Posts tagged app-store

A FaceTime notification on Android Wear. Photo: The Verge

A FaceTime notification on Android Wear. Photo: The Verge

We’ve been patiently waiting for Google to make Android Wear watches compatible with the iPhone, and according to a source in Google’s development team, the search giant is now closer than ever to marrying the unlikely duo.

Breaking news: there's money in apps.

Breaking news: there’s money in apps.

Thanks to the plethora of low-cost devices in addition to some higher end smartphones, Android has long been beating Apple’s iOS when it comes to market share. But a new report from app analytics firm App Annie shows just how imprecise this metric is — by comparing total number of app store downloads to actual money generated.

And it sure makes for interesting reading.

As expected, Google’s Play Store experienced 60 percent more app downloads than Apple in 2014. While that sounds like a definite win for the Android loving crowd, Apple’s iOS App Store still managed to generate more money than Google did — to the tune of 70 percent more yearly app revenue.

Google Play becomes king of the mobile app platforms. Screenshot: Cult of Android

Google Play becomes king of the mobile app platforms. Screenshot: Cult of Android

Who says iOS has all the apps? According to new data, Google isn’t just kicking butt when it comes to market share, but also mobile apps as well. The search giant’s Play Store now offers a great selection of titles than the App Store, but Apple fans will argue that quality is more important than quantity.

Crossy Road is the ideal smartphone game. Photo: Yodo1 Games

Crossy Road is the ideal smartphone game. Photo: Yodo1 Games

Crossy Road, one of the hottest and most addictive smartphone games available right now, is finally available from Google Play. Just like its iOS counterpart, which has gained App Store fame since its debut last November, it’s free-to-play — but you may have some trouble finding it.

Like all popular apps, Monument Valley faces a piracy problem. Photo: Ustwo

Like all popular apps, Monument Valley faces a piracy problem. Photo: Ustwo

One of the biggest reasons why many app developers continue to snub Android is piracy. The platform’s “open” approach, which allows applications to be downloaded from third-party sources and installed manually, makes it incredibly easy for users to circumvent Google Play and obtain paid apps completely free.

Piracy on Android is so rampant right now that just 5 percent of installs of Monument Valley – one of the best mobile games of 2014, which is currently priced at $3.99 in the Play Store — have actually been paid for.

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