In a blog post today, AppFigures notes that "Google finally closed the gap and actually jumped ahead of Apple, ending the year with more than 1.43 million apps compared to 1.21 million. Amazon, although a distant third, grew its catalog by nearly 90% to 293k apps."
The number of developers on Google Play also grew tremendously, exceeding Apple for the third year in a row. Google is now distributing apps from almost 400,000 developers. That compares to around 275,000 for Apple.
Finally, AppFigures reports that all three app stores grew by at least 50% with the fastest growing iOS app categories being Business, Food & Drink, Lifestyle, Social Networking, and Catalogs.
Check out the charts below or hit the link for even more analysis on app store growth in 2014.