2013 has been a good year for app developers and distributors. With a higher and higher percentage of the population owning a smartphone, apps designed especially for these types of gadgets have been center stage in 2013.
Following, we would like to present you with a list we have compiled of the top highest revenue generating apps in 2013, based on the figures released earlier this year by Business Intelligence. For both the iPhone Store and its Android counterpart, Google Play, the top grossing apps were games; more specifically the 5 top revenue generating apps for the iOS and 4 out of the top 5 for Android. This might be somewhat explained by the somewhat addictive nature of most smartphone games.
Another curious thing is that all top apps are in-app purchase varieties, meaning that they generate revenue through payments made by players during the game. In fact, downloading some of the following apps is completely free and they only generate revenue when players purchase a bonus or a premium version. According to Distimo, in-app purchases generated over 3 quarters of all profits in the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) App Store. This figure rose to a whopping 90% in Japan.
Curious to see which have been the most popular apps for users in 2013? Let’s take a look at the countdown.
NOTE: The following countdown applies for apps downloaded from the Apple Store. We have also mentioned how these apps, provided that they have a counterpart for the Android operating system, fared on Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Play for comparison.