Apple’s App Store. Google Play ended 2014 with 1.43 million apps, compared to App Store’s 1.21 million apps. According to appFigures, for the first time Google Play has outnumbered App Store.
In a report titled “App Stores Growth Accelerates in 2014”, the company has published a growth chart showing how the three major app stores – Amazon Appstore, Apple’sApp Store, and Google Play – placed themselves in terms of number of apps. The firm claims that Amazon’s Appstore despite being the third showed a growth of nearly 90 percent to reach 293,000 apps.
With Google Play visibly behind Apple’s App Store at the end of 2013 (as seen in the above charts), and it now being ahead, it is implied Google added more apps than Apple in 2014. appFigures adds that this was the first time Google Play added more apps in a year than Apple’s App store.
One of Apple’s main draws for the iPhone and iPad has always been the wide array of iOS apps, so Google surpassing the company’s total app numbers is a bit of a blow to its bragging rights. However, Apple may have been its own worst enemy, says Ariel Michaeli, co-founder of appFigures.com.
For the third year in a row, Google beat out Apple for the number of new developers debuting in its store. Google’s store added about 388,000 new developers, which is more than Apple (282,000) and Amazon (48,000) combined. The top five categories with most growth (in terms of number of apps) during 2014 saw the App Store adding more business-related apps, while Google added saw the most growth in the games category.
One chart in appFigures’ report shows the iOS App Store and the Amazon Appstore tied at 160 percent growth for the number of new developers last year, while Google hovered around 175 percent growth.
We also see 90 percent growth in Amazon’s app store, up to 293,000 apps. This is good for those using Kindle Fire devices and BlackBerry 10 smartphones preloaded with the Amazon App Store.
All of those apps come from nearly 400,000 Android developers and 280,000 iOS developers.
The data in appFigures’ report comes directly from its database, which contains all the apps from the three app stores. The company began its analysis by summing up apps by store by year. But because the different stores have different catalog sizes, it looked at growth in comparison to the previous year and not as absolute numbers, making the value at the end of 2013 the 100% mark. This means that any growth marked on the graph as 200% is really the store doubling.