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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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By TakinYourPoints on 2/2/2013 5:06:17 AM , Rating: 2
we KNOW the majority is low end

This might be the first time you've explicitly stated that in a post. All I hear around here is how the GS3 has outsold the iPhone.

The GS3 alone outsold the 4S in one quarter last year

Yes, and the 4S in one year outsold the GS2/GS3/GN2 combined. The 4S also crossed 30 million units sold in half the time the GS3 did. What's your point? Outselling the 4S by about a million units the quarter before the iPhone 5 refresh only makes sense.

and that is just one phone out of many

Yes it is. It is a limited data point but at the same time the GS3 outsells other high end Android devices by a good margin. It is worth talking about for that reason.

Significantly lower usage metrics based around the usage of "high end" devices (online traffic, app downloads, mobile ad revenue, etc) makes it a reasonably safe point to build around.

With comparable OS and a few good high end devices it outsold IOS by 5 to 1 in 2012.

Again, on the back of low end phones. Keep mentioning the ratio and I'll keep mentioning how growth in low end Android devices is disproportionately higher than that of the high end.

Forget how many more iPhones have already sold, the iPhone 5 in less than a quarter doubled the internet usage share of the GS3.

If you want to ignore hard internet traffic, download metrics, how Google's mobile revenue from iOS is over double that from Android, fine, the GS3/Droid DNA/GN2 are selling amazingly well, people just don't like using them. I can't think of any other excuses to explain it.

Now moving on and back to topic. It is an inevitability, the Play store will out-earn the apps store. If not by the end of this year like some independant companies predict, then in 2014. It could even be sooner, well have to see how this year goes, but it will happen. Sheer volume proves it will happen.

We'll see, it can certainly happen. It would require the adoption of high end Android devices to increase at a much faster rate than they are right now. Right now the growth of iPhone sales continues to outpace that of high end Android devices. Again, we'll see, it can absolutely happen.

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