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27 Dec 12 Google Play Grew Rapidly In 2012, But App Store Is Still Cash Cow


Google Play Grew Rapidly In 2012, But App Store Is Still Cash Cow [Report]

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Google Play Grew Rapidly In 2012, But App Store Is Still Cash Cow [Report]

Mobile app analytics firm Distimo annually publishes a review of the past year’s growth and trends in the app space. For 2012, Distimo compared Apple’s App Store vs. Google Play on Android handsets. While both marketplaces are considered winners in their own right, the App Store is still where the real money comes from.

Google Play has technically been growing faster than the App Store in recent months, but the daily revenues generated in the App Store are still far greater than anything Google has been able to muster.

It’s amazing to think about how Apple has created such a profitable, app-based economy when you consider the numbers: an average day in November 2012 for the App Store was $150 million in revenues. Imagine how much has been made this month during the holidays. In the last four months, Google Play has seen aggressive growth of 43% in daily revenues, but the Android app marketplace still only generates about $3.5 million per day. (Figures were given by Distimo after examining activity in 20 of the largest countries for both stores.)

Google Play Grew Rapidly In 2012, But App Store Is Still Cash Cow [Report]

Will Google Play ever be as big as the App Store? The trend suggests it’s very possible.

What’s even crazier about the app economy is that only a small handful of companies are responsible for the vast majority of revenues. In November, seven iOS apps were responsible for 10% of the money being spent in the App Store. On Google Play, only four apps accounted for 10% of revenues.

In the App Store, “the proportion of revenue that derived from in-apps increased from 53% to 69% in 2012,” according to Distimo. This shouldn’t come as a surprise after so many popular games have adopted the ‘freemium’ model to bait users with a free download.

The United States still leads in terms of revenues for the App Store. Japan, the United Kingdom, and Australia are also top contenders. For Google Play, Japan actually accounts for more revenues than the United States. Surprisingly, Japan is also the second largest market for iPhone app revenues, according to Distimo.

Another interesting tidbit from Distimo’s report is that Russians absolutely adore their iPads. “The country with the highest tablet proclivity is Russia, where 46% of all iOS downloads are on the iPad,” said Distimo. Japan has the least iPad activity—only 7% of App Store downloads are iPad apps.

The top three grossing publishers in 2012 for both the App Store and Google Play were Electronic Arts, Zynga and Gameloft. Despite the fact that Apple only sells its own apps in the App Store (iMove, Garageband, Pages, etc.), the Cupertino company was still the fourth highest grossing, cross-store publisher. That’s crazy when you consider that Apple only sells seven iOS apps. For the App Store, Google was the third largest publisher in terms of sheer downloads. That’s not hard to believe when the new Google Maps app was downloaded over 10 million times in only a few days.

Instagram was the most downloaded iOS app in 2012, while Google’s Street View took first place in Google Play. Games still generate the vast majority of revenues in both stores.

Looking ahead, the biggest problem the App Store faces in 2013 is probably discovery. While there’s a lot of good curation going on by Apple’s people on the front end of the store (editor’s picks, highlights, etc.), iOS 6 makes it harder to find the best apps in the App Store’s search. Sometimes it takes 10+ card swipes for me to find a popular app. Apple recently bought Chomp, a Genius-like app discovery tool that will hopefully continue to improve the App Store’s search algorithms.

Google Play Grew Rapidly In 2012, But App Store Is Still Cash Cow [Report]

Google Play Grew Rapidly In 2012, But App Store Is Still Cash Cow [Report]

Google Play Grew Rapidly In 2012, But App Store Is Still Cash Cow [Report]

Google Play Grew Rapidly In 2012, But App Store Is Still Cash Cow [Report]

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27 Dec 12 Download Google Chrome free for iOS devices


Here’s how you can download the Google Chrome app free for your iPad, iPhone, iPad mini or iPod Touch.

Download the Google Chrome App Free From iTunes
1. Go to the Google Chrome app preview page in iTunes.

2. Click the View in iTunes button.

3. Click the Free button to download the app.

4. Sync your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad mini with iTunes to install the Google Chrome app.

Download the Google Chrome App Free From the iOS App Store
1. Open the App Store on your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad mini.

2. Search for “Google Chrome” (without the quotes).

3. Tap the Free button to download the app and install it on your iOS device.

Here’s a description and screenshot of Google Chrome for iOS devices:

“Browse fast with Chrome, now available on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Sign in to sync your personalized Chrome experience from your computer, and bring it with you anywhere you go.

Search fast
• Search and navigate fast, directly from the same box. Choose from results that appear as you type.

Simple, intuitive experience
• Open and quickly switch between an unlimited number of tabs. On your iPhone and iPod touch, flip through tabs the way you would fan a deck of cards. On iPad, swipe from edge to edge to switch tabs.

