App Annie: Android to tip iOS in app store income this year

Apple will remove a lead over Android in terms of income generated by mobile apps this year, according to a new news from App Annie, out today. However, a firm’s guess is formed on including third-party Android app stores in a forecast, not only Google Play. When a Apple App Store is pitted opposite Google Play alone, Apple is approaching to say a lead by 2021, a news says.

App Annie is presaging worldwide mobile app downloads to transcend 352 billion in 2021, with sum consumer spend opposite all a app stores to transcend $139 billion.

The iOS App Store will comment for a immeasurable cube of that spend, as it’s approaching to generate over $60 billion in 2021. Google Play will beget $42 billion, and third-party stores, $36 billion.

Those third-party stores – that embody a Android app marketplaces offers by Tencent, Baidu, Xiaomi, Huawei, and others – accounted for $10 billion in income final year, and will grow to $20 billion in 2017, a news estimates.


The marketplace for Android apps is flourishing interjection in immeasurable partial to mobile adoption in China as good as other rising markets, quite Mexico, Brazil, and Indonesia.

This will impact app downloads, too. Android downloads from both Google Play and elsewhere will at an annualized rate of 23 percent to 299.9 billion by 2012.

App downloads are some-more uniformly distributed opposite countries around a world, yet income is another matter, App Annie also found.

According to a data, a tip 5 countries by downloads – China, India, U.S., Brazil, and Indonesia – accounted for 54 percent of a downloads final year, and this won’t change most by 2021.


However, the tip countries by income – China, U.S., Japan, South Korea, and U.K. – accounted for 75 percent of app store income in 2016. This is approaching to grow to 85 percent by 2021.

The organisation chalked adult this change to increasing spending on games and subscriptions from existent smartphone users in mature markets like a U.S., Japan, and South Korea, yet generally a sappy marketplace that is China.

China, since of a immeasurable race and flourishing center class, still plays a pivotal purpose when it comes to app store revenues, yet a marketplace is maturing, a news notes. The infancy of Chinese app users are approaching to settle into patterns of unreasoning use by 2021, that will concede income expansion to be postulated even yet downloads might slow.

Downloads in China will grow during an annualized rate of 19 percent from 2016 to 2021, while consumer spend will grow 24 percent to $56.5 billion. In incomparable cities, most of a smartphone marketplace in China is already saturated, definition a lot of expansion will come from other regions opposite a country.

India, on a other hand, is still in a early stages of a app marketplace majority cycle, and will see significant download and income expansion by 2021. Downloads will grow 28 percent to scarcely 23 billion by 2021, and app store spend will grow an annualized rate of 75 percent to $2.1 billion.

Despite India’s growth, consumer spend will be reduce in a segment since of a accumulation of factors, including some-more singular purchasing energy and a enlightenment that focuses some-more on saving contra spending on games and entertainment, App Annie says. It suggests that app developers targeting India cruise other income models, like advertising.

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