Top App Store app publishers are seeing 65% higher revenues than those on Google Play

Anne Freier

In App Business. June 21, 2019

The top 100 app publishers on the Apple App Store achieved a gross income 65% higher at $83.8 million than those on Google Play ($51 million). That’s according to new figures published by Sensor Tower based on an analysis of consumer spend during Q1 2019.

When measured over a five year period (2014 to 2019), the compound annual growth rate is estimated at 31% with the App Store and Google Play Store matching closely at 31.3% and 31.2%, respectively.

Growth was driven by higher consumer spending – up 12.1% compared to Q1 2018. Compared to Q1 2014, average spend in Q1 2019 was 285% higher with the App Store having grown 291% and Google Play increasing 289%.

However, the data reveals great disparity between app store revenues. Consumers spent $23.3 million on non-gaming apps on the App Store compared to just $7 million on Google Play, representing a 232% difference.

This means that App Store publishers earn 3.3x more than Google Play publishers.

In terms of CAGR, non-gaming revenues have grown 56% since Q1 2014 on the App Store and 51% on Google Play.

The difference between app stores was smaller for gaming revenues. App Store game publishers grossed $70.3 million during the first quarter of 2019 compared to $48 million on Google Play, representing a 48% increase.

The rise represents a CAGR of 28.5% since 2014 with Google Play growing faster (30.2%) than Apple (27.9%).

Game publishers on Google Play made 12.6% more this year compared to App Store publishers (9.8%).