Google Play is ahead in downloads, but the iOS App Store still leads in revenue

by Mike Rougeau

April 15 2014

Research firm App Annie has released its Q1 2014 report, finding that the App Store is still ahead of Google Play in revenue, despite Android apps getting more downloads.

Globally, Google Play app downloads exceeded App Store downloads by 45 percent, the report said. That's allegedly mostly thanks to emerging markets like Russia, Brazil, Mexico, and Turkey, where they appreciate sometimes-lower-priced Android devices.

But App Store revenue is still higher by a massive 85 percent. This gap is reportedly narrowing as Android adoption rises in the US and UK. But growth in the App Store was reportedly driven mostly in China.

And naturally, games are still "the key category driving growth" in both marketplaces. The full report at App Annie has a ton more information for you to dissect—if you have a few hours, that is.

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