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iOS apps continue to be a big money-spinner for Apple

App Annie has released its mobile app market report for Q3, and the headline news is that Apple continues to make more money with iOS, whereas Google’s download numbers are increasing with Android.

It is, though, the money made which really counts, and the global indexed revenue from Apple’s App Store is now 80 per cent higher than Google Play, according to App Annie’s figures.

Cupertino saw a nice boost in China, where with the launch of the larger-screened iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last year, its smartphones gained huge popularity. It was mainly games and social video apps which drove iOS revenue in the country, apparently.

Google’s Android still leads in terms of the actual number of downloads made, with 90 per cent more apps downloaded than iOS, an even greater lead than Apple has in revenue.

If Apple dominated China, Google was the king in India with its lower cost phones – Android messaging apps were very popular in India, along with social networking and security.

In the previous quarter, Google was 85 per cent ahead in terms of downloads, so it has eked out a nice gain of 5 per cent this quarter. Apple made bigger gains on the revenue front though, putting on 10 per cent this quarter, up from 70 per cent in Q2.

Emerging markets are boosting Google’s performance, and as App Annie noted, “low-cost smartphones continue to penetrate India and Southeast Asia. First-time smartphone owner numbers are on the rise”.

Darren Allan
Darren Allan

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.