Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Apple iOS Is Losing Ground to Android In Mobile App Advertising Industry [STUDY]
mobile app eCPM on Andorid and iOS Q4 2016
We seem to have reached a crossroad in the battle for mobile platform dominance. For years now the two major players, Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS have been fighting it out, with Android commanding the lion’s share of the market. According to a recent report from Gartner, Android commanded 81.7% of the smartphone shipments share compared to iOS’s 17.9% in Q4 of 2016. Interestingly, despite Android having a huge advantage in market share, iOS has typically dominated in its share of monetized app impressions as well as eCPMs, with advertisers considering the iOS user base more valuable. This dynamic, however, is changing rapidly, according to the latest data released by PubMatic.
One of the key observations published in Quarterly Mobile Index report by PubMatic is the sharp upward trend in Android app monetized inventory volumes and eCPMs. Globally, the mobile app inventory has emerged as an important driver in the growth of digital displays in 2016, with Android apps leading the charge.
Android app eCPMs rose by 79% year-over-year in Q4 of 2016. This follows a trend of double-digit growth year-over-year in each quarter of 2016. This is the first time that Android eCPMs have overtaken their iOS counterparts in a single quarter. That is not to say that iOS eCPMs have fallen; iOS registered a 5% increase year-over-year in Q4 2016, a value that pales in comparison to Android’s growth.
Android’s leadership in eCPM growth has been uniform across all regions, with any value differential being practically nullified now.
In North America, which has traditionally been a market favourable to Apple, iOS app inventory saw a slight decline in average prices in Q4 2016. The decline was surprising considering the fact that Apple gained some ground in iPhone sales share which went up to 31.8% in June of 2016. Android remains the leader by smartphone sales share despite the increase in Apple iPhone sales attributed to the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
The EMEA region observed the highest increase in mobile app eCPMs across both operating systems with 110% improvement for Android compared to a 70% increase for iOS in Q4 2016.
In the APAC region, which is the second largest mobile device market overall, Android once again proved its domination with 87% year over year growth in eCPMs in Q4 2016. In contrast, Apple iOS had to settle for a more modest 23% growth despite the flourishing market scenario of smartphone and apps.
Android’s rate of growth dominance has not been only limited to eCPMs, with the considerable ground being made up in volume gap of monetized app impressions too. The volume disparity has all but disappeared at the end of 2016, with Android claiming 49% of total monetized app impressions squeezing the share of iOS to 51% in 2016.
Even if we were to compare data only for Q4 of 2016, we find Android take the lead with 62% compared to iOS’s 38%. The increase of 12% point in the share of Android in 2016 and 18% points in Q4 2016 as compared to the same duration in 2015 is a clear sign that advertisers are findings greater ROI from spending advertising dollars on Android apps.