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Google Play vs the iOS App Store | Store Stats for Mobile Apps

Last update: 21 Sep 2020 CET

Google Play vs the iOS App Store | Store Stats for Mobile Apps

The history of innovation is a history of great rivalries – Coke versus Pepsi, Ford versus General Motors, the Beatles versus the Stones, and, in the world of mobile apps and games, Android versus iOS. Indeed, the Google Play versus the iOS App Store rivalry has prompted something of a gold rush for mobile technologists, facilitating the creation of new technologies and business models, affordable gaming and digital entertainment, and cheaper consumer goods and services.

In this article, we analyze the state of this rivalry by conducting a side by side comparison of Google Play and the iOS App Store. By deploying our unique arsenal of machine learning algorithms, we have determined:

  • How many apps are currently available in each app store
  • The distribution of gaming versus non-gaming apps
  • The distribution of free apps versus paid apps
  • The number of categories in each store
  • The distribution of apps by category
  • How many new apps are released per day, per week, and per month
  • The distribution of apps by rating
  • The distribution of apps by price
If you’re interested in learning more about the global app market, as well as the rich app store data that we at 42matters can provide, be sure to check out our full Google Play and iOS App Store analyses. For more information about our data contact our team. Or, try the 42matters App Market Explorer for free!

Google Play™ Store Stats

3,400,171 Apps






Category Distribution

Total categories: 49

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New Releases

Average number of new apps per day: 3,344





Rating Distribution

Number of apps with ratings: 2,012,355 (59%, shown in chart)

Number of apps without ratings: 1,387,816 (41%)

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Price Distribution

For apps priced below USD 10.00






iOS® App Store® Stats

1,751,846 Apps






Category Distribution

Total categories: 27

Contact our team to learn about all 27 App Store genres!




New Releases

Average number of new apps per day: 1,226





Rating Distribution

Number of apps with ratings: 761,892 (43%, shown in chart)

Number of apps without ratings: 989,954 (57%)

For more insight into iOS app ratings, try the 42matters App Market Explorer for free!




Price Distribution

For apps priced below USD 10.00

More App Store Statistics from 42matters!

Google Play and the iOS App Store are two of the most popular digital marketplaces on the planet. But to acquire a truly comprehensive understanding of the mobile apps and games economy, you’ll need to look beyond Google Play versus the iOS App Store.

Check out our full review of Google Play and the iOS App Store, as well as analyses of other popular mobile app stores and Smart TV channel stores

If you have any questions about our data, feel free to contact our team. In the meantime, try the 42matters App Market Explorer for free!