Google Play has more downloads than iOS App Store, still can't match App Store's revenue

For the first time, it appears that the total number of downloads on Google Play has surpassed the total number of downloads on the iOS App Store.

Well this is certainly interesting news. For the first time, it appears that the total number of downloads on Google Play has surpassed the total number of downloads on the iOS App Store.

According to data compiled by App Annie, Google during the second quarter of 2013 saw approximately 10% more downloads than Apple's App Store. When it comes to revenue, however, the iOS App Store still reigns supreme, generating 2.3 times as much revenue as its Google counterpart.

All in all, the data shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Given the growing number of Android users and the fact that many Android apps are free, it makes sense that Google Play downloads would eventually eclipse downloads on the App Store. But, as has been discussed many times before, developers looking to actually make some decent money in mobile would be well advised to focus on the App Store before devoting time and attention towards Android.

App Annie adds:

Games continued to dominate the share of revenue for both app stores, and still accounted for a greater share in Google Play where it comprised over 80% of revenues vs. roughly 75% in the iOS App Store. While country rankings remained relatively stable, there was significant movement in a number of categories during Q2 2013:

  • The substantial growth of Music and Social Networking apps helped drive iOS App Store revenue.

As for the top countries with respect to App Store downloads, the United States checked in at first place, followed by China, Japan, the UK, and Russia. In terms of which countries generate the most revenue for iOS developers, the United States once again took the top spot, followed by Japan, the UK, Australia, and China.

Interestingly, the top countries with respect to Google Play downloads is somewhat different. While the U.S. is once again number one, it's followed by South Korea, India, Russia, and Brazil.

There's a lot more data regarding app store trends in the full post over here.

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