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The Play store has more apps, so the per-app revenue has not necessarily grown

The overwhelming majority of apps on both platforms are free. Among what I could charitably call "pay-worthy" apps, my personal impression is that there are probably a magnitude more on the iOS platform. Indeed, this submission seems to talk to that, pointing out that there is more of an opening for quality apps on Android.

I've never respected any number of apps metric because they are overwhelmingly chaff.

I salute you, because those metrics are garbage. Also, that's the point that I hearkened to the most as well, the screenshots of those apps hit home all my kind of janky android apps that work great and I love... but could easily be beaten by a bit of concerted effort.

I know there are a lot of arguments AGAINST the play store, but this is quite real and imo quite valid.

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