t look pretty for you. No advantages whatsoever, except cheap knockoffs for the undemanding. I told you the nonsense is all you hash-mark mouth OptimusLoser.

              Thank you for proving MY point that you blather on without a fact in sight. We’ll see who out-innovates who but I wouldn’t put any money on Google or Samsung.

            • OptimusL

              Damn what a disrespectful little pig you are. Paying for an overpriced piece of garbage is a smart decision? You come up with nonsense like that and expect people to take you seriously? As I said before enjoy your over hyped “smartphone”, I bet you creamed your pants when they announced panorama mode for the iPhone 5 thinking that it was something new.

              I like how you think your “statements” are facts except you’ve done nothing but exaggerate and make up things to try and make me sway to your view, but the fact of the matter is you are just an angry little kid with too much time on your hands who gets a little too riled up by comments on the internet. Enjoy living in ignorance kid.

            • PeterBlood

              Jeez what a fscked up little retard you are. You my friend deserve ZERO respect. Hysterical “overpriced garbage” comments only plays up your fanaticism with all things Android and give you zero cred. Millions around the world and a majority market share here in the States would beg to disagree. Just because you’re a cheap freetard buying cheap plastic BOGOF phones don’t blame everyone else.

              I’ve had Panoramic capability long before shitastic Android ever had it. Its nothing new nor invented by Google. BFD as if its something anyway that keeps most people up at night.

              I told you to check other posts here for the facts stupid. This stuff is readily on the Internet too. I’m not going to constantly repeat myself for morons like you. Try and get a proper education too not from Google University since you keep embarrassing yourslf here with your childs-speak..

            • OptimusL

              Relax s*it stain. You are nothing but a hypocrite and a moron. Stupid people trying to insult the intelligence of others is the same as fat people calling others fat, you are just fooling yourself. The fact that you spend so much time trying to argue over something that shouldn’t warrant such an emotional reaction is really telling of your maturity level as well as intelligence. It is you who should get an education, you have been conditioned by marketing hype and are trying to pass it off as wisdom. I don’t buy your crap though, you’re just full of s*it but by all means just keep spamming nonsense you MENSA champion of champions.

              You have proven to be nothing but drone who cannot make up his own mind and rely on Apple’s marketing machine to make your decisions for you, you are a moron that needs proper education. I will gladly set up a fundraiser to help you out perhaps then you can become a productive member of society instead of a worthless mouth breather. I’m done with you, enjoy your false sense of superiority, sheep.

            • PeterBlood

              How many more times are you going to show what an cretin you are with nothing intelligent to say? It’s obvious real facts mean nothing to you in your tech delusional state. I can’t fix your stupid only you can but I’m not hopeful. Why don’t you get a nice rubber room somewhere and bang your head against the wall there?

            • bloodbutt

              bahahaha. isheep nanana. i must say, as my job i am an mma instructor. i only do privates. ive noticed something very interestiing the android wielding clients actually make contact and try to fight, whereas the icrap toting ppl always want to grapple and like “cuddle” it would b great if they were all women, but unfortunately they are mostly men. and at 100 bucks an hour i have to whore myself out to these icrap ppl.

            • bloodbutt

              cut him some slack. she’s an isheep

            • PeterBlood

              When Bloodutthead talks, people ignore her.

            • peterbloodbutt

              oh peter stop playing with peter

            • PeterBlood

              Don’t disparage the good name of Peter even if you play a lot with yours which explains why you so have obviously have gone blind and lost your mind.

            • OptimusL

              As long as he gets sterilised, the world won’t be such a bad place :P

            • PeterBlood

              No if your Mom and Dad had both been sterilized before puberty the world would be a GREAT much more intelligent place. :D

            • OptimusL

              Terrible, I was expecting something a little better.

            • PeterBlood

              So was I but I got the abject moron named OptimusLoser instead. Why bother bringing your A game to someone so F game?

