Patrick Kane | Priori Data GmbH | @prioridata

All platforms are created
equal – right?
What this talk covers
• “State of the Market” for mobile app
platforms
– Size / reach
– Composition by Category
– Growth
–...
Who this is for...
• Those thinking about developing an app
• Those currently building an app
• Those optimizing an existi...
Who are we?
• We do app store analytics. We track
the performance of >2mm apps and
>250k developers across iOS, Android,
a...
Key message
• There are very few “lucky winner” apps
in today’s app stores
• Success is becoming expensive. To
minimize th...
Size
Overall Size
Metric

iOS

Android

# of apps

933k

942k

3.4%

4.5%

243k

251k

% growth

2.7%

4.6%

# of monthly
downl...
Overall Size
Metric

iOS

Android

Windows

# of apps

933k

942k

150k

3.4%

4.5%

2.8%

243k

251k

38k

% growth

2.7%...
Composition by Category
Composition by Category
• iOS and Android have virtually the same
proportion of games (~15% of all apps)
• But....games cl...
Composition by Category
iOS - Top 5 Categories by
Monthly Downloads (mm)
Action Games

Android - Top 5 Categories
by Month...
Growth
Overall Growth
• # of Apps growing on both platforms at
nearly ~1,000 per day
• # of Publishers growing at 360 per day
on ...
A moment on growth
• Growth at a high-level is of minimal use
• More helpful is studying how your
particular category (or ...
Growth by Category
iOS - Top 5 Categories by
Monthly Download Growth
(%)
Navigation

36.2%

Android - Top 5 Categories
by ...
Growth by Category
iOS - Top 5 Categories by
Monthly Download Growth
(%)
Navigation

36.2%

Android - Top 5 Categories
by ...
Navigation Category Growth
iOS - Top Navigation Sub-Category Growth (%)
Car Dealer Info

151.8%

Maps and Directions

121....
Growth by Category
iOS - Top 5 Categories by
Monthly Download Growth
(%)
Navigation

36.2%

Android - Top 5 Categories
by ...
Top 10 Gaming Sub-Categories

Source: Priori Sub-Category Tracker, July 2013.
Growth by Country /
Sub-Category

Source: Priori Sub-Category Tracker, July 2013.
Monetization
Overall Monetization
Metric

iOS

Android

Paid apps (% of
total)

40%

20%

Apps w/ IAP (% of
total)

11%

5%

Downloads ...
A moment on monetization
• Like growth, monetization is a micro
concept
• Depending on the type of app and your
monetizati...
Monetization by Category

Source: Priori Global Insights Report, July 2013.
Monetization by Category

Source: Priori Global Insights Report, July 2013.
Conclusion
Sanity check
• App store analytics are important, but it
is by no means the only piece of the
puzzle...
Some additional considerations
•
•
•
•

User base (demographics)
Device base (fragmentation)
Developer environment (docume...
Sanity check
• App store analytics are important, but
you have a long journey

Source: Vision Mobile Developer Economics R...
Your leverage
• There are hundreds of tools providers
vying for your relationship (so is Priori)
• Use this to your advant...
My final thoughts
• Unless you have an established brand,
start with one platform
• There are no shortcuts with app
develo...
prioridata.com

Contact us at info@prioridata.com
patrick@prioridata.com

Thank you!
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Priori Data - Mobile Tech Con Berlin - Summer 2013

