Apple Owns 90% of Mobile Revenue Marketshare; iOS Developers Make 14X As Much As Android Developers

Google's mobile operating system, Android, has become the top platform in some countries, even eclipsing Apple's iOS. And this makes sense—after all, their are many, many more Android devices to choose from, including more budget options. But when it comes down to developers' earnings, there's no competition.

New data released by Piper Jaffray revealed that the Android platform has generated just 7% of the revenue that Apple's iOS has—a meagre $330 million compared to a staggering $4.9 billion. While an impressive 14% of iOS apps downloaded are paid, only 1% of downloaded Android apps are. I guess that's what happens when a platform's core demographic are those with tighter budgets. Apple boasts as much as 90% of the mobile marketshare in terms of app revenue.

Piper also affirms that Apple's monetary dominance is a mainstay, retaining 70% of the revenue marketshare even in four years.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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