Sign in
• Sign in to Chrome to sync your open tabs, bookmarks, passwords, and omnibox data from your computer to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Pick up right where you left off.
• Send pages from Chrome on your computer to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad with one click and read them on the go, even if you’re offline.

Privacy
• Open a tab in Incognito* to browse without saving your history. “

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Article source: http://www.itworld.com/mobile-wireless/331070/download-google-chrome-free-ios-devices

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24 Dec 12 Apple’s App Store Outperforms Google Play in Revenue


Google’s app store outperformed the sales growth of Apple’s App Store over the past several months, but the latter still generates the most revenue, as well as profit.

During the last four months, the Google Play store for Android enjoyed a daily sales jump of 43 percent across 20 countries, according to figures measured by analytics provider Distimo.

Comparatively, sales growth for Apple’s App Store increased by 21 percent on a daily basis. However, during January, the App Store’s daily sales growth stood at 51 percent.

That said, daily revenue values in the App Store were already considerably higher than the revenue generated by Google Play. Distimo said that on an average day in November, the sales in the App Store surpassed $15 million. Google Play, meanwhile, settled for just under $3.5 million.

The United States was the largest market for overall app sales in 2012, which was followed by Japan, the UK and Australia. Google Play in particular saw the U.S. and Japan being the two largest regions for sales, followed by Korea.

Distimo added that a large number of apps available at both the App Store and Google Play made it increasingly difficult for users to discover new apps, subsequently hurting developers aiming to become successful commercially.

In November, seven apps accounted for 10 percent of all sales for the App Store for the iPhone, which was 11 apps back in January. 31 apps generated 10 percent of all free apps downloaded.

Ultimately, Android’s revenue for apps has risen by 311 percent since January and 17.9 percent in November. However, iOS apps are four times more profitable than its rival.

 

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Article source: http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Apple-App-Store-Google-Play,news-16491.html

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22 Dec 12 Google Play Saw ‘Tremendous Growth’ in 2012


Google Play saw “tremendous growth” this year, according to a new report, which also found that developers can still succeed despite the overwhelming number of choices in major app stores.

According to Distimo’s year-end review, Google Play experienced an aggregated daily revenue growth of 43 percent across 20 of the largest countries where the store is available. Daily revenue for the Apple App Store grew 21 percent in the same period.

Still, the growth in daily revenues in the App Store was higher than the total daily revenues in Google Play when comparing absolute daily revenue values. On a typical day in November, App Store revenues topped $15 million while Google Play made just below $3.5 million in the top 20 countries, Distimo found.

In-app purchases proved to be popular, with in-app revenue jumping from 53 percent to 69 percent this year. About 35 percent of revenue from the top 10 publishers, however, still came from one-time app purchases.

Not surprisingly, some major players dominated app revenue. On Nov. 12, for example, seven apps made up 10 percent of revenues in the App Store for iPhone, while six apps earned 10 percent of revenue for iPad apps. In Google Play, four apps made 10 percent of revenue.

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But despite those numbers, Distimo said the opportunity for developers is “large,” given the worldwide daily download and revenue volumes.

One big winner this year was Draw Something, which reached 9 million users in nine days. The game’s publisher, OMGPOP, was later purchased by Zynga, but the game reportedly ended up losing millions of users just several months later. Asian publisher Naver also launched five apps, one of which – Line Pop – had 1.75 million downloads in 72 hours.

In examining which gadgets people were using to download their apps, Distimo found that Russia had the highest rate of tablet downloads. About 46 percent of all iOS downloads there were done via the iPad. The Netherlands and Finland also had a high rate of tablet downloads, at 38 percent and 35 percent, respectively.

On the other end, Japan’s tablet download rate was much smaller, at 7 percent. Google Play is very successful there, as well as South Korea, where the world’s top phone maker (and Android enthusiast) Samsung has its headquarters.

Overall, the top app markets in the world are the U.S., Japan, the U.K, and Australia.

For more, see PCMag’s roundup of the 100 Best iPhone Apps, 100 Best iPad Apps, and 100 Best Android apps slideshow above.

For more from Chloe, follow her on Twitter @ChloeAlbanesius.

Article source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2413452,00.asp

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21 Dec 12 Anomaly Korea now available from Google Play for $2.99


Anomaly Korea, the sequel to the award-winning Anomaly Warzone Earth, is now available for download via Google Play. The game about an all-out invasion of the earth by a race of giant alien machines comes just in time for (supposed) end of the world.

Anomaly Korea features 12 new missions, new powerups and tactical units, and plenty more all polished off with HD graphics that will look simply stunning on your Android device. We previewed Anomaly Korea and have been excited for the full version of the game ever since.

The tower offense title is available for a special launch price of $2.99 if you act now. Head on over to Google Play and grab it before the machines win and doom the earth and its inhabitants forever.

