When Google originally launched its Android operating system to let smartphone manufacturers compete with Apple's iPhone, it had a major weakness: apps. It didn't have most of the big-name apps or the latest must-have apps. In fact, it didn't even have a centralized app store.
In the years since, that situation has changed dramatically. Google launched Google Play and Android got widespread enough that it has just about every app Apple does, or at least an equivalent. There are even some apps on Android that Apple doesn't have. And the latest report from an analytics firm called App Annie paints an interesting picture.
App Annie has analytics tools that are included in more than a million apps, which makes it able to keep track of a large amount of downloads. Every year, it sums up the data it gets to see how Apple and Google compare.
This year, it found that the Google Play store had double the app downloads of the Apple App Store. That's up from 60% last year.
Even though Apple and Google have roughly the same number of apps in their stores, it makes sense given that there are more Android gadgets out there than Apple gadgets. Android has also been advancing into more emerging markets, such as Brazil, India, Indonesia, Turkey and Mexico thanks to low-cost smartphones.
On the other hand, with just half the app downloads, Apple apps generated 75% more revenue than Android apps. That's up from 70% last year. Apple's app revenue generally comes from sales in the U.S., Japan and China.
In other words, Android users download more apps, but Apple users pay for more apps. So, if you're thinking of creating an app, Android is better for making it widespread, but Apple is probably going to make you more money.
Speaking of which, learn how to create your own apps for business or fun.