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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 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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