Google Play Store vs iOS App Store, who owns what?
As reluctant as Apple was in allowing third party applications to run on the iPhone, the decision to create the App Store for iOS has proven to be one of its most lucrative decisions in history. Along side, the Google Play Store that we all remember originally as the Android Market has also created one of the biggest ecosystems in mobile history. If you’re wondering which of these stores performs best when it comes to statistics and revenue, prepare to not be surprised.
App analytics company App Annie has just released its figures for a study performed in 150 countries. The results show that even though the Google Play Store owns almost 60% more downloads than the iOS App Store, the later is responsible for 80% more revenue. Given the fact that Android is the largest mobile operating system in the world, in addition to it being available at every price point in the market will definitely give it the edge when it comes to the volume of content downloaded every day. You can find cheap entry-level Android phones for as little as $50 in some markets, where as the most affordable iPhone is almost six times more expensive. By contrast, it’s interesting to see that developers are making a lot more money for building iOS apps than for building Android apps.
Those of you who wonder why iOS lands more exclusives when it comes to applications and services just found the answer to your question. Still, with new strategies like Android One coming soon, this could only be a matter of time before numbers drift in favor of Google.