  1. 1. Patrick Kane | Priori Data GmbH | @prioridata All platforms are created equal – right?
  2. 2. What this talk covers • “State of the Market” for mobile app platforms – Size / reach – Composition by Category – Growth – Monetization • Key considerations for developers • Q&A
  3. 3. Who this is for... • Those thinking about developing an app • Those currently building an app • Those optimizing an existing app • Those investing in app developers
  4. 4. Who are we? • We do app store analytics. We track the performance of >2mm apps and >250k developers across iOS, Android, and Windows prioridata.com
  5. 5. Key message • There are very few “lucky winner” apps in today’s app stores • Success is becoming expensive. To minimize the expense you need to perform research on your platform, category, and sub-category
  6. 6. Size
  7. 7. Overall Size Metric iOS Android # of apps 933k 942k 3.4% 4.5% 243k 251k % growth 2.7% 4.6% # of monthly downloads 2.0bn 3.6bn % growth 6.4% 1.0% % growth # of publishers Source: Priori Global Insights Report, July 2013.
  8. 8. Overall Size Metric iOS Android Windows # of apps 933k 942k 150k 3.4% 4.5% 2.8% 243k 251k 38k % growth 2.7% 4.6% 3.1% # of monthly downloads 2.0bn 3.6bn 272mm % growth 6.4% 1.0% 15.9% % growth # of publishers Source: Priori Global Insights Report, July 2013.
  9. 9. Composition by Category
  10. 10. Composition by Category • iOS and Android have virtually the same proportion of games (~15% of all apps) • But....games claim 56% of downloads on iOS, while on Android the figure is only 36% Source: Priori Global Insights Report, July 2013.
  11. 11. Composition by Category iOS - Top 5 Categories by Monthly Downloads (mm) Action Games Android - Top 5 Categories by Monthly Downloads (mm) Tools 157 436 Entertainment 135 Casual Games 390 Arcade Games 133 Arcade Games 386 Puzzle Games Communication Adventure Games 103 0 50 Source: Priori Global Insights Report, July 2013. 100 150 200 257 Entertainment 119 254 0 100 200 300 400 500
  12. 12. Growth
  13. 13. Overall Growth • # of Apps growing on both platforms at nearly ~1,000 per day • # of Publishers growing at 360 per day on Android vs. 215 on iOS
  14. 14. A moment on growth • Growth at a high-level is of minimal use • More helpful is studying how your particular category (or sub-category) is growing
  15. 15. Growth by Category iOS - Top 5 Categories by Monthly Download Growth (%) Navigation 36.2% Android - Top 5 Categories by Monthly Download Growth (%) Transportation 41.9% 41.9% Role Playing Games 27.3% Travel and Local Trivia Games 26.6% Productivity Puzzle Games 25.9% Racing Games Music Games 0.0% 19.8% 10.0% Source: Priori Global Insights Report, July 2013. 20.0% 30.0% Music and Audio 40.0% 0.0% 16.2% 11.0% 9.4% 10.0% 20.0% 30.0% 40.0% 50.0%
  16. 16. Growth by Category iOS - Top 5 Categories by Monthly Download Growth (%) Navigation 36.2% Android - Top 5 Categories by Monthly Download Growth (%) Transportation 41.9% 41.9% Role Playing Games 27.3% Travel and Local Trivia Games 26.6% Productivity Puzzle Games 25.9% Racing Games Music Games 0.0% 19.8% 10.0% Source: Priori Global Insights Report, July 2013. 20.0% 30.0% Music and Audio 40.0% 0.0% 16.2% 11.0% 9.4% 10.0% 20.0% 30.0% 40.0% 50.0%
  17. 17. Navigation Category Growth iOS - Top Navigation Sub-Category Growth (%) Car Dealer Info 151.8% Maps and Directions 121.8% Car Rental 70.4% Speed Meters 52.3% Car Refuelling 0.0% Source: Priori Sub-Category Tracker, July 2013. 29.8% 20.0% 40.0% 60.0% 80.0% 100.0% 120.0% 140.0% 160.0%
  18. 18. Growth by Category iOS - Top 5 Categories by Monthly Download Growth (%) Navigation 36.2% Android - Top 5 Categories by Monthly Download Growth (%) Transportation 41.9% 41.9% Role Playing Games 27.3% Travel and Local Trivia Games 26.6% Productivity Puzzle Games 25.9% Racing Games Music Games 0.0% 19.8% 10.0% Source: Priori Global Insights Report, July 2013. 20.0% 30.0% Music and Audio 40.0% 0.0% 16.2% 11.0% 9.4% 10.0% 20.0% 30.0% 40.0% 50.0%
  19. 19. Top 10 Gaming Sub-Categories Source: Priori Sub-Category Tracker, July 2013.
  20. 20. Growth by Country / Sub-Category Source: Priori Sub-Category Tracker, July 2013.
  21. 21. Monetization
  22. 22. Overall Monetization Metric iOS Android Paid apps (% of total) 40% 20% Apps w/ IAP (% of total) 11% 5% Downloads of paid apps (% of total) 6% 0.3% -47% -10% 61% 28% % growth Downloads of apps w/ IAP (% of total) Source: Priori Global Insights Report, July 2013.
  23. 23. A moment on monetization • Like growth, monetization is a micro concept • Depending on the type of app and your monetization goals, the headline monetization stats may point you in the wrong direction
  24. 24. Monetization by Category Source: Priori Global Insights Report, July 2013.
  25. 25. Monetization by Category Source: Priori Global Insights Report, July 2013.
  26. 26. Conclusion
  27. 27. Sanity check • App store analytics are important, but it is by no means the only piece of the puzzle...
  28. 28. Some additional considerations • • • • User base (demographics) Device base (fragmentation) Developer environment (documentation) App discovery / user acquisition
  29. 29. Sanity check • App store analytics are important, but you have a long journey Source: Vision Mobile Developer Economics Report 2013
  30. 30. Your leverage • There are hundreds of tools providers vying for your relationship (so is Priori) • Use this to your advantage: they can lower your barriers to entry, minimize cost, and much more Source: Priori, Vision Mobile Developer Economics Report 2013
  31. 31. My final thoughts • Unless you have an established brand, start with one platform • There are no shortcuts with app development, and the game isn’t over once you are in the store • Know yourself: polished perfectionist? iOS. Iterator? Android Source: Priori Data, Vision Mobile Developer Economics Report 2013, Bubba VC.
  32. 32. prioridata.com Contact us at info@prioridata.com
  33. 33. patrick@prioridata.com Thank you!

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