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The App Store in China continues to record strong growth

The App Store in China continues to record strong growth

January 20, 2016

It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, but 2015 was another banner year for Apple’s App Store. A newly released report from App Annie runs down all the important information.

While download numbers from Google Play easily outpaced Apple’s store, the tables were turned when it came to app revenue. Worldwide in 2015, iOS apps tallied almost twice the revenue compared to Android counterparts.

China charging

During the year, three countries – the United States, Japan, and China – made up 90 percent of the revenue from the App Store.

China is definitely an interesting case. In the first quarter of 2015, the country overtook the United States for the most iOS app downloads. While it currently is in third place in total app revenue, App Annie believes the country could easily take over the top spot in the next year.


The China market for apps continues to explode.

The growth in the country can be contributed to the impact of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and their larger screens. Games are extremely popular, accounting for more than 95 percent of the revenue in the country.


Other interesting tidbits from the report include the rise of emerging markets like India, Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey, and Vietnam. For better or worse, the amount of revenue from in-app purchases has also continued to rise.

The company also examines two emerging markets for apps – the Apple Watch and the fourth-generation Apple TV and its tvOS App Store.

Anyone can take a look at the complete report from App Annie’s site now. You can view the top downloaded apps worldwide and broken down by country.

For other news today, see: Apple’s still working on a streaming TV package, according to ESPN, Music Tracker point to serious privacy concerns in Apple Music, and Apple Watch Hermès collection to be available online starting Jan. 22.

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