There has always been an on-going battle between the two competitor platforms: iOS and Android. The rivalry does not refer only to the number of users each platform has, but also to different issues, such as affordability, maps, battery life, battery charging, updates, accessibility, security, apps, and the list can go on and on. There is another important issue that is worth mentioning in this case and that one is the app store.
The app store is a vital part of a platform, be it iOS or Android; it allows users to discover, relish and share apps, music, films and books in a flash, in any place across the network on any platform.
Does more means better?
Both platforms have a store on which you can find apps and other things; iOs has its Apple App Store, while Android has its Google Play Store.
A difference between the two platforms is that Apple users give more money for apps as opposed to Android users. According to the last report made by the Sensor Tower website, during the first half of the current year Apple is the lead in the race for determining which platform is better. In contrast with the first half of 2018, Apple’s profit increased with 13.2%, meaning that Apple users paid out $25.5 billion for apps. Google Play Store’s users paid out $14.2 billion in the same amount of time. The difference between the two stores is of $11.3 billion.
Another difference between the two in regards to apps and stores is the fact that Google Play Store has more apps than the Apple App Store. Android has around 3.5 million apps, while iOS barely has around 2.2 million apps. Despite this quite big difference between the two and the fact that Google Play Store has more free apps than the other store, a characteristic of iOS is quality which, more times than not, is more important than quantity.
The two platforms distinguish from each other also by the number of installs. In this respect, Google came out on top in the first half of this year with 41,9 billion installs, 16.4% more than in 2018, while iOS’ installs were with 2.8 times lower.
While iOS is better in some respects, Android is closing in fast.
Ernestina Saenz Salcido is a reporter for News Lair. She mostly writes on her free time about gadgets and tech news. When she’s not working she takes care of her 2 daughters.