App store wars: Google Play ‘growing 3 times faster than Apple’

23/04/2013

Google's Play Store grew three times faster than Apple’s rival App Store globally in the first quarter of 2013, according to new research.

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The study, from research firm App Annie attributed the growth largely to game-hungry smartphone fans in Japan and South Korea.

While Apple still attracts the most downloads overall, Google Play is catching fast, according to the data (see tables below).

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Google Play's income was up roughly 90% on the last quarter of 2012, while Apple's App Store saw a rise of around a quarter.

However, Apple still enjoys the highest total revenue, with Google making just 38.5% of its competitor's total. But Google’s revenue was just a tenth of Apple’s last year- showing nearly four-fold gains in under 12 months.

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The rapid growth of devices using Google's Android means the operating system now accounts for around 70% of the global smartphone market.

Some 80% of Google Play revenues come from downloads of popular titles such as Minecraft and Temple Run. For the App Store the figure is 70%.

The overall app market is estimated to have made more than $2bn (£1.3bn) in the first three months of this year.

Developers typically get 70% of the cost of an app, with the rest going to Apple or Google.

Top countries by app downloads

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Top countries by revenue

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Read the full report from App Annie here

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