Apple and Google Are Killing BlackBerry and Microsoft in App Sales
"Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) continue to reign supreme when it comes to mobile app purchases, according to a Canalys report issued on Monday, while Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) are more paupers than princes in this court. Google Play and Apple’s App Store are dominating app and in-app purchases, but Microsoft’s Windows Phone Store and BlackBerry World are struggling to get their footing, despite a growing smartphone market and a double-digit increase in app downloads in the last three months.
"The report shows that app downloads at the four stores totaled 13.4 billion in the first quarter, up 11 percent from the October to December quarter, with revenues reaching $2.2 billion from app sales and in-app purchases (before revenue sharing), up 9 percent from the previous quarter. In North America, downloads and revenues were up 8 percent and 6 percent respectively. Emerging markets such as South Africa, Brazil, and Indonesia, showed the strongest growth in terms of app downloads, but revenue growth was less strong. Conversely, revenue growth was stronger in Western Europe than was growth in downloads, up 10 percent versus 8 percent."