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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 retrospooty on 1/31/2013 6:32:08 PM , Rating: 2
"Tell me why I should develop for Android if I can make 4X more for iOS apps?"

Because its an old stat. The more Android outsells IOS the closer we get to Parity. Based on this companies estimation it will happen by the end of this year. It may be sooner, or later, but it will happen. Android outsold IOS 2.5 to 1 in 2011 when Android sucked. Now it its 5 to 1 in 2012. 2013 is expected to be 6 to 1 or higher.

RE: Something odd is going on with Android
By TakinYourPoints on 2/1/2013 5:45:34 AM , Rating: 2
Doesn't matter when so much is in the low end.

In one quarter the iPhone 5 has doubled the internet usage of the GS3, a phone that has been out for ages. There are many more iPhone 4S devices out there, iOS is a cheaper and faster platform to develop for and support, and there are way more paying customers with less piracy.

Developers and publishers do the math every day and the numbers still don't make as much sense for Android unless the game is incredibly big and mainstream, which limits them to the most casual (Angry Birds, Netflix). The number of iOS exclusives surprises even me, I thought it would be catching up more by now.

I posted a thread elsewhere with some game developers chiming about why Android continues to be a secondary development platform. One of them who did make an Android port is the developer of Plague Inc, a game that he ported months later after he'd already made millions from iOS:

Here are comments from an ex-id developer that goes into specifics, and its the same stuff as before: The significant added cost of Android development isn't enough to offset the potential profits that they would get:

By TakinYourPoints on 2/1/2013 7:27:45 AM , Rating: 2
Now, of course things can reach parity if Play continues to grow. What sort of a difference in total marketshare are we looking at where Android might be worth considering more often, 20:1?

It seems much more likely that it'll require low end devices to get better. There are obviously other things that would help like development and support costs needing to drop, reduced OS/hardware fragmentation, more safeguards against piracy (which would also cut into sideloading), things like that.

By Alexstarfire on 2/3/2013 9:36:20 AM , Rating: 2
Out of curiosity, why does the amount of internet usage matter?

RE: Something odd is going on with Android
By web2dot0 on 2/1/2013 6:19:01 AM , Rating: 2
Does 6x1 exposure == 6x the revenue my statistic professor? :-D
You are so naive, and clearly NOT a app developer.

iOS apps are profitable because they attract people who SPENDS $$$$$. You do understand $$$$ don't yea? If you don't, please go back to your lab where you belong.

Having 6x more exposure to people who pirate software or only want to get apps for free isn't going to make you more money. Why don;t you talk to people in the industry and see what they tell you.

It's just simple math. You clearly don't understand that, so you make general assumption that more is better.

Netflix takes up 25% of all US traffic, and generate $1B is revenue .... profitability? $1.7M.
Is more better jackass? How much money can you make off people stream unlimited movies to their homes for $8.99/month?

Nut hugging Google won't make your argument stronger. Stay with facts and stats, not conjecture.

RE: Something odd is going on with Android
By retrospooty on 2/1/2013 7:13:37 AM , Rating: 2
Simple math says the sames gap will over-compensate for the $. Estimations are by the end of 2013 Play store revenue will pass app store. It may be off , it could be sooner or later, but it WILL happen, it is inevitable. I posted the link 2x in this article already, check it if your curious.

I really don't care anyhow, and I'm not sure why you do. It's about what YOU get as a consumer, not what Google or Apple gets.

RE: Something odd is going on with Android
By web2dot0 on 2/1/2013 2:49:11 PM , Rating: 2
It's not simple at all dumbass. Who says it will "over-compensate" you? Show me the stats.

BTW, most of the money from Android is made off games. I don't develop games, so how's that help me?

Your assessment is not based on facts or stats, but purely based on "a hunch". Go read a book or something ....

I care because I'm a developer ... or you still haven't caught on? If you don't know what you are talking about, STFU.

RE: Something odd is going on with Android
By Reclaimer77 on 2/1/2013 8:50:49 PM , Rating: 1
I care because I'm a developer

An extremely self obsessed arrogant self-centered one at that apparently.

I don't develop games, so how's that help me?

Like we give a shit? Seriously go get a real job!!! It's not Google and Android users responsibility to make sure you can make a living sitting your fat ass at home in your pajamas making "apps". I know real coders who could crank out in day what your slacker ass probably does in a year. They deserve a payday. You, not so much.

I dare you to tell me what app you've "developed". I bet it's some completely redundant and copy-cat piece of shit app. No wonder you wouldn't make money off Android. The typical Android user is WAY too tech-savvy to pay for something they don't have to.

By hexxthalion on 2/5/2013 6:16:06 AM , Rating: 1
"I know real coders" - man, you really have to have last word even though you talk rubbish most of the time, don't you? You were given first hand examples and explanations yet you still burry your head in the sand and repeat your skewed mantra. I am real coder and have been for a long time and you know dick about whatever you say on this topic, so yeah, I'm joining the club and am saying to you STFU!!!

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