According to a recent report conducted by an analytics service that has been monitoring the data of thousands of apps, Google Play Store exceeded Apple’s App store by 50% in 2014. This is the first time Google’s app store has had more apps than Apple’s.
The analytics service called appFigures gathered data from three of the most popular app stores at the moment: Google Play Store, Apple App Store and Amazon App store. The report showed that all three major app stores grew significantly in past few months, but Google was first place.
The Google Play Store ended 2014 having more than 1.43 million apps, while Apple’s store had 1.21 million. Amazon was last with approximately 293,000 apps, growing by almost 90% in the last year.
The analytics company commented that even though Apple’s app store is continuously growing, Google Play Store has grown even stronger in the past year. The number of apps added to Goggle app store has doubled in 2014.
According to the report made appFigures, Google Play has exceeded Apple store by more than 300,000 apps. This can be explained by the fact that there are more Android devices than iOS worldwide.
Also, app developers are more attracted to sell their products to Google Store than to Apple stores because Google is more malleable than Apple. The reports show that Google Play’s base of app developers has increased more than Apple’s in the last three years. Google now has apps from more than 400,000 different app developers.
Last year, Google Play Store collaborated with 338,000 app developers, making it a new record. Apple reached approximately 280,000 developers and Amazon almost 48,000.
Google Play Store grew the fastest in several categories, including games, music, photography, entertainment and business. The reason behind such a fast growth in the games category was that the number of developers increased significantly in 2014.
Apple’s iOS store has seen an important growth in its business category, which was followed by the lifestyle and the games categories.
Although Google Play Store has more apps, the iOS developers are the ones making more money in the third quarter of 2014.
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