THE Sensor Tower, a statistical analysis firm in the world of mobile apps, recently released its retrospective report for the year 2016 and, from it, we can draw some interesting conclusions about the performance of App Store and the mobile world in general, besides checking due comparisons between the Apple app store and the Google Play.
App Store gross sales, excluding games, rose from $ 3.4 billion in the last quarter of 2015 to impressive $ 5.4 billion in the same period of 2016, a growth of approximately 60%. Google Play, meanwhile, saw an even higher growth rate (it was a jump of 82% compared to year-over-year), but it is still considerably behind Ma's competitor: last quarter's turnover was $ 3.3 billion .
On the list of most profitable apps again excluding games, which are basically hors concours O Spotify emerges as champion both in the App Store and in the general ranking (the fact that he does not even appear in the top ten of the Google Play list, for not using the payment structure in-app from Google, a testament to the influence of the Apple store that determines the performance of an application).
The messenger LINE, very popular in Asian countries, won second place overall and third place in the App Store (behind the Netflix), while the application from the same company LINE Manga, for reading the infamous Japanese comic books, it was in eighth place in the Apple store and in seventh place in the overall ranking, a good appetizer of the economic power of Asian markets.
Just as a curiosity since these figurines tend to remain the same year after year, Sensor Tower also released the download champion apps in 2016. While the overall champion (and Google Play) was the Facebook, in the App Store who took the crown was another application of Uncle Zuckerberg, the Messenger. Other familiar faces appear on the three lists, as Whatsapp, Uber, YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat.