Report Shows Google Play Growing Rapidly, Still Dragging Behind Apple App Store

App analytics company Distimo released its September 2013 report today, which collected the data on app sales and downloads in both the Android and iOS ecosystems. The top paid and free apps were listed, as well as the revenues from both marketplaces.

Distimo’s graph (above) shows the global revenue shares of the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store over the past 6 months. While Google Play’s revenue is growing at a faster rate, it remains well below the App Store.

Apple’s marketplace has seen a slower (but still steady) growth and it holds onto 65 % of the app revenue – down from 74 %, but still quite a substantial lead. Android app revenues have moved up from 24 % to 35 % in the last 6 months.

Android may still have a large margin to bridge, but the Google Play Store’s accelerated growth rate is impressive. Devices like the LG G2, HTC One, and especially the Samsung Galaxy S4 are selling like hotcakes and delivering customers to the Google Play Store in droves.

If this trend continues, Apple might have to stop being so smug!

For more information and the lists of top apps, check out Distimo’s report below:

Top Global Apps – September 2013

Posted on October 15, 2013 by Christel Schoger
Distimo proudly presents the top performing applications for September 2013 in this blog post. We highlight the leading free, paid, and grossing apps for the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore. The charts in this blog post are based on data covering the full month of September 2013 on a globally aggregated level.

Top Free Apps

In September 2013, YouTube continued the upward trend from August, reaching the number one position in terms of global free downloads in the Apple App Store. The upwards trend was clearly visible in the second half of September with the release of the new iPhone and iOS7. Candy Crush Saga remained on rank number two, while a new title: Deer Hunter 2014 entered the top five on rank number three. The previous top performer: Despicable Me: Minion Rush dropped down on rank four, followed by Facebook on rank five.

Top 5 Free Apps in the Apple App Store Publisher
1. YouTube Google, Inc.
2. Candy Crush Saga Limited
3. Deer Hunter 2014 Glu Games Inc.
4. Despicable Me: Minion Rush Gameloft
5. Facebook Facebook, Inc.
For the free charts on Google Play, the month of September just brought one change: Skype – free IM & video calls entered the global top five on rank five, at the expense of Facebook Messenger, while the top four ranks did not change relative to August.

Top 5 Free Apps on Google Play Publisher
1. Facebook Facebook
2. WhatsApp Messenger WhatsApp Inc.
3. Candy Crush Saga
4. LINE: Free Calls & Messages LINE Corporation
5. Skype – free IM & video calls Skype
Despicable Me: Minion Rush continued its lead in the Amazon Appstore on rank number one. Looking at the following ranks, the continuous trend of quiz and puzzle games was also visible in the top 5 of September, with Guess what? on rank two and What The Riddle? on rank five. In addition, Baby Care & Baby Hospital – Kids games on rank four represented the success of baby care apps targeted to girls as seen in previous months. The new Rovio game, Angry Birds Star Wars II Free, was only released in the second half of September and reached rank number three, which proves the wide popularity of this game.

Top 5 Free Apps in the Amazon Appstore Publisher
1. Despicable Me: Minion Rush Gameloft
2. Guess what? Blue Sky Games
3. Angry Birds Star Wars II Free Rovio Entertainment Ltd.
4. Baby Care & Baby Hospital – Kids games 6677g ltd
5. What The Riddle? Rainy Day Apps
Top Paid Apps

Unlike in the free charts, Angry Birds Star Wars II showed its success in the Apple App Store, as the leading app in the global paid charts. The new adventure game by Rovio Entertainment Ltd won over Minecraft – Pocket Edition and Asphalt 8: Airborne in terms of paid downloads, which both moved one rank down from their August position. Another newly released game, Infinity Blade III, entered the top five on rank four, followed by PicPlayPost, which increased its download volumes after a few recent updates.

Top 5 Paid Apps in the Apple App Store Publisher
1. Angry Birds Star Wars II Rovio Entertainment Ltd
2. Minecraft – Pocket Edition Mojang
3. Asphalt 8: Airborne Gameloft
4. Infinity Blade III Chair Entertainment Group, LLC
5. PicPlayPost Flambe Studios LLC
Even more so as in the free charts, the paid charts of Google Play, did show no changes, compared to August 2013. The top five remained the same, followed closely though by Asphalt 8: Airborne, which raced to global rank six in September 2013.

