In 2016, AppStore was able to choose from approximately 2.2 million applications, in 2017 this number fell to 2.1 million, or about 5%. At the same time, the number of applications on Google Play increased by over 30%, from about 2.8 million to over 3.6 million. The differences are big, the more so that even in 2015, the store present on Android smartphones had only about 200,000 applications more, now the difference is … 1.5 million.
Fewer applications are good news
It is worth noting, however, that fewer applications in the AppStore are really good news. Apple announced in 2016 that it will clean up its store. It seems that these have finally taken place. From the store disappeared in 2017, among other things, all applications that have not received updates to the 64-bit version, which effectively eliminated many obsolete programs that are no longer developed. In addition, Apple has promised to get rid of spam applications or impersonating other programs from the store, which in turn resulted in the first drop in history.
The Cupertino giant, however, has nothing to worry about, because as the SensorTower report shows, revenues generated by owners of iPhones and iPad tablets are almost twice as big as those quoted by Google Play. Android smartphone owners, despite the fact that there are just more of them, are less likely to pay for applications than owners of Apple hardware. This, however, is not new, because this disparity has been almost from the very beginning, and Google has no idea how to catch up with Apple.
More applications are created on Android
It is worth paying attention to the next chart from the AppFigures report, it shows how the number of new applications appearing in both stores increased. Here, the AppStore has also made the first drop in history, and quite significant because by as much as 29%. In 2016, over one million new applications were created for Apple products, while in 2017 this number decreased to just over 750,000. Apple employees seem to be more committed to controlling applications that target this platform and rejecting many programs that do not they meet the quality requirements.
On Google Play for comparison, more than 1.5 million new apps debuted, which is twice as many as in the AppStore and 17% more than in 2016. Unfortunately, as an Android smartphone owner, I am forced to state that probably most of these applications are not even pounds of bushes worth. Google is more developer-friendly, it approves apps and their new versions much faster, but unfortunately does not pay too much attention to their quality. Despite Google’s occasional cleaning of its resources, it’s so much easier to get here to install malware.
Common applications are just 8.5%
It is worth noting one more statistic. It turns out that among all applications available in the AppStore and Google Play, only 450,000 have their versions for both platforms. On the one hand, it’s a lot, but looking at the perspective of all available applications on both platforms (5.3 million) it turns out that it is only 8.5%. Surprisingly enough.
And how do you rate applications available for both platforms? Every day I use iOS in tablet and Android on my smartphone and I have the impression that the applications on the Apple platform are better refined and simply look better. The most popular ones, such as Facebook, Google Maps or popular games do not differ significantly between platforms, but this is not the rule at all.
PS. Unfortunately, Windows Phone store statistics are not provided.