Google Play Store: Available Apps, by year
YearNumber of available apps
2023-122,438,553
2023-092,593,870
2023-062,597,819
2023-032,673,292
2022-122,694,114
2022-092,683,925
2022-062,654,747
2022-032,591,578
2021-122,605,000
2021-092,783,000
2021-062,886,000
2021-032,980,000
2020-122,950,000
2020-093,040,000
2020-062,960,000
2020-032,870,000
2019-122,800,000
2019-092,800,000
2019-062,700,000
2019-032,600,000
2018-122,600,000
2018-092,600,000
2018-063,300,000
2018-033,600,000
2017-123,500,000
2017-093,300,000
2017-063,000,000
2017-032,800,000
2016-122,600,000
2016-092,400,000
2016-022,000,000
2015-111,800,000
2015-071,600,000
2014-021,400,000
2014-071,300,000
2013-071,000,000
2013-04850,000
2012-10700,000
2012-09675,000
2012-06600,000
2012-05500,000
2012-02450,000
2011-12400,000
2011-08300,000
2011-07250,000
2011-04200,000
2010-10100,000
2010-0770,000
2010-0438,000
2010-0330,000
2009-1216,000
  • Region: Worldwide
  • Time period: Dec 2009 to Dec 2023
  • Published: Jan 2024

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Mar 27, 2024 | Published by: Statistico

Peak Number of Apps in 2018

Google Play Store reached its peak with 3,600,000 available apps in March 2018, marking the highest number of apps available in the provided data span.

Decreasing Trend Since 2018

Following the peak in 2018, there has been a noticeable decreasing trend, with the number of available apps reducing to 2,438,553 by December 2023.

Rapid Growth from 2009 to 2018

Between December 2009 and March 2018, Google Play experienced a rapid growth, from 16,000 apps to a peak of 3,600,000 apps, showcasing the platform's rapid expansion and developer engagement during this period.

Fluctuations in App Numbers

Significant fluctuations in the number of available apps were observed, particularly from 2018 onwards, with numbers ranging from 2,400,000 to 3,600,000, indicating periods of both contraction and growth in the app marketplace.

2021: A Year of Decline

The year 2021 marked a significant decline in the number of available apps, starting from 2,986,000 in March and decreasing to 2,605,000 by December, reflecting a notable contraction in the app market within that year.

Stabilization in 2022

In 2022, the number of available apps showed signs of stabilization, with a slight fluctuation between 2,591,578 in March and 2,694,114 in December, indicating a period of relative steadiness in the app count.

Recovery and Decline in 2023

The year 2023 started with a recovery, as the number of available apps increased to 2,673,292 by March, but it was followed by a decline, ending the year with 2,438,553 apps in December, illustrating the volatile nature of the app ecosystem.

Doubling of Apps in Early Years

From December 2009 to February 2012, the number of available apps more than doubled each year, reaching 450,000 by February 2012, highlighting the exponential growth in the platform's early years.

Frequently Asked Questions

When did the Google Play Store reach its peak in terms of available apps?

The Google Play Store reached its peak in March 2018 with 3,600,000 available apps.

What has been the general trend in the number of apps since 2018?

There has been a decreasing trend since 2018, reducing to 2,438,553 available apps by December 2023.

What was the growth rate of apps from 2009 to 2018?

Between December 2009 and March 2018, the Play Store experienced a rapid growth from 16,000 apps to 3,600,000 apps.

Terms and Definitions

The Google Play Store is the official distribution platform for apps, games, and digital content from Google. It is pre-installed on Android devices, and users can search, download, and install apps developed with the Android software development kit.

App availability refers to the number of apps that are currently accessible or possible to be downloaded, installed, or purchased by users. This can vary for different app stores, regions, and device types.

Monthly app availability refers to the number of apps available each month on an application distribution platform. This count can fluctuate due to the addition of new apps, removal of existing ones for non-compliance to the platform's policy, etc.

The Android SDK is a development tool used to create applications specifically for Android devices. It provides a selection of software libraries and tools that streamline the app development process and enhance functionality.

An App Distribution Platform is a digital marketplace where developers can publish their apps, and users can browse, download, install or purchase them. Google Play Store serves as a primary app distribution platform for Android devices.

App Developers are professionals who design and create applications for various platforms (like Android, iOS) using different software development kits. They are responsible for the entire app lifecycle, from initial concept and design to delivery and post-launch support.

The Google Play Store Policy is a set of rules and guidelines outlined by Google that developers must follow when creating and updating their apps. Non-compliance with these policies can result in the removal of the app from the store.

Digital content refers to any multimedia that is created, published, or delivered in digital formats. On the Google Play Store, this includes apps, games, books, movies, and other digital media that can be downloaded or streamed.
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