Over the past couple of years, the iOS App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore have experienced exponential growth. appFigures, an app tracking platform for app developers and publishers, published a report this week which covers the growth of each store in 2014 and how they got to where they are today. This report highlights the total number of apps within each store, 2014 app store growth, and the fastest growing iOS and Google categories.
One of the most significant takeaways above is that Google surpassed Apple for number of new apps for the first time in 2014, ending the year with more than 1.43 million apps compared to 1.21 million. Amazon grew its catalog by nearly 90% to 293k apps.
App development is on the rise in each app store, with each store growing at least 50% in 2014 compared to 2013. In 2014, the number of apps distributed through Google Play doubled.
Appfigures also looked at the top 5 categories with the most iOS growth in 2014. More than 128k new Business apps were released in the iOS App Store in 2014. According to Appfigures:
We expected to see Business and Games rank very high as both are fairly mainstream, but Food & Drink, with the second largest growth, was certainly a surprise. Keep in mind, for the comparison to beapples to apples, these charts look at growth and not total size.”
In terms of the fastest growing Google categories, Games took the lead in 2014, although photography had extraordinary growth as well.
Find the full report which elaborates on developer details here.