I’m not sure we’ve heard that number before — Amazon exec Donn Morrill just read it off a spreadsheet prepped by lawyers without questioning it. He says Amazon incurred roughly $1.4 billion in expenses on the Appstore from 2015 through 2021.
In 2018, roughly a third of the Appstore’s sales came from Android. By the end of 2021, it was less than 10 percent, he testified — with third-party Android devices (read: not Kindle Fire tablets) contributing “just north of $15 million.” That’s tiny. It helps make Epic’s point that a sideloaded app store isn’t really a viable competitor to Google Play on Android.
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