Top 5 Paid Apps on Google Play Publisher
1. SwiftKey Keyboard SwiftKey
2. Minecraft – Pocket Edition Mojang
3. Titanium Backup PRO Key ? root Titanium Track
4. Nova Launcher Prime TeslaCoil Software
5. Poweramp Full Version Unlocker Max MP
Minecraft – Pocket Edition remained in the leading position in the Amazon Appstore continously, while the paid version of Angry Birds Star Wars II was also in the Amazon Appstore successful, achieving on rank two. Plants vs. Zombies (Kindle Tablet Edition) had to make room for the “angry birds” and dropped to rank three, still followed by Wreck-It Ralph (Kindle Tablet Edition). After the two Kindle Tablet Edition Games, Survivalcraft re-entered the global top five on rank five.

Top 5 Paid Apps in the Amazon Appstore Publisher
1. Minecraft – Pocket Edition Mojang
2. Angry Birds Star Wars II Rovio Entertainment Ltd.
3. Plants vs. Zombies (Kindle Tablet Edition) PopCap Games, Inc.
4. Wreck-It Ralph (Kindle Tablet Edition) Disney
5. Survivalcraft Candy Rufus Games
Top Grossing Apps

When it comes down to revenue, the grossing charts give an overview of who is most prosperous in the global app market. In September, Clash of Clans defended its leading position in the Apple App Store – once again – against its close follower Candy Crush Saga on rank two. Globally, the leading main countries contributing to the revenue for Clash of Clans were still the United States, followed by strong Asian markets, Japan and China. While Candy Crush Saga was stronger in the United States, Clash of Clans bested the puzzle game in revenue from the Asian markets during September. Expanding its triumph, Supercell showed in addition a strong performance with Hay Day on rank three. Gung Ho’s Japanese version of Puzzle & Dragons remained on rank number four in the Apple App Store. In September, also placed its second “Saga” title in the global top five grossing charts: Pet Rescue Saga moved up to rank five.

Top 5 Grossing Apps in the Apple App Store Publisher
1. Clash of Clans Supercell
2. Candy Crush Saga Limited
3. Hay Day Supercell
4. Puzzle & Dragons GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc.
5. Pet Rescue Saga Limited

On Google Play,?????????(Puzzle & Dragons) re-conquered rank number one, while Candy Crush Saga landed as well on rank two as in the Apple App Store.
In line with the free and paid charts, also the grossing apps were relatively stable on Google Play. LINE Pokopang and LINE: Free Calls & Messages remained unchanged at rank number three and five, respectively.
In contrast, ??? ???? for Kakao, which translates to “Taming the Monster”, moved up to rank four in the global grossing charts after being featured in “Trending Apps” in the Korean Google Play store.

Top 5 Grossing Apps on Google Play Publisher
1. ?????????(Puzzle & Dragons) GungHoOnlineEntertainment
2. Candy Crush Saga
3. LINE Pokopang LINE Corporation
4. ??? ???? for Kakao CJ E&M corp.
5. LINE: Free Calls & Messages LINE Corporation
Looking at the top grossing apps, two developers, Supercell and Limited, show a remarkable performance, having two titles in the global top 5 grossing charts in the Apple App Store. has, in addition, shown a steady performance with Candy Crush Saga on Google Play. In regards to this, it will be interesting to follow the performance of Supercell’s Clash of Clans, which was just recently released on Google Play.
As in August, the best performing grossing apps were also in September dominated by games, with the communication app LINE: Free Calls & Messages on Google Play as the only exception.

Market Growth in September 2013

Following the previous months, we also looked at the development of the relative market share between the Apple App Store and Google Play*.
In September 2013, the market share distribution did not change compared to August. The Apple App Store is still leading with 65 percent, compared to 35 percent for Google Play. The interesting development behind these numbers is that the growth from Google Play was relative smaller compared to previous months, while the revenue portion of the Apple App Store grew a little stronger. This growth was mainly based on revenue generated through the iPhone, which is likely related to the introduction of iOS7 along with the new iPhone models 5C and 5S. It will be interesting to see, if Apple can increase this growth even further next month.


* This analysis is based on comparing the revenue generated from the app stores of the following 34 countries:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea,
Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey,
United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam. These countries are chosen for this analysis, as revenue is generated for both stores in each country.

For those of you interested in data about the most popular free, paid and grossing applications on a daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis, Distimo’s leaderboards are a great resource for further research. These leaderboards list applications and publishers per country and per category for the Apple App Store for iPhone, the Apple App Store for iPad, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.
Combining the data from the monthly leaderboards across all countries with enriched Distimo AppIQ data allows us to analyze the most successful apps worldwide as presented in this blog post.

[Via: Distimo]

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