App Store Accounts for 75% of Application Download Revenue

A new report by Canalys has analyzed the four main mobile application stores: the Apple App Store, Google Play, World BlackBerry and the Windows Phone store. Today we can read in Tuaw some interesting data from this analysis.

The App Store reigns over all other app stores with almost 75% of the profits

During the first quarter of 2013, Canalys found that the number of mobile downloads worldwide grew by 11% compared to the same quarter a year ago. Cumulatively, the number of downloads from all application stores amounts to 13.4 billion.

App Store Accounts for 75% of Application Download Revenue
App Store Accounts for 75% of Application Download Revenue

In terms of revenue, the first three months of 2013 saw the four main mobile application stores add up to approximately $2.2 billion in revenue, which includes payment applications, in-app purchases and subscriptions. This figure represents an increase of 9% compared to the revenue recorded in the first quarter of 2012.

The truth is that these are impressive figures, but the revenue from mobile applications is not equally distributed among all application stores. The report notes that Apple’s store, the iTunes App Store, accounts for 74% of the $2.2 billion figure. Taking into account Apple’s 70-30 agreement with the developers, this means a revenue for Cupertino’s of $660 million.

In terms of total downloads, Google Play takes first place with 51% of the 13.4 billion downloads. Apple, for its part, is in close second place.

As for BlackBerry World and Windows Phone Store, you might say they need to get their act together. With the iPhone and Android devices taking over most of the smartphone sales, the other two players can only sit back and watch what has really become a two-horse race.

Analyst Tim Shepherd of Canalys , comments on the results:

The last time Apple gave official figures about the iTunes App Store was last January, when the company announced that its customers had downloaded more than 40 billion applications from the App Store. Surprisingly, in 2012 alone there were 20 billion downloads. Apple also added that there are currently more than 775,000 applications available to iOS users worldwide and more than 500 million active accounts on iTunes.

To date, Apple has paid developers over $8 billion.

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