According to a new report from mobile app analytics firm App Annie, Google’s Play software store is gaining on rival Apple’s iOS app marketplace. The revenue gulf between the two stores is often cited as a reason why Apple is able to attract more top-tier developers and quality titles, so a lessening of the gap between the two in that respect is particularly significant.
iOS revenues still take the cake, according to the report, sitting pretty at four times the size of those coming in from Google Play titles. But where iOS revenue actually contracted during the month by a slight percentage (0.7 percent), Google’s actually rose considerably (17.9 percent). Revenues in Google Play are up 311 percent overall since January 2012, and downloads on Play are up 48 percent overall, with global free downloads still 10 percent higher on iOS. App Annie notes that Google Play’s download growth has dropped off during the last month considerably, however, and that raises some question about whether or not both companies might be approaching a plateau in this regard.