Apple leads Android by 1200% in apps revenue


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While Android has almost caught up to iOS in the race for apps, Apple is still far ahead of Google when it comes to revenue generated by those apps. The…

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That's because they have better games. I'm willing to spend $15 on Final Fantasy Tactics on iOS. I'd also be willing to pirate it on andriod.


this is actually a darn shame!
android is so much more open, with literally NO restrictions, and its still hard to find quality apps.

I think it's because when a developer makes a game for android, it must work on ALL of the android phones, and if it doesn't the app makers get flamed, so my guess is they dont think its worth the trouble.


Well Duh! Wonder if the fact that most Android apps are free has anything to do with it?


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One of the ways that Apple allows is for in-app purchases for otherwise free applications. This means that the user actually did not pay anything for the actual application but once hooked, they paid for some upgrades in the game. So if we break out the in-app purchases vs. actual application purchases, we will find that the numbers are probably almost equal. Most people would rather not pay for an application but would not bat an eye for an in-app purchase to get something additional.

Personally, I REALLY hate in-app purchases -- especially given that my iPad has been "donated" to my kids and they are constantly asking for an upgrade or two (the answer is always no). Me, I am running on my Acer Iconia A500 Android and could not be happier.


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Right now it is difficult finding well made apps for honeycomb tablets. There just aren't many out there yet. Hopefully ICS will bring in more, better quality apps.

By the way, you can pre-order the Transformer Prime on Amazon now. I pre-ordered mine this afternoon.


Someone in this note forgot about Google's ads. It's straightforward tactic and a different business model than Apple :p I am pretty sure that Goggle ads revenue surpasses any apps store income greatly!


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imo, phone apps are one of the most stupid things you could waste your money on
the phones themselves are already over priced with crappy 1940's audio quality


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Mindwraith said:
imo, phone apps are one of the most stupid things you could waste your money on
the phones themselves are already over priced with crappy 1940's audio quality
ok? This is a little confusing? 1940's audio quality? no offence but when I download a track from iTunes and play it back on my 4s through my Ultimate Ears Headphones i'm pretty sure nothing in the 1940's can even get near the sound quality?

Also why is it the most stupid thing you have EVER HEARD?

I bought the TomTom Europe app for my iPhone, cost me £45, a cheap TomTom with less functionality would cost over twice that? I have used it (and now can't live without it) for over a year now with no issues.

Explain what is so stupid buying apps?


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Mindwraith said:
imo, phone apps are one of the most stupid things you could waste your money on
the phones themselves are already over priced with crappy 1940's audio quality
This guy has an old phone that can barely read java apps and has absolutely NO idea on what nowadays aplications in your phone can do.

If that guy meant it in the way that you can always get an alternative for free maybe he could be somewhat right, developers strip functions to their free or light apps, since he was talking about overpriced with crappy audio quality I doubt it very much, get a portable record player and hate some more.


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Hey, I've purchased quite a lot of apps for my Droid when they're worth it. But, there are many others I have that are free (with ads). So, revenue is earned via the ads.

Also, with Amazon app store having a "free app of the day", I've gotten a lot of apps that way. But even with that, I still purchase apps when I feel they are worth the price.


I like the quality of the Apps on the iPhone. I think Google could/should do something similar by reviewing all apps as this helps weed out junk and viruses and it could still be open. Being too open can be problematic. I'll stick with my very functional closed iPhone. I really use to think this was bad till I got one. I see no problems in this closed system as I can get whatever I want. No I don't like itunes but I guess it works OK when I purchased a few Apps myself. Never thought I would but some of these apps are really cool.


What is the average "Income" for top, middle, low developers ?

Are the millions developers making monies ?


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These discussions always bother me. Does anyone have BOTH an iPhone and an Android phone? No, so there are no real valid comparisons.

I was surprised at the average price for an Apple app is $2. Most non-free android apps I've seen are $5. Are the apple apps $1 each normally?

And why are people defending Google for making less money. As an android user, i'm getting most of my apps for free. I'd like to see Percentage of apps on your phone that were free. Cause about 90% of the apps on my phone were.


cuz in android there is always a free alternative of wataver app u need..


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in. the past month I have purchased $15 width of apps on my x2. mostly emulators tho..

the user above me, mentioned amazon app. I also recommend 'Getjar' lots of apps are given away got free


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Doesn't dev's have to pay a $99 fee to sell their apps on the istore, even if it's a free app. I wonder how much of the 5B is from that.


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Wow really?

Android has almost everything you could ever need for free, so yea of course the apple apps generate more income cos they are greedy mofos that dont have any good free stuff.

If anything these figures just means android is the better platform for the end users. Want to spend 1200% more to get the same apps?


Yeah. Giving away everything for free has just been such a fantastic and stable business model through history. And also something that guarantees quality and great support! There are just millions of eager developers out there who are willing to spend hundreds of hours of hard work without ever making a dime. Maybe they all live in their moms basement?

Since its such a great businessmodel I wonder when the first free cars come to market?

BTW Google still makes over 60% of their (comparatively small) mobile search revenue from iOS. I guess that means that a lot of Android the customers seem to be oblivious to the fact that they can do other things with their smart phones besides call and send text messages. Or?