When it comes to Google vs Apple, we’ve seen virtually every area of their businesses compared right down to their respective app stores. Over the past year, we’ve seen a number of comparisons that look at the Google Play store and the Apple iTunes app store.
Amongst other things, we’ve seen these download stores compared to see which store is easier to use, which has a better user interface and which one has more apps. When you look at the two stores collectively, you’ll note that there are approximately 1.4 million individual apps available for download. The shear volume of apps simply shows just how many third party developers each store has, but did you know that within the United States, 50% of all revenue generated is shared by only 25 developers?
Yes, according to the Canalys survey, 25 developers earn 50% of the revenue that is made by these two app stores. The analytics firm was able to come to this conclusion at the end of 20 day examination of the two app stores, during which time they performed a daily analysis. In terms of these 25 developers, you would have guessed correctly if you suspected that they were major names in this area as we see companies like Electronics Art, Rovio, Zynga, Gameloft and Disney at the top of the list. In total, these developers were able to rake in $60 million in revenue during the month of November using paid apps as well making available in-app purchase options. As to be expected, most of the big developers focus their expertise on game development, with the only exception being Pandora.