Apple’s App Store increased its revenue lead over Google’s Play Store in Q1 2015

App Store vs Play Store Q1 2015

As Google’s Android platform has picked up steam, so has the Google Play Store, where Android users find their digital content.

For anyone interested in the numbers behind those digital stores, a new report published by The Wall Street Journal and citing numbers from App Annie, the App Store has increased its revenue lead over the Play Store by upwards of 10 percent within the first quarter of 2015.

According to App Annie, the App Store’s revenue was almost 70% higher than that of the Play Store. However, the Play Store managed to earn itself 70% more app downloads by the time the three month quarter came to an end in March. While the Google Play Store continues to garner more downloads, the App Store’s revenue continues to stay just ahead of Google’s own efforts. According to the report, China played a huge role in why Apple’s revenue continued to propel forward ahead of the biggest competition:

China was a bright spot for Apple – mirroring the strong market share gains that the iPhone made in the country. Apple’s larger-screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus proved immensely popular in the Chinese market where consumers prefer bigger display smartphones.

In the first quarter of 2015, China passed the U.S. as the top country for iOS app downloads, App Annie said. China still trails the U.S. and Japan for App Store revenue. The Google Play store does not operate officially in mainland China.

That shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering China passed the United States as the top iOS downloads, so Apple’s presence in that region is certainly felt by quite a large amount of people.

[via The Wall Street Journal]