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Battle of the App Stores
By: Greg Dorn
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Quarterly earnings can reveal a lot about a company’s strength and future performance. This goes double for the tech world, as consumer sentiment often changes in a matter of months. Whether relevant or not to the actual well-being of Apple and Google, Wall Street has expressed their feelings regarding the revenue, earnings, and sales numbers of the two tech giants. However, some interesting info dealing with app data also accompanied the Q2 announcements. For the first time ever, application downloads in Google Play surpassed those in Apple’s App Store. Should the folks in Cupertino have a cause for concern? Not really.
 
On the surface, these findings sound good to the Android faithful. After all, Google Play’s Q2 app numbers came in at 10% higher than Apple. However, as we all know, it’s all about the Benjamins, baby; the App Store raked in 2.3 times the revenue of Google Play. That’s quite impressive, since Android phones closed in on the 900-million mark compared to almost 300 million iPhones. Google’s OS also commands 74.4% of the worldwide smartphone market to 18.2% for iOS. If I were Tim Cook, I’d gladly take revenue over downloads.
 
Furthermore, what does this say about the user experience of Android-based phones? You need a “how-to” guide to work those things. Ten years ago, no one could ever imagine a product could exist with the ease of use like the iPhone. When you really think about it, you’re able to master the device as soon as it’s fresh out of the box with absolutely no manual. Google may flex its numbers to distort its stronghold on the smartphone game. But in my book, Apple is still winning in the long run.


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Greg Dorn is a blogger, writer, and obsessed with everything technology and social media. Greg is absolutely captivated with the recent advancements in mobile gadgets, making our world more seamlessly connected. You can learn more about him on his own blog here
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