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Google Play increased its lead in Q4 2017 by downloads, still making less money than Apple's App Store

Global app downloads by store in Q4 2017 (Source: App Annie)
Global app downloads by store in Q4 2017 (Source: App Annie)
Although the amount of Google Play app downloads in Q4 2017 is more than double the number achieved by Apple's App Store, the tables turn when talking about the revenue they generated. In this area, Apple leads by about 95 percent.
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Thanks to the huge smartphone market, mobile apps are also incredibly popular these days, so the fact that they are generating billions in revenue should not come as a surprise. However, the fact that Google Play continues to lead the market by a solid margin, but still cannot beat Apple's store in terms of revenue is quite unexpected, especially if we take into account all the figures.

According to a market report by App Annie, "people downloaded more apps than ever before at nearly 27 million across iOS and Google Play worldwide, a growth of 7% year over year" in the last quarter of last year. Consumer spending also reached an impressive level, growing by 20 percent and reaching a worldwide amount of US$17 billion.

The most interesting part is the battle between Google Play and Apple App Store, because worldwide Google Play app downloads exceeded 19 billion, while iOS app downloads made via Apple's store did not even reach the 10 billion mark. This means that Google Play now has a lead over App Store of about 145 percent, claims App Annie's report. However, the App Store apps downloaded in Q4 2017 generated a total revenue of US$11.5 billion or about twice the amount provided by the Google Play apps downloaded in the same period (a lead of 95 percent, to be accurate).

All in all, 2017 was a great year for apps across both mobile platforms that matter these days. We cannot expect any major changes this year, but if you have any interesting predictions, do not hesitate to drop a comment below.

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Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5461 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2018-01-29 (Update: 2018-01-30)