            • OptimusL

              So you’re still using Google Translate to converse with me lol

            • PeterBlood

              Apparently you are so used to hearing the Retardese spoken by your fellow Fandroid clueless plain English is beyond you. I guess too the “big words” confuse you with you’re dazzlingly pathetic intellect. I shall speak in Tarzan like monosyllabic words you can understand in the future. If there IS a future…

            • OptimusL

              Nice, more Google Translate :)

            • PeterBlood

              Nice, more Retardese from a complete dufus in denial over his poor English comprehension skills. Fsck you a-hole. Get lost.

            • OptimusL

              Even more Google Translate, jeez for someone who likes to bash Google so much you sure like using their services. You want me to get lost? Let me use your Apple Maps :D

            • PeterBlood

              Even more Retardese Doofus Translate. Don’t use Google stuff dipshit. You don’t need Google Maps to be the lost malware soul you are.

            • Guest

              Haha there you go again with the Google Translate :/ That joke flew way over your head, dumbass.

              Despite what you think you’re not clever nor funny, you are just a waste of oxygen. Now GTFO with your outdated phone, Apple shill.

            • PeterBlood

              Who said I even bother to read your drivel? Jokes on you pal. Get lost, back to your van down by the river with the other clueless lost souls.

            • PeterBlood

              Is this what you mean by special Android features?

              http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2013/02/04/2013020401251.html

            • OptimusL
            • PeterBlood

              Not as spectacularly as a Samsung phone which will blow your nuts off. Which probably explains your foul attitude eh No Nuts?

            • OptimusL

              Hehe silly little tard, you have been wrong in all of your assumptions. I don’t own a Samsung, nice try though. You also seem to have a very flawed understanding of how testosterone works with that silly little assumption and you really think someone’s nuts could be blown off if a phone combusts (do you think the phone is packed with TNT)? The worst case scenario would result in burns not a loss of testicles, granted that is still bad but no one is losing their nuts.

            • PeterBlood

              It was a joke but I wouldn’t expect clueless techtards like you to recognize anything but their own myopic little world poor English speaking view. BTW this happened more than once. The military is investigating to see how these explosive Shamsucks phones might be useful against terrorists.

            • PeterBlood

              cut bloodbuttfsck some slack, it’s a demon spawn village idiot dufus-demon google sheep. an especially stupid one.

            • PeterBlood

              Relax butthole, you are nothing but a Fandroid fool who is unable to face reality. MY emotional reaction?! Oh yeah, you are the King of Cool aren’t you asswipe? You act like a little girl who’s doll was taken from her and having a little prissy hissy fit.

              You have isolated your education of tech to what you chose to believe not what is real. As befits a person of your obvious extremely low intelligence. Go back to your day job of slopping the hogs, something that would probably be a pretty big challenge for you.

              Face reality you idiot. You are turning this into a personal attack as a disingenuous way of avoiding the reality of tech in general. Like I said you can’t fix stupid and you have a giant steaming case of it Ostrich Man. So get your head out of your ass and stop acting like a kid, which I have no doubt you are. Yeah, I’ve had my fill of you too clueless one. Guys like you are totally lost souls and sadly will live out their lives alone in that van down by the river.

            • OptimusL

              You are nothing but an unintelligent, biased drone. I am actually curious as to which level of education you have obtained? Judging from your poor spelling and grammar, I assume you live in a pretty poor country where education is not readily available for everyone. I suppose that’s not your fault, though you get pretty mad when I insult your intelligence (that’s nothing new for you though, is it? ;P). I hope you decide to become a productive member of society, we need ditch diggers.

            • PeterBlood

              That’s hilarious. I can see you see everything through deranged and delusional eyes, imagining yourself falsely as a person of intelligence. Pathetic. Well I know you must enjoy your job cleaning sewer lines and living in Mom and Dads basement playing video games while friendless. I work in the legitimate popular entertainment industry and you have no doubt seen my work while I’m sure you contribute nothing to society other than excellence in ignorance and blatant stupidity. Good night junior. Why don’t you head on over to Bloodbutthead’s place and take turns B.F.’ing the daylights out of each other? You need a friend.

