The App Store has traditionally raked in more money than Google Play, with iOS users – particularly those with iPads – generally being more liberal with their wallets.
That’s the story we’re hearing again, though with Android’s market share continuing to rise, it has inevitably closed the gap. Er, a tiny bit.
Market researcher Canalys says Q1 2013 saw all app stores collectively grab a whopping $2.2 billion. The App Store makes up a significant 74% of that figure, while Google Play trails on just 18%.
However, these things aren’t an exact science, and as such we shouldn’t be too surprised to hear App Annie claiming that Google Play managed 38.5% of Apple’s App Store revenue (the Canalys figure above would be closer to 25% i.e. 18/74 * 100).
In any case, Google Play is still a fair bit behind the App Store, despite its larger market share (Q4 2012 figures from IDC put Android at 70.1% and iOS at 21%), though Adam Daum, chief analyst at Canalys, reckons that’ll change come 2016.
Meanwhile, Oliver Lo, Vice President at App Annie, says Google Play downloads are now around 90% of the App Store’s; it’s revenue that’s the big difference.
In terms of gaming, Japan and South Korea in particular are pumping a silly amount of money into Google Play. Indeed, a few months ago we heard that the top 5 Android games in Q4, globally, were Puzzle & Dragons, DragonFlight for Kakao, Anipang for Kakao, GREE, and I Love Coffee for Kakao. Clearly skewed towards our eastern friends.
Gary Google and Andy Apple will be laughing all the way to the bank, with around 30% of revenue going in their pockets. Dave Developer grabs the remaining 70%.