We are doing a comparison of the app stores of the top three smartphone platforms globally, namely: Android, Windows Phone, and iOS. In this comparison, we are looking at number of apps in each store and the revenue from them. Our source is a BlogMost infographic of 2013 stats from the various mobile app stores.
Number of Apps
Windows Phone: 220,000
Revenue from Apps
Windows Phone: $950m
Average Revenue per App
Android: $1,411.76 per app
Windows Phone: $4,318.18 per app
iOS: $7,071.82 per app
1. iOS has the largest collection of apps, but Android is right behind with only 50,000 less apps. In my opinion, iOS has lost the edge in terms of availability of apps. Android has already cemented itself in terms of smartphones marketshare and this tiny gap simply means that Android has won the numbers game. The Windows Phone store has some serious catching up to do.
2. Despite the huge gap in number of apps in Google Play and Windows Phone Store, revenue from app purchases in the latter almost matches that of the former. It is either most Android users prefer free apps to paid, or Android OS developers churn out more free apps than paid. Whatever it is, Android may have the numbers in terms of marketshare, but it is the least profitable platform to develop for if you are looking to sell your app/s. iOS is by a huge margin the most profitable platform in terms of sales.
Here is a cropped version of the infographic showing the stats used in the above comparison:
As you can see, BlackBerry features in the infographics, but our focus is the top three stores, and so we left it out. The full infographic can be seen here.