I love reading success stories. I had an opportunity to read one such story yesterday, but let’s be clear, one developer making money on Android doesn’t make it a better platform than Apple’s iOS, nor does it mean the end of iOS.
[ad#Google Adsense 300×250 in story]First of all, I’d like to congratulate Spacetime Studios for their success on both the iOS and Android platforms. Great to see a company find a niche and make money doing it.
The story yesterday about Spacetime was all about how it sells more apps on the Android Market than it does on Apple’s App Store. However, the success of this one developer is being portrayed like it’s a major shift in the market. It’s not.
Google is building its developer program and I wish them well doing it, but they have a lot of ground to make up before they catch Apple.
Android has about 150,000 apps in its store. Not a bad start, but hardly a threat.
Currently Apple has over 350,000 apps that have been downloaded over 10 billion times by its App Store users. That’s 10 billion.
Apple doesn’t promise developers all the riches in the world if they create an iOS app, but they do give the developers access to the largest, most enthusiastic group of users that are willing to buy high-quality apps.
So far, Apple has paid its developers over $2 billion for apps sold in its store. That’s a lot of money being spread around the developer community.
If success stories are your thing, let’s take a look at some for the App Store. How about Gameloft having 20 million paid iOS downloads or Outfit7’s talking-animal apps hitting 60 million downloads on App Store in six months.
There are plenty of other examples too. Cut The Rope sold 1 million copies in 10 days and of course, Angry Birds, which is somewhere in the vicinity of 100 million downloads now.
One developer’s success does not make Android a better or more mature platform than it really is.
Despite the fact that Apple developed the modern mobile App Store, the company will have some fierce competition in the future. It’s not a competition that I expect them to lose, but this isn’t a market where there will be too many losers.
People are going to choose their mobile device based on a lot of factors. User experience, operating system, availability of apps, integration, design of the smartphone and, I believe, the coolness of the products.
In my scorecard, Apple leads in all categories.