This statistic contains data on the number of apps available for download in leading app stores as of June 2016. As of that month, Android users were able to choose between 2.2 million apps. remained the second-largest app store with 2 million available apps.
In 2015, the global has exceeded half the world’s population, while the spent accessing online content from a mobile device, such as a smartphone, a tablet computer or wearable, has reached 3.26 hours daily among youths. Accounting for this popularity is also the growing creation and use of mobile applications (shortened to simply apps) – computer programs adapted for mobile use and focused on an extremely wide array of purposes, from gaming to weight loss apps and from to animation software. Currently, the two largest global platforms for app distribution are Apple’s App Store, which caters to iOS users, and Google Play, belonging to the eponymous company, which is the official app store for the .
The fact that mobile apps are relatively easier to create than computer apps, as well as their considerable lower price has translated into a growing industry which produces every year more and more. In fact, it is impossible to know exactly how many apps are there, but, as of November 2015 there were some 1.8 million apps in alone, 200 thousand more than in July of the same year. The , on the other hand, had gone from 800 apps in July 2008 , the month of its launch, to 1.5 million in June 2015. Apple estimates that, by June 2015, apps from the Apple App Store were . However, statistics show that many downloaded apps are not used in the first six months. The is gaming with about 23 percent of available apps belonging to this category.
Applications generate revenue in a number of different ways, such as users a small amount of money for the use of an app (an average of 1.02 U.S. dollars per app in the Apple Store), charging for access to premium features of an otherwise free app or simply selling ad space. In 2015, Google Play generated an estimated 6 billion U.S. dollars in .
This statistic gives information on the number of available apps in the Apple App Store since July 2008. As of June 2016, 2 million mobile apps were available to download for various iOS devices.
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