An interesting report has come to light that claims iOS developers as a whole have earned more revenue than their Android counterparts… A lot more. Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray, gathered data fromÂ Appleâ€™s public announcements and AndroLib, an Android application discovery tool, and used that information to estimate just how much money each application store was earning.
Since Apple’s App Store launched in July 2008, it’s taken in gross revenues of $4.9 billion. What’s more, $3.5 billion of that was paid directly to developers.Â On the other hand, Android App Marketplace grossed only $341 million since its inception in February of 2009. Of that, a comparatively smallÂ $239 million went to the developers behind the apps.
Such a massive gap between the revenue of the two stores seems a bit surprising, especially due to recent studies reporting Android’s growth is surpassing that of iOS. However, Munster explains that this disparity will likely continue for at least the next few of years because onlyÂ 1.3 percent of Android applications are bought, while iOS boasts a 13.5 percent buy-rate.
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Via: eWEEK Europe