Apple’s App Store may have had a record-breaking start to 2015, but asappFigures reports, Google has a new superlative to brag about.
For the first time, the Google Play store surpassed Apple’s online store in number of apps. Google ended 2014 with more than 1.43 million apps compared with Apple’s 1.21 million. Amazon may have been the runt of the litter, but its Appstore saw growth of about 90 percent last year, bringing its total number of apps to around 293,000.
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.
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.
Google Play, on the other hand, is going after the market that its name implies. The top growing app categories were games, photography, and music.