Apps & Oranges: App Store vs Google Play

Apps & Oranges

Uncommon Comparisons of the App Store vs. Google Play

People love to compare the Appt Store to Google Play, but it seems these comparisons always focus on the same metrics-number of app, rate of growth, sales, in other words, important but predictable metrics, so we decided to have a little fun and visualize unconventional comparisons of the two most dominant mobile marketplaces.

The Big Picture

Despite a significantly larger market share Google Play lags in generating revenue for developers.

Apple App Store Market Share 18.2%

$5.1 Million Daily Revenue

Google Play Market Share 74.4%

$1.1 Million Daily Revenue

Category by Category

Android's open and customizable platform has triggered a sixeable category of personalizations apps.

Games & Entertainment 26%

Education 11%

Books & Reference 10%

Games & Entertainment 14%

Personalization 12%

Books & Reference 8%

Top Publishers

When it comes to the top publishers for each platform, there's little correlation between the number of apps published and the number of downloads generated (ordered by number of downloads).


Apple 7 Apps

Google 60 Apps


Gameloft 266 Apps

Facebook 2 Apps


Google 23 Apps

Rovio 13 Apps


Disney 144 Apps

Go Dev Team 135 Apps


EA 126 Apps

Adobe 31 Apps

Country by Country

Although both stores are seeing increases in revenue, the app store continues to outpace Google Play outside the U.S.

Top 5 Countries:

Growth in Revenue 2012

Sweden +64% iPhone

Denmark +111% iPad

UK +40%

France +46%

Finland +111% iPad

China +118% iPhone

+110% iPad

Russia +143 % iPad

+96% iPhone


Korea +94%

Taiwan +74% iPhone

Japan +138% iPhone

+112% iPad


App Discovery

Google Play's superior search function makes it easier to find apps - even with a keyword misspelled.
















Price Point Distribution

Google Play's pricing model allows for a larger number of price points (from top 100 apps as of 7/9/2013).

29 Different Price Points

7 Different Price Points

Most Expensive Apps

Few apps approach the max price point set by each marketplace (and even if you pay $999 for VIP black iOS, you can't activate the service until you verify that you ahve "assets and/or income in excess of 1 million pounds.")

A $999.99 price cap is imposed by Apple

$999 VIP Black

$799 Alpha Trader

$799 Preebs

$499 Mighty Brace Pro

$399 Tap Menu

A $200 price cap is imposed by Google

$200 Vuvuzela World Cup Horn Plus

$200 Most Expensive Play App

$200 Got Cash?

$199 MBE Preparation

$159 Nursing Central

Newcomers and Revenue

The percentage of revenue generated by new Android apps suggests Google Play may soon close the revenue gap with the app store.

Proportion of Revenue:

New apps of the top 300 U.S. apps

Proportion of Revenue:

New publishers of the top 250 U.S. publishers

Risky Business

Although all iOS apps sometimes send unencrypted data, 84% of users consider iOS to be more secure than Android.

Sends/receives data without encryption 100% 92%

Ad Network and/or Analytics 60% 50%

Location Tracking 60% 42%

Single Sign-On Addresses 54% 52%

Contact and Addresses 54% 20%

Calendar 14% 0%

Apps & Oranges: App Store vs Google Play

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