Store Stats for Mobile Apps
Google Play vs iOS App Store
Last update: 5 May 2024 CET

Google Play vs the Apple App Store: App Stats and Trends

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 rivalry between Google Play and the iOS App Store has generated countless opportunities for mobile technologists. It has led to the creation of new technologies and business models; more accessible gaming and digital entertainment; and more affordable consumer goods and services.

For this article, we used our unique arsenal of machine learning algorithms to conduct a side by side comparison of Google Play and the iOS App Store to analyze the state of the rivalry.

Google PlayvsiOS App Store

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How many apps are currently available?

  • Google Play Apps

    Google Play Apps

    3,201,812

  • iOS App Store Apps

    iOS App Store Apps

    1,918,071

As of 5 May 2024, there are 3,201,812 apps on Google Play and 1,918,071 apps on the Apple App Store.

  • Apps vs Gaming Apps

    Google Play vs iOS App Store

    • Apps available on Google Play
      Apps available on Google Play: 3,201,812
      • Apps
        2,795,744
        87.32%
      • Games
        406,068
        12.68%
    • Apps available on the App Store
      Apps available on the App Store: 1,918,071
      • Apps
        1,693,336
        88.28%
      • Games
        224,735
        11.72%
    Broadly speaking, mobile apps fall into two primary categories: apps and games. Google Play currently offers 2,795,744 mobile apps and 406,068 mobile games. The App Store, meanwhile, offers 1,693,336 apps and 224,735 games.
  • Free vs Paid

    Google Play vs iOS App Store

    • Apps available on Google Play
      Apps available on Google Play: 3,201,812
      • Free
        3,117,859
        97.49%
      • Paid
        80,316
        2.51%
    • Apps available on the App Store
      Apps available on the App Store: 1,918,071
      • Free
        1,824,173
        95.16%
      • Paid
        92,692
        4.84%
    While the vast majority of iOS and Android apps are free to download, some need to be purchased. There are 3,117,859 free apps on Google Play, compared with 80,316 paid apps. Meanwhile, on the App Store, there are 1,824,173 free apps and 92,692 paid apps.

What is the distribution of Android and iOS apps by category?

  • Google App Store logo

    Top 7 Categories by Number of Apps

    Total Categories: See All 49 Categories

    The chart above ranks the top categories on Google Play based on the number of apps that compose them. Blue represents free apps, while teal represents apps that need to be purchased. Currently, 'Education' is the top Android category, with 348,355 free apps and 10,292 paid apps. Hover over the chart to learn more!
  • Apple App Store logo

    Top 7 Categories by Number of Apps

    Total Categories: See All 26 Categories

    Along the same lines, this chart ranks the top iOS genres according to the number of apps that comprise them. Once again, blue represents free apps and teal represents paid apps. Currently, 'Games' is the top iOS Genre. It's made up of 208,905 free apps and 14,933 paid apps. Hover over the chart to learn more!
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How many new apps are released per day, per week, and per month?

New apps per day
New apps per week
New apps per month

The charts above track the number of apps released on Google Play and the Apple App Store over the past day, week, and month. 1,290 Android apps and 1,259 iOS apps were published to the app stores in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, 8,157 Android apps and 8,026 iOS apps were published in the last week. Finally, 39,849 Android apps and 40,440 iOS apps were published in the last month.

The Distribution of Apps by Rating

Apps rating stars

Apps with ratings

  • Google Play Store Icon
    1,587,197
    49.57%

    Apps available on Google Play:3,201,812

  • Apple App Store Icon
    811,066
    42.29%

    Apps available on the App Store:1,918,071

Apps rating stars

Apps without ratings

  • Google Play Store Icon
    1,614,615
    50.43%

    Apps available on Google Play:3,201,812

  • Apple App Store Icon
    1,107,005
    57.71%

    Apps available on the App Store:1,918,071

Average Rating Distribution
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Next up, app ratings. Currently, our data indicates that 1,587,197 Android apps and 811,066 iOS apps have been rated by at least one user, while 1,614,615 Android apps and 1,107,005 iOS apps have not received a single rating.

We also collected the ratings for all 2,398,263 apps available on Google Play (green) and the Apple App Store (blue) and plotted them in the chart above. The y-axis represents number of apps, while the x-axis represents star rating

How much do Android apps cost versus iOS apps?

Number of Apps per Price - For paid apps priced below $10.00 (USD)
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Finally, we plotted all 1,981,990 iOS and Android apps available on Google Play (green) and the Apple App Store (blue) by price. The y-axis in the chart above represents number of apps, while the x-axis represents app price.

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 app and game economy, you’ll need to look beyond these two app stores.

Check out our full Google Play and iOS App Store reviews, as well as our analyses of other popular mobile and connected TV (CTV) app stores:

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

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