Virtual stores of all ecosystems are growing fast: for the first time, Google closes the year in first place for the number of apps hosted
2014 was a golden year for the app business. With the entry of smartwatch and the like coming into play it is easy to believe that 2015 will be even better. The past 12 months have registered growth rates never seen before, both for the number of apps present in the stores and for the number of new developers who have thrown themselves into the fray.
The blog of Appfigures tells us, a platform specialized in the analysis of this rapidly growing market. Thanks to their tools dedicated to developers, startup analysts have collected the numbers of three of the most stocked stores of the mobile panorama: Google Play, App Store e Amazon Appstore. Despite the omission of an important fourth wheel – Windows Phone Store, not supported by the company's analysis tools – the results of the report are interesting.
Especially because of the rough data, the number of apps hosted by each of the virtual stores. In fact, since the birth of the Apple platform, the App Store has always been considered the store par excellence, but last year was for the first time overtaken by Google's opponents, which closed 2014 with 1.43 million apps in the window against the 1.21 of Cupertino. A sidereal distance should be followed by Microsoft – which according to internal data would reach 340,000 apps in September – while Amazon will end with 293,000 apps in closing.
The company of Jeff Bezos for has nothing to reproach himself. The results achieved over the past year they are very respectable, compared to those of the previous year: the growth of Amazon Appstore is around 180%, less than over 200% of Google but still a notch higher than around 160% of Apple. It comes in all three cases ofremarkable growth rates, which for once again see the dominant search engine giant.
To understand what has led this trend, it is sufficient to break up the aggregate data into the various types of software and compare their growth on the platforms of the two contenders at the top. The category which saw the most impressive growth on iOs that of the productivity app, followed at a distance from Food & Drink.
Different speech instead for Android where, in 2014, they have depopulated games and photography apps, just two of the strong points that over the years have contributed to the success of the iPhone and iPad.
The result does not change even taking into consideration the developers instead of the individual apps: we can observe analogue trends for what concerns the growth rate on 2013, which as regards their distribution in the various categories.
With a difference in effect in the total count: the number of developers who wrote apps for Google Play in 2014 touched 388,000 units, more than the sum of those who worked on the App Store and Amazon Appstore (282 thousand and 48 thousand).