Apple cashes in but Google takes App Download Lead

An internet analyst, Canalys, on Monday issued a report on app downloads at four major mobile stores: Google (GOOG) Play, Apple’s (AAPL) App Store, Microsoft (MSFT) Windows Phone Store and Research in Motion’s (BBRY) BlackBerry World.

Apple and Google dominated the downloads and revenue was up 9% with emerging markets showing the strongest growth. This was the first month that Google beat Apple in the download market. I anticipate that Google Play will distance itself in the download market because emerging markets are going to being use cheaper Android phones vs. Apple’s more expensive iPhone.

Apple’s App store accounted for the largest share of revenue among the four stores, around 74%.

Google saw the greatest number of downloads — about 51% — with Apple close behind.

“Apple’s App Store and Google Play remain the heavyweights in the app store world,” said Canalys’ Tim Shepherd. “In comparison, BlackBerry World and the Windows Phone Store remain distant challengers today, though they still should not be ignored.”

Here is the full article – Tech.Fortune.