“Anomaly Korea” Lands on App Store and Google Play

Defend Korea against invading aliens in 12 all-new tower offense missions

11 bit studios announced today that “Anomaly Korea,” the sequel to the critically acclaimed “Anomaly Warzone Earth,” is now available for iOS and Android devices via the iTunes App Store and Google Play. A partnership of 11 bit studios and Chillingo published the iOS version, while 11 bit published the Android version.

In “Anomaly Korea”, players take command of a squad of Earth’s defenders and use the tactical touch gameplay to run them through a gauntlet of deadly alien foes. While new weapons and new gameplay modes provide new ways to combat the alien scum, there are also new enemies and new challenges lying in wait for veteran and new commanders.

“Anomaly Korea” features:

  • A sequel to the award-winning “Anomaly Warzone Earth”
  • Think tactically across 12 new missions
  • Deploy new player powers and units to take on new enemies
  • Put your skills to the test in ‘Art of War’ mode
  • Cutting-edge visuals and a stunning soundtrack with full voice acting
  • Graphics optimized for today’s most powerful Android and iOS devices

Article source: http://phandroid.com/2012/12/21/anomaly-korea-now-available-from-google-play-for-2-99/

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21 Dec 12 Google Play growing faster than Apple’s App Store: Report


Google’s online Play shop of applications for Android-powered
smartphones or tablets is growing fast, a report released Thursday by
market tracker Distimo said.

The aggregate daily revenue at Google
Play shops across the 20 largest countries where they are available
climbed 43 percent during the past four months, while sales at Apple’s
online App Store increased 21 percent.

“Google Play is just
starting to rival the Apple App Store in a few countries on a worldwide
scale, even though it is still losing in terms of daily revenues,”
Distimo said in the report.

Apple’s App Store catering to its
iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices took in more than $15 million
dollars a day in November, while daily revenue at Google Play was just
shy of $3.5 million, according to Distimo.

“There were many
success stories in 2012 about applications that became very successful
in a matter of a few days and gathered millions of downloads and
revenues,” the analytics firm said in the report.

“Looking at the worldwide daily download and revenue volumes, the opportunity is really huge.”

Smartphone
game application “Draw Something” reached a million users in just nine
days, while Asian publisher Naver launched five games in November that
quickly became hits.

Naver game application Line Pop was downloaded 1.75 million times within three days of its release, according to Distimo.

A
report released this month by research firm IDC projected that Android
operating system will power more than two-thirds of smartphones sold
worldwide in 2012, and will remain the dominant platform for at least
the next four years.

IDC also boosted its forecast for global
tablet sales for 2012 to 122.3 million, from 117.1 million, in large
part due to demand for Android tablets and the new iPad mini.

Article source: http://gadgets.ndtv.com/apps/news/google-play-growing-faster-than-apples-app-store-report-308303

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21 Dec 12 Apple’s App Store vs. Google Play: Where they stand


Both now boast more than 700,000 apps, but Apple’s store generates 4.3 times more cash

Source: Distimo

Source: Distimo

FORTUNE — Manufacturers on Google’s (GOOG) Android platform may be selling more devices, but Apple’s (AAPL) App Store is still the best place to be for developers trying to make a living.

That’s the bottom line in the year-end review published Friday by Distimo, a Dutch analytics company:

“On a typical day in November 2012, the revenues in the Apple App Store exceeded $15M USD, while in Google Play the revenues are just below $3.5M USD in 20 of the largest countries in both app stores.”

And although Google Play seems to be catching up — its revenue grew an aggregated 43% in the past four months compared with Apple’s 21% — it still has a long way to go. Looking back to January 2012, the App Store’s daily revenue grew an estimated 51% (split 71% for the iPad and 40% for the iPhone).

The report is packed with surprising details. For example:

  • Countries with fastest app revenue growth: Russia leads the world on the iPad (up 143%), Japan leads on the iPhone (+138%) and Korea in Google Play (+94%)
  • Fastest growing apps: It took AOL (AOL) nine years and Facebook (FB) nine months to hit the 1 million user mark. The mobile app Draw Something did it in nine days; Line Pop did it in three — and within 12 days had generated an estimated $1 million in revenue.
  • Fewer winners take home more: In January 2012, 11 apps accounted for 10% of the revenues on the App Store. By November, that number was down to 7.
  • The average selling price varies by platform: It’s down 8% since January on the iPad and up 16% on the iPhone. Google Play apps, on average, are more expensive. Navigation apps, on average, cost the most.
  • In-app purchases vs. one-off sales: Revenue from in-app purchases continued to grow in 2012 — from 53% in January on the App Store to 69% in November — but one-off sales still generated 35% of the revenue among the top 10 money makers on Apple’s iOS.
  • The big money is in the game market: See chart below.

