Google has overtaken Apple as the number one provider of apps in terms of numbers. It ended 2014 with 1.43 million apps being available on Google Play, compared to 1.21 million on the App Store.
This is a significant development as Apple has dominated the app market across the board. Amazon, which is investing more in this area of its operations, came third, appFigures revealed.
Although it has a long way to go, it is demonstrating notable gains, with its catalogue on the Amazon Appstore expanding by a phenomenal 90 per cent to 293,000.
It seems as though Google is not only competing with Apple, but superseding it in many ways. For the third year in a row its developer community grew markedly more than Apple, with over 400,000 different designers putting forward their creations.
“App development is certainly on the rise and the platform doesn’t seem to matter,” the reporting platform for mobile app developers stated recently.
“In 2014, all three app stores grew by at least 50 per cent. What’s interesting is that although Apple continues to grow strongly, it’s really Google Play that’s growing. In 2014, the number of apps distributed through Google Play has doubled.”
In recent news, Apple announced that its App Store is experiencing a record-breaking period of activity.
It revealed, for example, that in 2014 its billings increased by 50 per cent, while app sales revenue reached £8.5 billion.
Additionally, at the start of 2015, more records were broken, with Apple explaining that New Year was the “single biggest day ever in App Store sales history”.
“This year is off to a tremendous start after a record-breaking year for the App Store and our developer community,” said Eddy Cue, senior vice president of internet software and services at Apple.
“We’re so proud of the creativity and innovation developers bring to the apps they create for iOS users.”