Report: Google Play’s App Retailer And Developer Group Grew Quicker Than Apple’s In 2014
Based on a new report out this morning from appFigures, the Google Play cellular software market surpassed Apple for the variety of new apps for the primary time in 2014, and its developer group progress additionally exceeded Apple’s for the third yr in a row, now distributing apps from 388,000 totally different builders. A lot of that progress happened within the latter half of the yr, the report notes, citing knowledge launched earlier this previous summer time for comparability’s sake.
Extra builders joined Google in 2014 than Apple and Google mixed, permitting it to prime Apple’s complete of 282,000 builders and Amazon’s forty eight,000.
General, app improvement can also be on the rise, with all three apps shops rising by at the least 50% in 2014. However Google’s retailer is actually rising, the report discovered.
Google Play additionally hosts extra complete apps than Apple, with 1.forty three million in its catalog, in contrast with 1.21 million for Apple. Amazon is a distant third – although rising its catalog by ninety% in 2014, it nonetheless has simply 293,000 apps.
The distinction in sizes between Apple and Google’s shops has rather a lot to do with the methods the 2 corporations select to handle their cellular app marketplaces. Apple places builders’ apps by means of a extra in depth assessment course of, whereas Google permits its builders to publish immediately, solely stepping in after the very fact to cope with issues like Phrases of Service violations or cellular malware distributions.
Moreover, appFigures studies that the highest 5 classes of iOS apps seeing progress in 2014 have been Enterprise, Meals & Drink, Way of life, Social Networking and Catalogs. On Google Play, the highest classes have been Video games, Images, Music, Enterprise and Leisure.
We should always level out that this differs from Flurry’s yr-finish report launched earlier this month, which discovered that the highest app classes experiencing progress in 2014 have been Buying, Utilities & Productiveness, and Messaging.
However the discrepancies right here might have one thing to do with the truth that appFigures analyzed the 2 markets individually, whereas additionally utilizing barely totally different grouping. For instance, cellular Purchasing apps typically dominate the Way of life class, whereas some Messaging apps might discover themselves listed beneath Social Networking. In the meantime, there’s definitely some overlap between the Enterprise and Productiveness classes as nicely.
In different phrases, Flurry’s and appFigures’ studies aren’t direct comparisons.
When it comes to app progress from new builders, on Apple’s iTunes, most have been publishing enterprise apps, adopted by Way of life then Video games. On Google Play, Video games have been hottest amongst new builders, adopted by Enterprise and Leisure apps.
The info in appFigures’ report comes instantly from its database, which incorporates all of the apps from the three apps shops. The corporate started its evaluation by summing up apps by retailer by yr. However as a result of the totally different shops have totally different catalog sizes, it checked out progress compared to the earlier yr and never as absolute numbers, making the worth on the finish of 2013 the one hundred% mark. Because of this any progress marked on the graph as 200% is absolutely the shop doubling.
Take into account that simply because Google is surpassing Apple when it comes to progress, it’s not essentially a measurement of developer choice. Many app builders nonetheless launch on iOS first, then construct their Android purposes. That’s as a result of Apple is the place builders are producing most of their income. However Google’s progress is a touch on the maturation of Apple’s App Retailer – although nonetheless rising, a few of that progress has slowed as compared with different years. In the meantime, builders who’ve discovered success on the iOS App Retailer at the moment are increasing their footprint to Google Play, particularly because the worldwide market opens up.