            • OptimusL

              Hehe yea and i’m sure you’re also 215 pounds of lean muscle, with 5% body fat and bench teh 275 ;) The fact that you are resorting to lying about your profession so I can have any sort of respect for you is sad.

              You seem lonely. I’ve always supported equal opportunity and inclusion for full-blown retards such as yourself, so i’ll gladly be your friend :)

            • PeterBlood

              185 and ripped, thanks for asking. Lonely? Not hardly. But I know it’s something you deeply and painfully relate to. Sorry but maybe if you were a much less bitter person obsessed with half-baked tech you might actually be liked.

            • bloodbutt

              the funny thing is that even the icrap is made with “premium materials” its still a pos. it gets make-up in the groves and stuff. its a great chic phone or w. hollywood phone for ppl like bloodbutt

            • PeterBlood

              Hmm, yeah not “great” like Samsung Galaxy SIII phones that crack like a MoFo when dropped. Just because you say it like the retard you are doesn’t make it so. Apple devices kick Android squarely in the ass in the premium build dept. Android mobile devices is cheap junk only a freetard could love that breaks on impact, iDevices don’t. There’s a reason Android devices are cheaper muttonhead.

            • bloodbutt

              itard. bahahaha

            • PeterBlood

              Stop posting about what you see in the mirror dope.

            • bloodbutt

              the dude is an icrap troll. hes quite amusing

            • PeterBlood

              Thanks you craptastic Google Sheep trollgirl!

            • peterbloodbutt

              shouldnt that b icraptastic bahahaha

            • PeterBlood

              You’re not good enough to munch on Cupertino sewer s**t.

            • OptimusL

              Indeed but i’ve never seen an iDrone who gets so riled up, he must have no life if he keeps spamming so much :P If you look at his profile is constantly trolling other sites every few minutes. It is quite pathetic and I hope for our sake he doesn’t breed.

          • bloodbutt

            ipads come right out of the box running all their apps on tablets. give it time buttboy, u know android is gaining…dun dun dunnnn

            • PeterBlood

              Yeah yeah sure. You think Apple is standing still? You think wrong. Be afraid, be very afraid. Android still has another 100,000 tablet apps to develop before catching up and even then the apps will be second rate. And of course the tablets themselves will suffer using the Android OS.

    • Any a

      Great news. I prefer to buy apps lately rather then download them cracked. Updates are coming timingly. I have over 80 apps from Google Play.

    • mohamad droubi

      Google play please be strong to kick apples ass.

      • PeterBlood

        Apple App Store please stay strong with your quality offerings to continue kicking the crap out of Googles and Fandroids fscked up inferior ass.

        • bloodbut

          do you guys like how bloodbut uses sheep sites to quote. ba ha ha ha. im such a troll, but bloodbut needs to get banged again just like he did in w. hollywood

          • PeterBlood

            Obviously you’ve been banged upside the head one too many times.

            • bloodbutt

              rather b banged upside the head than the butt, bloodbutt
              haaaaaaaaaaa

            • PeterBlood

              Eric Schmidt is banging you in the front and Larry Page is pumping you in the back and you’re loving it bloodbutthead!

            • bloodbutt

              please dont verbalize your fantasies. gross. although i would imagine it would be steve jobs giving you the job and cook cooking you

            • PeterBlood

              It’s not hardly my fantasy it’s your day to day reality. So you have necrophiliac fantasies with the same gender too? – yuck. Fandroid are the most wickedly depraved. You need help.

    • bill

      Play store will never have as much revenue. The app quality is much better on iOS. IOS gets apps first and for kid apps there’s no comparison. All the popular shows and movies have iOS apps but no android apps. I have both platforms and like both for different reasons. I do like that there’s a lot of free games on android but I never purchased an app on android feels insecure with all the developers. Current devices are iPhone 5, galaxy nexus both Verizon. IPad 3rd gen and nexus 7.

    • tomo008866

      The iTunes Store has much better apps than the Play Store, in general, in my opinion.

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