Google Plays Share of App Revenues Dropped for the First Time in April

App Stores Apple iOS vs Google Play AndroidGoogle Plays market share of app revenues against Apples App Store dropped by one percentage point in April 2014, down to 39 per cent.

Thats according to Distimos Top Global Apps data for the month, which notes that April marks the first time Google Plays share has dipped since it started comparing the two app stores a year ago.

App Store revenues saw a growth of two per cent, driven by a boom in Australia and South Korea, compared to one per cent growth for Google Play.

Elsewhere, the picture remained largely the same. iOS continued to be ruled by games, which filled the top four spots for both free (topped by Ketchapps 2048) and paid apps (where Mojangs Minecraft continued its months-long domination), while Android is more focused on utility and communication apps.

The most downloaded apps on Google Play stayed remarkably static. All five of the top paid apps have remained the same for the past four months, and the top five free apps saw just one new entry (Skype, replacing antivirus app Clean Master).

Facebook accounted for an astounding four of the top five free apps on Google Play, with its own Facebook and Messenger apps in first and third place respectively, and acquisitions WhatsApp and Instagram in the second and fourth spots.