Last month, I did a story on the GetJar report which predicts that the Mobile App Industry would be worth a whopping $17.5 Billion by year 2012. Who will emerge as the undisputed king amongst online app stores – Apple App Store, Nokia Ovi Store, Android Market, Blackberry App World or perhaps event another new player?
Apple App Store has enjoyed a dominant position so far and many analysts believe that it will manage to hold on the top spot another three years from now. Though Nokia has a fading presence in the U.S., it remains amongst the world’s most popular cell phone manufacturer. Android Market is growing at a rapid pace but it does not have a worldwide appeal. As for Blackberry App World, it’s a sorry tale of “Great Phone, Mediocre App Store”. Leaving all other app stores, let us walk through a statistical comparison of Apple App Store and Nokia Ovi Store.
IMO, it’s too good to be a coincidence that both Nokia and Apple offer a 70% revenue share to developers. In fact, that’s where the similarities end between these two app stores.
Apple initiated its application store on public and developers request to develop products for the iPhone while Nokia’s initiative is purely its own decision. Both stores differ remarkably in the way they help users to search for relevant applications. With Apple, users can get confused as they have to spot the relevant ones from a wide range of applications. Contrary to this, Nokia has spent the bulk of their time on the Ovi Store developing a ‘Relevancy Engine’ which pushes most relevant apps to the surface.
Apple App Store
Total Active Apps (currently available for download): ~1,80,000
New Applications per Month: ~13,000
Free Apps: 25%
Most Popular Categories: Books, Games
Most Active Country: United States
Current Most Popular App: Opera Mini
Other Interesting Stats about Apple App Store
* 30,000+ Strong Developer Community
* More than 50,000,000 paid downloads every month
Nokia Ovi Store
Total Active Apps (currently available for download): ~9,500
New Applications per Month: ~1,000
Free Apps: 15%
Most Popular Categories: Personalization, Music
Most Active Countries: China, India
Current Most Popular App: Digital Chocolate
Other Interesting Stats about Nokia Ovi Store
* Publishers from more than 80 countries are distributing their content through Ovi Store
* More than 100 devices are supported, 60+ of them Symbian
* With support for 30 language variations, 90% of Ovi Store visitors are using their local language when available
Stats courtesy 148Apps.biz, Distimo and MobilePerry
Apple’s iPhone App Store is still the most popular worldwide, with strong markets in North America and Europe. Apple’s store launched in July of 2008 and it had nearly a full year head start as compared to the Nokia Ovi Store. However, the signs are ominous for Nokia Ovi Store with nearly 1.6 million app downloads per day and growing popularity in high-growth emerging markets in the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America.