Aug 21 AT 12:35 PM Dima Aryeh 11 Comments

Google Play surpasses handheld consoles in consumer spending


Dedicated mobile gaming devices have been on the decline, and we all know that. The new gaming giant is Apple, with more than double the consumer spending on games than the gaming optimized handhelds as a whole. However, for the first time, Google Play has surpassed the Nintendo 3DS and Sony Playstation Vita in game sales.

You may be thinking, “Well of course Google Play has more consumer spending on games; they have far more devices!” You are absolutely correct. There are 1.25 billion smartphones and 180 million tablets in this world (of which only a fraction are Google Play enabled), and only around 200 million handheld consoles. But consider this: a majority of smartphone games are free to play, and ad revenue doesn’t count. The rest of the games are cheap. Almost all games are under $5. Handheld console games are much more expensive, added more per unit to consumer spending totals. Google Play still won out.

Google Play still has quite a way to go if it wants to pass the iOS App Store in consumer spending, but it’s getting there. Games on Android are becoming better every day, especially with the rise of Google Play Games and the services it offers to developers. With these services, developers can spend less time on multiplayer and leaderboards and more time on the actual game. What are some of your most favorite recent games on Android?

Via: All Things D

Source: App Annie

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • SGB101

    With about a billion handsets in car circulation, the surprising news is it took so long.

    Not the best for Nintendo tho.

    • deucezulu22

      Nintendo is doing just fine, especially the 3DS which is doing great.

      • SGB101

        I never said their not.


    I just ended a serious Riptide GP2, Nexus 7 binge. Right now I’m on to Plants vs Zombies 2. Unfortunately it is not on Android yet.

    I am happy that Google Play Games has finally been released. I still find it confusing determining which games are multiplayer or uses the leaderboards at times. The multil-player features and the online versus modes are huge for me. I love it.

  • Wolf0491

    People spends hundreds of dollars daily on blood brothers haha.
    Game is made to spend money

  • Nick Gray

    Kingdom Rush is keeping me real busy these days. fun and addictive. I’m at 87 of 95 stars. Those last few seems impossible to get!

    Dedicated mobile gaming devices should die out. If developers of those mainstream games moved over toe Android and created the same quality games, they would make quite a bit more money.

    • uknowme

      First off Kingdom Rush rocks. Waiting for the sequel to hit android.
      Second yes some publishers could make a killing on android. The problem is their are some amazing games on the Vita that could only be released on that or on a console.

      • donger


  • BigCiX

    Handhelds are done. With phones getting more and more powerful (along with actual controllers for mobiles) PS Vita and your ds’s are a thing of the past.

    • renz

      no doubt smartphone will dominate in hardware spec (since they got refreshed every year) and number but they still lack triple A games offered by dedicated handheld like NDS and Vita. i was hoping more premium type games coming to smartphone but the problem is most people are not willing to spend 20-30 dollars for a single game.

    • deucezulu22

      I highly doubt that, everyone was talking about doom and gloom for the 3ds, but they never came to past. Core gamers will stick to core gaming where input is far more responsive. And Nintendo just made 4 million on the first week release of its street pass games.