08
Mar
pocket legends android apple

Calling all Android fanboys: we have some news that might make you puff your chest out a little bit more than usual today. Spacetime Studios, developer of the popular cross-platform game Pocket Legends, says that they make more money from Android than they do from iOS.

The studio claims that daily activity on Android is double that of iOS - in fact, they say the online RPG is downloaded about 9,000 times a day on Android, compared to 3,000-4,000 times per day on iOS. Android users play the game about three times more than Apple's gamers (which is a major statistic considering the majority of their profit comes from in-app purchases). Additionally, Android users regularly account for 30 to 50 percent more revenue than iOS users.

"We've just been blown away. Android has become our primary interest," said Spacetime CEO Gary Gattis.

The chart below shows the sales of Pocket Legends over the first 30 days in both Apple's App Store and Android's Marketplace:

App Store versus Android Market Revenues - Computerworld

Of course, your Apple-loving friends could legitimately argue that this is hardly a double-blind scientific study of the two markets; rather, it is simply one studio's experience. It could be that Android users are more likely to spend time delving into an RPG. It could also be that games with high production values like Pocket Legends are currently harder to come by on Android, so they are snatched up more often when they do appear.

Whatever the reasons behind it are, we welcome this news and look forward to the gap in app selection (see Lookout Security's chart below) narrowing as more developers catch on to the potential goldmine that Android can be for a well-made title.

lookout android vs ios apps

Thanks, Luis, for the tip!

Source: ComputerWorld (and DKSZone for Lookout's chart)

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  • Justa Notherguy

    Great lede and good information, but that Android v iPhone apps chart is at best out-of-date and at worst a total piece of misleading, pro-iOS FUD.

  • Justa Notherguy

    BTW: Your comments-editor plugin doesn't seem to work worth a damn in Chrome for Mac.

    • Robpol86

      Comment editor doesn't work on Chrome 10 on Windows 7 either.

  • micky

    not counting what ravio makes of angry birds of the free version:)

  • http://www.myunv.com/ Sunny Singh

    Definitely nice to see some good news about Android. It's true that there are not that many good quality free games on Android devices, and I was delighted to see Pocket Legends made available for Android.

    I think many developers who say that iOS is more profitable than Android should re-consider something. A smaller platform means more popularity for a well-made app, even if it may not make as much money at first.

    • Jon Garrett

      almost every app in the appstore worth having is cracked and freely distributed on a website and a certain Cydia app which Im not sure I can name on this site.

      but anyway, I have over 1,000 apps for my iphone 4 but Ive only actually paid for 3 or 4 of them. and Im sure the average person who uses these things have way more apps than I do. so as the Android market grows, I hope apps are NOT as easily cracked.

      • TheEngineer

        Are you serious? You don't even have to root an android phone to install "free" apps like you have to do with an iPhone. And the % of jailbreaked iphones is small. There was an article on slashdot about pirated apps for android that said that some days 70% of paid apps installed is pirated.

  • http://twitter.com/grasstrout grasstrout

    I could care less whether there were 1 million apps on iOS...All my app needs are taken care of in the Android Market, plenty of quality games and apps

    • Wrru

      They have alot but not the one I want the most, Netflix. I will keep waiting.

  • http://mattfrey.net Matt

    I'm not sure that I've ever had Apple envy....

  • Tomdroid

    Apple envy ? Is that a desease ..... a contagious desease ?? Droids are taking over and Android rules ....

  • Mike

    Of course, even if they sold the same amount on both platforms they would still come out 30% ahead on Android since Google doesn't take a cut, right?

  • r-on

    Ever seen an apple in star wars????

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