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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 PsychoPif on 1/31/2013 1:13:28 PM , Rating: 2
I'm going to go out of limb here and say it's the fact that Android get most of it's market share from cheaper device. I'm gonna guess that user that pay 200$ and more for a phone have more remaining income to spend on apps than someone who choose a free phone.

A more meaningful metric for me would be the profit one game make on each platform. Let's say Angry Bird, Minecraft or other cross platform title. Because in the end, it's not the total profit by platform that will matter to me, as a developper. It's on which platform I should focus my $$ and energy that will be the best investment.

Unfortunatly, not many publisher are willing to provide that level of detail.

By aliasfox on 1/31/2013 1:27:41 PM , Rating: 2
It's also very likely that people who get free phones simply don't bother using them like smartphones - the hardware is merely a replacement for their old dumbphone, and they use it in almost the exact same way. They may play a round of Angry Birds or check their email, but that's about it.

By TakinYourPoints on 1/31/2013 6:11:03 PM , Rating: 2
There are some developer comments on a board I go to:

One of them released Plague Inc, a game released first on iOS, later ported to Android, that made the developer a millionaire.

Check out out, lots of reasons why iOS has been more appealing so far.

"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook

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