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More profitable platform for mobile app developers in 2015

by PaulLejoy / February 12, 2015 1:29 PM PST

Which platform is likely to be more profitable for mobile app developers in 2015, Android (Google) or iOS (Apple)?

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Is that a serious question?
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 12, 2015 8:39 PM PST

you did hear about Apple's quarterly earning report?


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Re: profitable
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 12, 2015 9:03 PM PST

Since there are more Android phones than iPhones it's a good guess that more Android apps will be downloaded than iPhone-apps. So if the price is the same and the in-app revenues are the same, the Android app should be more profitable for the developer.

Assuming you're such a developer (otherwise you won't come with this question) what's your own experience with your current apps?


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Too many assumptions
by Pepe7 / February 13, 2015 5:19 AM PST
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(NT) Thanks.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 13, 2015 6:14 AM PST
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There may well be, but,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 13, 2015 8:15 AM PST
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There are also many flavor of Android and not all of them play nicely.

To develop for Android would mean producing and supporting an app on the many version of Android.

Also, the Android market is less prone to spend money on apps


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by ihelp77 / February 16, 2015 4:56 AM PST

I would think apps for Android phones would be more profitable. Apple just seems like it would be very difficult to work with brining the app to market.

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Apple 7 billion. Android (google) 5 billion.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 16, 2015 4:58 AM PST
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You are somewhat out of the loop
by Pepe7 / February 16, 2015 5:16 AM PST
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Oh, if only life was that easy(!)

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More profitable platform
by astoria0128 / August 14, 2015 2:55 AM PDT

I think iOS is best!!!

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You too can make this much!!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 14, 2015 8:47 AM PDT

"With 94 downloads of Redacted for Mac, seven of which were promo codes, Soffes took home only $302. What's even more interesting is that Redacted was able to crack the top 10 paid apps in the Mac App Store with only 94 downloads."

There's similar stories about the iOS store. There's a lesson here.
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