App Store Generating 4 Times More Cash Than Android Marketplace, Much Of It From China



Remember the recent story about the App Store being worth more than all of RIM? Here’s another astounding factoid: Just the top 200 most-grossing App Store entries generate four times the revenue than everything offered by the Android Marketplace. A new report also pegs China as a major App Store user, accounting for 30 percent of overall downloads and nearly half of iPad apps.

According to researcher Distimo, after Apple announced it would accept Chinese Yuan, downloads from the Asian country almost doubled, rising to 30 percent – up from 18 percent in January. The numbers are even more staggering for iPad apps. China accounts for 44 percent of all App Store tablet downloads.

This shouldn’t be too surprising, given CEO Tim Cook’s fourth quarter remarks describing Apple’s progress in China as “amazing” and calling the country an “enormous opportunity” for the Cupertino, Calif. firm. China represents 16 percent of Apple’s overall revenue, or $4.52 billion, the tech giant reported during the September quarter.

Another interesting tidbit: 50 percent of App Store cash come from freemium and in-app purchases via the top 200 most-grossing apps, Distimo said. The App Store is still miles ahead of the Android Market. The iPhone alone has 79,077 App Store games, versus 46,045 Android Market game apps. When you toss in nearly 29,000 iPad games, Apple’s lead is even more clear.

With the end of 2011 almost upon us, Distimo added to the collection of Best of the Year compilations, this time naming Rovio’s Angry Birds as the year’s best app. The No. 2 slot went to Facebook’s app, while Skype, Angry Birds Rio and Google Maps rounded out the top-five. Not surprisingly, Google Maps was the only app not available in Apple’s App Store. The Apple-only iBooks App placed in the No. 6 position.

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  • zergon

    I think is because some apps aren’t accessible to all devices. for example, I can’t install some apps on my HTC wildfire. which is not the case with the Appstore

  • AppleKilledMobileFlash

    That dude Andy Rubin of Google should take a hard look at Apple’s App Store revenue numbers before he starts getting all cocky about his claims of 700,000 Android smartphone activations every day.  Maybe his Android OS better have about 2,800,000 activations a day, if he expects Android Market’s revenue to catch up to Apple’s App Store.  Just because Android smartphones are cheap and plentiful it doesn’t mean that selling them is that lucrative a business.  Google needs to get off its high horse about how much market share Android is taking.  If it doesn’t make much money for Google or developers then it’s nothing to be crowing about.

  • Ken Heins

    I am a registered iOS Developer.  Why would I want to develop for Android?  I would have to run the risk of a bunch of unhappy customers who may or may not be able to buy my Android app that may or may not install because it is not practical to code, test and update for over 250 separate devices, and THEN do it for, at best, 1/3 of the money that I can make on iOS apps.

    You just have to want to do it, I guess, but I do it for a living, so……………….

  • RangyG

    Apple bragged about it’s market share lead, until it lost it to Android.. now you all claim its not a big deal.. So now you brag about the app store.
    Time will tell, in the meantime feel free to make fools of yourselves and show off the size of your egos

  • Michael A. Robson

    “Share” of what “market”? Android is free.
    The market share argument is made against other HARDWARE makers, and if you look at it in that light, I’m pretty sure Apple’s three phones are doing well against Samsung, HTC, Moto, etc. Android doesn’t matter, and it’s not a business.

  • RangyG

    smartphone market, iOS is free too, just not open source
    Refer to Apples iPhone 4s keynote, Mobile Installed Base, iOS – 43%, Android 33% – we wont see that graph again next time

  • Connor Mulcahey

    find out the total without all the in app purchases in freemium games and get back to me…

  • Connor Mulcahey

    I am also an iOS developer and your points only reinforce my reason’s for not developing for android. I’ll keep them in mind next time someone asks. 

  • Element Mobilman

    Just because Apple phones are expensive and elitist, doesn’t mean they’re any better. Android provides consumers with choice, which is more than what Apple can say.

  • Element Mobilman

    You know Apple is sore because it’s buying out patents with its competitors, just to stop Google from providing a “free” product that “poses no threat” in your eyes. 


    I think a major testimony to a company’s quality is how many lawsuits Apple has levied against them.

  • Element Mobilman

    If you’re smart developers, you can offer your app yourself with 100% profit. But, being Apple aficionados, I don’t expect you to understand that concept.

  • jw915

    As an Apple customer, just remember that all that revenue is money that gets extracted out of your pocket.

  • Tomáš Petrík

    At least get the facts right, please. Right in the heading…
    It’s not Android Marketplace, it’s Android Market.
    Windows Phone has a Marketplace.