According to data from App Annie’s latest download and revenue report, Google Play for the first time surpassed the App Store in app downloads during the second quarter of 2013. While Google was able to move past Apple with about 10 percent more downloads during the three month period, the report notes the App Store brought in nearly 2.3x the amount of revenue.

App Annie says that Google Play’s growth was driven by emerging markets including Brazil, India, and Russia, and while the App Store still leads by revenue, Google Play closed the gap slightly compared to last quarter and years past.

Google Play saw Brazil climb two spots to join India and Russia as another emerging market in the top 5 countries by downloads for Q2 2013…The United States, Japan and United Kingdom remained the leaders in the iOS App Store when looking at revenue generation, and Australia climbed to #4 after a strong Q2. iOS App Store revenue was driven primarily by the United States and Japan, which combined to account for about half of the total iOS App Store revenue in Q2.

App Annie’s report also includes its Games Index tracking mobile games on iOS and Android, which now account for around 40 percent of all downloads on both platforms. During Q2, Gameloft’s Despicable Me: Minion Rush grabbed the top spot for most downloaded iOS game, while publisher Tiny Piece took the honour on Google Play.

As for non-gaming apps, Vine increased by three positions to become the most downloaded app during the quarter on iOS, followed closely by YouTube, Snapchat, and Instagram.

Tencent and Baidu also join Apple and Google among the top 5 most downloaded apps in the App Store:

Chinese publishers climbed rankings: Tencent and Baidu, joined Google and Apple to round out the top four publishers by non-game downloads in the iOS App Store. Tencent broke into the top five iOS App Store publishers by downloads in May 2013, and Baidu joined them in June’s ranking.

You can read App Annie’s full Q2 report on its website here.

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4 Responses to “Google Play passes App Store in downloads for the first time, but not revenue”

  1. lol it’s not difficult to rake up the app download count, when wallpaper is considered an app.


  2. drtyrell969 says:

    All the professors will claim hindsight when it’s all said and down. “I knew Apple wasn’t going to win the mobile war. It was only a matter of time before Al Gore’s brother Tim Cook sold off each part of the company under the guise of ‘post pc era.'” To the degree that Apple forgets its software and desktop computers is to the degree it will be a relic in five years time.


  3. revenue is so low compered with the downloads they should pass apple twice or more to achieve the same revenue!


  4. The more phones and tablets with Android, the more money for…er….Microsoft. LoL!