Google Play saw 19 billion app downloads in Q4, 145 percent more than Apple's App Store

midian182

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Android and Apple owners are forever trying to outdo one another when it comes to comparing their favorite platforms, but one area where Google has Apple beat is number of app downloads. According to a new report from App Annie, there was a record 19 billion worldwide downloads from the Google Play Store in Q4 2017, which pushed its lead over Apple’s App Store to 145 percent.

Those impressive numbers, which only cover new downloads and not re-installs or updates, were driven by emerging markets such as India, Indonesia, and Brazil. These were the top three countries in terms of year-over-year market share growth, and contributed to Google Play’s 10 percent YoY app download growth.

App Annie notes that India surpassed the US when it came to total Android and iOS app downloads for the first time in Q4 2017.

As for what apps were being downloaded during the fourth quarter, those in the categories of games, finance, and personalization had the strongest growth on Google Play. On the iOS App Store, shopping apps were the most downloaded, thanks to events like Alibaba’s Singles Day and Cyber Monday, with finance apps coming in second. This latter category is expected to increase in popularity throughout 2018 as more people turn to mobile-based banking and investment and the cryptocurrency craze continues.

While Google Play may have gained more than double the number of iOS App Store downloads in Q4, Apple had an almost 100 percent lead when it came to consumer spending. Both stores saw 20 percent YoY growth in this area, but the $11.5 billion Apple brought in was nearly twice what Google Play’s apps generated.

Earlier this month, Apple said customers spent $890 million through in-app purchases or downloading apps from its store between December 24 and December 31. This culminated in a record 300 million dollars' worth of purchases on New Year’s Day 2018.

The US was the biggest spender across both Android and iOS in Q4, with Germany in third. Second place was split between the two operating systems; South Korea took the number two spot for Google Play, while Taiwan was second for iOS.

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Squid Surprise

TS Evangelist
Who cares how many apps were downloaded... it's how much revenue they brought in that actually matters... and as the article states, Apple's store has almost double the revenue of Google's....

And since there were so many more Google apps downloaded, that shows just how much MORE profitable Apple is, as each app brings in far more relative revenue for Apple...

Anyone up for a Clash of Clans battle?
 

Trillionsin

TS Evangelist
Seems like a pretty bogus and irrelevant number. Honestly, and no I'm not an Apple fanboy. I've only owned Android phone for the past 10 years.

Clash of Clans? No, thank you. " Apple's store has almost double the revenue of Google's...." You sound a bit like a fanboy. lol Who cares, even if that's true? You could twist that around and say that the Play Store for Android has a lot more free options, and thus is better. SMH lol IDGAF
 

Squid Surprise

TS Evangelist
Seems like a pretty bogus and irrelevant number. Honestly, and no I'm not an Apple fanboy. I've only owned Android phone for the past 10 years.

Clash of Clans? No, thank you. " Apple's store has almost double the revenue of Google's...." You sound a bit like a fanboy. lol Who cares, even if that's true? You could twist that around and say that the Play Store for Android has a lot more free options, and thus is better. SMH lol IDGAF
Not saying which is better... and not exactly a fanboy... I didn’t make up the numbers - they came from the article!!...but it’s clear that Apple’s is better for Apple as opposed to Google’s being better for Google... money talks, and Apple is making more of it...