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Uncommon Comparisons of the App Store vs. Google Play [Infographic]

Beutler_Kinvey_AppStores_Teaser-v2Everyone likes a battle, and Apple’s App Store vs. Google Play is one of the more popular showdowns in tech. Every threshold crossed triggers a flurry of articles that pit one marketplace against the other. Which enjoys more downloads; which makes more money; which offers more apps.

While these may be the most important metrics, they aren’t necessarily the most fun. So we found ourselves wondering about quirkier differences between the App Store and Google Play. What comparisons could we uncover that hint at the personalities of the app powerhouses? So we teamed with our friends at Beutler Ink to create an infographic that visualizes just that – the unconventional comparisons of the App Store and Google Play. Check it out:


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Some tidbits of unique info from the graphic include:

  • In order to purchase Apple’s most expensive app (“VIP Black” for $999), you must verify assets or income in excess of £1 million before activating the service
  • If you misspell “hotels” as “hotwls” in the App Store search, it returns 0 results, while Google Play returns 15,630
  • 100% of iOS apps occasionally send unencrypted data (yet the public still perceives iOS as more secure than Android)
  • Last year, the iPad experienced a 143% growth in revenue in Russia

These facts (and more) set the scene for what we hope you think is an interesting and entertaining piece of content.
What did you find most surprising about these unconventional comparisons? What other metrics would you be interested in seeing? Let us know in the comments!

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