Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Jul 2013 12:47 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "The biggest mobile developer study in history with 6,000 respondents from 115 countries says that while iOS developers make an average of $5,200 per month in app revenue and Android developers pull in $4,700, more developers plan to start developing for Windows Phone than any other platform. [...] That's aided, of course, by the fact that 71 percent of mobile developers are already developing for Android, and 56 percent are already developing for iOS." I'm surprised there's so little difference between income for iOS and Android developers. Reading the web, it often seems as if all iOS developers are millionaires and Android developers are poor unwashed peasants. Reality is, clearly, different.
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Finally some clarity.
by tkeith on Fri 19th Jul 2013 14:54 UTC
tkeith
Member since:
2010-09-01

Can we finally stop hearing about how iOS apps make so much more money and Android users are all so cheap? There is enough money to justify making apps for both Android and iOS right away instead of making a half-assed port for Android 6 months late.

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RE: Finally some clarity.
by ze_jerkface on Fri 19th Jul 2013 16:48 in reply to "Finally some clarity."
ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

I'm not convinced that is true.

The Android market may be large but the iPhone seems to have captured a lot of gamers that would otherwise buy PSP or Gameboy games. I suspect for certain genres like RPGs it only makes sense to port to Android if the game ends up being a big enough hit on the iPhone to where the profits can cover the expense.

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RE: Finally some clarity.
by gan17 on Fri 19th Jul 2013 18:14 in reply to "Finally some clarity."
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

Can we finally stop hearing about how iOS apps make so much more money and Android users are all so cheap

I've been wondering about this. Where are all these Android apps that people seem to want to pay for? I can't seem to find them.

I've been using a Nexus 7 for little over a year now, and I've a total of 6 paid apps in my app drawer - TuneIn Radio Pro (which I hardly use), Tablified Market HD (which is utterly useless), Press (a decent feed reader), Komik (bought paid version to get rid of ads), Pocket Casts (very good, I must admit) and xScope Browser Pro (cos Chrome sucks balls) - in total. Checking the "All" list in the My Apps section of the Play Store reveals 3 more apps I paid for, all of which were rendered obsolete by Google Now's functionality.

Compare that to my iPhone, which has at least 2 full pages of paid apps installed alone - that's 20 apps per page on an iPhone5 screen, almost all of which I use with some regularity - and probably a dozen more if I check my App Store purchase history.

No paid games installed on either device, btw, though I have a couple or free ones that supposedly require in-app purchases to get extra stuff or whatever.

So where are all these awesome Android apps? They sure don't seem to be abundantly available for the Nexus 7, which I always assumed was a mildly popular device. Are most of the popular money-making Android apps limited to games?

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RE[2]: Finally some clarity.
by flypig on Fri 19th Jul 2013 18:54 in reply to "RE: Finally some clarity."
flypig Member since:
2005-07-13

So where are all these awesome Android apps? They sure don't seem to be abundantly available for the Nexus 7, which I always assumed was a mildly popular device. Are most of the popular money-making Android apps limited to games?

I guess it would be interesting to know which apps you paid for on the iPhone. I'd be curious to know the reasons why you didn't pay for similar software on your Nexus (e.g. unavailability, functionality not needed, etc.).

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RE: Finally some clarity.
by leos on Fri 19th Jul 2013 22:15 in reply to "Finally some clarity."
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

Can we finally stop hearing about how iOS apps make so much more money and Android users are all so cheap?


No. The data says iOS is still a lot more profitable. I don't see how this survey fits in to the actual data, but then again it is just self-reports which aren't very reliable.

Top iOS apps earn 4.6x more than Android, but Google Play is gaining ground
http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/05/31/top-ios-apps-earn-46x-mor...

and http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/07/18/iphone-users-pay-average-...

To me, ad-supported apps are a curse. I gladly pay a dollar to have an app without apps. Heck I'd pay 2 or 3 or in some cases up to 5 if the app is good enough just to get rid of ads. Unfortunately on Android sometimes that isn't even an option. For example: The official Scrabble app exists as a free with ads and a paid version without ads on iOS. On android it's only the free version, which is so crammed with ads it's completely unplayable.

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RE[2]: Finally some clarity.
by Nelson on Fri 19th Jul 2013 23:38 in reply to "RE: Finally some clarity."
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I think the ad supported model is being phased out in favor of the freemium in app purchasing model, which I think is probably even worse from a customer point of view.

Ads have just been done terribly wrong on every mobile OS and is in need of a disruption. Truly good ads don't feel like ads at all.

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RE[2]: Finally some clarity.
by novad on Sat 20th Jul 2013 09:21 in reply to "RE: Finally some clarity."
novad Member since:
2010-06-10


No. The data says iOS is still a lot more profitable. I don't see how this survey fits in to the actual data, but then again it is just self-reports which aren't very reliable.

Top iOS apps earn 4.6x more than Android, but Google Play is gaining ground.....


A possible explaination could be that an iOS app per installed device device is 4.6x more profitable than the equivalent Android device. As there are much more Android devices in the nature, the overall earn per released app is much closer.

1 iOS app = 4$ per device is installed on 1000 devices = 4000$

1 Android app =0.75$ per device is installed on 5000 devices = 3750$

It's still less, but the overall revenue is very close

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