Google Play saw relatively smaller growth in September 2013, while the revenue uptick for Apple’s App Store was “a little stronger”, enabling them to maintain their respective market shares, according to figures from Distimo.
Google Play maintained its share at 35 per cent of the total of the two stores, with the App Store staying steady from August 2013 on 65 per cent. But this comes against a backdrop of faster growth for the Android store, which was at 26 per cent share in April.
The company noted that Apple’s improved performance comes off the back of the introduction of iOS7 and the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s smartphones, meaning “it will be interesting to see if Apple can increase this growth even further next month”.
Top grossing app in the App Store was Clash of the Clans from Supercell, while top grossing app in Google Play was Puzzle & Dragons from GungHo – two companies that have come closer this week following a $1 billion investment in Supercell from SoftBank and GungHo.
Supercell has another title in the top 5 grossing apps for the App Store (Hay Day), while GungHo’s Puzzle and Dragons is also a top-five iOS title in addition to its Android success.
Also performing well in the top grossing charts is King.com. Candy Crush Saga is in second place in both the App Store and Google Play, with King.com’s new title, Pet Rescue Saga, also making the top five for Android.