App Annie: Apple App Store revenues still 2.6x higher than Google Play

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Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) App Store generated revenues 2.6x greater than the rival Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Play storefront during the first quarter of 2013, down from a multiple of 4x during the fourth quarter of 2012, analytics provider App Annie reports. Google Play delivered close to 90 percent of the App Store's download during the first quarter, the firm adds.

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The U.S. continues to lead all international markets on iOS app downloads, unchanged from the previous quarter

The United States continues to lead all international markets on iOS app downloads, unchanged from the previous quarter, App Annie said. China held steady in second place, while the United Kingdom increased from fourth to third, swapping places with Japan. France rounds out the top five. "China has started to gain momentum in the iOS App Store and was the leading contributor to the increase in iOS downloads from Q4 2012 to Q1 2013," App Annie states. "While Games were the top category for downloads growth in China, gains were seen in many other categories as well. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom and Japan have been alternating between the third and fourth ranks over the past year. All together, these four key countries have been driving roughly half of total iOS downloads."

The U.S. also leads on App Store revenues, followed by Japan, the U.K., China (up two spots quarter-over-quarter) and Australia (down one spot). The U.S. and Japan together are responsible for close to half of all App Store revenues, App Annie said.

The U.S. tops all markets on Google Play downloads as well. South Korea is next, trailed by India, Russia (up one spot) and Japan (down one spot). The top four countries represented roughly 40 percent of Android installs during the first quarter, compared to about 50 percent for iOS.

Japan nevertheless leads all markets on Google Play app revenues, followed by South Korea (up one spot), the U.S. (down one spot), the U.K. and Germany. "[The top] three countries dominate Google Play, covering approximately 70 percent of its worldwide revenue," App Annie noted. "And their revenues are more driven by games than any other countries' app economies on Google Play. South Korea has now surpassed the 95 percent mark, while Japan has exceeded 90 percent."

Games continue to drive the overwhelming majority of worldwide revenues in both the App Store and Google Play, App Annie added. As of the first quarter, the category accounts for 70 percent of iOS revenues and close to 80 percent of Android revenues.

For more:
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