(CIO) – The year 2014 was a productive one for mobile application developers and the people who download and use their apps. Last year saw triple-digit growth in both the numbers of applications and the number of developers creating them for two of the leading app stores, according to new report from appFigures. The company offers a reporting platform for mobile app developers that scans “all the app stores around the world” to track its customers’ apps, which is how appFigures collected its 2014 data.

Most relevant to CIOs, IT departments and their corporate users are the appFigures numbers related to business apps in Apple’s iOS App Store and Google Play.

The Business apps category saw the most growth in both the total number of iOS apps and number of developers creating new software for Apple’s App Store, with year-over-year increases of more than 210 percent and 175 percent, respectively. More than 128,000 new Business apps were released in the iOS App Store in 2014, appFigures says. The other iOS app categories with the most growth by total number of apps were Food & Drink, Social Networking, Lifestyle and Catalogs. The iOS app categories with the most growth in new developers, behind business apps, were Lifestyle, Games, Education and Entertainment. (Apple set the specific categories names in its App Store.)


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