As an iPhone app developer in Los Angeles we were interested to see the report released today showing Apple’s App Store and Goole Play continuing to set the pace for the overall sales performance while BlackBerry and Microsoft’s Windows Phone remain distant challengers. App sales climbed by 11% in Q1 2013 worldwide with combined downloads from the stores totally more than $13.4 billion. Some of the strongest growth was from emerging markets such as South Africa and Brazil but robust growth both in revenue terms and download volumes was seen in mature markets such as North America. At 74% Apple’s App Store accounted for the largest indexed proportion of revenue while Google Play store saw the greatest number of downloads accounting for about 51%.
Apple’s App Store and Google Play remain the App heavyweights while BlackBerry World and the Windows Phone Store remain distant challengers though they still should not be ignored,’ said Tim Shepherd, Canalys Senior Analyst. BlackBerry version 10 now has more than 100,000 apps available in its storefront, showing good growth from the 70,000 it boasted at launch. iPhone app developers will still maintain iPhone application development as their main focus, however it appears that some interest is being taken by emerging operating systems like Android.
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