Rivalry between Android and iOS can be found in every possible way. For about 5 years the two platforms have been keeping on comparing their functionality, convenience and user-friendliness. There are target user groups compared, their mode of behavior and style of life. The gadgets are scrutinized to give grounds to say that some generation iPhone is much cooler than another Android by Samsung or HTC or vice versa. Of course, the greatest attention is paid to mobile applications comparing their quality, outlook, popularity and efficiency.
Both camps of mobile app developers seem not to be extremely interested in the results of such comparison but being at the winner’s side, no doubt, warms their heart. The latest figures revealed by Asymco experts in the mobile market and published by Business Insider state that Android is advancing in all directions and now is strengthening its presence at the mobile market in every possible aspect. Let’s get down to those breathtaking figures.
iOS device users have recently instigated the 50th billion app download, which is undeniable good news for iOS app development advocates. However, the statistics keeps on stating that Android gadget holders currently download about 500 million apps per month more. So Apple’s leadership will have been beaten by this winter providing the download rate remains the same as Google declared that the number of downloads from Google Play totaled to 48 billion titles.
Android developers have outnumbered those of Apple, though frankly speaking there are lots of people and companies managing to combine both statuses. What seems a more threatening sign for Apple is that despite the overall lack of polished and top of class applications for Android devices, some web resources, previously ardent iOS followers, are wisely deciding to embrace the audience with Android portables and are asking for an app or apps of their own on the Android platform, such as BBC, for example. There is definitely nothing to be surprised at as nobody wants to contradict the leading market trend and Android popularity is a mobile market trend.
However, the question remains whether Android apps are that profitable for the company and their developers as iOS applications are. iOS apps are reported to bring about $0.23 revenue per an app while for Android apps the rate remains unknown. However, even if the revenue figures are much lower, one should not believe in Google’s generosity and charitable initiatives. Creating and, what’s more, riding over any market trend does bring profit. No doubt, Google can and will help out that profit somehow.
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