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Games played a major part in the increased revenue for both parties

Game apps for iOS pummeled Android game apps when it came to revenue for the fourth quarter, but Android is growing quickly.

According to App Annie's Index, iOS games earned 3.5 times the revenue of Android games in Q4 2012. The iOS App Store increased its overall revenue by 20 percent from Q3 to Q4 2012 while the Google Play store doubled its app revenue in the same time period. However, iOS still raked in more cash.

The top revenue makers for iOS (ordered from 1-10 on the top 10 list) included apps by Electronic Arts (EA), Supercell, Gameloft, GREE, Inc., HungHo Online Entertainment, Zynga, Kabam, NHN Corp., SQUARE ENIX and Rovio Entertainment.

For the Google Play store, game companies occupied nine out of the top 10 list for best revenue-making apps. NHN Corp. held the No. 1 spot.

The top five countries contributing to iOS app revenue were the U.S., Japan, the UK, Australia and Canada. For the Google Play store, the top three were Japan, the U.S. and South Korea.

Source: Games Industry

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RE: Something odd is going on with Android
By Rukkian on 1/31/2013 1:04:09 PM , Rating: 0
while I have no idea where you are getting your info, the amount of money brought in is fairly simple - there are many, many more apps that are either free or lower priced compared to the app store.

Many times my older son (who has a nexus tablet) get an app or game for either very cheap, or free. Then my younger son (who has an ipod touch) wants it as well and has to pay considerably more for the exact same thing.

This is purely anecdotal, but the people I know with i-devices tend to be more women and tend to spend alot more time on facebook, pinterest, etc, which would account for greater web utilizations. I tend to get a good game (or games) and just stick to those for awhile, getting on the web when I need to look something up, but do not need to have my nose in my phone all day long.

RE: Something odd is going on with Android
By Tony Swash on 1/31/2013 1:41:33 PM , Rating: 2
while I have no idea where you are getting your info

From the internet. The data is not hidden if you choose to look.

This phenomena, much lower platform utilisation on Android compared to iOS is across all types of platform usage, it's certainly not restricted to just gaming.

To illustrate here are some data sources but there are many if you look all telling the same story.

A general overview of the different levels of iOS and Android engagement and the engagement trends

Advertising income

Digital Content

Developer revenues

Web traffic

Web commerce

A case study with one product on both platforms

Another real world example, the travel booking company Kayak iOS 3 to 1 compared to Android

RE: Something odd is going on with Android
By Rukkian on 1/31/2013 3:08:11 PM , Rating: 2
None of those links were in your first post, which is what I what replying to. As I said, from my experience, people with iphones are a less technically savvy overall, and more willing to waste time messing around on the internet. I would not want to book a trip, or do most online shopping from my device, or any device, as I don't care to keep my phone in my hands all day long. It is simply a tool that I use when I am not home, or bored. It is not a status symbol to me, which most i-product seem to think it is. I dont need some flashy case or feel the need to show off my phone.

My phone is a tool that is used when it is the best option.

The last article you posted also pointed out a reason for some of the difference, and that is due to having lower priced phones, and the fact that many providers dont even sell dumb phones, people just take the cheapest phone, and mainly just want to do what they did on their dumb phone. Again, it is not a status symbol, it is a tool that gets used when it needs to be used.

I know you are just trying to make something good come out of this article for apple, as that is all you care about. I don't care what others use, I just know that for me, I like choices, and want competition.

RE: Something odd is going on with Android
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/31/2013 3:25:32 PM , Rating: 2
I know you are just trying to make something good come out of this article for apple, as that is all you care about.
Every article... Every post..

RE: Something odd is going on with Android
By retrospooty on 1/31/2013 4:46:53 PM , Rating: 2
Wait until this happens... =) snick snick

RE: Something odd is going on with Android
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/31/2013 4:53:20 PM , Rating: 2
"android is a failure for google"


RE: Something odd is going on with Android
By retrospooty on 1/31/2013 4:55:42 PM , Rating: 3
LOL... That will go right up there with his other great line "Apple stock will hit 1000"

By Pirks on 1/31/2013 11:13:16 PM , Rating: 1
oh jeez... ballmer is fucked :(

By Fleeb on 1/31/2013 4:25:58 PM , Rating: 2
Canonical's Ubuntu is given away for free and much of the apps the come along with Linux. I guess they should just call it quits and just stop developing Ubuntu.

RE: Something odd is going on with Android
By Luticus on 1/31/2013 4:28:02 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know who does these case studies or how they are conducted and I don't have time to dig through the links to find out so I won't outright dispute them. I can however offer my personal experience and what I've seen among my peers. My phone is a phone second. It does literally everything (except play games as tablet/phone games are time wasters at best). Everything from office (kingsoft), to navigation, to internet, to skype, netflix, remote pc management, ssh, sql editing, java/perl/python scripting, to straight up automation (tasker). I literally do everything with my Android phone. Many of my peers who use Android phones (most of them) all do a similar subset of things. Even my wife uses many different apps to do many different things and uses the phone part of the device significantly less.

You want to know why Android games make less money, here's why:

1) many of them have cheaper/free solutions so there's less need to pay for the expensive ones
2) piracy

That's pretty much it.

By karlostomy on 2/1/2013 6:51:54 PM , Rating: 2

Apple is a closed shop.
iOS users are simply less technically inclined and generally do not seek out other technological means to accomplish their goals.

Further to that, Apple users only know how to use what solutions and resources apple has provided to them. Often they simply do not even know that other cheaper (and often better) solutions exist and are use what Apple dictates by default.

With this unfortunate realisation in mind, is it any wonder engagement, usage and revenue is higher on iOS?

Call it apple consumer ignorance, call it apple marketing brainwashing.
Call it what you will.
The fact Apple has their revenue stream monopolised is admittedly a stroke of business genius but also a sad reflection on the intelligence and treatment of Apple customers.

The statistics of this article and those supplied by Tony suggest that the android user base is substantially more informed about their options across all competing platforms and have more alternative resources available to them to accomplish the same thing as ios, at less cost.

By TakinYourPoints on 1/31/2013 6:01:37 PM , Rating: 2
Developer revenue from ads or microtransactions is also higher on the iOS side. Most games there are free as well, same business model.

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