App stores – Some Statistics & Facts
An app store or app marketplace is a type of digital distribution platform for mobile and desktop apps. The number of mobile app downloads expected to continue to grow. Over 178 billion apps were downloaded in 2017 and experts project close to 260 billion downloads in 2022.
Considering Android and Apple’s iOS are the two leading operating system for mobiles, it is no surprise that the two largest global platforms for app distribution are the Apple App Store and Google Play, the official app store for the Android OS. Between the two apps stores, over 50 billion apps were downloaded in the first half of 2018 alone.