Google Play app downloads top iOS by 500m a month

June 3, 2013
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Recently both respective app markets have been boasting their numbers. With Apple claiming to have passed the 50 billion downloads mark, and Android doing the same getting to 48 billion as of late. While both numbers are impressive it looks like our good friend Android is beating Apple on the daily.

A new report out by The Telegraph has Android keeping up the pace and beating out iOS for total app downloads by as soon as October. With more than 900 million Android devices activated as mentioned in the link above, and growing at an extremely fast rate, these numbers will climb so fast that the small 2 billion+ lead Apple has will soon disappear.

According to the report and numbers, Apple is seeing roughly 2 billion iOS app downloads each and every month. That coming from their App Store of nearly 850,000 apps. While that's impressive, the folks from team Android have already passed the monthly download count, and Android is seeing roughly 2.5 billion app downloads per month.

Analyst Horace Dediu of Asymco claims “the total downloads/install base are currently 83 apps per iOS device sold and 53 apps per Android device activation,” meaning “the sheer weight of Android units will generate more downloads, but on a per-device basis, the iOS devices do seem to consume more apps, and the gap is not narrowing.”

With Samsung devices being in nearly everyone's pocket, and selling by the millions, not to mention an impressive HTC One on all carriers things aren't slowing down anytime soon. Obviously the iPhone 6 is coming later this year, which will surge iOS numbers once again, but at the current rate Android will pass iOS in total downloads by mid October.

Lately we've been seeing most developers launch on both platforms simultaneously, and hopefully that trend continues.

SOURCE: The Telegraph


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  • Babs Oyed

    The average Android phone does so much more out of three box than the iPhone that you don’t needs all kinds of apps on Android like you would on the iPhone. That would explain so part of this

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      There’s an app for that…. Or get Android

      boom!

      • firethorn

        Plus, unlock your device and get a custom ROM like AOKP or PA for even more boom!

  • Christopher Robert

    I have 72 apps downloaded on my Android phone. I am a ridiculously heavy phone user though. Also i think 10-20 of these are Google developed apps or Samsung Apps that came on the phone.

  • Charles Sweeney

    My app count is a measly 92 and I do mean that in the very spirit of downloading, not preloaded apps. My phone is rooted and my base ROM only had 2 app pages with a total of less that 40 apps so my app count doesn’t include those apps that came installed with the ROM (see not preloaded apps comment above).

  • Khary Anderson

    “Lately we’ve been seeing most developers launch on both platforms simultaneously, and hopefully that trend continues.”

    That is the most important sentence in this article. Developers really need to put this whole develop iOS app first, Android app months later bullcrap to rest.

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      Agree completely man. That’s why I said it. A prime example of this is Gameloft, who’s been doing exactly that. Bad example would be Vine. Those losers

      • Khary Anderson

        I’m pretty sure Twitter despises Google and Android (even though I can’t seem to get enough of the Holoified Twitter 4.0)