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Article source: http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/12/21/app-store-vs-google-play/

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21 Dec 12 Google Play growing fast: survey


AFP – Google’s online Play shop of applications for Android-powered smartphones or tablets is growing fast, a report released Thursday by market tracker Distimo said.

The aggregate daily revenue at Google Play shops across the 20 largest countries where they are available climbed 43 percent during the past four months, while sales at Apple’s online App Store increased 21 percent.

“Google Play is just starting to rival the Apple App Store in a few countries on a worldwide scale, even though it is still losing in terms of daily revenues,” Distimo said in the report.

Apple’s App Store catering to its iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices took in more than $15 million dollars a day in November, while daily revenue at Google Play was just shy of $3.5 million, according to Distimo.

“There were many success stories in 2012 about applications that became very successful in a matter of a few days and gathered millions of downloads and revenues,” the analytics firm said in the report.

“Looking at the worldwide daily download and revenue volumes, the opportunity is really huge.”

Smartphone game application “Draw Something” reached a million users in just nine days, while Asian publisher Naver launched five games in November that quickly became hits.

Naver game application Line Pop was downloaded 1.75 million times within three days of its release, according to Distimo.

A report released this month by research firm IDC projected that Android operating system will power more than two-thirds of smartphones sold worldwide in 2012, and will remain the dominant platform for at least the next four years.

IDC also boosted its forecast for global tablet sales for 2012 to 122.3 million, from 117.1 million, in large part due to demand for Android tablets and the new iPad mini.

Article source: http://www.france24.com/en/20121220-google-play-growing-fast-survey

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21 Dec 12 Apple App Store vs. Google Play Store: Which made more money in 2012?


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A new study has drawn comparisons between the revenue made by Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store.

Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS operating systems are undoubtedly the most popular mobile platforms, and a new report has compared both app stores to see which one raked in more cash this year.

While Google’s online app store is showing rapid growth, Apple’s marketplace more than doubled these profits. According to app analytics firm Distimo, the Google Play Store’s combined daily revenue has grown by 43 percent. Apple’s, in contrast, only grew by 21 percent. In terms of growth over the entire year, Apple’s App Store has seen an increase 51 percent in the 20 nations analyzed by Distimo. This includes Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UK, and the US.

When it comes down to it, although Google’s store showed the most growth with its combined daily revenue, Apple smoked its competitor. The App Store earned $15 million in average daily revenue in November while the Google Play store only reached $3.5 million. Apple’s success can be largely attributed to in-app payments, seeing as this accounted for 69 percent of its overall revenues. This number is up by 16 percent compared to January 2012, the report said.

This surge of in-app purchases has caused app prices to slump down by 8 percent compared to last January for Apple’s iPad. However, as of last month, app prices were up by 16 percent for the iPhone, according to Distimo. The analytics firm noted that some app publishers are still seeing great success using a paid-only strategy, and this year 35 percent of revenue from the top 10 publishers resulted from one-off fees.

Despite the iPhone’s popularity, Android dominates an overwhelming portion of the smartphone market share. This is why it comes as no surprise that Apple’s iPad accounted for most of the iOS platform’s revenue growth. Daily revenues for the iPhone increased by 40 percent, while apps for the iPad saw a 71 percent jump.

Instagram placed as number one on Distimo’s list of the top 10 apps for Apple’s App Store, while Street View took this number one spot for Google’s Play store. Other runner ups for both platforms included Facebook, YouTube and Gmail. 

Article source: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/app-store-vs-google-play-store-2012/

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20 Dec 12 Google Chrome for iOS Updated to Fix Audio Routing on the iPhone 5


Google has released an update to its Chrome Browser for iOS that fixes an issue with audio routing on the iPhone 5.

Browse fast with Chrome, now available on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Sign in to sync your personalized Chrome experience from your computer, and bring it with you anywhere you go.

Search fast
• Search and navigate fast, directly from the same box. Choose from results that appear as you type.

Simple, intuitive experience
• Open and quickly switch between an unlimited number of tabs. On your iPhone and iPod touch, flip through tabs the way you would fan a deck of cards. On iPad, swipe from edge to edge to switch tabs.

Sign in
• Sign in to Chrome to sync your open tabs, bookmarks, passwords, and omnibox data from your computer to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Pick up right where you left off.
• Send pages from Chrome on your computer to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad with one click and read them on the go, even if you’re offline.

Privacy
• Open a tab in Incognito* to browse without saving your history. To learn more, please visit: http://goo.gl/WUx02

What’s New In This Version:
Fix problem with audio routing on iPhone5.

You can download Chrome from the App Store for free.

Read More

Article source: http://www.iclarified.com/26331/google-chrome-for-ios-updated-to-fix-audio-routing-on-the-iphone-5

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