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    Default Google Play Gains Ground, Still Remains Far from Apple's App Store


    A recently released report from Distimo, a company that provides mobile app store analytics for developers shows that revenue for the Android based Google Play store is up. Previously, in November of 2012, revenue from Google Play made up only 19% of combined total revenue between the Apple App Store and Google Play. However by this past April (2013), Google Play’s share had increased by 8%, now making up 27% of the combined total revenue of the two stores. Apple still continues to lead the market with 74% of the combined total revenue though.

    The report also tried to look further into whether app developers were finding it hard to monetize apps in the Google Play store. Google Play features a large number of successful free apps but trails behind Apple in the number of successful paid apps. The growth of “freemium” gaming, where a free game is augmented with in-game purchases, combined with strong overseas sales for titles such as Final Fantasy III is helping the store catch up.

    According to Distimo, there are a number of contributing factors to the increased growth of Google play’s store but the largest are growing European, Japanese, and South Korean markets. These markets are said to play a vital role to Google Play’s recent growth. Although not mentioned in the report, this could be due to the lower cost of some Android hardware, making smartphones more affordable in countries with large populations of differing economic status.

    Although Google Play is starting to slowly catch up, the Apple App Store is leading the market by a wide margin. As of April 2013, the United States was still the largest market when considering the total combined revenue of both stores. The daily revenue for the top 200 grossing apps in Google Play was $1.1 million, while the top 200 apps in the Apple Store were bringing in $5.1 million a day. Apple’s App Store revenues include both iPhone and iPad apps, which given the market share enjoyed by the iPad might explain some of Apple’s lead over Google Play.

    Those of you who are interested in doing so can read Distimo’s full analysis by hitting the source link below.

    Source: Distimo

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    Their apps still aren't as polished as on iOS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akshay Masand View Post
    Apple’s App Store revenues include both iPhone and iPad apps, which given the market share enjoyed by the iPad might explain some of Apple’s lead over Google Play.
    Google Play's revenues don't include apps from both tablets and handsets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Venom1234 View Post
    Their apps still aren't as polished as on iOS.
    Most of google's own apps are much more polished on iOS too. Gmail for android finally got an updated interface today to more closely match the iOS version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slim.jim View Post
    Most of google's own apps are much more polished on iOS too. Gmail for android finally got an updated interface today to more closely match the iOS version.
    The reason is, it's just too difficult to make something look so nice when you have to fit screen sizes ranging from 4" to 6.2"(that's the new galaxy mega or whatever isn't it?) when you have 2 screen sizes to develop for and you cover every device (I'm talking phones btw.) If google developed for only one size, say 5" the app would look very nice and polished on that lone device, but for the note 2 for example, it would look stretched washed out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Venom1234 View Post
    Their apps still aren't as polished as on iOS.
    Not so. Some are better, some are worse. Pretty much as you'd expect. They do appear more expensive though.

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    Don't most new apps and games come to iOS first before they go to play store anyways?

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    The reason for the decline in feb was because the jailbreak was just released.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slim.jim View Post
    Most of google's own apps are much more polished on iOS too. Gmail for android finally got an updated interface today to more closely match the iOS version.
    Like what? The only Google app that looks nicer on iOS than Android is Maps, but you lose some functionality that Android users get.

    Gmail for iOS also looks a bit uglier than it does on Android IMO but that's personal preference.

    Chrome looks the same, though performance sucks on iOS thanks to Apple.

    Voice looks a lot better.

    Google Now is way better.

    Google doesn't even offer Play Music on iOS.

    I don't remember how YouTube looks on the iPhone, but it looks better on my Nexus 4 than my iPad.

    I can't think of any services other than Maps that's more polished on iOS than Android.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Channan View Post
    Like what? The only Google app that looks nicer on iOS than Android is Maps, but you lose some functionality that Android users get.

    Gmail for iOS also looks a bit uglier than it does on Android IMO but that's personal preference.

    Chrome looks the same, though performance sucks on iOS thanks to Apple.

    Voice looks a lot better.

    Google Now is way better.

    Google doesn't even offer Play Music on iOS.

    I don't remember how YouTube looks on the iPhone, but it looks better on my Nexus 4 than my iPad.

    I can't think of any services other than Maps that's more polished on iOS than Android.
    Most of the current interfaces Android were on iOS first. Google Music will be on iOS shortly.
    Last edited by slim.jim; 05-30-2013 at 11:55 PM.

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