Android Blows Past Apple To Take The Lead In Market Share For App Downloads [Silicon Alley Insider]
For the first time, more Android apps were downloaded than Apple iOS apps over a three month period. According to ABI Research's second quarter report, Android has 44% of the app download market share, while Apple has 31% of the market.
The good news for Apple is that it still has a 2-to-1 advantage over Android in app downloads per user and, according to the study, Apple is still attracting good developers because of its monetization policies for developers. It appears that iOS developers are okay with the smaller user base and total number of downloads.
Still, Android is growing at an increasing rate. While iPhone shipment growth dropped from 15% to 9% from Q1 to Q2, Android device shipment growth jumped from 20% to 36%. As the Android user base continues to grow, it will be paramount for Apple to maintain its strong developer base.