Some interesting Stats about Google Play Store vs. Apple App Store Apps (2018)
Apps Going from One Platform to the Other
appfigures‘ report looked at 10 different questions regarding the Play Store and App Store and tried to answer them with stats pulled from its Explorer app research tool. The answers are all very interesting in their own right, but a few of them are worth considering.
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First of all, as shown in the graph below, it’s clear that more apps are going cross-platform from iOS to Android than the other way around. One way to interpret this is by saying that developers are still in the iOS-first mentality, but I think the narrative has shifted a little over the years. Yes, some apps still release for iOS first, but the lure of Android’s large market share may be causing developers who were going iOS-only to rethink and consider an Android app too. And it also tells that those who release on Android first aren’t seeing a large incentive to also develop for iOS.
New Apps Released by Year | Google Play Store vs. Apple App Store
The second graph shows the number of new apps released every year and the repercussion of Apple’s tight grip and flush of crappy apps from the App Store. While both platforms were seeing a steady growth of new apps year-over-year, 2017 told a different story. For the first time, the App Store had fewer new apps than the year before, while the Play Store continued ballooning up. I’m not sure that’s a good thing for Android, as our experience tells us many of these apps are free-to-play cash-grab games and low-quality releases, and it’s getting tougher and tougher to find the good gems among them.
Native Vs. Non-Native App Development | Google Play Store vs. Apple App Store
In 2016, 27% of Android apps released were developed with non-native tools, but that number dropped to 10% in 2017. Most Probably, 2018 continues the trend toward more native apps. Sure, some non-native tools make cross-platform development easier and when used appropriately can be as well-integrated and smooth as native apps, but more often than not, they’re used as a cheap shortcut to port an app from one platform to another.